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If you’re wondering what type of grill to buy, price and convenience will influence your decision. Charcoal grills are lower in price,  result in a true charcoal flavor, and, in many cases, are portable. You can get one of these for as little as 20 dollars, with basic units in the 50 to 100 dollar range. Heavy duty models with features for smoking meat will cost a little bit more.

Gas grills offer the greatest ease and convenience with a short preheating time. And there’s no ash disposal, so cleanup goes a lot faster. These grills begin at around 100 dollars and go up, but the models under 300 dollars seem to be the most popular. Additional side burners and electric rotisserie units will add to the cost.

These days, since propane tank exchange sites are popping up everywhere, you can find fuel for either type of these grill as close as you local convenience store.