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It’s summer time - more importantly, grilling time. If this is your first endeavor buying a grill or you’re looking to replace or upgrade, experts offer tips on how to find the perfect grill for your particular needs and grilling desires.

Basically, there are two common types of grills — gas and charcoal. Which makes the best grilled food is a matter of personal taste. Gas, of course, fires up much quicker, so it’s ideal for most of us who have hectic lifestyles and want a quick and tasty grilled meal after a long day at work. Charcoal, on the other hand, imparts a flavor that gas never will. You just have to have the time to get your coals just right for grilling, so it’s perfect for weekends. Some experts advise getting both, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Electric grills are also popular with city dwellers because they require no fire. They don’t give meat that outdoor char-broiled taste that charcoal and gas grills offer.

In 2013 Americans bought eight million gas grills, five million charcoal grills and 302,000 electric grills, according to stats from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association.

Gas grills can be found with a dizzying plethora of features, some even topping the $20,000 mark. A high-end charcoal grill can go for a couple thousand.

Size matters. Make sure your grill has 100 square inches of cooking space per person, especially if you do a lot of entertaining.

Some features you might want, according to U.S. News, include:

  • A built-in thermostat to read internal temperatures.
  • Side shelves to hold meat, seasonings and other grilling necessities.
  • A sturdy grill cover.
  • Grill burners with 12,000 BTUs, minimum.

Bottom line — consider your personal lifestyle and what you want to achieve with your grilling, then do your research before buying.

Bjorkman's Ace Hardware : 4520 W. Crystal Lake Rd., McHenry, Il., 60050 : 815.385.3660 : http://www.acehardware.com

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