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Summer is the perfect time to visit your local hardware store for charcoal grills, gas grills, or grilling supplies near San Jose. The outdoor living section of your local hardware store will have a wide variety of grills and grilling accessories from which you can choose. Here is a simple guide to choosing a great grill for your outdoor living needs.

Choose between a charcoal grill and a gas grill.

The biggest decision that you will make when purchasing a grill is whether to choose a charcoal grill or a gas grill. Most people agree that gas grills are easier to cook with, but that food tastes better off of a charcoal grill. Some hardware stores even offer wood-burning grills and electric grills. Another consideration is that charcoal grills emit more carbon monoxide, particulate matter, and soot into the atmosphere, and are thus not as eco-friendly as gas grills. Gas grills are also easier to light and clean, and cook more consistently.

Determine which features are must-haves.

Whether you choose a gas grill or a charcoal grill, you’ll have an array of options for features that will make outdoor living easier and more fun. Some grills have rotisserie burners for chickens, turkeys, or pigs. Some have infrared bottom burners for searing meat and fish. The primary features that are necessary for basic grilling are a built-in thermostat, sturdy shelving on each side, ample cooking space, grill burners that reach at least 12,000 BTUs per burner, and a grill cover. These features will make it easier to cook a perfect steak or burger, and will make the process more convenient.

Explore handy add-on features.

You can also purchase add-on features for your charcoal grill or gas grill. These features aren’t necessary, but may make grilling easier if you plan on doing it often. A smoke box can be purchased separately for a charcoal grill or a gas grill. It can be filled with damp wood chips to infuse your food with a delicious, smoky flavor. An electric charcoal starter or charcoal chimney starter can make lighting your charcoal grill much easier.

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