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Your grill choice should be based on your lifestyle. Here’s what to consider.

Your grill choice should be based on your lifestyle. Here’s what to consider.

Depending on your needs and wants, different grills will offer various benefits. If your main goal is convenience, gas is the way to go. Because you can quickly get the grill hot with little prep time, this is the go-to choice for those who want to grill without a lot of fuss. Gas is also great for first timers because it’s easy to dial in temperature -- all you have to do to control the flame is adjust the knobs.

But nothing beats the taste of charcoal. Grilling over charcoal imparts a smoky flavor that only cooking over coals can provide. However, the downside of grilling with charcoal is that it can take about 20 to 30 minutes to get the coals ready for cooking.

I enjoy both gas and charcoal for their different attributes. My first grill was gas, and it was great for a newbie griller. I bought a mini hibachi for when I really wanted the flavor of charcoal -- as an added benefit, it was also great for tailgating.

Another good option is a charcoal grill with a charcoal starter. This gives the convenience of gas (the propane starter quickly heats the coal without having to use a chimney starter) with the flavor of charcoal. A match made in heaven!

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