MARQUETTE - From charcoal to electric to gas and infrared, there are plenty of purchase choices for grilling season.
Among the many outlets that sell grills, Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse of Marquette and the Lowe's website have offered some shopping tips and safety reminders.
Assistant Manager Dell Kab, at the Lowe's location in Marquette Township, said there are numerous sizes of grills and purchases should consider the number of people you are generally cooking for.
Assistant Manager Dell Kab, at the Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse in Marquette Township, is shown with a selection of the store’s grills. (Journal photo by John Pepin)
"Everybody likes the taste of charcoal, but most people purchase gas," Kab said of Marquette area grill shoppers. "The convenience of the gas is what people like."
Kab said over the past two summers, infrared grills are the newest rage.
"It cooks evenly," he said. "It's easy to clean. They've gained a lot of popularity."
Lowe's suggests that selecting the best grill to fit your lifestyle can be a challenge. One important thing to remember: the weight. Grills aren't sold by the pound, but the heavier-gauge metal is more durable.
"You can find everything from small hibachis for tailgating to trailer-mounted units built to handle a side of beef. Grill and smoker combinations are made for regular or slow cooking," the website said.
Before shopping, determine:
Some general information on the types of grills:
Charcoal grills use charcoal briquettes, wood or a combination of both.
Gas grills use liquid propane (LP) or natural gas.
Electric grills must be near an electrical outlet.
Smokers are available in charcoal and electric models.
For more information from Lowe's grills buying guide, visit: www.lowes.com/cd_Grill+Buying+Guide_439096914_
John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.