Looking for a grill that’s just right for you? Here are a few questions to help guide you: What type of fuel will I use? Grills should be selected based on the type of fuel they use: propane, natural gas (a grill hooked up to your home’s natural gas supply), charcoal, electricity, or wood pellet fuel. What size do I need? Grills are measured in square inches of cooking surface. Knowing whether you’ll be cooking for yourself, your family, or entertaining guests will help you decide how big your grill should be. What features do I want? Are you an adventurous gourmet griller or just a basic hotdogs-and hamburgers type of griller? Grills today come with all sorts of interesting “bells and whistles.” Your specialty retailer can educate you. What’s my style? Today’s grills go far beyond “basic black.” Manufacturers are catering to consumer demand for interesting designs including sleek stainless steel, colors, and a variety of styles ranging from traditional to modern. What’s my budget? Whatever your budget, there is a grill for you. Basic backyard grills can sell for as little as $50 while top-of the-line gourmet grills can sell for $5,000 or more. Where will I shop? Grills can be purchased almost anywhere these days: specialty retailers, mass merchandisers, home improvement centers, hardware stores, and even department stores. However, for the most individualized service, visit your local specialty patio or outdoor living store. Where will I use my grill? Will you be using your grill on a small balcony? On your backyard patio? In your custom-designed outdoor kitchen? Today’s grills are specially designed for specific areas ranging from small apartments and condos to fully-equipped, permanent outdoor kitchens. Tips for Easy Grill Cleanup Before lighting the grill, apply non-stick spray on the grates. The protective spray cuts down the clean-up time afterwards. You’ll appreciate this step when the cooking is done! For charcoal grills, line the bowl with aluminum foil. After grilling, and once the grill and coals are cool, simply discard the foil with the coals and ash, then wash and reline with foil for next time. Use a wire brush or even crumbled aluminum foil to scrub away buildup on the grates once the grill has cooled. When the grill has cooled, squirt grease-cutting dishwashing detergent on grill and grates. Scrub with brush or abrasive pad, then rinse. A repeat of this step may be necessary. Remember to place a grill pad or splatter mat beneath your grill before cooking. These naturally heat resistant pads will protect your deck or patio from any grease that misses the drip pan and will make it a lot easier to keep your outdoor living area clean and looking like new. Make sure the barbecue is cool before putting on the cover.