Hi everyone, My name is Chrissy, I'm originally from CT and currently live in Charlotte NC with my boyfriend Nick and our 2 dogs. I hate to admit it but despite the fact that I'm a good cook I know practically nothing about grilling or smoking I really want to learn though, and this seemed like the best place to join! My first question (among what I'm sure will be many, many more...) is what kind of grill I should buy. I'm trying to be a fantastic girlfriend and want to buy Nick a grill for Christmas. I'm a little stuck so I'm hoping for some help or advice. While we were at Lowe's a few weeks ago I caught him eying a Char-Griller, so I did a little research and this is the one I decided on: http://www.lowes.com/pd_5050-49769-...br|0||p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&facetInfo= I was trying to be smart and figured I'd check Home Depot's prices too, and in doing so I found out they don't carry the Char-Griller and have this Brinkmann grill instead: http://www.homedepot.com/Outdoors-G...splay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053 Main thing I like about these grills is it seems like they are pretty versatile and I love that they can be used with gas, charcoal, or as a smoker. I've checked everywhere and can't seem to find a decent comparison between the two, and since I don't have a clue about any of this yet they just seem identical to me. The only thing that has me leaning towards the Char-Griller is the fact that I can buy the Fire Box for it as well. I couldn't find out if there is a Fire Box for the Brinkmann, if there is then I guess I'm stuck right in the middle again. So I'm just trying to figure out which one of these I should go with. Any info on either of the grills or advice would be greatly appreciated! Even if someone has a recommendation on a different grill other than these two that would be awesome. We just bought our first house a few months ago and have been surviving on a George Foreman, so while I realize pretty much anything I buy will be a huge upgrade I'm looking for something legit. Also, he'll definitely be using it the most, but I want to get something that I'll enjoy using too. Thanks everyone!!