Kasey, here's a suggestion that you might want to consider. Get yourself a Brinkmann Gourmet Electric. It's a great starter unit that won't break your personal "bank". I started out with one, and it's an easy conversion to charcoal which I've done also. Just pull the element, pick up a grill wok, make it fit the pan and wala, you're using charcoal. Basically, you're getting two for one.