gas-grill

Choosing the Best Grill Checklist

Whether you prefer gas or charcoal, we’ve assembled helpful tips on buying and using a great grill.

What to Look for in a Gas Grill

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    Thick, heavy sides and a tight-fitting lid to retain and conduct heat efficiently

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    At least 2 burners

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    An electronic ignition for quick starting of burners

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    A thermometer inset into the grill lid to help establish proper grilling temperatures

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    A fuel gauge for easy monitoring of propane levels

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    A removable drip tray (front-loading is easiest to use)

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    A full warranty that covers the body of the grill and the parts

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    At least 4 burners

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    A side-mounted ring burner for preparing and reheating side dishes and sauces

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    A side-mounted work surface for platters and food prep

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    A warming rack

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    A searing station for quick browning

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    An enclosed cabinet for storage of tools, mitts, and other gear

What to Look for in a Charcoal Grill

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    Wide-set stable legs

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    A thick bowl (between 18 and 23 inches wide)

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    A tight-fitting lid to retain and conduct heat efficiently

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    A cast-iron food grate (the next best thing is one made of stainless steel). Also good: hinges on the grate, so you can lift up a side and add more lit coals without removing food from the grill.

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    A bottom grate for holding charcoal

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    Adjustable air vents on the lid and bottom bowl to help control temperature

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    A removable ash catcher for mess-free cleanup

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    A full warranty that covers the body of the grill and the parts