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Issue 13
Table of Contents

Past Issues Index
Roadfly Magazine
Nissan Maxima
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Issue Thirteen
August 3, 2004
Hybrid Vehicles: Sales on the Rise
Summer BBQ Guide
The Dells Auto Museum
Hot Lap: Top of the Line
2004 Mazda6
2004 Nissan Maxima SE
Coming Next Issue
Chrysler 300C
iPod FM Tuners
Helmet Review

A Guide to Grills:
Charcoal or Gas? (continued)

Weber Charcoal Grill

Use a chimney starter for charcoal - you'll love it

Nothing beats a backyard cookout

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We'll focus on the most obvious, most popular grill - the Weber charcoal grill. Weber offers three different "types" of the charcoal grill, in varying sizes. Weber offers the "Silver," "Gold," and "Platinum" charcoal grills in 18-1/2" and 22-1/2" sizes. For all practical purposes, the Silver and Gold models are nearly identical, while the Platinum includes an integrated workspace (non-heated) and a large, high-capacity ash catcher with integrated one-touch cleaning system (both of these features are found on the Weber Gold series as well).

All of Weber's charcoal grills include sturdy frames and high-quality wheels, which help make moving the grill easy. We prefer the 22-1/2" Gold Series Weber grill for its handy ash system and robust construction. The large cooking surface offers plenty of room to cook on.

Accessory choices are somewhat limited, but we have found one device that no charcoal griller should be without - a Chimney Starter. Available from almost any hardware or grill supply store for well under $20, these things make charcoal grilling a snap. They also make the food taste better, as there's no lighter fluid to mess around with.

Charcoal grilling techniques vary greatly, but most experts agree that cooking with indirect heat is one of the most preferable ways to grill. Indirect heat allows food to cook evenly via convection, and helps to reduce the ever-dreaded "flare-up." With proper food placement, the cook can sear foods with indirect heat, all without having to rearrange the charcoal.

All things considered, charcoal grills offer an inexpensive way to cook up a tasty backyard meal. Just be prepared to deal with the ashes and be ready for a few "flare-ups" if you're cooking something a little greasy. We recommend you buy the biggest grill you can afford, as the extra real estate will be appreciated when you have guests over (and when you're grilling, there's always bound to be someone "dropping by"). You may also want to consider alternative forms of charcoal, including hardwood chunks - yum!

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