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Roadfly Magazine
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)

Broilmaster grill

Kenmore Gas Grill

Weber Summit Gold Gas Grill

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As mentioned earlier, there are plenty of gas grill manufacturers to choose from. In our opinion, the Weber Genesis series of gas grills represent a great mix of quality, performance and price. For just under $500, you can get your hands on an entry-level, feature-packed Weber Genesis grill. Now, $500 might sound like a lot of cash for a grill, but believe us, it's well worth it. One of our editors has had his Genesis grill for over 15 years and it's still going strong. Weber sure does know how to build a quality grill.

Gas grilles offer the convenience of quick heating, better "flame control" (flare-ups), easier clean-up and less maintenance. Folks who live in a climate that's subject to harsh winters appreciate that they can grille a steak any time of the year - most gas grilles work flawlessly in the winter. On the downside, gas grilles sacrifice a lot of that woody, smoky, charcoal taste, but in a blind comparison test, tasters were unable to discern the difference between two steaks grilled over gas and charcoal.

Most gas grill jockeys cook over indirect heat, much like their charcoal burning brethren do. When buying a gas grill, look for one that has at least three separate burners under the main cook surface - this will allow you the most flexibility when cooking with both indirect and direct heat. More burners usually means more BTU (British Thermal Units, or the "power rating" for a grill), and more BTU means a hotter cooking surface, which is perfect for searing a thick steak or heating a cast iron grill skillet. What? You mean you don't use your grill for routine daily tasks like eggs and bacon? Try it - you'll like it!.

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