Top tips for grill buying

Before you buy, keep in mind these simple priorities: -Consider cost but view your purchase as an investment.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

Before you buy, keep in mind these simple priorities:

-Consider cost but view your purchase as an investment.

-Give the grill the wiggle test to be it isn't flimsy and parts are welded.

-Beware of add-on features like side burners, which hike costs. Ask yourself if you'll really use them.

-Look for good customer support and maintenance. Remember that grills, like cars, require cleaning and upkeep.

Plenty of further information is available at these Web sites:

http://www.hpba.org. The Hearth, Patio, & Barbecue Association Web site. Includes information about the industry and tips for grilling. New consumer guide with advice on buying a grill, party planning and recipes may be downloaded at:

http://www.hpba.org/nbm.

http://www.vikingrange.com. Web site of Viking, a leading outdoor kitchen manufacturer

http://www.weber.com. Web site of Weber-Stephen Products Co.

http://www.charbroil.com. Web site for Char-Broil. Click on the new Tec series for an explanation of infrared heat.

http://www.girlsatthegrill.com. Cookbook Author Elizabeth Karmel offers tips on grill shopping and grilling basics. Click on "grilling 101" for basic information.

http://www.barbecuebible.com. "Barbecue University" TV Host and cookbook author Steven Raichlen advises how to buy a grill and more.

http://www.bbqqueens.com. Tips and recipes from Barbecue Queens Karen Adler and Judith Fertig.

http://www.traegergrill.com. Web site for pellet grills with video describing how the grill works.