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I’m so happy the summer is finally here! Like most people, I have grand visions of what I want my backyard to look like: pool, hot tub, high-end outdoor kitchen, buff cabana boy, Italian-imported pizza oven just like this one…
This backyard-of-my-dreams is from a special airing this Monday called Sizzling Outdoor Kitchens – check out the photo gallery to see more dreamy pix.
Back to reality – I’m starting modestly on my outdoor kitchen with a new grill (hoping to find a big Memorial Day sale). If you’re in the market for a new grill Consumer Reports‘ June edition – they rate the best gas grills (many less than $500) and give a few tips on what to watch out for:

  • Manufacturers are using less stainless steel and more painted-steel as a way to cut costs. But, cooking surfaces should definitely be stainless-steel or porcelain-coated cast iron because they last longer and sear better.
  • Don’t be too concerned about the Btu/hr (British thermal unit) rating – it doesn’t mean faster heating or higher temperatures, it indicates how much gas is used.
  • Many retailers assemble grills free but charge for delivery. (I’m going to call friend with a pick-up truck to help bring home the grill in exchange for a backyard cookout.)

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2 Responses

  1. It is good to make a plain for all of the project, then work on it a little at a time. Like you said buy the grill. Build the deck and so on. Nice post for improving the outdoor spaces. Thank you for the ideas.
    Dan and Deanna "Marketing Unscrambled"

  2. Planting a new grill in the backyard is one of the best idea by you. I am following your blog since last few weeks and has got amazing help from you. Your always share valuable information with us.

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