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Old 05-04-2013, 01:52 AM   #11
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.... One thing I did which made my life sooooo much easier. I tapped on to my natural gas at the house, propane is even better, and stopped the need to refil those stupid tanks that always run out as you begin to cook. If you don't have gas at home, i would recommend a second tank. I promise you will run out when it is the worst time.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:51 AM   #12
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...I tapped on to my natural gas at the house, propane is even better, and stopped the need to refil those stupid tanks that always run out as you begin to cook...

I live in a condo. When I first bought, I petitioned the Board for permission to hook up my grill to a gas line. The fire department was OK with it but the Board wasn't. I chose not to fight it and bought an to tanks with the grill. I'm glad I did because moving my grill around the deck and sometimes onto the grass is a regular occurrence.
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I don't have gas, so I won't be hooking it up to a gas line.

Does the amount of BTUs matter? If so, how many do I need?

How much use is a side burner?
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:11 PM   #14
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I never had a side burner and don't really miss it. If you're cooking a complete meal on the grill and need a burner for something or to keep a basting sauce for meat hot while you're grilling, it could be of use.

The BTU requirement is relative to the size of the cooking surface. Also, I'd recommend a grill with three burners with separate controls so you can use just one or two of the burners to regulate heat and cook foods over indirect heat.
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Anything special to look for if I want to be able to add wood chips to smoke stuff?
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I use it 2-3 times a week in the off months and 3-4 during warmer months. The lid is really robust and wont twist. The lid has cast iron sides that have porcelin on them and the remainder is stainless. I have really neglected this thing and it still in good shape. the flavor bars are a starting to go but that is about it. I may buy some extra parts for a more complete rebuild while thay are still available. I bought it for about 800.00 bucks at Home Depot but they don't sell that brand anymore. You have to find a dealer near you from their website.I went through cheap grills about every 3 years. It would last a lifetime if not exposed to elements 24/7.
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Anything special to look for if I want to be able to add wood chips to smoke stuff?

Most gas grills come with metal shields above the burners (instead of the lava rocks that were used long ago). You can just place a foil packet of soaked chips on the shield and you're all set.
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Most gas grills come with metal shields above the burners (instead of the lava rocks that were used long ago). You can just place a foil packet of soaked chips on the shield and you're all set.
Just make sure you put a few slits in the foil.
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How much use is a side burner?
We've had our Sunbeam nearly 13 years and may have used it once. Maybe.
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How much use is a side burner?
I've seen a few replies from people who say that they never use them. Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I use mine all the time. Rather than run in and out of the house to check on side dishes, I can cook up a pot of rice or beans or whatever right next to where I'm cooking everything else. The question for me is why wouldn't I use it? It's another burner.
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