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Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

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Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

maverick PT55 thermometer

A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

Click here for more info on the Maverick PT-55 Waterproof Instant-Read Thermometer Review shown above. It may be the best value in a thermometer out there


If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

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The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

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Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

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The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

the good one grill

The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

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Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

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Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only 9 delivered to your door!

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The Swiss Army Knife Of Thermometers

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The smart folks at ThermoWorks have finally done it: The Swiss Army Knife of thermometers, two in one. Start with the industry standard food thermometer, the Thermapen MK4, (Platinum Medal winner) truly instant (2 to 3 seconds) precise (+ or – 0.7°F). Then they built in an infrared thermometer ideal for measuring the temps of pizza stones, griddles, and frying pans (also great for finding leaks around doors and windows in your house).

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Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

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Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

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The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

NK-22-Ck Grill

Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

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GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

grill grates

GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

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kareubequ bbq smoker

Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

Click here for our review of this superb smoker


Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

masterbuilt gas smoker

The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

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Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

masterbuilt gas smoker

Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

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PK 360 grill

Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

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Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

fireboard bbq thermometer

With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

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Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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What is the difference between Butane and Propane?

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  • troymeister
    Charter Member
    • Aug 2014
    • 1064
    • Forest Park Il
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      I love cooking with wine. Sometimes I put it in my food.

    Top | #1

    What is the difference between Butane and Propane?

    Hi everyone. Can anyone tell me the real difference between Propane and Butane?I have googled this and got a lot of chemistry and formulas. I want to know the real deal from real people.
  • MBMorgan
    Club Member
    • Sep 2015
    • 5729
    • Colorado
    • > Weber Genesis EP-330
      > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
      > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
      > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
      > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
      to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
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    Top | #2
    http://www.natgaz.com.lb/all-about-g...pane-vs-butane

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    • troymeister
      troymeister commented
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      MBMorgan Thank you...Basically Butane is for warmer climates and Propane is for colder climates. I thought there was a whole bunch of difference in BTU's and stuff. Not the case. Basically One's boiling point is higher than the other. I got it!!
  • ribeyeguy
    Charter Member
    • Jun 2015
    • 1288
    • S. E. Wisconsin
    • Weber Platinum Performer, 18"WSM, Smokenator, Slow 'n Sear.

    Top | #3
    They're both "anes". One of them is a "but" and the other is a "prop". Other than that I don't know.

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    • Troutman
      Troutman commented
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      You actually had me going there ribeyeguy

    • JCBBQ
      JCBBQ commented
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      lol

    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
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      Finally a scientific explanation, Lol!
  • texastweeter
    Club Member
    • Jul 2017
    • 1967
    • Republic of Texas

    Top | #4
    propane works still in cold environment and runs hotter.

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    • Steve B
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      • Jun 2016
      • 2635
      • Rockland county New York
      • Lonestar Grillz 24x36 offset smoker, grill, w/ main chamber charcoal grate and 3 tel-tru thermometers - left, right and center
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      Top | #5
      I’m thinking they’re related.
      The first pro “pane” and the second
      “but” ane Means their a pane in the but. 😂🤣😂

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      • mrteddyprincess
        Club Member
        • Sep 2018
        • 233

        Top | #6
        "One carbon atom on the chain" is the answer, but that's not funny among non-chemists. The previous practical answers are correct. Propane has three carbons and butane has four. The more carbons on the chain the more attracted the compound is to itself and the more likely it will exist as a liquid as opposed to being a gas. So for cooking purposes, propane is commonly used as well as natural gas, which is methane, and only has one carbon. Propane is easy to compress and store in tanks. The go to option when natural gas is not readily available.

        I previously mentioned eight carbon atoms being the main ingredient in gasoline, and I stand corrected. Thank you Uncle Bob. Gasoline is a much more complex mixture of different types of carbon compounds than I made it sound, and I withdraw my using octane as a way to simplify the discussion about propane and butane.
        Last edited by mrteddyprincess; June 19th, 2019, 02:20 PM.

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        • Attjack
          Attjack commented
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          So why is butane a good candidate for the fuel for portable burners and lighters over propane?

        • Donw
          Donw commented
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          It stays a liquid at lower pressure so the containing vessel can be thinner and lighter.

        • Uncle Bob
          Uncle Bob commented
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          You were doing good until your comment about octane being "the good stuff in gasoline". Iso Octane is one of two reference fuels for rating anti-knock quality of a gasoline sample. BTW, not tryin' to bust yur chops, just that you were having fun with chemo-geeking so I thought I'd add to it.
          Last edited by Uncle Bob; June 19th, 2019, 09:42 AM.
      • FireMan
        Charter Member
        • Jul 2015
        • 6688
        • Bottom of Winnebago

        Top | #7
        And butane, well ya can light a bunch of bic lighters at a concert & appear to be cool. Kumbaya! 🕶

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        • JCGrill
          Club Member
          • Mar 2017
          • 1298
          • Minneapolis / St Paul burbs
          • Charcoal - 22" Weber Kettle
            Gas - Saber
            Smoker - Green Mountain Daniel Boone
            Portable - Charbroil Tabletop Propane Grill

          Top | #8
          If you want hotter, I've always been told MAPP gas is what you want.

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          • Histrix
            Histrix commented
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            MAPP gas no longer exists. The only company that made it quit making it a decade or so ago. What you see now - Map Pro (in the yellow cylinders) - is different and it only burns a couple hundred degrees F or so hotter than propane (something like 3500°F vs 3700°F). It's not worth the price premium (3X?)over the regular propane (blue cylinders). Back in the day, MAPP would burn at more than 5500°F or thereabouts.
        • Bkhuna
          Club Member
          • Apr 2019
          • 291
          • Merritt Island Florida

          Top | #9
          A couple of carbon and hydrogen atoms

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          • smokin fool
            Club Member
            • Apr 2019
            • 645
            • Mississauga, Ont

            Top | #10
            Size of the hole in the ground it leaves after the blast.
            Porpane should be more regulated than it is considering the damage it can do both unlit and lit.
            From my old propane forklift driving days its a lot dirtier burning than Butane.
            Can cause pretty good cold burns comes out of the tank in the minus 100s so wear gloves, used to burn my hands if regulator didn't match up right or there was no o-ring.

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            • Mudkat
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              • Feb 2017
              • 2167
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              Top | #11
              Looks like I'll have to leave this to ya'll. I use charcoal.

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              • Attjack
                Attjack commented
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                I use a butane torch to light a Weber starter cube so I don't have to stand there with a heat gun 😂

              • Mudkat
                Mudkat commented
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                The old wooden match or three works for me!

              • Attjack
                Attjack commented
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                Nothing wrong with a wooden match until you run out of them.
            • ifican
              Club Member
              • Jul 2017
              • 40

              Top | #12
              Still trying to figure out what the real ask is, are you using for cooking? Lighting? Others. I use both for lighting, one for occasionally sweating pipe and neither for cooking. Propane works great in cold weather, butane not so much unless you warm it first and if you dont keep it warm it cools really fast and back to not working well.

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              • BGWolf
                Founding Member
                • Jul 2014
                • 153
                • Central Pennsylvania
                • Central Pennsylvania

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                  MAPP Torch

                  Charcoal: Rockwood, Wicked Good
                  Rubs: Memphis Dust, Mrs. O'Leary's Cow Crust, Dalmatian Rub
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                Top | #13
                I overheard that question in Philly this morning

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                • Jetski
                  Club Member
                  • Apr 2017
                  • 144
                  • St. Louis

                  Top | #14
                  This post reminds me why I stayed away from organic chemistry!

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