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Help with grill tools

jillfiredup Dec 13, 2010 10:09 AM

I need to get some grill tools ordered for my father (like today) so I can have them shipped in time for Christmas. I was looking to stay within the $100 range or lower. He does want a case, and I would prefer to get him a set with handles that are somewhat easy to grip - with at least 16-18" long handles. He is only 71, but I would like for these tools to last so I need to factor in ease of use.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a specific set that would be great? I was looking at the Heritage Professional series at Brookstone and a few of the Cuisinart options.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. kaleokahu RE: jillfiredup Dec 13, 2010 10:23 AM

    jillfiredup: With respect, you might be disappointed w/ Brookstone and Cuisinart. I'd also shy away from the4-piece sets in the injection-molded cases. Many guys look at those sets like they do the Brookstone "tool kits"--not serious tools.

    You might look here: http://toolwizard.com/store/index.cfm.... Maybe even call them and have them put a few items together for you. Buy an inexpensive canvas tool bag for what you buy. And if you want to be a star, make sure to get him one of the turning hooks (I call them pigtails) .

    1. Bada Bing RE: jillfiredup Dec 13, 2010 12:23 PM

      Cooks Illustrated recommends:

      Oxo Good Grips 16-inch Locking Tongs
      Tool Wizard Grill Brush
      Charcoal Companion Mr. BBQ 4-in-1 Spatula

      You might toss in some of these Fire Wire skewers, which are pretty neat for shish-kebab kinds of preparations.


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      1. re: Bada Bing
        mikie RE: Bada Bing Dec 14, 2010 10:56 AM

        Ditto on the fire wire skewers, they're great! An excellent suggestion.

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        jillfiredup RE: jillfiredup Dec 14, 2010 07:15 AM

        Thanks so much everyone! You have inspired me to build my own set. This has been hugely helpful.

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