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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. 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. 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.

      http://www.amazon.com/Fire-Wire-Stain...

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      1. re: Bada Bing

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

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