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© St. Petersburg Times, published July 29, 2000


The June issue of Consumer Reports offers ratings on 15 models of gas grills and one electric grill.

Here are some manufacturers' Web sites:

'Cues in history

Hotter than ever
Grill masters have a lot of choices in hardware, from a basic $100 set-up to the $1,000 professional design that will turn the whole neighborhood green with envy.

Barbeque is ...
The term "barbecue" generates a lot of confusion.

A clean, mean grilling machine
If you're like many homeowners, it's not until you have the steaks in hand that you remember this was going to be the year you cleaned your gas grill and gave it a tune-up.

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The June issue of Consumer Reports offers ratings on 15 models of gas grills and one electric grill.

The first outdoor gas barbecue grill was brought to market in 1960 by Walter Koziol, founder of Modern Home Products of Antioch, Ill., manufacturer of decorative outdoor gas lighting for the residential market.

It was a 22 1/2-inch round steel grill on a portable cart, supplied by either natural or LP gas. It was marketed under the brand name of "Perfect Host."

In 1963, Koziol introduced the first rectangular painted steel gas grill with a hinged lid. The next year he produced a rectangular grill with solid aluminum construction. MHP grills are still sold today.

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