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Products to help you avoid common barbecue blunders

July 1, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Fourth of July weekend is one of the busiest for barbequing and the last thing you want to have happen is run out of propane before the meal is cooked.

With the help of Consumer Reports, we have some high tech and some low tech solutions to help you avoid a common barbecue blunder.

Translucent tanks are a new design Consumer Reports recently tested. You are able to see the propane that's still left in the tank and if you are running out. But the tanks can be pricey and Consumer Reports found they didn't fit in some grills.

Another solution is getting a grill with a propane gauge. If your grill didn't come with a gauge, you can get an aftermarket one that tells you when it's time to refill.

Another tip is to keep a second tank on hand.

"It's a good idea to have a backup tank, especially if you do a lot of grilling," said Steve Boya from Consumer Reports. "It's an easy thing to do. You can just have a second tank. Always keep it filled. When the other tank runs out, just switch them and you're ready to go

So there are no more excuses for letting your grill's sizzle fizzle.

If you're looking for a new grill that comes with a propane gauge, Consumer Reports recommends the Weber Genesis E-330 for $800. Or you can look online for one of those aftermarket gauges for between $13 and $30.

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