Fire-up the barbecue -- grilling season is upon us! Consumer Reports has tested morethan 100 gas grills, from brands such as Broil-Mate, Char-Broil, Kenmore, and Weber,to find the hottest choices.

A key Consumer Reports test is for evenness of heating. A tester uses sensors tomeasure the temperature at various points on a grill s cooking surface. That data is thenused to create temperature maps. What you really want is a grill with a nice, uniformsurface temperature.

Consumer Reports found several grills to recommend.

For large grills, the Kenmore 16156 is a great choice. It earned high scores forevenness, and a separate side burner is a nice feature. It s sold at Sears for $700.

Most people opt for a midsized grill. The highly rated Weber Spirit E320 for $550 iswidely available. It heats quite evenly and has cast-iron grates.

For a smaller grill: the Broil-Mate 165154 for $200, available at Home Depot. It s still adecent size and also delivers very even heating.

If you already have a grill and wonder whether it is good for another season, be awarethat yellow or uneven flames can mean it s time to clean the burner ports. A toothpickcan help clear them. If that doesn t solve the problem or you spot corrosion, it could betime for new burners. They are the most frequently replaced grill part and can be underwarranty from the manufacturer for 10 years or longer -- which means replacing themcould be free! Consumer Reports has more advice on how to assess whether your grillitself is a goner.

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