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Smoke Signals

Nobody is quite as passionate as the outdoor chef, who until recently had to make do too often with, well, let's say, style-free grills. Thankfully, those days are over—these backyard beauties are built to function as year-round alfresco kitchens, customized with multiple cooking surfaces, warming shelves, and, most important, serious firepower.

EVO FLATTOP Besides broiling, this ambidextrous propane grill can also bake, stir-fry, boil, poach, and smoke. $2,595. Frontgate, 800-533-7502;

QUAD QUE The cone-shaped design of this charcoal and wood grill allows for equal distribution of heat to its many racks. Close the doors and it becomes a smoker. $580. Fire Science, 716-568-2224;

C4 OUTDOOR COOKER This ceramic-lined charcoal grill—with gas burners and a generous storage drawer—retains heat well and cooks evenly. $4,425, including 41-inch cart. Viking, 888-845-4641;

TUNDRA GRILL This seven-foot-tall colossus is equipped with adjustable skewers, three swing-out skillets (perfect for sautéing vegetables and making sauces), and, oh yes, a 37-inch-diameter grill basin. $2,600. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, 800-321-1484;


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