Here's what you'll need to grill through the fall and beyond

Don't let the sun set of evening grilling this season.

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Summer weather, obviously, isn’t bound by the dictates of mortal calendars, so even though its “official” final day for 2022 isn’t far off, there are still plenty of barbecue-appropriate days ahead, and even more if you don’t mind bundling up and grilling through the winter, too.

However, one thing you can’t avoid is the dwindling daylight hours over the coming months, particularly if you prefer to grill in the evening. Here’s what you’ll need to revamp your grill for the darker months ahead.

Caron & Doucet - BBQ Grill Cleaner Oil

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Before we get to the meat of the matter, now’s a good time to remember: You’ve been using that grill for a whole season already. If you want to keep it going through the fall and early winter, best to give it a clean. We recommend this grill oil for that task: it’s completely plant-based, with a light citrus scent, and works well on stainless steel surfaces.

What else we liked:

  • Available in a two-pack

  • Works well with wooden scrapers

  • Rated 4.4 out of 5 on, based on more than 2,000 reviews

Wooden Grill Scraper

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Though it happens only rarely, one fear people have over cleaning their barbecue is that your scraper’s wire bristle’s may come unstuck and end up in whatever you’re grilling. One way around that that’s grown in popularity in recent years: wooden scrapers, of which there are several made-in-Canada options, like this one from Velesco. Made of red oak and finished with food-grade mineral oil, it’ll do the job well, especially if paired with the right grill oil.

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What else we liked:

  • Can double as a small cutting or serving board

  • Gradually forms grooves the more you use it, moulding itself to your grill’s contours

  • Rated 4.2 out of 5, based on more than 300 reviews

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AISITIN Grill Accessories Grill Utensils Set

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Since we’re using the onset of fall as a kind of check-in time for your barbecue setup, why not take a long look at your tool set? It may be time for a replacement, or it may just be lacking in one tool or another you’ve discovered you might like. If a full replacement is in the cards, this comprehensive 25-piece set from AISITIN is a good buy. Aside from the usual staples, it even comes with more niche tools like meat claws and corn forks.

What else we liked:

  • Includes carrying bag

  • Stainless steel construction for most tools, with heat-resistant handles

  • Rated 4.3 out of 5, based on more than 2,400 reviews

Under NY Sky Chef Apron

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Another part of your seasonal check-in is making sure you have the right apron for your various grilling tools (cutesy ‘kiss the cook’ jokes optional). We prefer simplicity as much as possible here at Shop The Weather, and this option looks sleek, with plenty of pockets to suit your needs.

What else we liked:

  • 5 colour options

  • 65 per cent polyester, 35 per cent cotton

  • Rated 4.7 out of 5, based on more than 100 reviews

Blukar Rechareable Headlamp

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A good headlamp is something most people should have, but what’s this one doing on a list about barbecue accessories? Simply: earlier and earlier sunsets really cut into evening grilling time, especially if you intend to keep going through the winter. This option is inexpensive, and features six light modes and up to 30 hours of battery life. It’ll come in handy for camping or running, too.

What else we liked:

  • USB-chargeable 1200mAh battery

  • Up to 1500 lumens of light

  • Rated 4.6 out of 5, based on more than 3,000 reviews

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