Grilling & Lawn

Lighten Up

Studio Dunn Cumberland Lamps

Now that the weather is getting hospitable, chances are you’re probably spending time outside in the evenings and enjoying your patio, deck, or porch. Outside of climate and a comfy chair to sit in, lighting plays a major role in setting the mood of your outdoor space. Based on our own personal preferences for a...

Plank Meets Grill

aFire Grilling Planks

Mix up the ol’ grilling routine with grilling planks. Originating from the Pacific Northwest, grilling planks provide a direct infusion of moisture, oils, and flavors from a variety of woods into your food. On our fiery quest (literally) to better understand plank grilling, we found aFire Grilling Planks ($9) outperformed. Specifically, the Sugar Maple plank...

Lite & Load

Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter

The most important piece of grilling gear after a grill and good meat is a chimney starter. Consider it less of an accessory and more of an essential, because you’ve got better things to do with your Saturdays than watching pyroclastics. The Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter ($15) gets enough bulk briquettes or lump charcoal (try...

The French Door & Sliding Door Mashup

Vufold Sliding and Folding French Doors

Clever design never escapes the eyes of our diligent editors, especially when it pertains to upgrading one’s home base. We can’t say if Vufold is the only company out there promoting this design, but the idea of combining the beauty of proper French Doors with the convenience of their sliding door counterparts definitely has us...

No Cheap Vinyl or Logos Here

Coast Marine Bean

Bean bag chairs were never a bad idea, it’s just that Service Merchandise (remember them?) left us with a taste of cheap vinyl and NBA team logos. New Zealand based Coast proves that bean bag chairs can not only be comfortable, but also worthy of your discerning home’s outdoor space. Not convinced? Well, consider this:...

Redefining "Bimmer" (BMW + Mower)

BMW Designworks Snapper NXT Riding Mower

BMW Designworks and Snapper. Not a collaboration we would have expected, but most certainly welcome now that we’ve laid eyes on the new Snapper NXT riding mower. Designed by BMW Group Designworks USA and Snapper, the new NXT ($2,599-$2,999) manages to combine functionality and ruggedness you would expect in an advanced riding mower in addition...

Sustain Your Summer and The Environment

CB2 Sawyer Adirondack Chair

Winter is the number one destroyer of patio furniture. Well at least that sounds like a slogan some wood finishing or furniture cover sellers would promote. Whether its true or not though, if you’re outdoor setup was ravaged by the elements during the off season, the Sawyer Adirondack from CB2 ($250) is an attractive chair...

Swing Into Spring

Loll Go Porch Swing

With Spring, there’s no better time or place to enjoy your morning coffee or evening reading than your porch. If you’re lucky enough to have one, that is. Make full use of your pendulating outdoor mecca with a modern update to the traditional porch swing from Loll – a company who’s built a reputation from...

Humidifiers Aren't Just For Your Home

Moistly Grilled Cast Iron Grill Humidifier

It may be February, but we’re already chomping at the bit to fire up that grill and there’s never a better time to start getting prepared for the 2010: The Year Of Meat (unofficial Gear Patrol declaration). Instead of the “fire + ribeye = dinner” why not use this year to take what you already...

A Prestigious Course of Study, Indeed

Kingsford University

Back in November, Kingsford Charcoal invited us to attend Kingsford University, a several day event that involved tuning and honing our grilling skills and wine tasting chops. Yes, college would have been far more interesting this way. Never ones to turn down an opportunity involving fire lighting or consuming fine vittles and vino, we headed...

Turn Your Fireplace Into Your Grill

The Original Tuscan Grill

You’ve chopped the wood, lit the fire, and can’t help but stand back and admire your neo-lumberjack status (secretly hoping for some recognition from the significant other). Now, take that one step further, toss on the Original Tuscan Grill, and turn your fire into an indoor grill. Bella Cucina’s Original Tuscan Grill follows an 18th...

Measure Better

Nuscüp Adjustable Measuring Cup and Scoop

Stop the clanging ruckus caused by frantic searches for measuring spoons in your kitchen tool drawer. Stop it now. Innovation, even on the most simplistic devices never fails to astound and the Nuscüps are a prime example. To select different measurements, simply adjust the thumb slider to match the amount you want and scoop. Labeled...

Super Bowl Grill

Weber Ranch Kettle Charcoal Grill

Just because you invited 8 dozen people to your BBQ doesn’t excuse you from feeding each and every one of your guests a piping hot slab of grilled meat & veg. Host up and give your next über-BBQ a proper flame with a Weber Ranch Kettle Charcoal Grill. Providing a cooking area even Jerry Jones...

The Axe George Washington Would Have Used, In 2009

Best Made Company Axes

The duo behind Best Made Company (designer and author Peter Buchanan-Smith, and outdoorsman and environmental entrepreneur Graeme Cameron) aim to make you rethink the value of a quality axe. The two are men with accomplishments and experiences befitting of men you’d trust to construct a quality axe: building hand-hewn log cabins, winning Grammy awards, rugby,...

A Vacation Destination That's Closer Than You Think

The Hammock Source | Hatteras Duracord

In honor of it being that time of year when many of us are returning from a holiday and a sandy beach to the doldrums of our busy lives, we bring to you The HammockSource. Whether you are lying in a hammock feeling the ocean breeze and drinking a Corona or just in your backyard...

The Easy Way to Mix Fire with Fire

Williams Sonoma Jalapeño Pepper Roaster

Whether or not you’re a fan of spicy food, it’s time to throw concern for your taste buds aside. Fire roasted, stuffed jalapeño peppers with cheese and other savory ingredients, are an appetizer that’s sure to knock your final summer entertaining stints out of the park. Holding up to 18 stuffed or whole peppers upright,...

Tame That Yard

Husqvarna Rider 175 AWD Articulating Mower

For our green-thumbed readers, the Husqvarna brand needs no introduction. For the rest of you, just think of them as the BMW of lawn & garden equipment. The Rider 175’s zero-turn-radius will make you the neighborhood’s LeBron James of yard work by taking advantage of articulated power-steering (the rear wheels swing underneath at full lock)....

Green Is The Color Of Grilling Cred

The Big Green Egg

By Gear Patrol Reader Jack Woods: It’s late afternoon. You’re strolling around whatever town you calling home these days, looking great in your J. Crew denim shirt, Henschel Hat, Thorogood Moc Toe Boots, wielding the Swiss+ Tech Utili-key XT 8-in-1 in your pocket, when that familiar cattle prod jolt to your hunger sensors has your...

Grilling: Recyclable, Natural, To Go

EZ Grill

National Grilling Month may wrap up today, but there’s plenty of fair weather ahead to lure you and your dining out of doors. Since Gear Patrol readers tend to be an adventurous lot, it might be handy to have a convenient mechanism for grilling up your burgers and brats when you wander out of arms...

Turn Up the Heat with Some California Cool

Element Grill by Fuego

When it comes to buying a grill, there’s no doubt that your primary concern is finding a unit that can get the job done. Every man needs a deckhand that will help him sear, char, and grill with the greatest of ease and aplomb. Now, thanks to Fuego and their new Element Grill, there’s no...

I Love the Smell of Lighter Fluid in the Morning

Tactical Grilling Apron

Survival gear is hot these days. With the world economy bottoming out, bombs going off in posh hotels, and threat levels hovering in the orange zone, people are gearing up for the apocalypse. Military chic often surges in popularity during times like these. In the 70s (after Vietnam), preppy kids would comb the racks at...

Memorial Day Weekend Make Gear Patrol Hungry!

Bobby Flay’s Grilling Giveaway | Sponsored by Food2

Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, and thus, the summer grilling season is officially underway. Of course, being the man that you are, you have the right, nay… obligation to grill year-round, but summer is the big show. In honor of the season, Gear Patrol and our friends at Food2 want to set you up...

Full Burger Press

Crate & Barrel Hamburger Press

There’s a burger I like to make, it’s called “The Frisco.” Why? I have no idea. But at some point in my adult/grilling life, the idea for a ½ pound of ground buffalo meat stuffed with gorgonzola cheese along with some chives, a dash of Louisiana Hot Sauce, a drop of Olive Oil, and sea...

Fire Up The Grill! We're Making... Pizza?!

Villaware Pizza Grilling Stone

There’s no better way to prepare a pizza than using a brick oven, but ripping down your dining room to install such a behemoth isn’t exactly cost effective. And as much as you or I would like to erect ourselves a singular purpose hearth, it’s just not really that feasible.

The BMW of Patio Umbrellas

Tuuci Pagoda Parasol

Long for warmer days? How about an ice cold Corona, a good book, and nothing but the sound of the ocean or your iPod?

NewCastle Fire Bowl Column

Further Argument For A Patio Nothing really warms up a man’s home more than a roaring fire. Unfortunately, not every living room is equipped with a fireplace or hearth. Note: A hearth can be summed up as a fireplace so large you could walk inside it. Open fireplaces are a great addition to any man’s...

Stihl SH 86 C-E Shredder Vacuum Blower

Never Take A Knife To A Gun Fight The last thing my leaves ever saw. Leaves. In my yard. Everydamnwhere. To make matters worse, rain was bearing down on my position from the West. Such a tempest was sure to whip the unruly fronds that littered my property into an unrecoverable mess. Thus, I made...

Jim Beam Cooler and Grill Set

From the SEC to the PAC 10 and at every Podunk U in between, you’ll find that the most rabid, ravenous fans begin to show their team pride long before kickoff. The true fan prepares his parking lot conquest with the dedication and abandon of a coach who knows he’s one loss away from getting...

Team Pride Never Felt So Manly

M Custom Grill Grates

Whatever your team, this is the ultimate grill mark for your meat.Sometimes things in life are meant to be questioned like why your girlfriend came back from the grocery store with the brand of paper towel that costs $3 more a roll than the kind you buy. Others aren’t. You don’t question why you need...

Zac Tool Trenching Shovel

Some accuse me of being an urban dweller, but I can reassure you that I spent many a summer digging holes: holes for fence posts, holes for our family’s sprinkler syste, and holes for mafia hits. Er, scratch that last one. It’s unfortunate I had to rely on crap department store brands instead of a...

Leatherman Genus Landscape Multi-Tool

At first glance you might think it’s a pruner but upon second glance you may also realize it’s a Leatherman. You’d be right. Not only are you looking at Leatherman’s take on a pruner, but in fact it’s the new for 2008, Leatherman Genus. The Genus is a landscape multi-tool with stainless steel bypass pruners,...

Fuego 02 Grill

What would a grill look like if Apple made it? The Fuego 02 grill might be a pretty close representation of that. The Fuego 02 grill is designed by Robert Brunner, former industrial designer at Apple. The 25×33 inch grill lacks nothing in the area of form. It’s relatively compact, has a protective retractable top,...

The Garlick Saw Company Lynx 26″ Rip Saw

Yeah, it’s a saw. We’re posting a hand saw and this is why. A guy needs to know his way around tools and being able to saw through a piece of wood is a necessary skill set. The Lynx saw by the Garlick Saw Company of Sheffield England has a heritage of over 150 years....

SolarStore Inflatable Solar Panels

Green or not these are pretty damn cool er, hot. The English company IDC announced in a recent press release that they will be mass-producing an inflatable solar panel and make it available for roughly $200. Called the SolarStore, the panel will inflate into a 2 meter rectangular shape from a backpack and have the...

Cobb Premier Grill Ultimate Combo

At it’s core, the Cobb Premier Grill is an 8.5 lb grill that uses 8-10 charcoal briquettes for three hours of cooking. Yes, cooking – not just grilling. The Cobb Grill can roast, bake, smoke and fry anything you throw at it put in it using a design that retains and transfers heat like a...

John Deere X749 Ultimate Tractor

I see two things here: 1) Grass’ worst enemy and 2) Neighborhood envy at it’s finest. If you own any more than 2 square yards of grass then mowing is a chore. Like any good man your desire to turn chores into sweet sweet fun is inherent and there’s no better way to make that...

Stovetop Smoker

Take home cooking an entirely new direction by introducing smoking. You can take the meats you otherwise grill and give them a moist and delicate flavor. The stovetop smoker is a great alternative to the outdoor smokers which usually require a great deal of space and maintenance. It’s compact designs lets you smoke smaller servings...

The Grillworks

[click on image to enlarge] The Grillworks goes into the category of men’s lifestyle alongside a fine timepiece, a three car garage with four cars, and a gorgeous woman at your side with your favorite beverage in hand. A dream to many, an achievable goal to others, a simple luxury to some it’s something no...

Wilson Official NFL “Duke” Game Ball

New for the 2007 season, the official NFL® leather game ball by Wilson is the epitome of footballs. It’s constructed with high-quality leather for top performance at the highest level and the ball features NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s signature. Best part is that it’s made here in the good ol’ US of A. What this...

Monogrammed Steak Brand

Put your personal stamp on steaks and chops with this branding iron, hand forged in Texas. Your two- or three- initial monogram can include any letter from A to Z. The 11 1/2″ long iron comes with a 14″ high, wall-mount rack for storage. We’d suggest trying it out on a steak you grill with...

Griddle-Q

Now you can make restaurant-style Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches at home – using your outdoor gas grill. The innovative new Griddle-Q and Oversized Spatula easily transform your grill into a full-size griddle. Large enough to cook for a crowd, the Griddle-Q brings rich, fire-smoked flavor to grilled sandwiches as well as to breakfast favorites like sausages,...

Weber Genesis E-320 Gas Grill

Gentlemen. Break out those ribeyes, salmon steaks, skewers and sirloin burgers. It’s time to get grilling. You’re epicurean grilling fantasies are about to come delightfully true with the Weber E-320. A bit pricey yes, but just read on to see why your next outdoor soiree will bring the house down (and your buddy’s bank accounts...

Breville Indoor BBQ Grill and Panini Press

The Breville will bring a smile to the most serious of cooks. The die cast, heavy duty countertop grill which also double as a contact grill and an open will sear your steak, heat your pizza, press your panini and grill your meat fish, chicken to perfection. Features: 1500 watts of power 368 square inches...