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Fire In the Hole

AK47 Zero Outdoor Fireplace

Make the most out of your outdoor space during the chilly months with the Zero Fireplace ($4,640). As the image shows, it’s an attractive way to store firewood as well as burn it, and thanks to a grill accessory and closing disk, the fireplace can easily be transformed into a social cooking outpost or a…

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Oven Armor

Royal VKB’s Apron with Built-in Oven Mitts

Aprons and oven mitts in many ways perform similar functions. One prevents stains from scarring your clothing, while the other prevents scars from ruining your hands. This brilliant design combines both features in one convenient product, making it a bullet-proof vest of sorts for chefs. It even has two buttons at the waist for hanging…

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For those delicate lawn pirouettes

Craftsman YT 4500 Lawn Tractor with Turn Tight Technology

The Craftsman YT 4500 54” Lawn Tractor ($2,000) is the company’s top-of-the-line residential mower for 2011. Sporting a 26 hp Kohler Courage V-Twin engine, a premium hydrostatic automatic transmission, and 54-inch cutting base, it’s got everything you’ll need to fight back suburbia. Its real game-changing feature, though, is Turn Tight technology. If the name didn’t…

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Where Grilling Meets German Efficiency

Bob Grillson Holzpellet Grill

Meat searing monuments like the Weber Ranch Kettle charcoal grill will always hold a special place in our carnivore hearts, but there’s something strangely attractive about the idyllic vision of grilling painted by the Holzpellet grill from Bob Grillson ($7,470). Ok, so maybe it’s just this German beauty’s magnetizing lines. Or maybe it’s just Bob’s…

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Even Shackleton took naps

Renetto Zero Gravity Portable Hammock

Sometimes a man needs a moment to recharge his personal batteries. The Renetto Zero Gravity Portable Hammock ($120) offers a quick, portable place to take a nod. The flip-proof design sets up in a matter of minutes and has the ability to sit upright or recline. Complete with a MP3 slot so you can doze…

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Flippin' good

The Sportula

Add a touch of personalization to your grilling with the Sportula ($25). Its laser-cut heavy-duty stainless steel and hard maple handle will hold up to the heaviest cuts of carnage, and it’s available in a wide variety of laser-cuts, ranging from collegiate teams to hobbyist logos. Seeing your alma mater’s logo backlit with fire and…

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G-Rated Swinging

Reclaimed Wood Tree Swing

We can always count on the creative individuals selling through Etsy to inspire us with the grass-roots feel and care that oozes from their products. This reclaimed wood tree swing ($150) from Philadelphia based PegandAwl for instance had us instantly reminiscing of summers as a kid, where the our only responsibility was to (try) and…

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Use This Neck and Save Yours

Zippo Flex Neck Utility Lighter

The genius who put a lighter at the end of a long stick is hopefully up for canonization in some religion as a finger saving saint. Clearly Zippo’s Flexneck Utility Lighter ($23) is the neck err…next evolution. Thanks to its flexible extension and slim powerful nozzle, with this in your hand, there’s no need to…

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Hybrid Grill

Weber Performer Grill

Gas grills equal convenience. Charcoal grills equal flavor, aroma, experience, and zest — or so the thought process goes. That’s why grill connoisseurs will often swear by charcoal, while the casual griller just wants a steak. Weber designed the Performer Grill ($330) with both audiences in mind. The grill takes the hassle out of charcoal…

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Get Your Fry On Anywhere

Timber Ridge Backyard Host Deep Fryer

The time for outdoor cooking may be slipping away, but with Thanksgiving right around the corner there’s certainly one compelling reason, if you don’t already have thousands, for keeping a deep fryer waiting in the wings.

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Tops at Tailgates

La Caja China #1

The National Football League is in full swing and, if you’re like us, you are sprinting towards mid-season-tailgating form. So let us be the first to tell you that La Caja China #1 Aluminum grill ($320) is the surest way to obtain pro-status. Because a sizable crowd makes any tailgate more fun, La Caja China…

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That's a Knife

Gerber Gator Machete

Plan on blazing trails or just cleaning up the yard anytime soon? Then consider packing the Gerber Gator Machete ($19). Measuring 25.7 inches long and weighing a light 18oz, it’s slightly bigger than that Swiss Army on your key chain. Overall the business parts amount to a 15 inch fine edge blade on one side,…

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Just Add Meat

Grill ‘N Chill Tailgater with Draft System

There are grills and then there are grills. The Grill ‘N Chill Tailgater with Draft System ($3,500) might be more accurately described as a party on wheels though (make that chassis). Yes, it will cook your meat thanks to a whopping 24,000 BTU infrared-grill that achieves searing heat in 3 minutes flat, but there’s more…

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Your Throne Awaits

GCI Wilderness Recliners

All outdoor chairs are not created equal. We have been to enough concerts, festivals, camping trips, BBQs and pool parties to know this. The Wilderness Recliner from GCI will be the best outdoor chair you buy. It has a patented auto fold system that allows you to carry the chair on your back like a…

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Better Than Anything You Could Write In

Direct Designs Notebook Grill

When the calendar turns to August, the sports world looks pretty bleak. Yes baseball is in full swing, and NFL training camps are underway, but there isn’t much else to occupy our interests. Fortunately, it does bring us one step closer to September, and with September comes football and tailgating (a.k.a. pure joy). In preparation…

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H2Ohhhh Boy

Portable 3-In-1 Sprinkler System

For most men, “watering your flowers” sits just a notch above “scrap-booking with your mother in-law” on your list of things to do. Slip n’ Slides however, are usually up there near the top, right next to riding a unicorn. Whether you’re a nature-loving horticulturist, or you’re inebriated and have access to a tarp, this…

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A Greener Greenery Manager

Bosch Rotak Li Electric Lawn Mowers

Those of you with serious swaths of property may laugh at electric push mowers, but for home owners with small plots to tend, they can be great. The Bosch Rotak Li Series ($300-$540) makes them even better — for a price — by eliminating the pesky cord in exchange for a lithium-ion battery that’s good…

Breville Smart Grill
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The Next Best Thing to An Open Flame

Breville Smart Grill and Griddle

While the word grill typical inspires visions like this in our head, there’s something to be said for having an electric version on standby just in case. They’re also a great appliance for those short on space who want an alternative to broiling or pan frying. The Breville Smart Grill ($310) is a good option…

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Monitor From a Cool Distance

Ryobi TEK4 Professional Infrared Thermometer

One way to test the heat of your grill is to step right up, look at the grill temp gauge, and feel the burn on your already steamed person. Ryobi on the other hand offers a pleasant alternative with the Ryobi TEK4 Professional Infrared Thermometer ($69). As a point-and-shoot infrared thermometer, it instantly measures grill…

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Great Design to Save Your Spine

Allsop WheelEasy Folding Carts

Most homeowners are painfully aware that with the heat of summer comes yard work. Rather than break your back lugging brush and debris to the curb with your standard wheelbarrow, pick up an Allsop WheelEasy Folding Cart ($65). The WheelEasy container is composed of a vinyl-coated denier nylon that expands to a 3-cubic-foot basin when…

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Mesh for Less Mess

Williams-Sonoma Mesh Chef’s Pan

Grilling smaller food items can be a bit like playing Lemmings. Careful attention will insure much of what you started with will survive, but some poor morsels are bound to slip through the cracks. While there are many tools and techniques out there to help with this problem, this mesh chef’s pan ($50) from Williams-Sonoma…

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Rainy With a Chance of Delayed Watering

Rainwater Urn

Recapturing rain is a fast, eco-friendly way to conserve water used for your plants and garden. Problem is, as good as big recycled whiskey barrels can look, they often lack durability and water-sealing which leaves stagnant water susceptible to mosquito habitats. Remember: ~7 days from stagnant water to mosquito infestation. This 65 gallon Rainwater Urn…

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Can Your Dog Learn a New Trick?

Doggie Fountain

After spending a long winter couped up, summer is the time for man’s best friend to cut loose. Especially if you have a backyard that they can explore even when you’re away at work. Dehydration though is certainly a concern that most loyal owners solve by leaving out a water bowl. The Doggie Fountain ($40)…

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The Cooler Cooler

Coleman Steel Belted Cooler

Still made in the USA, the Wichita, Kansas-based Coleman company has been producing the Coleman Steel Belted Cooler ($130) since the 1950’s. An ever-classic staple of Americana, this 54 quart cooler will carry 85 cans of your friend’s and family’s favorite drinks with heavy-duty construction that you can pass down. Yes, a generational cooler. The…

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Shuffleboard + Golf = Sholf


A new take on what would otherwise be just another boring putting mat, Sholf ($40) turns your patio or hallway into the epicenter of casual competition. Mixing the tools of golf with the strategy and scoring method of table shuffleboard, the game is one that pretty much anyone can play; Sholf pairs perfectly with a…

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Ribs, Chops, Steaks, & Wings by Ray Lampe

Besides a title that gets your mouth watering, Ribs, Chops, Steaks, & Wings ($14) has a singular focus on our favorite food group: meat. 40 simple meat-centric recipes make up this 132 page book. Everything from veal chops Oscar, to filet mignon, to Southern fall-off-the-bone spare ribs. Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe also takes you through…

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Optimus Grill

Char-Broil Grill 2 Go ICE Portable Infrared Grill

When it comes to portable grills we really only have three words: Steak On Demand. Being the grill fiends we are, we chomped at the chance to fire up a Char Broil Grill 2 Go ICE Portable Infrared Gas Grill and Cooler Combo ($199). The verdict: the G2G-ICE will fights portable grilling battles by pulling…

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Mulch and Music

Polk Audio Atrium Garden Speaker System

YJust because you’re outside doesn’t mean you don’t deserve good sound. Bring the bass (and midrange, and treble) pool or patio-side with a Polk Audio Atrium Garden Speaker System ($599). We had an opportunity to trial the system this past month with a volunteer who offered up his patio (a rarity) and party (not a…

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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…

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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…