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Some Of Our Favorite
Tools And Toys

These are not ads. These are products we love and highly recommend. Click here to read more about our medals and what they mean.

 


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Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

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Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

maverick PT55 thermometer

A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

Click here for more info on the Maverick PT-55 Waterproof Instant-Read Thermometer Review shown above. It may be the best value in a thermometer out there


If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

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The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool


GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

grill grates

GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

Click here for more about what makes these grates so special


Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only 9 delivered to your door!

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them


The Swiss Army Knife Of Thermometers

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The smart folks at ThermoWorks have finally done it: The Swiss Army Knife of thermometers, two in one. Start with the industry standard food thermometer, the Thermapen MK4, (Platinum Medal winner) truly instant (2 to 3 seconds) precise (+ or – 0.7°F). Then they built in an infrared thermometer ideal for measuring the temps of pizza stones, griddles, and frying pans (also great for finding leaks around doors and windows in your house).

Click here to read our test results and comprehensive review and why it won our Platinum Medal.


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G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

Click here to read our detailed review

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The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

the good one grill

The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

Click here to read our complete review


kareubequ bbq smoker

Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

Click here for our review of this superb smoker


Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

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The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

Click here to read our detailed review


PK 360 grill

Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

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Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

Click here to read our detailed review

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    Controlling Pit Viper Fan w/Fireboard?

    I know I read something on here with people doing this, but now I'm looking at the Fireboard page, and it tells me that the fan control bit is an accessory that ships this month? Do you really need that dongle? The dongle alone is like $80!

  • Top | #2
    Since I'm returning the Cyber-Q anyway -- and Guru said they would void my warranty if I use the Viper w/the Fireboard -- I think I'm just going to return the whole thing and use the $60 fan that Fireboard sells.

    Any reason not to?

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    • Top | #3
      You have to have the Fireboard fan cable, and yes - it is pricey. A lot however do buy just the Pit Bull or Pit Viper fan and use that with the Fireboard. If you buy just the fan, I don’t think they have to know or care what you use it with.

      Personally I like the mount and adapters offered by guru - depending on what grill you have they may work better than the Fireboard option.

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      • wcpreston
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        Just to confirm. I need the fan cable regardless of what fan I use, right? Seems to match what Polarbear777 is saying below. You're just saying a lot of people use the Guru funs w/the cable.

      • jfmorris
        jfmorris commented
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        Yes, you must have that fan drive cable, no matter what fan you use.

    • Top | #4
      The guru pit viper fan can be controlled with the fireboard just fine (I have a fan and adapter on everything I use) I don’t like the square mount fan that fireboard sells, more because making a 1” hole and using the guru fan port adapter is easy, very secure and allows you to still use the ash sweepers if you mount it in the right place on a Weber (works fine for pit barrel also, and acually slides right into a pk360 intake as well).

      You do need to get the “drive” cable for the fireboard to drive any fan.

      I believe most of these type of fans are 12V and the only control is analog voltage to them so everything should work fine, even a different fan, so long as it isn’t a different max voltage.

      the fireboard also has some settings you can tweak if you have an overly large or unusual fan set up.

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      • wcpreston
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        I have a G2 Chubby, and it has a rectangular damper that seems like it would fit this nicely. I will inquire further.
        Last edited by wcpreston; January 8th, 2019, 01:26 AM.

      • Polarbear777
        Polarbear777 commented
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        Might want to look at the a la carte fan mounts that bbqguru has. They have a ton of adapters and one of those might even be better for your cooker.

        https://www.bbqguru.com/storenav?CategoryId=2

      • wcpreston
        wcpreston commented
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        Polarbear777 Read my additional post below. It's longer than 500 characters so it can't be a comment

    • Top | #5
      I just did a 23-hour cook with mine. temp stayed really flat at 225 F. the FireBoard Drive works very well.

      I was at work when the cook finished, so I turned the temp down to 185 F. I held it in the BGE for a few hours, till I got home.
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      • wcpreston
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        But you have a fan and the cable, right? It just seems that $90 for just a cable seems pretty high.

    • Top | #6
      Yes, once again, you need the cable to run the fan. The Fireboard unit has no place to plug a fan into it so the cable is that conduit, period. If you choose to use their fan or buy the Pit Viper fan you must have somewhere to plug the fan into. The other nice thing about the fan cable is that it comes with an external AC plug in so you are continuously charging your Fireboard while it simultaneously controls your fan.

      Trust me, it's a big investment, probably close to $400 if you buy the ultimate Fioreboard package, fan cable and some sort of fan, but it's well worth it. It literally changes the way you cook. I mean look at the graph above and mine below. The cook temps are rock solid, you don't even need to worry about it. That allows you to concentrate on cooking the product.

      Also, I don't know why BBQ Guru would tell you the warranty would be void on their fan if used with a Fireboard. I've run that unit tandem for close to 2 years with no problems. The fan just runs off the variable signal sent by the Fire Board the same as their unit does. They're probably mad you're returning the Cyber-Q, sounds like soar eggs to me.

      Now jump down off the fence and bite the bullet and get that fan cable. You will thank us !!

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        I do have the cable. For me, it's worth it. It is so easy. Sure it is "just a cable". But with that cable you can cook and control your pit from anywhere. It allows you to be much more flexible with your cooking. To me, that $90 is money very well spent.

        The cook above was for a party last night, but I didn't have time to cook during the day on Monday as I had to be at work Monday. So I hooked up the cable and fan on Sunday and let it rip all night into Monday. I opened lid only when I came home for lunch. That was the only time I even opened the lid in 23 hours of cooking. The meat was cooked, rested and served by game time last night. All while I was at the office. For $90, I can live with that.

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        • Troutman
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          You mean by the monkey stomp last night. Your buddies must flock to your house !!!

        • Spinaker
          Spinaker commented
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          Yeah, that game got out of hand. Too bad, I was looking for a closer game. Troutman

      • Top | #8
        Hey Spinaker, how do you toggle on the information just below you title and above your notes? I don't get that on my computer screen, here's all I get ......

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        • Spinaker
          Spinaker commented
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          I took that picture as the cook was still going on. Once you end it, the numbers fall off.

        • Troutman
          Troutman commented
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          Oh ok, good to know. I've never had the website running during a cook, just my iphone.

        • Spinaker
          Spinaker commented
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          Yeah, I usually have it running in the background on my desktop. In this case, I was at work, so I was watching it on my desktop. Amazing when you really think about it. Troutman

      • Top | #9
        Polarbear777 I already have the Pit Viper fan and adapter from BBQ Guru. I was considering the Fireboard fan because I was incensed by BBQ Guru telling me they will invalidate my warrantee if I plug it into the Fireboard, which is ridiculous AND a violation of the 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/15/chapter-50 . (A vendor has to prove that what you did caused the malfunction. Proving that plugging a DC power supply cord into a DC power supply, as long as the voltage and amperage are fine, is going to be a bit hard.)

        I also thought it would be "native," and would not require the $79 cable. It's not, and it does.

        So I'm keeping my Viper Fan and adaptor, and purchasing the Fireboard and adapter cable. But now I'm upset at FB for charging me $40 for shipping, which is ridiculous.

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        • Spinaker
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          Good to hear they took care of the shipping cost error. The Pit Viper fan works great with the FB. When you get everything, let us know, and we will make sure you get everything set up right for your first cook!

      • Top | #10
        Just to make you feel better I had a cyberQ and that’s why I had all their fans and mounts. Once I got the fireboard the cyberQ hasn’t been powered on.

        Theres nothing wrong with the CQ. The logic is actually better for control but the fireboard app is easier to interface with than cyberQ website etc interfaces.

        They both are buggy when over WiFi, which is a wash.

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        • wcpreston
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          I just found it clunky. And didn't like having any actual alerts. I can can get emails, but that's not the same.

        • Troutman
          Troutman commented
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          I'm curious about your statement "the logic is actually better for control" Polarbear777. How so? I find the FB to have excellent control.
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