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Tools And Toys

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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

Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

the good one grill

The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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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.

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Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

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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!

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The Swiss Army Knife Of Thermometers


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).

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Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater


Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

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The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

NK-22-Ck Grill

Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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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.

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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.

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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

masterbuilt gas smoker

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

Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

masterbuilt gas smoker

Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

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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.

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Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

fireboard bbq thermometer

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.

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Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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KBQ - The "Maiden Voyage"

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  • Top | #61
    At times Rfuilrez I have had a bit of ash on my briskets, especially on the ends of the meat next to the heat dispersion manifold inside.
    I have actually used my spritz spray (bottle) to rinse the ash off of that end of the meat.
    The top poppet opening is the most likely "culprit" allowing ash to be introduced into the cooking chamber below.

    To minimize ash on your smoked products you might consider some of these thoughts I have posted below...
    1) Always allow the draw fan to come to a complete stop before adding wood.
    Also the draw fan should be stopped before tamping down or adjusting wood in the firebox.
    You might also close the top poppet just before adding fresh wood.
    2) After wood has been added, with the draw fan still off, push or pry the freshly added wood towards the end of the firebox opposite to the poppets increasing the gap between the wood and the top poppet opening.
    3) With the firebox being just under 11" inside, cut your logs/splits shorter in length so that there is a greater gap between the end of the wood and the top poppet opening.
    This distances flaking/falling wood ash farther from the poppet opening through which heat and smoke move into the cooking chamber.
    4) Run with the top poppet completely closed during windy smokes/cooks.
    5) Position the meat closer to the door a with the larger gap between the meat and the manifold in the back.
    6) Keep the lid on during the periods of time between wood adds to help shield the wind from blowing ashes in through the top poppet opening.
    7) At times, the cooking chamber temperature may start dropping even though you have sufficient wood in the firebox.
    This is generally caused by clogged holes in the coal tray. When opening these holes, make sure the draw fan is stopped.
    8) Empty the ash from the bottom ash storage area after each cook/smoke and spray/rinse the firebox out with water before storing away.

    I have a switch that I use to shut the power off to my KBQ's when needed.
    Last edited by BBQ_Bill; September 22nd, 2018, 03:10 PM.


    • EdF
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    • BBQ_Bill
      BBQ_Bill commented
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      You are most welcome my friend!
      LUV these machines and LUV sharing whether it is a stupid mistake (Like blowing the KBQ door open) or a discovery (Like a set of COOL door handles).

  • Top | #62

    Yeah I made my logs about this long and have been keeping them that way. I also noticed that I bumped the top poppet valve a couple times and knocked it open. Have a modification in mind for that.

    Ive also been diligent about shutting the thermostat down when opening the door and messing with the wood and coals. There was some ash on the sausage I cooked first, but doesn’t look like much if any on the turkey breast I’m smoking right now. Click image for larger version

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    • Top | #63
      There are several of us using Binder Clamps on the 1/4" bolts.
      They are used to hold the adjusted settings of the Poppets Rfuilrez.
      By using different configurations and sizes, settings can be held fairly well, from closed to various open positions including fully open.
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      The photos above show three configurations I have used.
      3/4", 1-1/4" and 2" Binder Clip sizes are shown, but 2 each of the 1-1/4" wide size will hold the arms of a 2" wide one securely and keep that poppet in most all positions quite nicely.
      Smoke On!
      Last edited by BBQ_Bill; September 22nd, 2018, 10:30 PM. Reason: Added two more photos and gave a better explanation of uses.


      • Top | #64
        BBQ_Bill Im thinking to replace the screw with some all threaded screw and putting a nut (red) positioned so that it can can close all the way, a spring (blue) to push the nut and force it closed. And then a wing nut (green) to hold it open to whatever position I want.

        Im also going to replace the handle on the lid with something I can get my hand around. That itty bitty eye bolt ain’t enough lol.

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        • Top | #65
          I DO like the idea of replacing the eye bolt with something else Rfuilrez
          Currently, I use the fire tending tool, but the lid swings around too much when trying to put it back on the firebox.
          Gonna head to Home Depot and get something.


        • Top | #66
          Posted the fruits of my first day cooking on the KBQ in the show us what you’re cooking thread.


          Sausage, turkey breast, and tomahawk ribeye!!


          • Top | #67
            BBQ_Bill This is what I ended up with. Less than $5 at Home Depot. Couple holes and done. A gloved hand fits nicely.

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            • BBQ_Bill
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              Gotcha. I designed one using the center hole.
              Will post a photo here when done.

            • Ricardo
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              Thank you for sharing! Looks much user friendly.
              How’s the handleing of the lid... I assume much improved over the original? It must get pretty hot, so a special glove of sorts may be in order. What type or kind of glove are you using?

            • Rfuilrez
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              Ricardo It is definitely much better than the original small eye bolt. I use the PBC Pitt mitts for most all of my outdoor cooking and this is no exception. Don’t feel any heat when lifting the lid. Though, I don’t handle it for very long. Just enough to get it off and set it down. I usually hang it from the side of the fire box, I’ll get a picture.

          • Top | #68
            BBQ_Bill This is what I came up with for the poppet valves. I got some long stainless steel bolts and threaded them most of the way up at work (we didn’t have all threaded ones) and added a spring as such.

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            You need to use conical springs so they will compress flat. It puts enough tension on the poppet valve to keep it close, or at whatever position I set the wing nut.


            • Top | #69
              Very cool.
              This should hold the 1/8" open position on the Top Poppet quite nicely.
              I have recently discovered a setting procedure that I really like a lot Rfuilrez
              You can read about it here in the thread named KBQ - The "POPPETS"
              The details of very latest discovery can be found HERE


              • Top | #70
                Just a note...
                I have stopped using the pivot rods and couplings to hold my KBQ doors in place.
                I am now using two hex bolts, without nuts.
                (Just slide them in to hold the door, and out to remove the door)
                Am finding that it not only works and stays in place long enough for a single smoke, but it is way easier.
                To install, I slide the door into the frame. (In the open position)
                Next, I visually align the 1st door hole with the frame hole.
                Then, I insert the 1st bolt until it bottoms out.
                Finally, I align the 2nd hole and insert the 2nd bolt.
                Bottom Line:
                Quicker, easier, no worries about a "stuck" coupling from dried liquids, and...
                most all hardware stores carry plenty of them in stock.

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                • BBQ_Bill
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                  This post as seen above was originally in a private message/chat with another member of the KBQ Family. Thought others might be interested as well, so I posted it here for all to view. OH... and again, NO tools needed (Except for your best two. (Your hands)

              • Top | #71
                BBQ_Bill Something like this might work real nice for that

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                • BBQ_Bill
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                  (Great minds think alike... OR, pea-brains are usually in the same pod)

              • Top | #72
                If you want something "Fancy" I will be selling these shortly at my cost. (After prototype Testing is completed)

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                • BBQ_Bill
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                  You got it my friend.
                  They are 316 Stainless Steel, so they are pretty rust resistant and should work, but we will see how WELL they work. Most of the ones I found were too long (in my opinion) so I am going with the shorter ones.

                • Timcee
                  Timcee commented
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                  BBQ_Bill I tried the bolts and they were too long but I love the idea of this vs the bolts anyway.. Can't wait! Taking the bolts off today was a real trial.. ended up splitting fingers (2). So I'm def highly anticipating these!

                • BBQ_Bill
                  BBQ_Bill commented
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                  Dang man.
                  I don't know how you were hurt but that sux bigtime!
                  Sorry to hear this for sure.
                  I use bolts in all of mine, no nuts... just slide them in and close the door.
                  When done, pull them out and throw the door in the tub to soak.

              • Top | #73
                I already have some of these stainless steel pins on order, and thought I would try them out before offering them as a good fastener for the doors.
                As it is, I am pretty satisfied with the $.05 bolts.


                • Top | #74
                  Was just now thinking... (I know, it could be dangerous for me to do such)
                  However, I do have several other KBQ projects.
                  They are mostly sitting on "Back Burners" due to the priorities in my life at this time.
                  You are the "inventor type" from what I have seen, no?
                  Maybe we can "collaborate" and get some of these KBQ mods available for the KBQ Family?
                  Am thinking there are quite a few members that have announced their ownership of KBQ's in the ComfortablyNumb Roll Call thread at this time...
                  It might be good to have another KBQ owner working on these.
                  What do you think?
                  Basically, NO machine that I have come into contact with is perfect.
                  Even the "mighty KBQ" has several shortcomings and flaws.
                  To list them here in this thread might stir up ideas from several members of the KBQ community.
                  1) Ashes and coals fall out when tamping the firebox and adding wood.
                  These coals and ashes fall on the topside of the machine, as well as some coals falling on the ground/deck/floor/grass (whatever)
                  My "Smoking Shoes" have plenty of melted spots on the soles from stepping on hot coals.
                  2) An auto-feeder, whether it be wood, chunks, or smaller pieces of hardwood is something many have thought about and ideas abound.
                  3) A hinge grill top and a hinge lid, one on each side of the firebox is another idea.
                  They slide into the sides and slide out, but are available to use quickly when needed.
                  4) The KBQ's lid eye-bolt when lifted by the stainless steel fire prod/tool is not stable and rotates when attempting to replace the lid.
                  I have a prototype with a piece of angle welded inside that works, but have also found that a certain tong set works very well with NO mod to the original KBQ lid.
                  I have to get ready for work... but the list I could type here goes on and on...
                  Last edited by BBQ_Bill; October 25th, 2018, 08:29 AM.


                  • Rfuilrez
                    Rfuilrez commented
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                    Yeah man. I’m a machine builder (high speed automation) by trade and a perpetual tinkerer. If you got ideas, we can roll through them.

                    I’m new to the KBQ and don’t seem to use it nearly as much as some of you guys so I’m sure you’ve seen more ideas than I have.

                  • BBQ_Bill
                    BBQ_Bill commented
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                    Sweet! I do gotta run but WILL get back with you on this. THANKS!

                • Top | #75
                  I think up, draw and design prototype machinery for a manufacturer.
                  Then I build, test and put them into production where I work.
                  Too cool that we do similar things for a living!