Weber FireStarter Cubes, 24 Count – $3.99 + free add on shipping

Weber 7417 FireStarters Lighter Cubes, 24 Count

Weber 7417 FireStarters Lighter Cubes by Weber.  24 Count.  Oderless, non-toxic fuel.  Fast Lighting.  Use to quick and easy lighting of charcoal briquettes.

6/27/18 10 AM Central: These are selling for $3.99. Shipping to most US addresses is also free, with a qualifying order, as part of the Amazon’s Add On promotion. Need help putting together a qualifying order?  Check out our Recent Amazon Finds.  Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Weber 7417 FireStarters Lighter Cubes, 24 Count

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Weber Wood Chunks – multiple varieties – $6.99 + Free Add On Shipping

Weber-Stephen Products 17150 Mesquite Wood Chunks, 350 cu. in. (0.006 cubic meter)

Weber-Stephen Products 17150 Mesquite Wood Chunks, 350 cu. in. (0.006 cubic meter) by Weber

7/3/18 10 AM Central: Several varieties of this highly rated cooking wood are selling for $6.99. Shipping to most US addresses is also free, with a qualifying order, as part of the Amazon’s Add On promotion. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Weber-Stephen Products 17150 Mesquite Wood Chunks, 350 cu. in. (0.006 cubic meter) – multiple varieties available, check product page for pricing

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Announcing: The ProNeedle – Ultimate Digital Pocket Thermometer – from ThermoWorks

ProNeedle™ - The Ultimate Pocket Digital Thermometer

ProNeedle™ – The Ultimate Pocket Digital Thermometer

About, from ThermoWorks: “Designed for commercial use, ProNeedle is the ultimate professional pocket digital thermometer. Features include blazing fast 3-4 second response, IP67 waterproof rating, ThermoWorks’ exclusive 180-degree auto-rotating display, Hold button, Min/Max display, 5-year warranty, and adjustable calibration trim. Outperforms all competitors.”

  • Super-Fast® 3-4 Second Readings
  • Waterproof IP67 rating
  • 180-degree auto-rotating display
  • 3-inch probe, fits in chef coat pocket
  • Accuracy to ±0.9°F (±0.5°C)
  • 5-year warranty
  • 3,000-hour battery life
  • Available in 3 colors
  • Hold, Max/Min, Calibration Trim

ProNeedle™ – The Ultimate Pocket Digital Thermometer

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Hands On Review: Osprey 40 Liter Transporter Duffel Bag

Osprey Transporter 40 Travel Duffel Bag

Here’s a hands on look at Osprey’s 40 Liter Transporter Duffel Bag

Osprey Transporter 40 Travel Duffel Bag (via Amazon) by Osprey

The Transporter, at least the 40 Liter size is packable.  It comes packed just like this.  It was a bit tough to unpack, so I wouldn’t consider it easily packable.  It’s nice to have the ability, but I probably will not pack it much if ever.

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A Look At: Spyderco Stainless Steel ClipiTool Multi Tool

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ClipiTool Multi Tool By Spyderco

I had the pleasure of visiting Spyderco’s facility located in Golden, Colorado while on a family vacation.  I was extremely impressed by the quality of the gear they make and have since purchased several of their products.  Here’s a look at their ClipiTool Multi Tool.

The ClipiTool features stainless steel construction and three functions.  A knife blade, a flat screw driver and a bottle opener along with a clip and lanyard hole.

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Thermapen Mk4 Private Open Box Sale – lowest price ever!

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ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4 (Mark 4) [Review – via our partner site Homebrew Finds] is a stellar thermometer.  It boasts a number of great improvements and features including – auto rotating display, auto off with intelligent sleep and wake modes, intelligent backlight -standard, 3,000 hour battery life (now uses easy to find AAA batteries!), 3 second read times, accuracy to +- .7 deg F and… Waterproof! to IP66/67 standard.

Open Box Sale!  Thermoworks has launched a private open box sale on this great thermometer.  This private sale brings the Mk4 down 25% to $74.25. Thermoworks is saying this is the lowest price ever offered.  Open box units are in like new condition and include full 2 year manufacturer warranty.  If you’re planning to stock up and re-sell… don’t as these are not marked for resale.

Note that you must use this private sale page to get the deal.  The standard product page will not reflect the discount.

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The Case for Better Coffee – how to make a better cup

French Press Starter KitPictured: French Press Starter Kit – via La Colombe

A good number of years ago, I had the pleasure of watching Alton Brown’s Good Eats on the subject of coffee.  It explained many things and helped me understand why I was struggling to produce something that I would call a good cup of coffee.  Since I have had the pleasure of traveling to Central America many times and have furthered my love and appreciation of a good cup of coffee.  I’ve gone from drip to french press to pour-overs to roasting my own green coffee beans to making espresso in my home that rivals or often time exceeds the brew that’s coming out of many coffee shops at a fraction of the price.  Here are some tips to take your cup to the next level no matter where you are in the spectrum.

  1. For the pre-ground drip coffee maker crowd – Use the right amount of coffee.  Generally speaking, you’re looking for 2 tablespoons per 6 ounces of water.  If you like your coffee weaker than that… dandy.  Make it using 2 tablespoons for 6 ounces and dilute it to taste with hot water.  Using too little coffee draws unwanted and bitter compounds from the coffee.  Use the right amount of coffee.
  2. Start with good water.  If your water is overly hard or otherwise unpleasant pick up a filter or consider using bottled water.
  3. Grind your own.  The biggest bang for the buck improvement in my opinion is grinding your own beans.  Green coffee beans have a shelf life of years, in fact some think that green coffee beans get better as they age.  Roasted coffee beans have an optimal shelf life of 2 weeks or under.  Ground coffee has a shelf life of… minutes.  Ground coffee has a lot more surface area (compared with whole unground coffee) to interact with oxygen and stale/oxidize.  Also fresh beans release CO2.  That CO2 helps to drive important oils and flavors out during the brewing process.  Ground coffee left to sit, releases all its CO2.  Leaving no CO2 left to help drive the flavor extraction process.  All pre-ground coffee is stale. Amazon Best Sellers in Coffee Grinders
  4. Get the grind right.  Each brewing method calls for a specific grind size.  That grind corresponds with the speed of the method and helps extract the right flavors and compounds.  Choose the right setting for your equipment.
  5. Get fresh beans.  Look for a busy coffee roaster that includes roast dates on the bag.  Busy means beans aren’t sitting around too long.  In my opinion… I suggest running away from bins of coffee beans.  These are open the air and are most likely stail.  Who knows how long they’ve been sitting there.  Run from the bins!
  6. Skip the drip coffee maker.  Most drip coffee makers do not get hot enough for optimal brewing.  A pour over brewer is generally inexpensive and gives you control over your water at a reasonable price.  You can be certain your water is hot enough by heating it yourself in a tea kettle.  In my opinion a freshly ground pour-over coffee is an economical way to get a great cup of coffee that outclasses most drip machines.
  7. If you want to make the jump to espresso… plan on saving up.  A quality setup is pricey.  Expect to spend $400+ for just the grinder.  I started with a cheap espresso maker (real cheap) and had terrible results, I moved on to a Rancilio Silvia and a Rocky Grinder and have since moved on to a Rocket Espresso Appartemento.  A great cup of coffee can be made relatively inexpensively with fresh beans that have been recently ground using a method that allows you to heat up the water to the right temperature – french press, pour-over, chemex and more.  Inexpensive and quality espresso setup are mutually exclusive terms in my opinion.

If you’re happy with your cup of Joe, that’s what counts.  If you’re not and looking to improve consider some of these ideas.

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Recipe: Jack Stack BBQ’s Cheesy Corn Bake! – from Jack Stack

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting Jack Stack BBQ, you’re probably familiar with their Cheesy Corn Bank. It’s pretty amazing.

Jack Stack used to make this recipe available on their website, that was years ago.  From what I can gather, it has since been pulled down.

Here is the recipe.  Credit goes to Jack Stack BBQ

Yield: 10-12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz Cream Cheese, cubed 1”
  • 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 cup 2% Milk
  • ½ tsp Garlic Salt
  • ¼ lb Smoked Ham, diced ¼”
  • 10 oz Kernel Corn, frozen

Procedure:

  1. In a four-quart sauce pan, over low heat, melt cream cheese, cheddar cheese, & 2% milk. Stir constantly to prevent scorching, until thickened, smooth and bubbly.
  2. Stir in garlic salt and remove from heat.
  3. Stir in corn and ham.
  4. Transfer mixture to a two-quart casserole dish.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour.

Variation: I’ve also put this on the smoker instead of baking.

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REI Co-op Guide to National Parks App…. FREE!

From the Hiking Project: “REI Co-op Guide to National Parks is your comprehensive guide to hiking trails and gems in our National Parks. Complete descriptions, vertical profiles, family tips and much more. See your live location on the trail map – never get lost!”

The REI Co-op Guide to National Parks is available for both iOS/iPhone and Android.  As of this posting, it’s free.

See: www.hikingproject.com/nationalparks

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Coleman 28 Quart Cooler

Coleman 28-Quart Cooler With Bail Handle, BlueColeman 28-Quart Cooler With Bail Handle

  • Polyethylene
  • Holds 36 cans
  • Tall enough to hold 2-liter bottles upright
  • Hinged lid
  • Large bail handle for comfortable carrying
  • Made with Thermozone insulation

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Spyderco Byrd Raven 2

Spyderco Raven 2 Folding Knife with 3.33" Plain Edge Blade

Spyderco Raven 2 Folding Knife with 3.33″ Plain Edge Blade

Spyderco Raven 2 Folding Knife with 3.33″ Plain Edge Blade

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