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    As "Special Correspondent" - once a month, for a full hour, I join Craig Crossman and Co-Host Ben Crossman on Computer America - America's longest running nationally syndicated radio talk show about computers. But when I'm on the show we talk about every kind of gadget! To hear the show, or to go to the archives (which now covers the past two years) click below www.computeramerica.com

    Sunday
    May222016

    From The National Hardware Show, BBQ gadgets and other goodies! 

     

    There were a ton of “Ways to cook outdoors” at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas. For this week's show I picked three of them -- from under $10 to several thousand dollars. Let's start at the low end with Burnie's All Wood Self-Burning Grill.

     

    Here's how the company describes the Burnie All-Wood Self-Burning Grill. It's 100% All Natural Alder Wood, Zero Chemicals. When you're done, the Burnie burns itself out. No waste. No cleanup. And it's great for the environment. It is available in two sizes: Large and Medium. The Large dimensions are 12" wide x 5" tall and the Medium dimensions are 9" wide x 5" tall. Because all Burnie's are made from All Natural Alder wood the dimensions above are approximate and each can vary in width. To use, simply place your Burnie in any charcoal grill, fire pit or designated burning area and light the center fire starter. (I watched a spokesperson light one with a single match as the center wood chip is soaked in a fire starter fluid.) In about 20 minutes Burnie is ready to be either cooked directly on or used with a grill grate. You cane expect an 1.5 hour cook time for the Medium Burnie and 2.5 hour cook time on the Large Burnie. At the show they said the medium size is under $10 and the large size is under $13.

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/TeLycgFIxEs

     

    Company website: http://www.burniegrill.com/

    Sunday
    May222016

    Use the sun as your fuel.

    GoSun has designed a line of high efficiency solar ovens that quickly and reliably make food without fuel. Able to feed two people in just 20 minutes while remaining safe to touch. The standard GoSun Sport package includes a Vacuum Tube Oven, two Parabolic Reflectors that hinge to protect the tube in transport, a Stainless Steel Cooking Tray with integrated Silicone Seal and Wooden Handle for getting food in and out, a Cleaning Scrubby, and a Carrying Handle that becomes the Integrated Stand. Includes Two-Year, No-Questions-Asked-Warranty. Help Combat Global Warming! A nice extra perk for the environment from the company: GoSun believes our breakthrough solar ovens can help combat global warming by significantly cutting back on the use of fossil fuels. We want to ensure that our “footprint” is emission free all the way back to the manufacture of our ovens. So we are planting trees through a partnership with Trees for the Future. 20 new trees are planted for every GoSun Stove sold. There has been much talk about how to combat CO2 and other greenhouse emissions. A new report (2015), by Oxford University researchers concluded that one of the best things we can do is simple -- plant trees. According to carbonfootprint.com, a tree can offset 48 pounds of CO2 per year, or 2,000 pounds (one ton) of CO2 during a tree’s life. GoSun has helped to plant over 10,000 trees since 2013. The GoSun Sport does well rating-wise on Amazon. It got 4.6 stars from 56 reviewers. It's $279, and it's Amazon Prime, so free shipping for Prime Members. (Amazon info as of 5/18/16) 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/s8gFzeraMCs 

     

    Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1R9MAYX

     

    Company website: http://www.gosunstove.com/

    Sunday
    May222016

    The most high-end backyard BBQ I saw at the National Hardware Show.

    The most expensive backyard grill I saw at the show was the Napoleon 665. Walking down the aisle I was just drawn to it by the glowing 'tech blue' control knobs. There were quite a few other people eyeing it too. Since this model was indoors it wasn't being demostrated. But I did get quite a bit of info on it. As you read, get a price in your head. I'll tall what it is at the end here. “The new Prestige PRO Series PRO665RSIB Gas Grill comes with 8 burners in total, and can grill up to 42 4” hamburgers at once. In addition to burgers, you can grill gourmet meals on the 9.5 - millimeter, stainless steel Wave cooking grids. While you’re busy grilling up the perfect steak, or slow grilling the perfect roast, you can cook amazing side dishes on the ceramic infrared side burner. Not just for quickly searing the perfect steak, the ceramic brick heats to 1,800°F in just over 30 seconds and can be used to make sauces, boil water, and even sauté. Other features include: 98,000 BTU's, Integrated Wood Chip Smoker Tray, Interior Lights, 1140 Inch Total Cooking Areas, Jetfire Ignition. And the price? …..$2999.00. (And it's not their priciest unit, just the most expensive that I saw.)

    It's here on Amazon with free shipping, which is good, because it weighs over 300 pounds. (Free shipping is  not Amazon Prime shipping, however.) http://amzn.to/1VakG6c 

    Company video: (It's a commercial, but it does show off the 665 quite well. You can easily skip  the 1st minute and still see almost all the features. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Iejwp6qCvk

    Sunday
    May222016

    The Mystical Fire Campfire Fireplace Colorant!  

    Here's what Amazon says about the Mystical Fire Campfire Fireplace Colorant: Add color to your fire! Throw 1 to 3 pouches into a fire and watch the flames magically change colors. Can be used in both indoor and outdoor fires. A unique way to enjoy a brilliant display of colorful flames on wood burning fires. A single pouch provides a rainbow of colors, including dark & light blues, purple, red, green and yellow. Use on Camp Fires, Backyard Fire Pits, Indoor Fireplaces, For All Wood Burning Fireplaces. It's Amazon's #1 Best Seller in Fireplaces & Accessories. Out of 942 reviews the product earned 4.6 stars out of 5 stars. A 12 pack is $8.26 and it's Amazon Prime. (All info as of 5/19/16) 

    Amazon link: http://amzn.to/1XDd5xN

    Sunday
    May222016

    Fun & Unusual Gadgets from The National Hardware Show! 

    When is a lock, not a lock?

     

    Not A Lock is designed as a theft deterrent with the appearance of a locking padlock, but surprise -- it does not lock! Just like folks who have security system signs outside their house and no security system installed, or have fake security cameras, Not A Lock offers the look of a heavy duty lock while not needing keys, combinations, Bluetooth, etc. Not A Lock snaps closed like a locking padlock, but opens with a sharp pull-down. Randall, from EKUSA, the company that makes the lock said think of it as using a gate locking latch, except the gate locking mechanism is inside the heavy-duty padlock. I think this is a great idea to guard things that aren't expensive, but you like to guard with some sort of security without having to worrying about losing the key, carrying an extra key, or not having the key with you. I think it's a clever idea, probably the most inventive thing I saw the 2016 National Hardware Show.$14.99.


    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/vpQbgrhsG0Q

     

    Company website: http://www.ekusa.com/