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Review

Stumped by Stump Chunks

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Back in July I wrote a blog entry about STUMP CHUNKS FIRE STARTERS. This product is 100 percent natural kindling wood made from tree stump wood. It was my preliminary evaluation and initial discoveries about the product. Three months have passed and I have used the product more and made two new discoveries, one good and the other not so good. This blog will discuss both items and suggest a possible cause/solution for the not so good item. It will also discuss an unexpected discovery I made back in July and how it is still the case today. Read More...
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Stump Chunks Fire Starters

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This blog is about my first impressions of a fire starter product called Stump Chunks. It is made locally in New Hampshire from ground up tree stumps making it a green product since the tree stumps were left over from lumbering operations and would otherwise have gone to waste. I began hearing about this product last summer and have wanted to try it for a while now. After my first test fire, it was looking like it would not work for me for the type of fire I like to create. But I could see plenty of other uses where it would be a perfect solution for others. Then I did some thinking, I made a few minor changes that made a big difference Read More...
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These Pans Have the Midas Touch

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I recently added to and completed (for now) my collection of some excellent bakeware. It is good enough, I thought I would devote a blog entry to it. I am referring to the Williams-Sonoma Goldtouch line of non-stick bakeware. Normally I wouldn’t get too excited about a line of pans, but these particular pans are demonstratively better in several categories. I will make my case and you can decide, but these pans have certainly made a difference in my baking. So much so that I have pretty much replaced all of my conventional baking pans with the Goldtouch. Read More...
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There's a New Charcoal in Town

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Pardon my painful paraphrasing of the line from Western movies: “Look out, there is a new sheriff in town”. There is indeed a new charcoal in town, it is called Ranch-T and I am rather excited about it. You can blame the western sounding name of this charcoal for my bad pun. I was lucky enough to get to try and test some pre-release sample bags and i was quite impressed with the performance. It is being rolled out to market starting this past week, and will be available in small quantities to start. This blog will describe my experiences using the pre-release bags of this new lump charcoal and where it is intended to fit in the marketplace. Read More...
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Smoke It LIKE A PRO-Cookbook

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I have been looking forward to this Kamado grill cookbook since I heard about it over a year ago. The title is: Smoke It LIKE A PRO which is subtitled: On the Big Green Egg & Other Ceramic Cookers. It is further described on the cover as: An Independent Guide with Master Recipes from a Competition Barbecue Team. It is written by Eric Mitchell who is a New England based competition barbecue cook. He and his wife Cindi use Big Green Eggs to compete under the banner of Yabba Dabba Que. I have eaten food cooked by this pair fresh off the Egg on 6 different occasions and I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally have this book. While this book is written from the perspective of cooking the food on a Big Green Egg, it would be a similar experience on other Kamado cookers. But even if you don’t own a Kamado cooker, this book is well worth buying for the recipes alone. Read More...
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The Airlighter - 2nd Gen. Fire Starter

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The Airlighter is a high speed fire starting device for grills and wood stoves that came out about a year ago. It uses a high temperature flame to get the coals or wood ignited quickly and then a high speed fan serves to spread the flames. The Airlighter is portable and does not require a power outlet like electric fire starters. It uses high quality non-clogging butane for the flame and a rechargeable battery for the fan. I already owned a competitor to the Airlighter, the Looftlighter, which is a corded electric fire starter. From my point of view Airlighter is not simply a knock off of the Looftlighter. While it is obviously inspired by the Looftlighter, the Airlighter is more like an attempt to take the strengths and weaknesses of the Looftlighter and improve on them. This blog will also compare the two based on my first uses of the Airlighter. At the end of this blow I will provide some links to previous blog posts about the Looftlighter and links to both manufacturer’s web sites. Read More...
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CyberCook - CyberQ WiFi Software

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One of the reasons I was excited to be getting my CyberQ WiFi was I had discovered there was some 3rd party iOS software out there for it. The software allowed you to access the CyberQ WiFi remotely and made it easier to use. What excited me the most is some of this software was said to add features such as graphing and logging your cooks. I used to log my cooks manually by going out to the Kitchen and taking readings from my Maverick ET-72 remote read thermometer every 15 or 30 minutes. This software for the CyberQ did all of this for you, even while you were away from the house or sleeping. The first 3 apps I tried were rather disappointing for any one of several reasons. Then I stumbled onto CyberCook (iPad) and CyberCook Mini (iPhone). It had all of the features I was looking for and then some. It had a nice clean interface which was nice to look at, but the “eye candy” does not take precedence over the functionality. The App is extremely well thought out. CyberCook is now my GoTo app for controlling my CyberQ WiFi on both my iPad and iPhone. After this review I think you will see why. Read More...
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