From clothes and sunglasses to kayaks, hammocks and climbing gear, the Outdoor Retailers Summer Market brings together a variety of retailers and others as they bring new items for outdoors enthusiasts.
Mixed in are new cooking gadgets — or ones to help cooking be a better experience. From a robot that cleans grills, to cooking stoves and a magnetic trivet, here are a few that caught my eye during the recent 2015 Summer Market in Salt Lake City. These are generally available on the companies' websites or through retailers, including local ones, listed on their websites.
• Greg Sherry, of Sandy, was showing his Adjust-A-Grill and Fire Pan.
The Adjust-A-Grill, online at adjustagrill.com, is a 16-inch-by-16-inch grill with a 2-foot stake that allows the grill to swivel away from the fire to either let the food rest before serving or to tend the fire. The canvas bag is designed to double as a potholder, Sherry said.
When the grill flips over, there is a rim around the surface to contain things like hot dogs.
Sherry, an outdoorsman who has spent time rafting and camping, designed the Adjust-A-Grill, which nestles in the Fire Pan, for leave-no-trace camping and to fit in the standard fire rings at national parks.
“You don’t know who used it last or what they did with it,” Sherry said of campfire spots.
• Burnie is a ring of alderwood with another ring of alder charcoal with a starter in the center. Light the center firestarter and the 9-inch in diameter medium one is designed to burn for about 1.5 hours and the large 12-inch in diameter one is designed to burn for about 2.5 hours.
It was launched in January, said Kalvis Peterson, of the Florida-based Burnie Grill company, which is online at burniegrill.com, and also eliminates the need to gather wood or use lighter fluid.
• Several stoves and pots were among other items at the SilverFire booth. The Eugene, Oregon,-based company specializes in outdoor cooking products for both recreational and disaster recovery, said Todd Albi, the company’s general manager.
The Survivor Rocket Stove uses five pencil-sized twigs to produce enough heat to quickly boil a gallon or 5 liters of water.
Because of the design and the heat shield, it can be set on a picnic table and used, said Albi.
The Skirted Dragon Pot, which is new this year, is designed to be used with the Survivor Rocket Stove and can also be used on a regular indoor gas stove, Albi said.
“It’s about doing a lot with very little,” Albi said. The company's website is at silverfire.us.
• At the BaroCook booth were several containers that use similar concepts to cook without a fire, electricity or gas fuel.
Use one of the their BaroPacks, which have a mineral composite, and activate it with water, and in less than a minute it heats up the water. Then put the food in a stainless steel insert, put it on the boiling water and lock the lid.
It cooks in about 25-30 minutes — however, there are several foods that won’t need that long to cook or reheat.
There’s a 12-ounce tumbler, 28-ounce and 40-ounce rectangular dishes and a 45-ounce cooking pot. The company's website is barocookamerica.com.
• GSI Outdoors’ four-season portable camping stove is set to be released in 2016.
The stove has an extra hairpin-shaped tube to direct the fuel from the canister. A smaller stove, without the tube, is also scheduled to be released then, according to GSI employees at the booth.
Cook sets with a boilerplate, pot and windstream will be available with the portable stoves.
• Camp Chef was established in 1990, and the Utah-based business has produced a wide variety of outdoor cooking equipment in 25 years.
One of the new items is the SmokePro Lux Pellet Grill that can be used as a smoker or a grill. There is a pellet hopper that releases the pellets under the grilling rack where it’s the fuel. The digital controls help maintain a consistent temperature, said Ryan Neeley with Camp Chef. To clean out the used pellets, pull a lever and the ash slides out, he added. A smaller one, the DLX, is also available.
Camp Chef, online at campchef.com, also has a spray-on Cast Iron Conditioner to season cast iron Dutch ovens and other cast iron cooking equipment and protect them from rust. Many times, vegetable oil, which can go rancid, and the spray conditioner is easier to use than the conditioner the company sells in a tube.
• The Grillbot, a programmable device that cleans grills, has three spinning brushes that propel the Grillbot around the grill as it cleans.
It was developed by Ethan Woods, who found his grill was dirty when he visited his cabin in upstate New York. He got a drill and attached a brush, said Shawn Dickerson, creative director for Grillbot, online at grillbots.com. From there, Grillbot was developed.
The brushes are dishwasher safe and the Grillbot has rechargeable batteries.
• At last year’s Outdoor Retailers Summer Market, there were several different kinds of skewers. This year, I almost missed these.
The Woof’Em Sticks had a bell-shaped metal object with them.
The bell is designed to screw onto the skewer and have biscuit or similar dough wrapped around it, said Jacob Muir of Kelly Kettle. Once the biscuit is cooked, it’s a little dish to which just about anything can be added, such as chili for dinner or fruit for a dessert cup.
The idea, Muir said, is “after cooking and filling it, you’ll woof ’em down.”
They also come with a hot dog roasting attachment that has two reverse prongs.
Woof’Em Sticks became available online during the Summer Market online at kellykettleusa.com/woof-em-sticks/woof-em-sticks.html
• So people don't have to store a long-handled spatula and grilling fork and regular-sized ones, Grip on Tools, online at gripontools.net, had a Telescopic BBQ Spatula and a Telescopic BBQ Fork that are about 16 inches long and extend to just under 3 feet among the items they were showing at the Summer Market.
The company also has a three-pronged Deluxe Telescopic Camping Fork.
• One of Lodge Cast Iron’s new items is a magnetic trivet designed with a trio of magnets that will stay attached to cast iron or stainless steel cookwear.
Take the pan out of the oven or off the stovetop, let it cool on the 5.7-inch trivet (it works up to 450 degrees) and then don’t worry about moving the trivet with the pan.
The Tennesse-based family company recently has been producing a carbon steel for a line of Seasoned Steel skillets, griddles and grilling pans.
The steel handles like cast iron, said Mike Fisher with Lodge Cast Iron, which is online at lodgemfg.com. The heat distribution is quicker than cast iron, and it’s lighter than cast iron.
• Air mattresses, sleeping bags and paddle gear, among other products, were hanging around the Sea to Summit booth, but on a corner there was a display for X-Pots, which are collapsible. The company's website is at seatosummit.com.
There are collapsible storage containers on the market as they help with storage space when they aren’t in use — and the lids can be attached while they're being stored, too.
These cooking pots have an aluminum base and a stainless steel ring around the rim, according to information from the company. The walls are silicon and there are silicon handles to help secure the lid while it’s packed away.
The pots, which come in 1.4-liter, 2.8-liter and 4-liter sizes and a kettle, are intended to be used only over a camping stove and not over an open fire, in a microwave or conventional oven.
• There were several venders touting chairs, benches and seats among other related items that fold up and fit into a bag.
Ciao! Baby was showing its portable high chair that can fold up into about the size of a regular folding chair.
The chair was designed around a need one of the business partners saw with pulling out a bulky high chair, such as when visiting grandma’s house, said Jamye Baker of Ciao! Baby, which is online at theportablehighchair.com.
It has a seat belt that latches in the back of the seat, and there is a cupholder built into the tray. There are double-locking latches that keep it up, and collapsing it isn’t any more difficult than collapsing a stroller.
Baker said the portable high chair is for babies from about 3 months to 3 years old or up to 35 pounds, depending on the activity of the child.
• This is technically not used in cooking, but rather while the food is being enjoyed.
The Shoo Away is a black, approximately 10-inch cone with mylar blades that spin to keep flies away for about a 3-foot diameter, said Gary Massi.
It was developed in Australia about four years ago and has been available in the U.S. since the beginning of the year.
The Shoo Away takes two AA batteries, and the blades are designed to stop if there is something blocking them.
The blades have holograph dots that reflect light at the flies, helping to keep them away, Massi added. The company's website is online at shooawayusa.com.
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