About a year ago, when resident mad scientist Theo Gray pitched me a Gray Matter column on liquid oxygen, an extremelyflammable energetic form of the element, he first proposed showing how to use it to light a grill nearly instantaneously. The lawyers, however, suggested we go a more tame route, so instead we showed how you could make a few drops of the hooch yourself.
But of course, when left to his own devices (and free of legal oversight), Theo couldn't help himself.
Self-described “Mr. Fix-It” Trent Whatley was tired of having to replace parts of his gas grill every year, so he decided to build a brand-new one out of a V8 engine from an old Chevy. First he spent about 15 hours painstakingly removing the guts from the engine with a plasma cutter and smoothing all the jagged edges. Then he sand-blasted it to remove rust and had it cleaned professionally at a machine shop.
New gear makes summer grilling safer, simpler and, yes, even tastier-just in time for July 4th
By Lauren Aaronson
Posted 07.01.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Grilling is an inherently simple proposition: Food plus flame equals delicious. So the best
barbecue innovations keep it basic, using modern materials to update ancient tasks. Silicone brushes spread sauce more smoothly, while Flexaprene mitts protect you from bacteria and burns.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.