By Sarah Fecht
Posted 05.14.2012 at 5:56 pm 0 Comments
Portable grills tend to reach only 500ºF, but the designers of the Cook-Air from Cata Marketing ($200, or $220 in a kit) added a ventilation system to get theirs twice as hot. An electric fan acts as a bellows, blowing a continuous stream of fresh air onto the grill’s wood-fueled fire. In just five minutes, temperatures at the grate can reach 1,100º—the same at which a professional steakhouse cooks meat.
Lance Greathouse does not follow football. It wasn’t until last fall, at an Arizona Cardinals game, that the Phoenix dental-laser repairman, who harbors a severe DIY robot-building habit, was introduced to the art of tailgating. There, he spotted cars packed with grills, plasma screens, refrigerators and more. “But I never saw anything that was all-in-one,” he recalls.
Congratulations to everyone who lives in dumb weather areas (New York really got punched in the balls with winter this year) for making it to summer! In true patriotic fashion, the onset of summer also means the beginning of grill season, so we decided to find ourselves an unusual grill and see what it's got. That grill: the Bodum Fyrkat Cone Grill, a peculiarly shaped, smallish charcoal grill with a battery-powered automatic spit for rotisserie-ing.
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.