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altomari8868
01-05-2011, 04:17 PM
I was hoping to find some new toy's for the season... What is your favorite Gadget that you use while competing.. It can be anything from a cool lighter to a sleeping cot.... Thought it may be a fun question to pose...

Buster Dog BBQ
01-05-2011, 04:27 PM
FEC-100.

Actually if I had to think long and hard I would say the Coleman Deck Chair I have is number one because it's pretty comfortable to sit on when I need a break. We are pretty simplistic and don't travel with more than we need in our trailer, so I don't have many gadgets.

Shotgun smokers
01-05-2011, 04:33 PM
A trusty Blue Thermapen:thumb:

glenntm
01-05-2011, 04:36 PM
Thermapen. Don't leave home without it..

BBQ Grail
01-05-2011, 04:39 PM
Ear plugs because CountryHB doesn't understand "quiet time" very well...

Vince RnQ
01-05-2011, 04:40 PM
Cabela's Outfitter XL Cot (http://www.cabelas.com/product/Camping/Cots-Pads-Beds/Cots%7C/pc/104795280/c/104712480/sc/104280480/Cabelas-Outfitter-XL-Cot/713995.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fcampi ng-cots-pads-beds-cots%2F_%2FN-1100677%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104280480%3FWTz_l%3DSBC%3Bcat10479528 0%3Bcat104712480&WTz_l=SBC;cat104795280;cat104712480;cat104280480). It's one of the best investments we've ever made.

And, if you have the room to transport them, the Cabela's Chaise Lounge Chair (http://www.cabelas.com/product/Camping/Outdoor-Furnishings/Outdoor-Furniture%7C/pc/104795280/c/104755680/sc/104477580/Cabelas-Chaise-Loungers-Black/714333.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fcampi ng-outdoor-furnishings-outdoor-furniture%2F_%2FN-1100745%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104477580%3FWTz_l%3DSBC%3Bcat10479528 0%3Bcat104755680&WTz_l=SBC;cat104795280;cat104755680;cat104477580) is another great item.

lunchlady
01-05-2011, 04:42 PM
A plug-in, double high air mattress.
A trusty orange Thermopen :cool:
Sully's Job Box...
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/516EATK8D2L.jpg

chambersuac
01-05-2011, 04:43 PM
bear paws, meat gloves, zero gravity chair, oh...and beer.

big brother smoke
01-05-2011, 04:47 PM
Ear plugs because CountryHB doesn't understand "quiet time" very well...


Yup!:tsk:

big brother smoke
01-05-2011, 04:49 PM
Honda 2000 Generator cuz the farking power always goes out at comps I attend!:heh:

Vince RnQ
01-05-2011, 04:49 PM
oh...and beer.A bottle of Sweet Lucy isn't a bad item to have either.

http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/EXID19596/images/Sweet_Lucy_Bourbon.jpg

And while were at it, some Frangelico too!

http://www.foodsubs.com/Photos/frangelico3.jpg

thillin
01-05-2011, 07:18 PM
We've been sleeping on Army surplus cots. Best sleep I've had (side sleeper). And picked up a BBQ Guru for next season.

JD McGee
01-05-2011, 09:07 PM
Atomic Clock...Therma-Pen (Green)...Weed Burner...Foil Pans...Single Barrel Jack Daniels...:cool:

Fatmike
01-05-2011, 09:27 PM
Sweet Lucy is made 2 miles down the road from my house in Kelso, Tn. I didn't know it was that well distributed. It makes for some good drinking :-P

Balls Casten
01-05-2011, 10:40 PM
Yeti Cooler
http://http://www.yeticoolers.com/categories/Tundra-Series/

And a couple of Roland BA-330's
http://www.rolandus.com/products/productdetails.php?ProductId=1025

Rookie'48
01-05-2011, 11:30 PM
Yeti Cooler
http://www.yeticoolers.com/categories/Tundra-Series/



Fixed it Doug :becky:.

msavard
01-06-2011, 08:13 AM
Cabela's Outfitter XL Cot (http://www.cabelas.com/product/Camping/Cots-Pads-Beds/Cots%7C/pc/104795280/c/104712480/sc/104280480/Cabelas-Outfitter-XL-Cot/713995.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fcampi ng-cots-pads-beds-cots%2F_%2FN-1100677%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104280480%3FWTz_l%3DSBC%3Bcat10479528 0%3Bcat104712480&WTz_l=SBC;cat104795280;cat104712480;cat104280480). It's one of the best investments we've ever made.


IMO Cots are a waste of space and wayyyy too cold at night (If you're in a cold environment)... not to mention they're not as comfortable as a good ThermaRest.

For less than the price of that cot, you could get a ThermaRest Base Camp Mat (http://www.cabelas.com/sleeping-pads-therm-a-rest-base-camp-sleeping-pad.shtml?type=product&WT.tsrc=CSE&WT.mc_id=GoogleBaseUSA&WT.z_mc_id1=732572&rid=40&mr:trackingCode=E2592DCC-958E-DF11-A0C8-002219318F67&mr:referralID=NA) and sleep like you're on an expensive mattress. Best of all, it's self inflating (Sets up in seconds) and packs up into a very small sack (smaller than a folding camp chair bag).

Cots are too bulky, allow too much air underneath, and not NEARLY as comfortable IMO.

KC_Bobby
01-06-2011, 08:47 AM
Just one gadget?

Dr_KY
01-06-2011, 09:36 AM
A hot woman and her equally hot girlfriends.

bam
01-06-2011, 09:45 AM
muffin pans :-P

Stoke&Smoke
01-06-2011, 10:11 AM
Honda EU300i generator, my blue Thermapen, and our Coleman instant hot water heater. And if it works as well as advertised, our new ET-732 thermo

Big Ugly's BBQ
01-06-2011, 10:23 AM
Lots of good ideas, also a means to keep you knives sharp is always important.

JD McGee
01-06-2011, 09:35 PM
Cabela's Outfitter XL Cot (http://www.cabelas.com/product/Camping/Cots-Pads-Beds/Cots%7C/pc/104795280/c/104712480/sc/104280480/Cabelas-Outfitter-XL-Cot/713995.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fcampi ng-cots-pads-beds-cots%2F_%2FN-1100677%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104280480%3FWTz_l%3DSBC%3Bcat10479528 0%3Bcat104712480&WTz_l=SBC;cat104795280;cat104712480;cat104280480). It's one of the best investments we've ever made.

And, if you have the room to transport them, the Cabela's Chaise Lounge Chair (http://www.cabelas.com/product/Camping/Outdoor-Furnishings/Outdoor-Furniture%7C/pc/104795280/c/104755680/sc/104477580/Cabelas-Chaise-Loungers-Black/714333.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fcampi ng-outdoor-furnishings-outdoor-furniture%2F_%2FN-1100745%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104477580%3FWTz_l%3DSBC%3Bcat10479528 0%3Bcat104755680&WTz_l=SBC;cat104795280;cat104755680;cat104477580) is another great item.

x2 on the Cabela's Cot...very comfortable! :thumb:

Vince RnQ
01-06-2011, 11:13 PM
IMO Cots are a waste of space and wayyyy too cold at night (If you're in a cold environment)... not to mention they're not as comfortable as a good ThermaRest.

For less than the price of that cot, you could get a ThermaRest Base Camp Mat (http://www.cabelas.com/sleeping-pads-therm-a-rest-base-camp-sleeping-pad.shtml?type=product&WT.tsrc=CSE&WT.mc_id=GoogleBaseUSA&WT.z_mc_id1=732572&rid=40&mr:trackingCode=E2592DCC-958E-DF11-A0C8-002219318F67&mr:referralID=NA) and sleep like you're on an expensive mattress. Best of all, it's self inflating (Sets up in seconds) and packs up into a very small sack (smaller than a folding camp chair bag).

Cots are too bulky, allow too much air underneath, and not NEARLY as comfortable IMO.


You're right about a cot allowing a lot of cold air to underneath in cold weather but a good sleeping bag helps to minimize that problem quite a bit.

You're also right about ThermaRest products being excellent options. The only real drawback with that choice for me is that I'm not really comfortable sleeping on the ground, even with a good mattress between me and the planet.

I think that both of our suggestions would work well depending on the circumstances at the time.

Dale P
01-07-2011, 04:00 AM
Always have a "huggie/coozie" and a shigging cup. And my trusty red thermapen.

bearnakedbbq
01-07-2011, 10:18 AM
muffin pans :-P

For your chicken, right? Or do you make special muffins for your competitors?

bearnakedbbq
01-07-2011, 10:20 AM
A hot woman and her equally hot girlfriends.

You have those in England:becky:

ique
01-07-2011, 02:19 PM
You're right about a cot allowing a lot of cold air to underneath in cold weather but a good sleeping bag helps to minimize that problem quite a bit.

You're also right about ThermaRest products being excellent options. The only real drawback with that choice for me is that I'm not really comfortable sleeping on the ground, even with a good mattress between me and the planet.

I think that both of our suggestions would work well depending on the circumstances at the time.

Yes, especially when cooking in a muddy field or a parking lot.... especially an urban parking lot, like Troy NY.... was that a cat that just scurried through the site? :shocked:

I have one of the XL cots and yes its bulky but quite worth it imo

Smokin' Gnome BBQ
01-07-2011, 02:40 PM
pvc for table leg extensions.

Mister Bob
01-07-2011, 05:15 PM
http://i894.photobucket.com/albums/ac150/Bobsarno/Krups.jpg

monty3777
01-07-2011, 05:26 PM
Edge Pro!

TN_BBQ
01-07-2011, 07:12 PM
LED cap light (look ma, no hands)

Tablecloth clips (a nice fart can blow a tablecloth away)

Y-adapter for water hose (I'm tired of you guys dragging mud over here. Go make your own mudhole back behind your smoker :-P)

Garden cart (much more hip than a red wagon)

Zero gravity chair (not so comfortable to sleep in, but darn good way to rest them feets)

EZ-up sidewalls (it's gonna rain...count on it)

Trailer dolly (sometimes you simply want to pack it up and get on the road)

big brother smoke
01-07-2011, 07:18 PM
Edge Pro!

You would say that :becky:

CBQ
01-08-2011, 07:56 PM
LED cap light (look ma, no hands)

EZ-up sidewalls (it's gonna rain...count on it)



Those.

JD McGee
01-08-2011, 08:07 PM
Just remembered another one...Disposable Cutting Boards (http://store.smokymountainsmokers.com/pd_singleuse.cfm)...:thumb:

Alexa RnQ
01-08-2011, 08:14 PM
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTinb7IM5h4eJRAgRhEankcOfvESGjqA o0p8ejT-Z5HKiLPbvuBDg

Bunny
01-08-2011, 08:43 PM
I agree with DivaHerself. Cooked since 1987 and finally got a motorhome last year. Not as fancy as Diva's but it's GREAT!

Alexa RnQ
01-08-2011, 10:02 PM
Bunny, that's the must-have gadget I would wish for!
This is what we're actually using:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_2hbDXtyKKPQ/TOQMG_uaymI/AAAAAAAAAYE/vDKddqgwOGU/s1600/2006_Pontiac_MontanaSV6_ext_1.jpg

Ken V
01-09-2011, 12:12 AM
Found these at Harbo freight for about $10.00 ea. Going to attach them to my ez-up with zip ties over the work table. Haven't checked to see how long the batteries last but should last more than enough. They are super bright and the heads are on swivels and rotate.
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii47/KVersluis67/IMAG0032.jpg

Ken

Kosmo's Q
01-09-2011, 08:27 AM
I would have to say my Red Thermopen. Can't beat it!

O and my Chimney....(Inside Joke LOL)

zombie barbecue2
01-09-2011, 05:56 PM
I would say my Thermapen, even though it died on me today. I think the battery went. I have a 6lb butt on and i am relying on my maverick probe. I hate that. I just ordered 2 new batteries and an analog meat thermometer. Other than that, Schnapps, whiskey, and good friends. Not really gadgets though.

Keller Steeler
01-09-2011, 07:11 PM
Disposable cutting boards, BLUE Thermapen, Motor home, and my newest from Xmas (I bought my Dad one and had to get one myself). It is a pretty darn expensive lighter, but it gets the lump going in 2 minutes max.

www.looftlighter.com (http://www.looftlighter.com) (I did not get it there, but online, I think at Kotulas.com - it was on sale and had free shipping, but that was before Xmas)

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b225/BrianBBQ/l1.png

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b225/BrianBBQ/l3.jpg

Even has a bottle opener - note these are from their website and not my pictures - I would never open bottled water with it - just beer. Don't know if I have ever bought water that needed a bottle opener.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b225/BrianBBQ/l2.jpg

INmitch
01-09-2011, 07:54 PM
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTinb7IM5h4eJRAgRhEankcOfvESGjqA o0p8ejT-Z5HKiLPbvuBDg

Yee! Haa! I picked mine up yesterday.:thumb::clap2: Now I gotta stock it and figure out where I'm going to put everything.:confused:

Candy Sue
01-10-2011, 06:55 PM
Beware!!! Since I got my van, my contest results have taken a nosedive. Reckon I'm sleeping too good...but not giving it up!

http://www.bbqrsdelight.com/images/vc1.jpg

Bentley
01-10-2011, 07:08 PM
http://frogmats.com/images/smoke_vault_from_deejay_s_smoke_pit.jpg
http://frogmats.com/images/chicken_in_traeger_on_frogmats.jpg

Frogmats, would not do a competition or a home cook without them...

http://frogmats.com/