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Tailgating Gear Review: GrillFloss

Posted by Dave On August - 31 - 2009

Do you take better care of your grill than you do your own teeth? (Some of you may have answered yes to that question and if that is the case, your dentist would like to have a word with you.) I meant to ask, do you brush your grill every time you are about place food on it? More than likely you answered yes to that question. But are you really getting all the gunk and grime from the last tailgate off your grill grate rods or just moving it around with that rusty old grill brush? I recently discovered a product called GrillFloss that allows you to scrape the top, sides and bottom of your grill grate.

I tested out grill floss this weekend and see for yourself.

As you can see in the video, GrillFloss is rather simple and easy to use. Just push the Grill Floss onto the grill grate rod, push it up once to get the top and left side and then turn to scrape the bottom and right side. Will it take a little longer to get your grill grate clean because you are scrapping each individual grill rod? Sure it will, but by using GrillFloss you are assured there will be no residual, unhealthy charred debris transferring to your food. By using GrillFloss while your grill is hot, you can guarantee you will make perfect sear marks on whatever meats you are cooking while tailgating.

The removable dual sized cleaning head allows you to clean smaller or larger grill grate rods gauges. Coming in 5/16″ and 3/8″ sizes you can use it on just about any grill on the market. All you need is a Phillips head screwdriver to adjust for different gauge grill rods. The dual sized cleaning head attaches to a 22″ long, stainless steel handle that is long enough to keep your hands safe from the hot grilling surface.

Grill Floss sells for $19.97 but if you buy two and give the other to a friend, you save $10. A replacement cleaning head will run you about $4. You can get your own Grill Floss by visiting their official website, GrillFloss.com.

We told you the other day that Bud Light was going after the tailgating market by introducing Fan Cans. Now I am seeing commercials and even a dedicated website to selling goofy “Tailgate Approved” merchandise. Take a look at the latest commercials with “Jimmy Football”.

In addition to the items featured in those videos, I am still not sure if items like the Grooler (a folding grill/cooler), the Natural Fake Grass Can Coozie or the 3-in-1 Condiment Gun are for real or fake. I am not about to put in my credit card just to find out if these are bogus or someone actually invented these things. Either way, you have to hand it to Bud Light for understanding and going after the tailgating demographic.

Visit TailgateApproved.com to play the Grooler game, view all 27 versions of the Fan Cans or have them pick your next team’s name with the Fantasy Football Name Generator. (Must be 21 to enter site or be able to figure out math well enough to know the birthday of someone that is 21.)

Editor’s Note: Since publishing this post I have noticed quite a few visits resulting since the start of football season. (Must be from all the TV commercials Bud Light has been airing on college and NFL football games.) Many of you visiting are looking for more information on The Grooler. We don’t sell them so if you were planning on emailing and asking about them, sorry but we don’t have them. But if you are looking for a customized tailgating grill, look no further.

Since I customized a Margaritaville Tailgating Grill last week, I have received a number of inquiries regarding the potential of customizing more tailgating grills for other people. If you are interested and would like one customized for you, we can do a number of NCAA teams, Nascar drivers as well as all 32 NFL teams. The custom tailgating grills will look similar to the one you see below only with your team’s logo and color scheme.


Custom NFL Tailgating Grill

All of these custom tailgating grills are originally a Margaritaville Tailgating Grill that comes with the patented swing arm and rides on the outside of your car to and from the game. You choose the exact color scheme you prefer to fit your team colors. Since these are custom ordered to your exact specifications prices will vary.

Beer Review: Steel Reserve 211

Posted by Mike On August - 26 - 2009

Steel Reserve 211Image by Speed-Light via Flickr

Ask and you shall receive. Today’s beer selection is Steel Reserve 211. A fan of this beer asked me to give it a review and praised the effects of the beer far more than the taste. That being said, this review is going to break away from the normal format of Color, Appearance, Taste and just talk about the beer and the experience that I had with it.

Let’s just start by being a bit honest. This isn’t one of the world’s finest beers. You will never find it at a beer tasting. It will most likely not win any awards. However it still has its place. Steel Reserve is made from Miller Brewing Company and is in the same line as the Old English 800. It’s a high malt beer that describes itself as a “high gravity lager” tipping the scales at an alcohol volume of 8.1%. It comes in either a 40 oz. and 22 oz. bottle as well as by the 12 oz. can. The more I researched this beer, I found that it has a cult like following that almost seemed like a guilty pleasure to most. You asked for it….here it goes:

Steel Reserve 211: First of all, being a big fan of strong ale, I was happy to see the 8.1% ABV that this beer packs with it. Have to admit that beers with that kind of kick are usually not found sold by the 12 pack can at Wal-Mart. While on a recent fishing trip some new friends suggested it to me so I promised if I ever found it, I would review it. That very afternoon I found myself at the Wal-Mart checkout counter with 2 new bass lures and a twelver of Steel Reserve 211. The lady at the checkout counter gave me a weird look as she pulled it across the sensor.

That afternoon three fishing partners and I gave it a shot. Two of them didn’t like it at all. They described it as a beer that tasted like something was wrong with it. To get a more balanced opinion, I found a guy at the camp I didn’t know and asked him if he drank beer. Apparently he was with his wife and 2 daughters and was looking for any excuse to toss back some beer with anything with a Y chromosome. The third participant was originally from England and felt that it reminded him of some of the heavy malt beers he drank growing up. When I asked if he liked it, he felt that he liked it enough to help me finish the 12 pack but may not shop for it in stores. That left only me. First, let me say that between the guy from England and myself, we took down that 12er. At first I must say that it did taste off to me, but with an 8.1% ABV, soon the off taste became not too bad!

Dave FlabongoFinal thought: Steel Reserve 211 is a great choice if you want an inexpensive beer that will pack a punch. If you’re looking for a good tasting beer to sit back and enjoy this will not be the one. That being said, this may not be a bad choice for a tailgate party. First of all it is cheap (less than 6 bucks for the 12-pack) and has a high ABV% to get the job done quicker for less money. If you’re having a family party with good food, you may want to stick with the traditional beer choice. If you are planning on getting a bit more “festive”, this may be a choice to use while playing some sort of drinking game or if you happen to run into Dave, the editor, with his Flabongo! As much as I would love to trash this beer, I had fun drinking it. Sadly I have to admit that I’m drinking one while typing this which may explain the typing errors. Looking forward to the next suggestion wherever and whatever form it comes in.

New Cargo Liner For Tailgating

Posted by Dave On August - 25 - 2009

Over the years I have acquired quite an arsenal of tailgating gear and toys. But with the start of each football season I always find more and more gear that can help me tailgate just a little bit better. Since I load up my SUV and take it tailgating I needed some cargo accessories to help protect my car. I recently picked up a cargo liner from TruckChamp.com and it arrived today.

The reason why I got a cargo liner is because things you take tailgating can often get dirty which in turn transfers to the inside of your SUV. In my case, I take a Lincoln Navigator tailgating primarily because I can use the 2″ tow hitch to carry my Freedom Grill FG-50 and for the extra cargo space it provides. I normally fold down the third row of seats so that I can also take along my cooler, portable generator, propane tanks, portable satellite dish, pop-up tent, Flabongo, folding chairs, beer pong table, etc. All that gear invariably gets dirty at sometime during the tailgate and I don’t want that dirt and grime getting all over the inside of my car. With a WeatherTech cargo liner I  don’t have to worry about that anymore.

I went with a WeatherTech cargo liner because it provides complete cargo area protection. They make a number of different styles and all are fit to the exact dimensions of your cargo area of your specific make and model of SUV. They are computer designed to fit your vehicle and have a raised lip to keep spills, dirt and grease off your vehicle’s interior. Sounds like they were making these things specifically for tailgaters with SUVs. Also, the WeatherTech cargo liner features a textured finish which helps to keep cargo from shifting on your way to the tailgating lot. One of the coolest things is that if it does get dirty, you just pull it out and wipe it down or hose it off for big messes. It is made from a proprietary custom blended TPO (thermopolyolefin) that is not only wear resistant, but also remains flexible under temperature extremes. Water won’t hurt it so you can hose it off and then let it sit out to dry.

If you are in the market to get cargo accessories prior to the start of football season, we have worked out a deal with the folks at TruckChamp.com to offer readers of TailgatingIdeas.com a 10% discount. Just enter in TAILIDEA10 during check out to receive your discount. Happy shopping.


ETQ LPG 3500 watt portable generator About a month ago we introduced you to the Eastern Tools & Equipment IN 1800i Portable Generator; a light and portable generator designed for ease of transport and perfect for tailgating. Now we would like to introduce you to the Eastern Tools & Equipment LPG 3500 Portable Generator. The major differences between these two quality generators are that the ETQ LPG 3500 puts out almost double the wattage of the ETQ IN 1800i and is fuel by liquid propane gas. Yes, you read that correctly. The same propane that can fire up your tailgating grill is the same propane fuel that can power up your tailgating electronics. (Click on the image at left to see a more detailed view of the ETQ LPG 3500)

Earlier this summer when I was touring the Eastern Tools & Equipment Ontario Calif. facility, I had the opportunity to view the array of products they offer including power pumps, air compressors, power washers and a number of generators. When I saw the ETQ LPG 3500 I immediately thought of the convenience this generator would provide to tailgating community. Many of us would like to bring a generator with us tailgating but the extra hassle of having to get unleaded gasoline, filling a gas can, bringing it to the tailgating parking lot, filling the generator, etc., etc. can be a bit too much. With the ETQ LPG 3500 all you need to do is bring two propane tanks tailgating; one for your grill and the other for your generator, and you are good to go.

The connection from the generator to the propane tank is exactly the same as the one on your BBQ grill. With propane as your generator’s fuel of choice, there are no worries about the potential of gasoline splashing or spilling out of your gas can on the way to the game. Also, the exhaust from propane is much cleaner and less intrusive than the exhaust you may experience with a gasoline burning generator. Two other major benefits of the ETQ LPG 3500 is the higher wattage output and the increased run time. With a full propane tank you can expect to get about 13.5 hours of run time while running at 50 percent load. Perfect for those college football tailgaters that get to the tailgate lot at the crack of dawn for those night ESPN games.

I had the opportunity to test out the ETQ LPG 3500 in a mock tailgating situation. I chose to test it out using my home microwave because of the higher watt output the ETQ LPG 3500 can handle. Normally you don’t see microwave ovens in the tailgate parking because they normally demand too much electricity. I found out that with an ETQ LPG 3500 you don’t have to leave those high wattage appliances at home anymore.

For those of you that would like to know the down and dirty details and specifications on this portable propane generator, they are:

  • 3500 Watt starting with 3000 Watt continuous
  • 13.5 hours running time at 50% load
  • Propane generator creates LPG eco-friendly energy
  • ETQ’s Sine Power delivers clean and steady current ideal for sensitive electronics
  • ETQ’s Sine Power delivers clean electricity with low THD waveform
  • Engine Model – 170F
  • Engine Type – Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, 208cc 7HP OHV, air cooled
  • Engine Displacement – 208 cc
  • Fuel Tank Capacity – 20 Pound Tank
  • Continuous Output – 3000 Watt; Surge – 3500 Watt
  • Rated Current @ 120 V – 25 Amp @ 120 Volts
  • Max Current @ 120 V – 29.17 Amp @ 120 Volts
  • Rated Current @ 240 V – 12.5 Amp @ 240 Volts
  • Max Current @ 240 V – 14.58 Amp @ 240 Volts
  • Noise Level @ 23 ft – 65 db
  • Dimensions – 23.3″ — 17″ — 17.5″
  • Weight – 103 lbs
  • Comes complete with a 1 year limited manufacturer warranty.

Tailgaters can get their own ETQ LPG 3500 portable generator in stores at Menards and Northern Tools + Equipment. If you prefer to shop online, you can pick up the ETQ LPG 3500 at Northern Tool + Equipment, The Home Depot, Amazon.com and Sam’s Club. The cheapest price we saw online was on Amazon or HomeDepot.com and both had the ETQ LPG 3500 priced at $399.

To learn more about the ETQ LPG 3500 or any of the other products Eastern Tools & Equipment manufactures, visit their official website, EasternTools.com.

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