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GoPong Washer Toss

Posted by Dave On October - 11 - 2012

GoPong Washer Toss Complete Set

A week ago we told you that GoPong was branching out from making just beer pong tables with the introduction of the GoPong Ladder Toss game. No longer focused on just beer pong, GoPong is now bringing their brand of high quality games to the tossing games and lawn games space at affordable prices. They have brought out the Ladder Toss game and have also introduced a single hole Washer Toss game to the market. We have a sample of the GoPong Washer Toss and put it to the test to see if it comes out “tailgate approved”.

Many of the washer toss games you see in the parking lot are the DIY types that someone put together by going to Home Depot and buying all the parts and pieces and constructing it in their garage. Two problems with this approach. 1) The time invested in doing the research on how to do it, what types of materials you will need, not to mention the actual time it takes to put a game together on your own. Who has all that time to do all that? 2) The uniformity issue of not having all the pieces and parts being exactly the size and dimensions you prefer. More than likely cutting PVC pipe yourself with a hacksaw can lead to uneven cuts and uneven playing surfaces. Unless you are a better carpenter than Jesus, a homemade washers game will not be as professional as, … well, one that is professionally made. The upside is you may save a few dollars on doing it yourself but when you factor in your time, you may end up paying more for your DIY washers game than had you purchased a professional one.

Now that we shown you the benefits of buying a washers game rather than attempting to make one of your own, why get a GoPong Washer Toss game over some of the other sets on the market? We thought we would put the GoPong set to the test and compare it to others we have played on in the past.

The first thing we noticed about the GoPong Washer Toss game was craftsmanship. The wooden boxes were well constructed and contained carrying handles and the latches that hold it together were of high quality. When you opened it up, the next thing we noticed was the uniformity of the lines and the way it was put together. Most people tout how “homemade” is always better. That is not the case when you want things to match perfectly. Machines do a much better job of doing the same job over and over without deviating from the pattern much better than human hands. Based on that criteria, the GoPong Washer Toss game was top notch.

On other criteria of craftsmanship, the GoPong Washer Toss was on the same level if not better quality compared to other washer games we have played on. The portability and the ease of being able to pack it away in a tightly packed tailgating vehicle was also a plus. High quality powder coated washers that come with it are also a selling point.

After putting it through the paces and comparing it to other washer toss games on the market, we can confidently label the GoPong Washer Toss “Tailgate Approved”. As we do with all of the products produced by GoPong, we highly recommend this product to any tailgaters looking to save some time while having a high quality washer toss game at their next tailgate party. That is why we have chosen to add the GoPong Washer Toss game to our online tailgating gear store.

The GoPong Washer Toss is $59.99 plus $15 flat rate shipping to anywhere in the continental United States. To get one of your own, click HERE.

Freedom Grill & Margaritaville Grill spare parts for sale

Posted by Dave On October - 9 - 2012


We wish we could turn back the hands of time and go back to a few years ago when Freedom Grill was still manufacturing the Freedom Grill FG-50. Unfortunately for tailgaters, the Freedom Grill FG-50 was turned into the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill in 2009 and that company has chosen to cease manufacturing those grills for the foreseeable fututre. (We wrote all about it last spring in the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill Eulogy.)

There are still a few Margaritaville Grills for sale floating around out there on the internet but just based on basic supply and demand, the prices being asked for these few remaining grills are upwards of an arm and a leg and maybe a first born child.

Because of this turn of events, those who were lucky enough to get an FG-50 or a Margaritaville Grill in the past have been searching for replacement parts for their grills. Nothing last forever especially a grill when put through the rigors of multiple tailgating seasons. Sometimes things wear out or break and because these grills are so scarce, many tailgaters are looking to repair and replace the broken parts rather than buy a new grill. As a result of us discussing the Freedom Grill and the Margaritaville Grill on this tailgating blog for years, we tend to come up a lot on Google and other search engine results when people are looking for information on these grills. Lately we have been getting a number of emails from people asking us where they can buy replacement parts for their grills. The simple answer to those questions is, “we have a very limited supply of replacement parts that we would be willing to part with them”.

The reason why we have some of the parts that fit the Freedom Grill FG-50 and the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill is because for a few years we would customize these grills to specific teams colors and logo emblems. Over the course of doing these custom jobs, we somehow ended up with left over parts that were removed from grills that were either damaged, scratched or for whatever reason, not suitable for customization. So the parts that were salvaged from these grills were still working perfectly but were attached to a grill that was not-so-perfect.

With all of that said, we have a number of spare parts that we are not making available if some of those FG-50 and Margaritaville Grill owners out there are in need of some replacement parts. Some of the replacement parts we have available are: temperature gauges for the grill lid, side panels, tilt out condiment trays, side handles, propane regulators, legs, fold out tables, grill grates, grease vaporizers, burners and front lid handles. We even have the patented swing arms that made these grills so popular in that it transports the grill on the rear of your car via the 2″ tow hitch and swings away from your vehicle when in use.

If you are in need of replacement parts, please use the Contact form and send us an email. In your email, please tell us what part you are in need of replacing and we will see if we have something that can help. Even if you don’t know the correct name of the part you need, describe it the best you can and we will try and figure it out what exactly it is that you need. Based on what parts you need and shipping, we will then offer you a price quote on what you can expect to pay for the parts and shipping. Please include your zip code in your email so we can best estimate the shipping costs to your specific location.

As mentioned above, we have a very small and limited supply of these replacement parts. Some parts we only have one of a quantity while others we have three or four. It just all depends on what parts you may need and if we happen to have one.

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GoPong Ladder Toss

Posted by Dave On October - 5 - 2012

GoPong Ladder Toss Set

The most popular games out in the parking lots are typically the “tossing games”. Games like cornhole, beer pong and washers can be seen sprinkled all across parking lots everywhere. One of the more popular and fun tailgating game is Ladder Toss. You may call it something different like Ladder Ball, Ladder Golf, Blongo Ball, Hillbilly Golf among others but no matter what you call this game, Ladder Toss is a lot of fun while tailgating.

The guys at GoPong, well known for beer pong tables and recently cornhole games, have expanded to include another tossing game, Ladder Toss. We took a look at the GoPong Ladder Toss set and compared it to other sets on the market and even compare it to making one by doing it yourself.

In order to do a proper comparison and review, you first need to know what the GoPong Ladder Toss set includes. The whole thing comes in its own carrying bag with handles and includes all the tubing, bolos and instructions to get the game going. Assembly is rather quick and all the pipes fit into the joints easily and quickly.

Two aspects of the GoPong Ladder Toss that struck me when first breaking it out was the higher quality of the PVC pipe they use along with the golf ball bolos. First we’ll focus on the type of piping GoPong used to construct the game.

You’ll see the side-by-side comparison photo above of the two different thicknesses of pipe that can be used to make this game. Most reasonably priced Ladder Toss sets use a 1 mm pipe while the GoPong Ladder Toss uses the 2.5 mm PVC pipe. This thicker pipe makes the game more sturdy and less likely to tip over during game play. Also, the thicker pipe makes the set less prone to breaking or shattering when taking the pieces apart and packing them away. In comparison to other Ladder Toss games we have used, the thicker pipe does not significantly add more weight to the game when transporting it in the included carrying bag.

The other aspect we liked about the GoPong Ladder Toss game was the fact they used real golf balls on the ends of their bolos. Real golf balls are key in that they not only add the proper amount of weight needed for making an accurate toss but also allow for bouncing if the player prefers that method. Some of the cheaper ladder toss games will have foam balls on the ends which kills the weight and do not bounce as well. Also, after hitting the ground a number of times, the foam ends can come apart if played on a hard surface like asphalt or concrete. Golf ball bolos will not fall apart when they hit the ground.

Comparing the GoPong set to a DIY ladder toss set, the biggest problem with doing a game on your own is the uniformity problem. By going out to a home improvement store and buying your own PVC pipe and cutting them to length yourself, the amount of cuts you have to make will probably result in a number of cuts that are irregular and slightly different lengths. Human error comes into play and most homemade ladder toss games tend to lean because of the mismatched lengths can affect the way the game is put together. Factor in the time and expense of driving to the home improvement store, the gas and the time cutting PVC pipes with a hacksaw, the money you save by doing it yourself is lost and basically because a wash if you buy the GoPong set.

By comparison to other ladder toss games out there on the market and compared to a homemade ladder toss game, you are probably better off getting a GoPong Ladder Toss set based on price and time saved. By this criteria we are going to deem the GoPong Ladder Toss game “Tailgate Approved”.

We thought so highly of the GoPong Ladder Toss set that we have chosen to add it to our online tailgating gear store, Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com. The GoPong Ladder Toss set is priced $59.99 plus $15 flat rate shipping to anywhere in the continental United States. To buy one of your own, click HERE.

Tailgate Hotbags now come with lighted on/off switch

Posted by Dave On October - 4 - 2012

Tailgate Hotbag cord and switchEffective immediately, all Tailgate Hotbags will now come equipped with a lighted on/off switch on the power cord. This switch allows the bag to remain plugged in, but the power can be turned off when the bag does not need to be heated. This feature will also prevent battery drain when the vehicle is off. The green light on the plug in indicates that the power is on and going to the bag. All Electric Tailgate Hotbags will come with the new power switch cord as standard equipment.

Using the Electric Tailgate Hotbag, tailgate chefs can now serve hot gourmet meal right in the parking lot. Tailgate Hotbags keep home cooked food oven-hot from the time it leaves the oven until it’s served, even if the tailgate party is hours away. The Electric Tailgate Hotbag plugs into any 12v outlet and heats to 165-170 degrees to keep food hot and safe from the time it leaves the oven until it’s ready serve.

All Electric Tailgate Hotbags have two thermostat controlled heating elements for even, consistent heat. The bags are made of tough 1000 Denier nylon and are insulated to keep the heat in and the outside of the bag cool. The supplied six foot on/off power cord simply plugs into any 12v outlet or use the optional AC adapter to heat the bag indefinitely.

Electric Tailgate Hotbags comes in three sizes to suit any tailgate party. The Side Pocket Electric Tailgate Hotbag is perfect for football tailgaters. It has a rigid bottom for heavy pots or dishes, a shoulder carrying strap, handles and pockets around the outside for napkins, condiments or beverages. The Side-Loading Electric Tailgate Hotbag comes in a 17″ x 18″ x 5″ standard side and a large 17″ x 19″ x 12″ size for big parties. The standard size bag is perfect for flat dishes like wings and casseroles while the large size is best holding things that can be stacked, but need to be kept hot, like sandwiches and pizzas.

To learn more about the Electric Tailgate Hotbag or to order one for yourself, click HERE.

Stump Chunks

Posted by Dave On October - 1 - 2012

Stump Chunks three sizes

The argument between charcoal vs. propane is as old as time when it comes to tailgating. For those tailgaters that are propane users and never use charcoal, go ahead and read this post from a few years ago: Myth Busting: Propane & Winter Tailgating.

Now that we have weeded out the propane users and are down to the charcoal grillers, we recently had the opportunity to test out and review Stump Chunks. Their claim is that their product is “an all natural, E-Z-light fire starter, is made by creating a unique blend of open weave New England hardwoods and softwood. This special structure creates a blast-furnace effect when lit, giving you impressively fast lighting.” We were sent a sample of Stump Chunks and wanted to test it out for ourselves. First, take a look at their demo video showing how fast Stump Chunks lights.

Most tailgaters light their charcoal with the assistance of a fire accelerant like lighter fluid. The trouble with lighter fluid is that most of the time it lingers and makes your grilled food taste like a petroleum refinery. Obviously if you can taste the lighter fluid in your food that can’t be good for you. To alleviate that problem, some tailgaters will light their charcoal using a Charcoal Chimney. Most will use a crumpled up newspaper but that option doesn’t burn for very long and doesn’t create enough heat to really get the charcoal going. Others may use starter sticks but those are basically saw dust held together by paraffin wax. By comparison, Stump Chunks are all natural and no trees were cut down expressly to make this product. Stump Chunks is environmentally friendly in that they utilize a forgotten source of energy – high density, naturally aged tree stumps.

Whenever you try and start a camp fire or a fire in your fireplace, you always use kindling, right? Small pieces of wood light easier and produce a lot of heat quickly. Think of Stump Chunks as kindling for your BBQ grill. Since Stump Chunks come from the New England area, the wood is different than other types. In New England, hardwood trees grow slower than in warmer parts of the United States. This slow growth creates an almost double-density wood which contains more BTUs per cubic inch compared to other hardwoods grown in other parts of America. Simply put, more heat means faster starting.

On top of all that, Stump Chunks are made from the stumps of trees already being cut down. No trees are cut down for the intent of making Stump Chunks. Stumps Chunks are a byproduct of the logging industry in New England where the stumps are useless to that industry but can be recycled into this product. Now, no part of the tree goes to waste. Before when these trees were cut down the tree stumps were left behind littering the landscape and they served no purpose. Stump Chunks now takes something that was considered useless and turns it into something to help you light your charcoal faster while tailgating.

As mentioned earlier, we were sent a sample of Stump Chunks to test out and review. We used the Stump Chunks to light the lump charcoal in our Bubba Keg Grill we have had since reviewing that product back in 2009. We snapped some photos of different stages of trying Stump Chunks out.

As you can see in the photo gallery, we placed a handful of Stump Chunks underneath the lump charcoal in the Bubba keg Grill. Put a small layer of charcoal in and sprinkled a few of the Stump Chunks on top and then put more charcoal in. Lit the Stump Chunks underneath and let them go. They immediately caught fire and not to sound too cliche, spread like wild fire. I was really surprised at how quickly they burned and caught the neighboring pieces on fire to get the fire to a nice hot, flaming temperature in about 90 seconds. After about five minutes I could see an orange/reddish glow coming from the base of the charcoal pile. Within about 10 minutes the charcoal was getting quite hot and within 15 the coals were blazing hot to the point with the lid of the Bubba Keg closed, the temperature inside was hitting over 800 degrees. Of course given enough time, lump charcoal in the Bubba Keg environment would get that hot but I had never seen my Bubba Keg get to 800 degrees in about 15 minutes.

I will admit it that I love the taste of food cooked on a charcoal grill. The one thing I do not like about charcoal grilling is the amount of time it takes to get the coals hot. I found that the Stump Chunks got the coals going faster and in a tailgating environment, time is a valuable commodity. When you have a group of hungry people at a tailgate party, making them wait while the charcoal gets started is not what you want to be doing. Based on this aspect alone, I would highly recommend Stump Chunks.

In addition to the faster starting time I experienced I also liked the “warm fuzzy” aspect of Stump Chunks. Not normally do we as tailgaters get a chance to be environmentally friendly. With all the trash and disposable items that we use and produce, tailgating is not always the most kind to the environment. With Stump Chunks you get the benefit of lighting your coals without burning fossil fuel lighter fluid and also you are using something that was recycled into something useful when before it was just wasted.

With all that said, it is safe to say that Stump Chunks is definitely certified “Tailgate Approved” by us here at Tailgating Ideas.

Because Stump Chunks are produced in the New England area, as you might expect, they are available in stores in the north east. If you are in that area, use their Store Locator to find a place that sells Stump Chunks. If you live outside of the north east, you can buy them online and they will ship them. Stump Chunks come in three different quantities. The smallest is a waterproof clear plastic 10 x 14 inch bag that sells for $3.00 each. The next size up is a Fire Starter 0.3 cubic feet bag which sells for $5.00 each. The StumpChunks Fire Starter 1.0 cubic foot bags are $10.00 each. All quantities sold via the internet are subject to shipping charges.

For more information or to order some Stump Chunks for your next tailgating venture, visit: stumpchunks.com

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