Bring the food to the fire with Gaucho Grill

The quest to tame fire takes on different shapes and sizes every time the backyard grill gets fired up. At least one characteristic, however, can be counted on to remain the same: fire is hot. Of course, it's this defining characteristic that makes our food taste good, but it's what we do with it that makes all the difference. Some like a raging fire, some like it low and slow. And some like to let fire just do its thing, and bring the food to the flame.

The means to save food from being burnt to a crisp … Read more

Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet pizza oven cranks up the heat

I sure could go for a slice of pizza right now, how about you? Might as well get a whole pie, right? I mean, it holds up nicely in the fridge and then there will be leftovers; leftover pizza is always good to have around. What's that you say? You would rather have something fresh and homemade? Well sure, but you know the oven doesn't get hot enough. Look out back...? Oh, what's that?

That is the Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet Artisan Fire Pizza Oven and it wants to bake your pizza. Not only does the outdoor countertop … Read more

Samsung announces new IP cameras in Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Samsung has just announced that two more Wi-Fi IP cameras will join its home security roster -- the $179 SmartCam HD and the $229 SmartCam HD Outdoor. Both cameras offer 1080p streaming and wide angle lenses with 128-degree fields of view. That should mean that you will get to view crisp, clear footage of your home and the surrounding outdoor area all from a Web browser or the free Android or iOS SmartCam app.

The $179 SmartCam HD sounds very similar to the $199 DropCam Pro and to a slightly lesser extent, the $229 all-in-one security system, … Read more

For extreme gardeners, shotgun shells full of seed

Gardening too boring for you? Just add a shotgun.

If you believe this Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, there's a new way to sow your seeds: blasting them into the soil with a 12-gauge.

Flower Shell is a shotgun shell filled with flower seeds that will produce anything from daisies to sunflowers to poppies to meadow flowers. … Read more

The 404 1,368: Where we pawn the family jewels (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Modern manners: what's the protocol for dining alone with your device?

- New type of hacking combines blackmail for digital extortion.

- Neiman Marcus offers $1.5 million outdoor entertainment system.

- Sono concept device attaches to your window; offers peace, quiet.

- Netflix to test extra features for its original shows.… Read more

Neiman Marcus offers $1.5 million outdoor entertainment system

Every year, high-end department store Neiman Marcus releases its Christmas Book, a gift guide for people with deep pockets. Within that book are a series of "fantasy gifts" reserved for people with the deepest pockets ever. The 2013 edition brings us a $1.5 million Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment System with some unusual features.

You could buy a whole lot of gigantic flat-screen TVs for $1.5 million, so what's so special about this setup? For starters, the waterproof C Seed 201-inch LED screen is stored underground. At the push of a button it telescopes up for viewing. The massive screen is marketed as the world's largest outdoor TV.… Read more

Pizzeria Pronto Outdoor Pizza Oven takes the pizza party to go

When one thinks of food on the go, often pizza can come to mind. Pizzerias populate the landscape from coast to coast with many of them offering up slices quickly and easily. Grabbing a utility slice for a quick meal on the go is an easy way to fuel up without sacrificing deliciousness. But there is another side to the pizza pie: those long, leisurely meals spent over an assortment of pizzas -- or better yet, building and cooking pizza from scratch.

Pizza parties exist for a reason. Choosing the toppings, cooking the pizza, and finally eating it are fun … Read more

Campfire pole roasters give you perfect marshmallows

Summer means roasting marshmallows over a campfire and all the failures that entails. How many times have you burned those puffy cylinders of sugar and ruined potential s'mores?

A good marshmallow roaster always blames his tools, so forget that stick. Campfire enthusiasts Bob and Tara Hurt of Becker, Minnesota, have a better idea: a stainless steel rod with a swiveling roaster attachment for perfectly toasted 'mallows.

The Firebuggz Fire Fishing Pole has a heat-resistant birch handle and four stainless steel hooks to roast marshmallows and hot dogs. With a flick of the wrist, the hooks flip over for even roasting. … Read more

Garmin readies Android-powered Monterra outdoor GPS

Today, Garmin pulled the wraps off of its new Monterra -- a handheld, outdoor GPS device that can survive in conditions and environments where few smartphones dare to tread.

At first glance, the newest model in Garmin's line of outdoor GPS devices looks remarkably similar to the existing Montana models -- which is good for reasons that we'll revisit later. The Monterra differs from the current Garmin product line in running on the Android mobile operating system. The advantage here is that users will be able to download outdoor-related apps to augment the device's functionality, such as … Read more

Committing to a $1,500 grill

Grilling is an active endeavor that requires making choices. Like any other cooking method, decisions must be made about what to prepare. For the grill, the options are seemingly endless. This is how it should be: a versatile heat source should be capable of producing versions of almost anything. However when looking to cook a quality meal on the grill, the list of choices to make usually do not include whether to go outside or to stay inside. Or if one should mortgage the house.

The Lynx Downtown Electric Grill ($1,499.95) is rated for indoor or outdoor use. … Read more