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Things such as heat-resistant gloves, spatula and tongs, grill brush and charcoal chimney starter should be considered essential items for most of us.

But how about the kick ash basket? Or the Looftlighter? Or maybe a vertical chicken holder? Although non-essential, these are still incredibly useful and nice-to-haves.

In this section of the site, we’ve put together buying guides and reviews for the best items on the market to improve and increase the enjoyment of outdoor cooking. We’ve made sure to avoid anything gimmicky, so you can be confident anything here has real practical use and is highly recommended

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Looft Lighter X Review — A Portable Cordless Electric Fire Starter

When your first product is one of the most innovative and straight-up coolest gadgets on the market, what do you do for an encore? That’s the problem Looft faced after the launch of the Looftlighter — now called the Looft Lighter I. How does the new Looft on the block measure up? We’ve got the answer below.

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17 Best Grilling, BBQ, and Smoker Accessories in 2024

There are quite literally thousands of accessories marketed toward helping us with our grilling, BBQ, and smoking. But which are any good, and are we happy to recommend? Below we list a massive seventeen items that make outdoor cooking easier and more fun. Go grab a few!

Close up of a small pile of charcoal briquettes being lit from the center.

Best Charcoal Briquettes — Buying Guide and 7 Top Products for 2024

If you’re looking for the best charcoal briquettes, then this helpful, unbiased buying guide will steer you in the right direction to get the right ones for you. We look at the most popular and highest quality brands, as used by ourselves, experts, professionals, and the keenest amateurs alike.

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The Best Grill Brushes and Cleaning Tools in 2024

Check out the best grill brushes, scrapers, and cleaning tools in our helpful buying guide packed full of advice and product reviews, so you get the right tool for your needs. Not all products are best for all grill or grate types, so read our buying guide for the correct advice!

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Fire Me Up: Buying Guide to the Best Charcoal Chimney Starters 2024

A charcoal chimney starter is one of the best, most efficient ways to quickly get a charcoal grill up to cooking temp. Here we review the top models available, discuss their features, their pros and cons, and what you should look for when picking the right model for you.

Small meats and vegetables being grilled on a grill mat.

Are Grill Mats Safe? Fear of Toxic Fumes and Chemicals

We've noticed many people questioning the safety of grill mat use, stating that they give off toxic fumes. So we decided to dig into the details in a search for the truth and give ourselves the confidence to keep on using them. Which we have and will do!

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Kettle Grill Cart Plans, and Detailed Steps on How to Build it

These grill cart plans show you step-by-step how to make your own grill cart with storage and work surfaces for a 22-inch kettle grill. With exact dimensions, materials list, tools required, and step-by-step illustrated diagrams and images to help you every step of the way.

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Kick Ash Basket Review — What is it, and Why Do You Need One?

The kick ash basket promises to increase airflow, allowing for a hotter fire when desired, as well as greater control at lower temperatures. It also enables you to separate out and reuse unburned fuel with a simple shake at the end of a cook. Here are our thoughts in our hands-on review.

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Looftlighter Review — an Electric BBQ Fire Starter So Hot, It’s Cool

An electric Fire starter that looks a little like a lightsaber, gets a charcoal grill going quickly, and saves money over regularly buying firelighters. What’s not to like? In this review, I take a detailed look at the Looftlighter, what it is, how it’s used, its pros and cons, and more.

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Lump Charcoal vs Briquettes — Which is Better, When, and Why?

When it comes to charcoal, you have one main choice to make: Lump or briquettes? In this guide, we compare and contrast the pros and cons of each. We discuss when to use one or the other and the benefits gained from switching between the two at the correct times.