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The ride-outside grill with a proletarian price


June 15, 2006

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June 16, 2006 There’s something about tending a barbeque that makes it difficult to be unhappy which probably accounts for why the practice of tailgating gets more popular each year. So popular in fact that in recent times it seems to have spawned an array of purpose-built devices from a complete US$9,000 gourmet kitchen in trailer form, through the comprehensively appointed US$3000 Chill-n-Grill tailgate set that comes with a cooker, cooler CD player, radio and integrated speakers. Freedom Grill’s business model seems to be dedicated to turning the whole world into everyone’s backyard, and they took the concept one step further with the extremely popular US$800 detachable, vehicle-mounted FG-100 that was perfect for SUVs, Pickups, and RVs. But US$800 is still a lot of money, so we’re chuffed that they’ve developed a proletarian model with almost the same functionality and a US$300 price.

But US$800 is still a lot of money, so we’re chuffed that they’ve developed a proletarian model with almost the same functionality and a US$300 price.

Both the FG-100 and its new FG-50 little brother attach to the back of any vehicle with a standard 2" receiver hitch, meaning you don’t need to put a greasy, smelly grill inside your truck or SUV. The mounting system enables the grill to lock closed for driving and swing away from the vehicle during use. You drive with it on leaving more room inside for camping supplies or third row seating.

Designed for greater versatility the FG-50 maintains over 352 square inches of cooking space -- enough room to cook 20 burgers, 4 chickens, or 40 brats. The removable grill head has built-in legs, and fold-out side tables making it a cinch to use on a picnic table or anywhere else away from the vehicle.

More detail on the US$3000 Chill-n-Grill tailgate set can be found here.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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