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Runamok Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup

If you love the taste of bourbon but rather not get started too early in the day, try some of Runamok’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup over your pancakes in the morning. It starts with quality organic maple syrup which is then aged in barrels that just recently held bourbon, imbuing the tasty Vermont product with flavors from the spirit but without any alcohol. And if bourbon’s not your thing they offer both rye and rum barrel-aged maple syrups as well, all in 8.45 fluid ounce bottles.

Learn more at Runamok – $20

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Catalyst Fermentation System

Homebrewing your own beer from start to finish is an unwieldy process. Craft A Brew’s Catalyst Fermentation System doesn’t change the essential steps but does eliminate and simplify the ones that come after the actual brewing, including separating sediment after primary (and secondary, if applicable) fermentation, priming, and even bottling. It does this thanks to a 6.5 gallon crystal clear conical Tritan tank with a silicone gasket-sealed cap that sits atop a stand and boasts a 3-inch Trub Trap butterfly valve underneath. The Trub Trap is compatible with all wide mouth containers — think standard mason jar — letting you screw one on to ditch unwanted sediment that naturally falls to the bottom of the tank without contaminating your beer. Moreover a bottling attachment is also compatible with it, cutting out any need for siphoning to instead let gravity do its work. And after a batch is complete just shove the tank in the dishwasher and be done with it.

Check it out at Kickstarter – $175

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Balmuda Steam Oven Toaster

Some of the best inventions have come to be by chance. And while it might not change the world, the Balmuda Steam Oven Toaster makes some damn good toast, all started by a fortuitous encounter with rain while warming bread over a grill. The toaster’s key feature is a small slot under a panel up top in which to pour about one teaspoon of water using the included mini cup. The ensuing steam imbues moisture into the bread as temperatures inside gradually rise, producing bread that tastes as fresh as that from a bakery without having to leave your own kitchen. Besides toast it’s also got modes specifically tailored to making cheese toast, baguette, and croissant, amongst others, and a minimal design that should look at home in any contemporary kitchen. Though they’re not officially hitting the American market for the time being you might still be able to grab one for yourself, albeit at a steep premium over the $230 Japanese price.

Learn more at Balmuda (Japanese site) or find one at Amazon – $415 [via]

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Rib-O-Lator Barbecue Rotisserie

Turn your existing spit or medium-large gas grill into a rotisserie beast with the Rib-O-Lator Barbecue Rotisserie. You’ll need a motor and a spit rod, but once set up this four-tray device lets you rotisserie anything from ribs to fish to veggies to succulent perfection thanks to the use of indirect heat. Trays are removable for cleaning after the feast, notably in dishwasher if you’ve got no elbow grease to spare, and all parts are made of stainless steel. You will need to balance out the weight of your food across the four trays, though, lest you end up cooking the motor as well.

Learn more at Amazon – $100 [via]

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M-5000 Envirofit Rocket Stove

Probably the first thing you’ll want to do when unpacking the M-5000 Envirofit Rocket Stove is tear up the box it came in and use the cardboard to light a fire in its oven. This small but rugged stove features an open chamber into which can go longer sticks and twigs, pushed further in periodically as they burn, and a heat reflecting shield that directs heat and fire up towards the cooktop fit for a pot or pan. Two wooden handles make it easy to move even when hot and four feet ensure it’s got stable footing. Ideal for campsite cooking or as part of an emergency kit, each is built in Kenya to drive the cost down throughout Africa and to facilitate purchase by locals who can rely on it as their primary stove.

Grab one at Amazon – $110

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OXO Strive Advance Bottle

It’s got a narrow opening at the top to sip water. But the OXO Strive Advance Bottle also unscrews a bit further down at full width, making cleaning and filling with ice far more convenient — a clever design that’s logical but still surprisingly absent on almost all hard plastic bottles. Made of BPA-free Tritan, it’ll holds up to 24 ounces of fluids, marked at 4 ounce increments (and also in metric on the other side) so you know how much you’ve drank. It’s also dishwasher safe and boasts a stainless steel tether between the lid and the bottle to keep from ever losing the former.

Grab one at Amazon – $15

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Yeti Hopper Flip 12 Cooler

Yeti knows how to make a cooler. Though good, well insulated ones are typically heavy, hence room on the market for the Yeti Hopper Flip 12 Cooler. It’s shaped like a cube to fit lots of stuff — like 12 beers along with tons of accompanying ice — and boasts a rugged HydroLok zipper that won’t let air get in, or water escape. A puncture-resistant DryHide shell makes it nearly as tough as hardshell models without the struggles of lugging it around. It’s ready for anything and equally suited to carrying a large lunch to work as it is lugging drinks for a hike or camping adventure.

Learn more at Yeti – $280 [via]

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GoSun Solar Dogger

Remember the GoSun Solar Oven? The GoSun Solar Dogger is its smaller, hot dog-obsessed sibling. This relatively compact device uses nothing but sunlight and a clever design to get the temperature within its vacuum tube up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit in minutes, cooking a pair of hot dogs in just ten. With a two pound weight and foldable clamshell shape it’s far easier to bring to a park than a charcoal grill, and cleaner. And when you’re not in the mood for sausages you can also pack it with taquitos, spring rolls, tater tots, veggie dogs, and whatever other tubular foods that’ll fit.

Learn more at Indiegogo – $60

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Grady’s Pour & Store Pouch

The summer heat is here to stay for a while, and hot coffee isn’t helping matters much. Grady’s Pour & Store Pouch lets you continue caffeinating but with refreshing cold brew instead of piping hot joe, and makes the brewing process exceedingly easy. Each pouch comes with twelve 2oz Bean Bags filled with ground coffee, chicory, and spices that need to simply soak overnight in cold water. The next morning chuck or compost the bean bag and keep the remaining three servings of cold brew, which stays fresh for two long weeks in a fridge. When you need some energy drink it straight, mix one part with an equal part milk, or splash in a little vodka to balance the buzz.

Learn more at Grady’s Cold Brew – $30

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Coyote Asado Smoker

Grill, sear, and smoke your meats on the Coyote Asado Smoker — this charcoal grill handles all of it. This handsome beast is made of heat resistant ceramic and is equipped with 254 square inches of cooking area by way of a stainless steel smoking grate and grill. Laser-cut vents allow for precise control over venting and thus temperature, setting it apart from other grills regardless of how you’re cooking. Plus the availability of a handful of custom-sized accessories for the Asado — including a pizza stone plus elevator and chicken throne (for beer can chicken) — mean this grill is as versatile as it is capable.

Learn more at Coyote Outdoor or grab one at Amazon – $1,200

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