Grill Tools Review : Grill Light from Kuisiware
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Today’s Grilling Product Reviews candidate:
The GrillJunkie™ Grilling Product Reviews (GPR) Scale
Based on our extensive field research, the GrillJunkie Product Review team assigns a formal rating to every product that we test. This rating is based on a 1-5 Firepot structure as depicted through our Grilling Product Review (GPR) scale illustrated below. The number of Firepots given to the grilling product indicates its final rating. The higher the number of Firepots, the more positive the review.
Quick Product Reviews Rating: For the more impatient reader who needs to get the rating right away, we gave the Kuisiware Grill Light a 4.1 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots. This rating equates to a Hot product but not quite Searing. The product addresses and solves the problem for which it was designed in a highly effective, intelligently designed, highly useful, unique, attractive and durable grill tool product. In fact, this particular Kuisiware grill tool, the Grill Light / Lantern, is not only made of high-quality, heat resistant ABS, can illuminate for up to 50,000 hours, but boasts a unique Touch Sensitive On/Off button that makes the BBQ grill light extremely easy to operate, especially important when your hands are otherwise occupied on the task at hand, grilling.
For more detail on this Grill Tools Product Review, our Top 10 Grilling Tools, as well as the many upcoming Grilling Product Reviews on our schedule, read on! Below is a quick overview YouTube Video of the Kuisiware Grill Light / Grill Tool Product Review.
First Up: Our Top Ten Grill Tools
You don’t need much to become a great griller, but there are a few things that make grilling easier and more successful. There are also a few things you will need in order to take care of your grill. These suggestions are intended to help you put together a few of the basics that work well and make you a better griller. Remember that these are just suggestions. To be a great cook, you need patience, passion and the right tools and accessories that work best for you. Here is our Top 10 Grill Tools list:
Tool 1: The Grill – What Fires You Up?
This is the age old question of outdoor grilling and the main inspiration for our tagline, “What Fires You Up?” What kind of grill do you want? Although there are grills that run on wood pellets, electricity, and gel fuel, there are two that truly come to the forefront – Charcoal and Gas Grills.
Charcoal grills will give better flavor, depending upon the type of charcoal used, and provide a more authentic grilling experience, but can be challenging to get started and can prove frustrating to maintain a proper temperature. Gas is faster to start and much more convenient for those weekday cookouts. Whether you choose to use your gas grill to grill your meals with propane or natural gas, be sure to use the proper equipment and follow all safety procedures when installing and using these fuel sources.
Deciding between the two main types of grills available, Gas or Charcoal Grills, boils down to what kind of cooking you want to do. Be sure to find a good quality gas or charcoal grill. If used and maintained properly, a good quality grill can last a lifetime. Next, let’s explore the fuel source possibilities available for Charcoal and Gas grills.
Tool 2: Fuel Source
For most gas grills, this is simple; Propane. The small, portable, and refillable tanks are convenient and, with an extra one on hand, your fuel source can last a whole season. You don’t want an angry mob on your hands because you ran out of fuel during your backyard gathering. Also, some grills can be set up to run on natural gas fed from inside the house. For purists, the charcoal grill is the only way to go. There are many fuel choices, shapes and sizes available including coal-based charcoal briquettes, all-natural lump charcoal, hardwood charcoal, as well as pure hardwood. When burned, these fuel sources are all designed to transform into embers radiating the heat necessary to cook food.
There is contention among grilling enthusiasts on what type of charcoal is best for grilling. Users of charcoal briquettes emphasize the uniformity in size, burn rate, heat creation, and quality exemplified by briquettes. Users of all-natural lump charcoal emphasize subtle smoky aromas, high heat production, and lack of binders and fillers often present in briquettes.
There are many methods and gadgets available to help get your briquettes, lump charcoal, or hardwood fired up besides stinky and unhealthy lighter fluid. These include rolled up newspaper, kindling, and fire starters, but we suggest you look into purchasing a Charcoal Chimney Fire Starter.
Tool 3: Charcoal Fire Starter
An ideal and convenient way to light charcoal is without anything more combustible than a few pieces of rolled-up newspaper. This can be done with a charcoal chimney, available at most any hardware store.
These cone-shaped chimneys allow you to get a lot of coals burning completely and quickly while avoiding the introduction of anything to the fire that you wouldn’t want to add to your food such as lighter fluid. In addition, charcoal chimney starters allow you to get more coals going while cooking in order to add to the existing fire as needed. This is a great way to help with temperature control on a charcoal grill.
Tool 4: Spatula and/or Tongs
Get your hands on a good spatula and you will be able to tackle even the most challenging of burger or grilled recipes. And let’s be clear on the meaning of the word “good”. A good grilling spatula doesn’t need loads of extra gadgets on it. Get a large bladed, bent and long-handled spatula. You want something that you can get under your burgers easily and large enough to flip a fish fillet without it falling apart. Don’t skimp on this tool, as you really owe it to yourself to get a good quality spatula that will work well and last.
A good spatula should easily slip under foods allowing you to quickly and safely lift, turn and flip. That’s all it needs to do, but it needs to do it well. A good pair of spring-loaded tongs will also help you get a solid grip on your food and can also help when you need an extra pair of hands or need to grip something.
An ideal pair of tongs should be easy to squeeze, yet bounce back quickly allowing you to get a grip on both small and large items without damaging even the most delicate of foods. Find tongs that fit your hand, are lightweight but sturdy and have enough length to reach deep into your grill without leaving your arm over the fire.
Tool 5: Grill Grate Scraper/Brush
Cleaning the metal rack or grill grate is a messy task made simple with a wire brush, (or a bristle brush for non stick coated racks). You will need this important tool for cleaning off the grate before and after you grill. It is most important that you do this after you finish grilling before the foods have had a chance to bake on.
Tool 6: Basting Brushes
It’s a good idea to have a couple of food basting brushes on hand. You can buy these as pastry, basting, mops, or silicon brushes. You decide which is cheaper or better for your particular needs. Don’t spend a lot on these because they don’t tend to last even if you take good care of them. You should have one brush dedicated to oiling surfaces. Dedicating a brush to put a coat of oil over your cooking grate is a good idea. The brush will get the oil over the surface of the grill grate quickly and easily. You need to keep this brush separate from other brushes, since you don’t want to use this one for basting foods. In addition to your oiling brush, you need a brush for basting your food when desired. If you grill a lot of different kinds of food types, you might want several.
Tool 7: Grill Light
For those of you who grill after a long day at work or after mowing the lawn on the weekends this may all be familiar territory. You begin grilling around 6 pm only to find you’re running out of daylight. You switch to the porch or patio light only to be frustrated by the fact that YOU are now the source of the casted shadow on the grill with it’s precious contents and you can’t see what you’re doing! When in for the long-haul on a 12 hour low & slow BBQ smoking of a Brisket, then you really need to rely on more than moonlight. A good grill light can help illuminate the situation. Look for a good quality, adjustable light that you don’t have to fuss with in order to position correctly. Also, look for one with a touch sensitive on-off switch. Your hands should be focused on grilling, not dealing with turning on a hard to handle light switch.
Tool 8: Meat Thermometer
The difference between the perfect meal and a trip to the emergency room due to food poisoning can be only a couple of degrees. Having a good, working thermometer is a must have. There are a whole host of good thermometers on the market, but remember, accuracy is the most important factor, so when buying a thermometer it’s better to bypass cool features in favor of reliability.
Tool 9: Fire Extinguisher
Although we provide guidance on preventing and dealing with flare-ups in a previous post, entitled, “Houston, We Have a Flare-Up” , it is always important to have a small household type fire extinguisher close by just in case things get out of hand.
Tool 10: Grill Mitt
A fireproof mitt allows you to safely complete many grill jobs. Whether it’s a pair of fireproof gloves or a kitchen mitt you should always have something close by that will let you pick up the hot stuff. A pair of fireproof grilling mitts is your best bet, as they not only allow you to pick up hot metal cooking equipment, but they won’t catch on fire if or when flames hit them. Having a kitchen mitt catch fire while you have it on your hand is not fun. You might just find yourself sitting next to the guy who didn’t listen to us about the need for a Meat Thermometer under Tool 8!
Now let’s see how well the Kuisiware Grill Light performed under the GrillJunkie Product Review Team’s merciless testing!
Kuisiware Grill Light – Grill Tool Product Review – Did It Light Up Our BBQ Life?
The GrillJunkie Grill Tools Review follow a comprehensive structure which includes the:
- Problem that needs to be solved or addressed
- Solution to that problem
- Good, Bad and Ugly elements of the product
- Verdict - the official GrillJunkie™ GPR (Grilling Product Reviews Rating)
Official Product Review and GPR
Problem - The way we view it, first and foremost, as grilling and BBQ addicts we all have the right and privilege to grill 24 x 7 x 365. Unfortunately, as night falls on your backyard BBQ or tailgate, seeing what you’re grilling can be difficult never mind unsafe. And who is a fan of losing money and time only to have burned that NY Strip Steak to a crisp due to lack of proper illumination. Even a well-positioned porch or tent light will not suffice as you are inevitably standing between the light source while tending the grill creating a frustrating shadow. Secondly, the majority of BBQ grill lights on the market today are decent, however most are either awkward, poorly constructed, expensive, unattractive, not bright or focused enough to get the light where you need it most. Lastly, most grill lights are not easy to operate, position or turn off and on; all important variables when your hands are already occupied handling food, spatulas, tongs, tending to the fire and focusing on safety.
Product’s Solution Pitch - The Kuisiware® team’s approach to addressing the problem was to develop, market and distribute their line-up of Grill Tools, with a debut focus on their Grill Light / Lantern. According to the company’s marketing material and ad copy:
“No more burned meat, no more frustration, no more wasted time and money…only good time with your friends or family. Picture this: It’s summer, it’s 10 o’clock in the evening, and you are grilling some of the most delicious ribeye pork chops and some finger-lickin’ chicken wings on a nice hot grill. You always wanted to be the hero of every BBQ, whether day or night, and this is finally possible thanks to a gadget that is designed to impress. The Kuisiware “Grill Lantern” barbecue grill light will help you cook the perfect BBQ each and every time, no matter how dark the night is, leaving your friends and family wanting for more”.
The Good - The product has a few important positive attributes. First of all, the Kuisiware® product team did indeed address the problem head on with a top quality, attractively packaged, uniquely-featured grill tool product. Under extensive product testing using various sized grills and a myriad of food , weather and illumination scenarios, the hard to impress GrillJunkie team found that this grilling product:
- Is packaged in an attractive, visually-rich and see through packaging
- Has an adjustable screw clamp that makes this a very easy to install LED grill light, suitable for most grill handles
- Accommodates circular and oval handles (max diameter: 1.45″).
- Has a unique touch sensitive On/Off button making the BBQ grill light extremely easy to operate
- Can be turned on or off by touching it with almost anything
- Includes 3 x 1.5V AA batteries that power the light up to 12 hours
- Drives 1o super-bright LED bulbs that can illuminate for up to 50,000 hours
- Swivels 180 degrees horizontally and vertically for full coverage of your grill
- Is made from heat resistant ABS with a smooth finish, it will withstand intense heat for longer periods of time
- Was safe to use on the myriad of gas grills, charcoal grills, pellet grills, electric grills and BBQ smokers we have in the GrillJunkie testing lab
- Is protected by a 12 Month Warranty which completely eliminated the risk out of our purchase
The Bad – The product has a three, mostly minor negative attributes. The first is that the grill light only comes in one flavor, black. For those of you focused on individual style wanting to color match your stainless steel or Blue Weber One Touch grill, at present you may be a bit frustrated with the narrow color-spectrum offering from this product. Secondly, the battery compartment, albeit necessarily weather tight, is accessible via a very tiny Phillips head screw. Lastly, the price of the grill tool product is slightly higher than most of the utilitarian, poorer quality grill lights on the market today. The MSRP of this grill light is $59.99. However we’ve learned that the price is significantly lower on Amazon.com for $28.00 with FREE shipping. Additionally, you can use this code: KREW7OFF We applied it at Amazon.com checkout for another $7 discount, which gave us a total of 65% off list price.
We’ve also learned that they give away a FREE “Grilling Recipes” ebook. As an alternative to using the Coupon code on the Amazon.com link, you could visit the Kuisiware site where signing up for their email list will help you save a few dollars.
The Ugly- We did not believe that this variable directly applied to this product. In fact, the Kuisiware Grill Light, albeit a tad pricier than some common, lower grade grilling lights, has a clean and enticing package design and the product itself is a very attractive, well produced and extremely effective grilling tool. The only ugliness is that the product line is not available in every retail, BBQ or grocery store worldwide, but they’re getting there! We’ll let the Kuisiware sales and marketing team tackle that one.
Verdict - We give the Kuisiware Grill Light a 4.1 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots. This rating equates to a Hot product but not quite Searing. The product addresses and solves the problem for which it was designed in a highly effective, intelligently designed, highly useful, unique, attractive and durable grill tool. In fact, this particular Kuisiware grill tool, the Grill Light / Lantern, is not only made of high-quality, heat resistant ABS, can illuminate for up to 50,000 hours, but leverages a unique Touch Sensitive On/Off button that makes the BBQ grill light extremely easy to operate, especially important when your hands are otherwise occupied on the task at hand, grilling.
The GrillJunkie team members will now be able to significantly reduce their frustration due to poor lighting and grill lights that are hard to operate, bulky, and just not bright enough. This handle mount grill light eliminates all these problems through its light weight, adjustability, ease of install and touch-sensitive feature. We look forward to conducting our Grilling Product Reviews on any new product developments that will come from the Kuisiware team.
GrillJunkie Rating of Kuisiware Grill Light = 4.1 / 5.0
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