Summertime at the beach is our favorite time here at CoolToys TV. The tops come off of just about everything and the 4/3 wetsuit gets washed and put away.


Welcome to CoolToys ® I’m your host Scott Bourquin and I don’t know about you but I am ready for a real no mask hit the road [Music] summer.

We’ve got a lot to talk about today and I’m very excited when it comes to the outdoors.  there are a lot of CoolToys out there don’t worry today isn’t all about jeeps and hitting the trails if you’ve got an SUV or a sports wagon or even just a regular car you can hit the road with your own CoolToys.

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For the news Doc Josh sold the hot rod after months of work almost a year to get it to stop marking its spot in the garage he sold it and that leads to my soap box for the day right now we have a big problem in this country we stopped respecting each other.  “If you aren’t on my team I don’t respect you” is the new attitude.  But that isn’t really the respect I’m talking about just before selling the hot rod Josh disrespected the front of my house. I mean look at this mess.   That stupid one-legged hot rod dug a hole in the pavement with one tire. I felt like the late great Rodney Dangerfield “Hey I get no respect” So no respect and that’s where it goes.

Well now that you’re up to date with what’s going on here in the CoolToys world let’s talk about getting out for summer. A while ago we got a right line tailgating tent. Now this tent gets the CoolToys approved stamp because it works with almost any car and you can move it around your car or your SUV to put it where you need it.  You aren’t stuck with only one attachment or direct like the other brands. 

The best thing about summer though is cooking out. I mean aren’t Labor Day and Memorial Day like National grilling days grilling is the perfect way to begin and end the summer isn’t it oh yeah and that reminds me if you are hitting the road you might want to consider your drinking options if you go back a few episodes I tried six na or no alcohol beers and and a couple were pretty good I also discovered a couple of interesting drinks from Escape mocktails.

This slightly overpriced tequila alternative from ritual it makes a passible margarita if you’ve got some good lime juice and Agave around.  I think we can all agree there isn’t much that beats a great grilled meal.  If you have some backstrap from the freezer from last year’s hunt well the grill is the perfect finish right? Even if you were going full Blue Zone vegan how good is grilled corn with tahin spice or grilled tahin with mushrooms and a little chipotle sauce.  Remember if the guy grilling next to you is a little different just stop and respect the grill let’s not have any meaty meat guy versus vegan fights at the beach while we’re all grilling.

Okay now now one of the discussions we have here all the time is about the choice of charcoal or gas or wood when it comes to grilling it’s the same thing we talk about all the time when it comes to pizza.  Now I like wood but if you have kids waiting the hour and two beers to heat up the oven may not be something you have time for that gives you gas recently I decided to take this this question to the beach and to my surf tribe and do some grilling I took a Coleman gas portable grill and this hero charcoal grill 

I was a bit surprised I cooked 10 pounds of chicken wings on the little hero Grill and decided to make pizza on the gas grill using a pizza stone now as you can see in the video my round Stone doesn’t fit in the grill so the temperature was a little hard to control if you want to try this I would say buy the square stone that fits a barbecue remember if you want to know what is happening here at CoolToys subscribe to the channel find us on Instagram and get on our email list. You might get to hang out and have some free food like chicken wings that I grilled at the beach.

Now the Coleman Grill goes all day on one little tank of propane a six-pack of them is usually under 50 bucks that means you can Grill all summer on the road for about 50 bucks we found our grill at a big store on sale for $99 at the end of last season.  So we always look for a good deal.  You know at the end of the season is a good time to buy a grill.

Now the hero is different it uses little charcoal briquettes and it burns for about an hour. Just enough time to cook when we first got it we had to pay another 20 bucks for a refill pack to get another hour of grilling that was a bit pricey so we weren’t 100% impressed.   But then the two pack like this came out this is about 33 bucks so it it’s a little better but even though it was a little better the trays are cardboard which you think would burn but the pumice is a great insulator.  It also is all natural and biodegradable so with that in mind please respect your grill spot and still take it with you that’s your leave no trace message from us here at CoolToys. 

Now hero grills got smart. They started selling eight packs of these little refills for about 25 bucks that made it a lot more affordable.  This got the cost per grilling under four bucks something I can live with.  If you keep that pumice frame, use the tray,  you only buy those cheap little refill packs to keep grilling.  That’s a good deal.

The cool part with charcoal is the drippings of the meat or the olive oil if you’re cooking vegetables drip onto the charcoal and burn off so the olive oil the fat drips down onto the coals and burns off.  With a Coleman there’s this little nasty tray underneath and in this nasty grease tray all this stuff builds up and if you forget to clean it it will spill out on you or in your car and it will leave a big mess.   

Overall I like the Coleman but it isn’t kind of a going on the road grilling thing.  It will likely stay here at the studio and we’ll use it for outdoor barbecues with the staff and that kind of thing. But lunches outside with the crew are about as far as it’s going to go the verdict is in the CoolToys approve stamp goes to the Hero Grill it’s small, it’s light, it works anywhere if you have a good cigar torch style lighter, that is oh yeah, add one of those to that little case it’s pretty cool but you might have to be eating steak tartar style cuz look how we had to light it anyway that’s it for now don’t forget to subscribe to the channel, follow us and I’ll see you next time thanks for watching and have a great summer of grilling

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