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The Best Gerber, SOG and Leatherman Multi Tools Review

Here is a review of the best Gerber, SOG and Leatherman multi tools for 2018

A multi-tool is a device that gives you several useful tools into one simple device that you can carry in your pocket or on your belt in a holster.

All multi tools start in a compact state with the handles folded together. When you pull the handles apart you gain access to the pliers (or scissors) and the rest of the tools that are contained in each handle.

A multi-tool can come in handy anywhere and in many ways. You can find uses for one at home, at work or when you are hiking or camping.

The different tools on a multi- tool can vary but they usually consist of

1- A pair of pliers, that may be either a needle nose or a flat nose variety, this the basis of the multi-tool. The pliers may have a pair of wire cutters and or wire strippers included with them.

2- 1 or 2 knives. One with a straight blade and one with a serrated blade.

3- Screwdrivers. One a Phillips head and two or three different sizes of flat heads.

4- A file.

5- A bottle opener and or a can opener.

6- A V cutter.

7- A lot of multi tools have the handle marked off into inches or centimeters so you can use it as a measuring device.

There are literally 1000s of multi-tools in the market today and you can find them anywhere. From a $10.00 pair at you local flea market to a $50.00 pair at your local big box store to over a $100.00 pair online.

For the purposes of this review i have decided to concentrate on three of the top multi tool makers in the world.

The Gerber Legendary Blades Company has been around for almost 80 years and has been making quality knives and multi tools since then in their factory in Portland, Oregon.

The Leatherman Tool Company invented the very first multi tool in 1983 and called it the “pocket survival tool.” It was invented to be a portable hand tool that had many functions built into it. They are also located in Portland, Oregon.

The SOG Specialty Knives and Tools Company first started producing quality knives for soldiers during the Vietnam War. SOG originally stood for “Study and Operation Group” and was made up of members of every branch of the armed services dedicated to giving our armed forces the tools that they need. Several decades later they started developing great quality multi tools.

Some people might say “you get what you pay for” when it comes to price. Which can be true. However, for this review I have found lower priced multi tools that are of a very good quality and value.

Sometimes it just depends on what you are using them for, how often you will need them and which type of tools you will use the most.

They can be kept in a drawer at home or the glove box in a car and just be used occasionally or they can be carried around with you, in your pocket or in a holster, and can be used all the time.

I have set certain standards for this multi tool review.

1- They must be a high quality multi tool that has usable tools in them.

2- All or the multi tools I review must get at least a 4 out of 5 star rating on Amazon. I think that having people who have actually used the multi tool and then took the time to give a review as to their experience makes a difference.

3- All of the multi tools must be eligible for Amazon Prime. That way if you are a member there is no shipping cost and you get two day delivery.

May I suggest that if you do buy a lot products from Amazon then you should become a Prime Member. It will save you money in the long run and there many other benefits as well.

After I review the different multi tools I will give you my recommendations on which ones I think are the best value.

I am an Amazon Affiliate in training. If you click on a link below and decide to purchase an item I do make a little bit of money, with no extra cost to you. I strive to give you the best reviews possible on the best products I can find.

Gerber Splice Pocket Tool

This little convenient multi tool offers a pair of scissors as the main tool instead of a pair if pliers. It is made to be kept on a key chain or in a pocket.

1- Comes with a fine edged blade and a serrated blade.

2- Also has a Phillips head screwdriver and a medium and very small Flathead screwdriver.

3- The larger Flathead also has a bottle opener built into it.

4- A retractable lanyard to fit on your key chain.

5- 4.1 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Gerber Splice Pocket Tool is an inexpensive handy little multi tool that is easy to carry around.




Gerber Suspension Multi Pliers

The Gerber Suspension Multi Pliers has a Safe T Plus locking system that locks the tool in place for extra safety while you are using it. Only 4″ long when closed makes a great multi tool to carry in your pocket or purse.

1- Comes with straight and serrated blades.

2- Phillips head and three different types of flat head screwdrivers. One with a bottle opener on it.

3- A saw for cutting small branches.

4- A pair of small scissors.

5- A pair of needle nose pliers w/ wire cutters.

6- Comes with a ballistic nylon sheath.

7- Comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

8- 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The stainless steel open frame design of the Gerber Suspension Multi Plier with its 12 built-in tools make it a great buy for the price.




Leatherman Squirt PS4 Multi Tool

The Leatherman Squirt in another smaller multi tool made to fit on a key ring with one big difference. You can access all the tools without having to open the handles.

1- It has pliers with wire cutters.

2- A Phillips and a Flathead screwdriver with a built-in bottle opener.

3- One straight edge knife.

4- One pair of scissors.

5- A file and a key ring.

6- 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

7- It also comes with Leatherman’s guarantee of a 25-year limited warranty. All of Leatherman’s products are made and repaired in the USA.

At only 2 1/4″ long when closed the Leatherman Squirt is a great tool to throw into you pocket or backpack.





Leatherman-Rev Multi Tool

The Leatherman-Rev Multi Tool at 3.8″ is a little bit larger than the previous 3 and is also stainless steel.

1- Leatherman’s 25-year limited warranty.

2- A 2.6″ long 420HC straight blade that is accessible without opening the handles and also locks into place for added safety.

3- A pair of needle nose pliers with wire cutters/strippers.

4- Phillips and small and medium Flathead screwdrivers.

5- A file for metal or wood that is also a ruler.

6- A can and a bottle opener.

7- A package opener and a pocket clip.

8- 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Leatherman Rev Multi Tool packs a lot of usable tools into a small stainless steel implement.




Gerber MP400 Compact Sport Plier

This pair of Gerber MP400 compact sport multi pliers opens a little bit differently than regular multipliers. Instead of opening the handles 180 degrees to access the pliers and tools all you have to do is flick you wrist and the pliers shoot out of the end.

1- Basic Phillips head and 3 Flathead screwdrivers.

2- One knife blade that is half serrated and half flat.

3- A can and a bottle opener.

4- A pair of scissors made by Fiskars.

5- When it is closed it measures 4.37″ long and with the pliers extended in measures 5.63″ long. It also comes with a sheath.

6- Made in the USA.

7- 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

All of the Gerber’s MP400 Compact Sport Pliers tools lock into place once they are in the open position for added safety. That coupled with the one handed flick open design, for access to the needle nose pliers makes this a very useful multi tool.




Leatherman Wingman Multi Tool

The Leatherman Wingman offer 14 very usable tools that you can access very easily and easily carried with the pocket clip.

1- The needle nose pliers are spring-loaded and have wire strippers/cutters built-in.

2- The half serrated knife and the spring-loaded scissors are both available without having to open up the tool.

3- A Phillips head and 2 Flathead screwdrivers.

4- A bottle and a can opener.

5- A metal/wood file.

6- A package opener. With more and more clam shell type packages on the market it is nice someone invented a safe way to open them.

7- Leatherman’s 25-year limited warranty.

8- 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Leatherman Wingman is a great tool to keep around the house, office or campsite for unexpected uses.




SOG Powerlock Multi Tool

This SOG Multi Tool uses a compound lever technology which gives you twice the leverage and force over regular pliers and it comes with 18 useful tools and a nylon sheath.

1- It has a half serrated, half straight blade knife and a double tooth mini saw that is good for cutting branches.

2- A Phillips head and 4 different sizes of Flathead screwdrivers.

3- A three sided file.

4- A bottle and a can opener.

5- A tool which is called an awl or a punch used to put a small hole in soft materials like leather.

6- A pair of spring-loaded scissors.

7- And of course a pair of needle nose pliers with wire cutters/strippers. Also, included in this model is a pair of wire crimpers located at the top of the handle.

8- Limited lifetime warranty.

9- 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Easily opened with one hand. All tools lock into place. 18 different tools at your disposal. The SOG Powerlock Multi Tool has everything you need in a multi tool.





Gerber Pro Scout MP 600 Multi Plier

The Gerber Pro Scout Multi Plier is a stainless steel version of their M series pliers that comes with an abundance of tools for you to use. For added safety all the tools lock into place when fully extended.

1- This model has Gerber’s flick of the wrist one hand opening where the pliers shoot out of the end and lock into place.

2- Needle nose pliers with wire cutters and crimpers.

3- One half serrated and half straight edge knife.

4- A pair of Fiskars scissors.

5- A crosscut saw for wood or metal. This blade can be swapped out for any “U” shaped jigsaw blade.

6- A Phillips head and 2 Flathead screwdrivers.

7- A can opener and a bottle opener.

8- A file with a built in ruler.

9- 6 extra usable bits that fit onto the multi pliers.

10- 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Gerber MP600 Pro Scout Multi Plier are made of premium stainless steel and offer everything a person needs in a multi plier plus some added bits that will come in handy.




SOG Powerlock EOD Multi Pliers

The SOG Powerlock EOD Multi Pliers contains 18 tools and is made of 420HC stainless steel with a black oxide finish and comes with a nylon sheath.

1- These pliers contain the Sog patented compound leverage technology that gives you twice the force that normal pliers do.

2- All of the tools lock into place when opened all the way and close easily when you press on the release button.

3- These multi pliers have a V-cutter, which is not found on other multi tools, that works great for cutting a seat belt or a fishing line or you can use them as wire strippers.

4- All tools can be replaced if they wear out or get bent or broken.

5- Comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

6- 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The SOG Powerlock EOD Multi Pliers Are an exceptional value for a multi plier. It is made for anyone from professionals thru weekend warriors to homeowners.




Gerber Center Drive Multi Tool

Gerber calls this tool the center drive because when you open a tool it is lined up better for maximum leverage.

1- Comes with a set of magnetic bits and a longer offset bit holder.

2- 3.25″ full size 420HC straight edge knife.

3- The spring-loaded pliers open with a thumb push or a flick of the wrist.

4- Made in the USA.

5- 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Gerber Center Drive Multi Tool is made for someone who just needs the basics. It contains spring-loaded pliers w/ wire cutters, a longer than average knife and a long bit holder with a set of bits.





Leatherman Wave Plus Multi Tool

The Leatherman Wave Plus Multi Tool is the most popular model that Leatherman makes and comes with a 25-year limited warranty.

1- The serrated knife, the straight edge knife, the file and the double edge saw are all accessible without having to open the tool.

2- Needle nose pliers with a pair of wire cutters/strippers.

3- A Phillips head, a Flat head and a mini Flat head screwdriver.

4- A pair of spring action scissors.

5- A bottle and a can opener.

6- Comes with a nylon sheath.

7- 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Leatherman Wave Plus Multi Tool is a very popular tool because of the quality in craftsmanship it is made with, a 25-year warranty and the fact that all tools, even the wire strippers, are replaceable. This is the type of tool that can last you for decades.





Leatherman Crunch Multi Tool

A somewhat different design than most multi tools because it has a pair of locking pliers instead of regular pliers.

1- Locking pliers lock into place on an object up to an inch in diameter to give you a tight grip. They have an adjusting screw for different size diameters. If you remove the adjusting screw then you find a hex-bit adapter that also comes in handy.

2- A fully serrated 420HC knife.

3- A Phillips head and three Flat head screwdrivers.

4- A 3 sided metal/ wood file.

5- The pliers also have a pair of wire cutters and wire strippers in them.

6- A bottle opener and a leather sheath.

7- 25 year limited warranty.

8- 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Leatherman Crunch Multi Tool is made of high grade stainless steel and 15 usable tools. The pliers can be used as locking pliers or you can use them as regular pliers.





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Here are my recommendations for this multi plier review and it is in no particular order.

1- Gerber Suspension Multi Pliers

A great small pair of multi pliers, with all the tools that you need, that you can carry in your pocket.

2- Gerber Pro Scout MP 600 Multi Plier

This full size pair of Gerber multi pliers has all the tools that you need in a multi plier plus comes with a set of bits.

3- SOG Powerlock Multi Tool

Besides having all the tools you need in a multi tool SOG also has the patented compound lever technology that gives you more power.

4- SOG Powerlock EOD Multi Pliers

One of SOG’s most popular Multi pliers. It has SOG’s compound lever technology and 18 usable tools. I am not sure how many people need a blasting cap crimper but it can also be used for crimping butt splices and stripping larger wire.

It also contains a very sharp V-cutter for emergency situations. The warranty and high Amazon rating also gives it value.

5- Leatherman Wingman Multi Tool

For the amount of tools you get at this price the Wingman is a great value. I think the package opener is a unique tool. That coupled with Leatherman’s 25 year limited warranty and Amazon’s high rating make this a great buy for a multi tool.

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Being how it is Leatherman’s most famous tool and the great warranty and the fact that in this device you get every tool you would need in a multi tool also makes this one of the better buys for a multi tool.

Below are two short video about how to use the SOG Powerlock EOD pliers and the Leatherman Wingman multi tools.



Gerber, SOG and Leatherman all produce a complete line of quality knives, rescue tools and multi tools. Multi tools are made in different sizes and some are geared towards different uses. You should choose the one that will fit your particular needs.

I hope this article has helped you understand how multi tools work, can be used and how they might fit certain needs.

Any questions or comment please leave them below.

Here is a Review of the Best Gerber Knives and Tools for 2018.

The Gerber Legendary Blades Company has been around since 1939 making quality knives and many different types of tools. Their dedication to quality in craftsmanship while using the best materials available for their knives and unique tools is unsurpassed.

While they are mostly known for their knives Gerber also makes many different types of hand tools like multi-tools, machetes, handsaws, axes, flashlights, headlights, survival kits and shovels. If you are someone who is looking for tools for your camping, hiking or survival needs than Gerber will have the tool that you need.

All Gerber products are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

The Gerber Tool Company is a sub division of the Fiskars Tool Company. The Fiskars Tool Company has been around since the 1600s providing top quality garden tools.

Around the turn of this century they were producing around $100 million in sales while employing only three hundred people. That is how popular Gerber products are.

Over the years they have partnered with several well-known knife makers to produce many different types of high quality knives.

This is a review of some of the more popular Gerber folding knives, Gerber fixed blade knives, and a couple of unique Gerber tools.

Knives are very prevalent in today’s society. A person can find a knife anywhere for a low price. But you get what you pay for. A good quality knife, that will keep a sharp edge, is easy to open and will last you for years is going to cost you a few dollars more. Please do not buy inferior knives. A dull knife can be very dangerous.

I am an Amazon Affiliate. If you click on a link below and decide to purchase an item I do make a little bit of money, with no extra cost to you. I strive to give you the best reviews possible best products I can find.

I have set certain standards for this knife and tool review.

– They all must be made with exceptional quality and be a popular and usable tool.

– All items must get at least a 4 out of 5 star review on Amazon. I think that having people that have actually used the knife or tool and then took the time to review it makes a difference.

– All of the knives or tools must be eligible for Amazon Prime. So that if you are a member there is no shipping cost to you.

After I preview the products I am going to give my recommendations for the ones I think are the best value.



Gerber Folding Knives


Gerber STL 2.0 Knife

This is a small knife that is very convenient to carry in your pocket. The STL stands for strong, thin and light.

– This knife has a 2.1″ blade and is roughly 5.1″ long altogether. Perfect to carry with you anywhere.

– The blade is made of 440 stainless steel and also comes with a metal handle. The blade will not wobble while it is open.

– This knife has an easy one hand open and stays safely open with a unique frame lock design.

– 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Gerber STL 2.0 knife with its slim, sleek design is a perfect knife to carry in your pocket and not be noticeable.




Gerber Paraframe II Knife

Another lightweight knife that at 8 inches overall, can be taken anywhere. The Paraframe series of knives from Gerber is one of their most popular designs.

– The blade is a 3 1/2″ long, carbon steel, Tanto style blade. There are many benefits to a Tanto style blade. The most important one is its strength. The Tanto style blade is capable puncturing harder materials than a regular knife.

– The blade is also partially serrated making it easier to cut thing like rope or branches.

– The knife is coated in a black titanium nitride coating to help make it resistant to corrosion.

– This knife also has the frame lock safety function.

– It comes with a pocket clip for easy carry and also thumb studs on both sides of the knife so you can easily open it with either hand.

– 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Gerber Paraframe II Knife is an excellent choice for a pocketknife and will easily handle many chores.




Gerber Vital Pocket Folding Knife

This is a very unique knife from Gerber allows you to change out the blade when it becomes dull. These blades are surgically sharp and while it was mainly designed for skinning game it can be used by anyone who needs a surgically sharp blade.

– This knife comes with a total of seven blades.

– It is very easy to exchange blades. All it takes is a push of a button to switch out blades when one gets dull.

– The bright orange rubber handle is easy to grip and to spot if you drop the knife outdoors.

– The total length of the blade is 2.8″ and the total length of the knife when opened is 6.8″ inches. The blade length is somewhat misleading because the 2.8″ is measured from the tip of the blade to the beginning of the attachment.

– Strong locking mechanism built into the handle.

– You can use a #60xt replacement blade for this knife and you can find those on Amazon for around $32.94 for a 100 count. ==CLICK HERE==

– 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon

Do you do a lot of hunting or otherwise need a razor sharp knife? Are you not very good at sharpening knives? Either way the Gerber Vital folding knife might just be the knife you are looking for.




Gerber DMF Folding Knife

The DMF Folding Knife from Gerber is a folding knife that has many different qualities that set it apart from other knives.

– The 3 1/2″ Tanto style, half serrated blade, is perfect for as many different cutting uses that you can think of.

– The high quality G-10 molded handle is very easy to grip either bare handed or with gloves.

– This knife comes with an in-line locking system known as a wedge lock. This is the most secure locking system you can have for a knife. It can be accessed with either the right or left hand.

– The handle on this knife has a pommel, on the end, which is a means it is a strong pointed end that can be used for self defense or egress.

– The blade length is 3.5″ and the overall knife length is 8.4″.

– The pocket clip is also reversible so it can be carried in either pocket.

– 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Gerber DMF Folding Knife has many features that you need high quality pocket knife. From the tanto tip to the serrated edges and the pommel handle all makes this a very good knife.




Gerber Applegate Combat Folding Knife

This is one of Gerber’s better folding knives. It was designed by Colonel Rex Applegate who is and expert on hand-to-hand and knife fighting. It is a very balanced and well-made knife.

– The spear type blade is made of high carbon 420 stainless steel and is partially serrated.

– The handle fits very comfortably in your hand and is made of glass filled nylon. This knife uses the patented roto-lock locking system.

– The blade length is 2 3/4″ and the overall length is 6 3/4″ long

– This knife comes with a pocket clip and also with a nylon cordura sheath.

– 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon

The Gerber Applegate Combat Folding Knife is a top quality well-made knife that will last you for years.






Fixed Blade Knives

Gerber Ghoststrike Fixed Blade Knife

This is a handy little fixed blade knife made by Gerber. It is designed mainly for self-defense and can be carried, on the belt, either horizontally or vertically.

– The blade is a 420 HC (high carbon) drop point blade that has a ceramic coating. Ceramics coatings on knives are known for holding an edge and being resistant to acids and caustic substances.

– The skeletal handle has a rubberized diamond texture grip.

– The blade is 3.3″ long and the overall length is 6.9″.

– This knife is made in the USA.

– 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Since the Gerber Ghoststrike fixed blade knife is designed for first responders or for self defense uses it is a good idea to check on what your local laws are on carrying concealed knives.





Gerber Prodigy Survival Knife

The Gerber Prodigy is a rugged well-made fixed blade knife. It has been called the ultimate tactical knife.

– The blade is made of 420HC stainless steel. The HC stands for high carbon which makes it a stronger, harder blade capable of retaining an edge longer. The stainless steel makes it rust and corrosion resistant.

– The blade is half serrated and is 4 3/4″ long. The overall length of the knife is 9 3/4″.

– This is a full tang knife with an ergonomically designed rubberized handle and a striking pommel on the end of the handle.

– The sheath is designed so that you can carry the knife on you belt or on your leg.

– 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon

If you are in the market for a top quality fixed blade knife I would recommend the Gerber Prodigy.




Gerber Strongarm Fixed Blade Knife

The Strongarm fixed blade knife is another tool made by Gerber that is designed for combat or survival situations.

– The full tanged blade is 4.8″ long and the overall knife is 9.8″ long. Also, made of 420HC stainless steel.

– The handle is made out of a glass-filled nylon with a rubber overmold. The base of the handle contains a striking pommel used to break glass.

– The sheath can be carried 3 different ways. It has a snap-in Molle strap so it can be carried vertically on a vest, horizontally by the small of your back or vertically at your hip or on your leg.

– Made in the USA.

– 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon

The Gerber Strongarm is a sturdy, well-made knife. The blade has a black ceramic coating and is very sharp out of the box. Add in the multiple sheath positions it comes with and this knife is a great buy.




Gerber LMF II Infantry Knife

At 10″ long the Gerber LMF II infantry knife will handle anything you throw at it.

– The fully tanged 420HC stainless steel blade is 4.84″ long and is partially serrated.

– The rubberized sure grip handle comes with a pommel on the end. The pommel is used to break glass in case of emergency.

– The knife comes with a ballistic sheath that

contains a built-in carbide sharpener.

– Made in the USA.

– 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Gerber LMF II infantry knife was engineered by Jeff Freeman who was in the military and has been tested by troops in the field. Designed to be used in survival and emergency situations.




Gerber Combat Fixed Blade Knife

The Gerber combat fixed blade knife has all the qualities you need in a fixed blade knife. It has been field tested for several different types of survival situations.

– The full tang 4 1/2″ tanto blade is made out of 154-CM high carbon steel. This is a very high quality stainless steel that will hold an edge well.

– The overall knife is 10 1/8″ long. Just the right size for ant type of military, survival, tactical or hunting situations.

– The handle is an injection molded rubberized handle that has a pommel on the end for breaking glass or a self-defense type situation.

– The versatile sheath offers different carrying options for your belt ankle or vest.

– Made in the USA.

– 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

With this knife Gerber has put together several different factors to make this a top quality knife. Top quality steel, tanto tip, perfect length, serrations and a pommel make this a top quality fixed blade knife.



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5 Unique Products from Gerber

Gerber Crisis Hook Knife

Used primarily to cut through things in emergency type situations the Gerber crisis hook knife is designed to cut through seat belts, rope, clothes, straps or tape.

– The blade is made of 420HC stainless steel and will keep an edge.

– There is a pommel in the end of the handle that can be used to break glass.

– It comes with a plastic sheath that you can clip to your belt or carry in a glove compartment.

– Also comes with a wrench to open oxygen canisters.

– 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Gerber crisis hook knife is recommended by paramedics and first responders across the nation as a tool that works well for cutting seat belts and clothing. This tool is great for keeping in your glove compartment in case of emergencies.




Gerber GDC Money Clip with Built-in Fixed Blade Knife

Here is a unique little tool from Gerber that serves two purposes. You can use it as a money clip and has a small knife built into it.

– The money clip is 3.6″ long and can hold a combination of cash and/or credit cards.

– The stainless steel blade is 1.75″ long. It has knurled edges where your index finger and thumb go to give you a strong grip on the knife.

– It is rust proof and has a titanium coated steel body.

– Comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

– 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Gerber GDC (Gerber Daily Carry) are a unique line of different tools made to carry every day for regular use or special circumstances. The Gerber GDC money clip with fixed blade knife is just one of them.






Gerber Gator Combo Axe II

If you are a fan of hiking and camping or just a homeowner with a lot of brush to clear then here is a tool that you should always bring with you. The Gator combo axe II is an axe that contains a coarse blade saw in its handle.

– The total length of the axe is 15.6″ while the blade width is 2.27″ and yet only weighs 2.26 ounces. The long handle and short head provide you with fantastic striking force.

– The saw is 10.24″ overall and the blade length is 6.1″. It is held in the axe handle with a strong magnet.

– The axe and saw handles are both made from the patented “gator grip” which provides you with a strong grip on both.

– Comes with a ballistic nylon sheath for easy carry.

– 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Gerber Gator Combo basically gives you two tools for the price of one. Both the axe and the saw are made of forged steel and have durable well-made handles. This is a great addition to anyones camping gear.




Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter

The Gerber Bear Grylls fire starter is another tool any camper, hiker or survivalist should carry with them at all times.

– On one end you have a ferrocerium rod and on the other you have a striker. ferrocerium is a synthetic alloy which can reach temperatures of 5430 degrees Fahrenheit when sparked.

– It is only 4.8″ long and comes with a whistle coupled to the end of the lanyard cord to use for emergencies.

– Factory tested to spark over 8000 times.

– 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

– The Gerber Bear Grylls fire starter is so trust worthy and inexpensive that every camper should have one in their backpack.

Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter




Gerber Broad Cut Machete

The Gerber broad cut machete is a great tool to have with you if you need to cut some dense brush.

– The corrosion resistant blade is 13.1″ long and curved the right way for maximum cutting potential.

– The hook and cut notch on the back of the blade is designed for grabbing or cutting vines or branches.

– The rubber textured handle easily allows you to maintain a firm grip on the machete while the lanyard gives you even more control.

– This machete comes with a protective sheath that attaches to your belt.

– 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon. “Best sellers rank”.

The Gerber Broad Cut Machete W/ Sheath is designed after the traditional tribesman version and is an exceptional value for a great quality machete.




This is just a small sampling of the dozens of knives and tools that Gerber provides. I think it is a good cross-section of some of their finest products.



Here are my recommendations for these Gerber knives and tools from this review. In no particular order.

1- Gerber Paraframe II Knife.

– The length, partial serrations and tanto style tip make this a great folding knife you can carry anywhere.

2- Gerber Vital Pocket Folding Knife.

– Although originally designed for skinning game having a razor sharp blade that can be easily changed out when it gets dull makes this a very desirable pocket knife to carry around.

3– Gerber Prodigy Survival Knife

– From the high carbon stainless steel blade to the very versatile sheath that carries it this is a very good fixed blade knife.

4- Gerber LMF II Infantry Knife.

– Good quality steel, length, serrations and the pommel make this a great knife. Add in the fact that it comes with a sharpening stone and you have a really good buy for a fixed blade knife.

5- Gerber Crisis Hook Knife

– Made of great steel, comes with a sheath and has multiple uses. This would make a great tool to keep in your car in case of an emergency.

6- Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter

– Small and compact and yet very effective. This would be another fantastic tool to have around for an emergency type situation.

7- Gerber Gator Combo Axe II

– Two tools for the price of one. Another innovational tool from Gerber that would come in very handy.

The Gerber Tool Company has been making a wide variety of tools for over 70 years. Starting with handmade cutlery sets for holiday gifts they have branched out to many different kinds knives, multi tools, garden tools and survival tools. They are second to none with their quality in craftsmanship.

I hope these reviews help give you a better understanding of the quality of Gerber tools. Please leave any questions or comments below.


Human beings have been using garden and yard tools in general for a very long time.

As man evolved he first started using tools towards the end of the Paleolithic Period, also called the Old Stone Age, which started about 2.5 million years ago and ended about 12,000 years ago. It is during this period that Homo Sapiens started making tools. However, evidence has been found that mankind started making tools as early as 3.3 million years ago.

These consisted if very basic rock tools that were shaped by chipping away at them until you had a tool or weapon that was usable for your needs.

Next came the Neolithic Period, also known as the New Stone Age, which started roughly around 10,000 years ago. It was a time of cultural and technological, for the time, development for our ancestors.

It was at that time man found out that you could domesticate plants and animals and use them for food. Raising and storing crops and livestock worked out a whole lot better that to have to hunt or fish every day for your meals.

This was a very important period because this is when man started farming to grow food. They found that forming tools to help them with their tasks had many benefits. These tools were mostly formed by chipping, grinding and polishing stone until you formed a useful tool. This is also when the first shovel was invented.

Raising crops and livestock led to the forming of villages and away from the “hunter-gatherer” type lifestyle.

Next we move on to the Bronze Age which is as the name suggests is when man started using metal for tools and weapons. The Bronze Age started around 3 to 4 thousand years ago.

The starting and ending dates for these periods are going to vary depending on which continent you lived on at the time. This is because different tribes in different locations evolved at different times.

It was during this era that man realized that they could heat bronze, which is a mixture of copper and tin, and produce a wide variety of tools to make their life easier.

It was also during this time that they realized that a stone tool could break or shatter whereas a bronze tool was more resilient and could be resharpened.

This was also when man first learned about blacksmithing. Blacksmithing is defined as heating up a metal, in a forge, and shaping it into a useful tool.

It was roughly 3000 years ago that Egyptian farmers started using scarecrows to protect their wheat fields that were growing along the Nile river from quail.

Let’s fast-forward to the 1700s. Man has learned to live in larger villages, now called townships and has learned how to grow abundant gardens for food or for beautiful flowers. It was known as an agrarian society which means it was based on agriculture. Their economy revolved around producing and maintaining crops and farmland.

The most useful tools for tending a garden at this time were the shovel, hoe, spade and pitch forks. These were all made by hand and extremely valuable at the time.

As an interesting side note a gentleman by the name of Jethro Tull invented the seed drill in 1701. This was a horse-drawn tool that put the seeds you are planting into neat rows.

Here is a great Video with Martha Stewart showing you some great garden tools that were used in the past.





Now moving into the 1800s. The Industral Revolution started in the United States after the War of 1812. America finally realized they were too dependent on other countries for their basic needs. This is when factories sprang up and farming, production, transportation and communications improved throughout the country.

At this time gardening and farming really took off. This consisted mainly of growing crops on many acres of farmland. Growing certain crops in abundance brought income to farmers. Along with the acres of farmland there were also personal gardens to grow the family food on. This led to development of small hand tools designed to make a gardening job easier.

In 1837 a small company called John Deere was founded in Moline, Illinois. One of the first tools they invented was the steel plow. This was a major breakthrough at the time because the older wooden plows kept breaking with the harder soil farmers would find as they moved westward. The plow along with a couple of oxen made turning large areas of soil easier and faster than doing it by hand.

Along with the plow came several hand tools that were either invented or improved upon to make your sowing of seeds, tending to your garden and the gathering your crops faster.

The most common tools for the garden shed in the 1800s were the spade, rake, hoe, trowel, tiller and shears. Although there were many more these were the most common ones used.

Unique garden tools used during this era that were specific to certain tasks. These were the asparagus knife, the apple and berry picker and the flower scissors.

All of these hand tool were still made by hand, or with the help of a blacksmith, and were made to be quite unique to whichever type of gardening you were doing.

Running water was introduced to cities at this time. At first there was only one water tap for each neighborhood. Eventually there was a tap for each home.

As we move into the beginning of the 20th century homeowners took a more practical approach to their home and landscape.

While they still had vegetable gardens, for their main source of fruits and vegetables, they also started growing different types of flowers to beautify their property. And during this time they also started growing several different types of grasses to use as lawns to help beautify their landscape.

During the 1900s your basic garden tools were improved upon and other tools were invented to make specific tasks easier.

Here are some of the more notable tools made during this time.

– The garden syringe. As insects became a bigger and bigger problem this tool was made to load up with insecticide and spray on your garden.

– The hose bib and spray nozzle were both made to connect to a hose or faucet to water your garden.

– The watering can was invented to water your indoor potted plants.

– The potato scoop was used to unearth your potatoes.

– The apple picker was used to pick apples off of trees.

– Garden shears for pruning and cutting.

– The dusting bellows were made to disperse powered insecticides.

– The berry picker had combed teeth which worked perfectly for pulling berries off of their branches.

– The digging spade was used for making rows in your garden, cultivating and weeding. It is the grandfather of the trowel and is the most used garden tool that has been invented.

These tools were made mostly of brass, wood and/or leather.

During World War 1 (July 28, 1914-November 11, 1918) people planted what was known as Victory Gardens. As men went off to war the gardens were a way for those who stayed home to feed their family.

However, this effort went further than that. It gave them a feeling that they were also contributing to the war. Along with feeding their families it also allowed people to use less of the public food supply.




Victory Gardens also carried on through World War 2 (1939-1945).

The need to garden during this war was very important. Not only was there a nation to feed but also our troops abroad. On top of this we shipped food to Great Britain and France and sometimes the ships were sunk before they got there.

Add to this the fact that most able-bodied men were drafted for the war and that even further cut on the manpower for us to farm and garden. Still, Victory Gardens were a major contribution to feeding America with somewhere between 9-10 million tons of produce being grown during the war.

Please watch this short video from You tube, it will change your perspective on World War 2.


Today gardening is as popular as ever and can be done anywhere. It can be done on apartment balconies in pots, it can be done in a small backyard or even larger ones depending on how much room you have and how much effort you want to put into it.

Fruits, vegetables and herbs are relatively inexpensive at the grocery store these days. But if you grow your own you will get fresher produce and you get to control the amounts of pesticides used, if any.

Beyond that gardening is a hobby that is very rewarding. Growing your own food for you and your family gives you a great sense of accomplishment. As a side benefit look at all the fresh air, exercise and sunshine you get.

As far as modern garden tools are concerned today they come in all shapes and sizes. Some are not much different from the ones created several hundred years ago. They can be bought anywhere, hardware stores, big box stores or even online.

The evolution of gardening and garden tools has led mankind to become healthier as individuals and more innovative as a race.



If you have any questions or comments please leave them below.


Below I have a list of some very useful yard tools made by the Fiskars Company.

Anyone who owns property knows that it is in constant need of maintenance. Trimming bushes, edging borders or cutting limbs is a constant chore in the spring and summer months.

The forest or jungle, depending on where you live, has a tendency to creep up onto your property if you let it. And the bigger your piece of property is means the bigger the jobs are.

The good news is that the tools made today make the job a whole lot easier and quicker than it was for our ancestors. Gear driven tools add compound leverage to the device making it easier to cut larger objects.

Gardening and yard work may be the hardest jobs a homeowner has to do on a regular basis. As a person gets older they tend to appreciate tools that make their chores as easy as possible.

In days past tools were made so that you would have to bend over, squat or kneel down to do certain jobs whereas today Fiskars many different garden and yard tools makes it so you can do the job standing up.

The Fiskar Tool Company has been around for a very long time making useful tools for your home, garden and yard. Their commitment to quality and ease of use for the homeowner in unsurpassed. They produce a wide variety of hand tools that have made gardening and yard work easier than it ever has been.

The Power Gear technology on some of Fiskars tools that I list below is unsurpassed in its ability to make any cutting job easier. The gear mechanisms adds leverage to your cuts giving you 3x the power over normal cutting tools.

All of the tools I decide to review must meet a certain criteria.

– All of the tools are under $50.00. Most tools are mass-produced these days so they are very affordable.

– All items must get at least 4 stars on an Amazon review. I think that having people that have actually used the tool and then took the time to review it makes a difference.

– All of the tools must be eligible for Amazon Prime, which means if you are a member, there is shipping cost.

– After I review all the tools I will leave my recommendations below as to which one I think are the best value.

I am an Amazon Affiliate in training. If you click on a link below and decide to purchase an item I do make a little bit of money, with no extra cost to you. I strive to give you the best reviews possible on the best products I can find.



Multi-Purpose Garden Shears

Fiskars Shear Ease Grass Shears

This is a very innovative tool that can be used for several different areas of landscaping.

– One of the biggest pluses of this tool is that the blades can rotated. They can be used horizontally, vertically or anywhere in between. It can be used on trimming grasses, hedges or flowers and shrubs.

– The blades are steel hardened and will stay sharp for years. They will open to a wide range for larger cuts. They also lock in a closed position for easy storage.

– The body is made of nyglass which is a nylon/fiberglass lightweight composite. It will provide a strong light-weight durability for many years.

– The blades are 4 1/2″ long and use something called a “shear ease technology that will keep them from binding or sticking on heavy jobs.

– 4 out for 5 stars on Amazon

The Fiskars Shear Ease Grass Shears, with its 360 degree rotating head and non sticking blades is an excellent tool for the many different jobs you might have in your garden.





Fiskars Swivel Grass Shears

How about an easy way to trim your grass without having to kneel down or bend over? This tool makes a job that used to be hard a lot easier easy.

– These shears are 37″ long and weigh only 4 pounds.

– Sharp metal 4 1/2″ blades make or an easy cut just by pulling the handle.

– The blades swivel 360 degrees so you can cut from any angle.

– Comes with a full lifetime warranty.

– 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Fiskars swivel grass shears is an innovative tool that is easy for you to use. The long shaft and swivel head make trimming grass a simpler chore for anyone.




Hedge Shears

Fiskars 8″ Power Lever Hedge Shears

The innovative design makes this one of the easiest hedge trimmers on the market

– This tool has a power leverage mechanism which gives you better leverage for each cut making the job 2x easier.

– The chrome-coated, 8″ hardened steel blades are also serrated making trimming hedges even easier for you.

– This product comes with a limited lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.

– 4.6 our of 5 stars on Amazon.

With a 4-point pivot cutting system, serrated blades and soft grip handles these power shears from Fiskars make hedge trimming a breeze.





Fiskars Extendable Power Lever Hedge Shears

The handles on this pair of power lever hedge shears extends from 25″ to 31″ making getting at longer or higher rows of shrubs easier than ever.

– This is another Fiskars product that uses the compound lever technology to make your cutting easier than ever.

– The 10″ blades are very sharp offering long-lasting precision cuts.

– Soft grip cushion handles for comfort.

– 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

These Fiskars power lever hedge shears with the 4 point pivot design, to make cutting easier, and the telescoping handles for an easier reach makes this a sure buy for homeowners who have hedges.




Fiskars 23″ Power Gear Hedge Shears

These hedge shears by Fiskars have been awarded the Arthris Foundation Ease-Of-Use Commendation because of their innovative design being easier to use for people with arthritis.


– The gear type mechanism offers more leverage while cutting especially during the middle of the cut.

– 9″ very sharp stainless steel blades make cutting very easy.

– 13″ Nyglass handles are strong and lightweight.

= 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Fiskars 23″ power gear hedge trimmers are designed to increase your cutting power while doing so with less effort on your part.





While I do think this is a good quality item from Fiskars that you can find uses in your garden it is not eligible for Amazon Prime and is an add-on item.

– This is a heavy-duty hoe that is 12″ long by 7″ long on the working end.

– Specifically designed to break up dirt as well as weeding, digging and planting.

– Top quality metal design with a soft grip handle.

– 4.1 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

If you are an avid gardener then this cultivating hoe, with its many uses, from Fiskars should be a necessity for your tool bag.




Fiskars 15″ Power Gear Super Pruner/Lopper

The 15″ pruner/loppers from Fiskars are small for their size and yet can cut good size branches.

– It is the gear driven technology that gives this tool the ability to produce the tremendous cutting force that it does. It adds up to 3x the leverage to a cut that regular loppers do.








– Although while being only 15″ long this pruner/lopper can cut a branch up to 1 1/4″ thick.

– Comes with fully hardened steel blades which stay sharp and Duraframe handles which are strong and lightweight.

– This product comes with a full lifetime warranty.

– 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

This amazing pair of loppers from Fiskars uses a patented gear technology to multiply your leverage when cutting branches. This means you have a smaller pruner that produces more power and still can reduce the stress on your arms and hands.





Fiskars Power Gear 2 Loppers

The Fiskars 32″ long loppers that have the power to cut through the thickest branches with ease.

– The modified gear and cam system gives you the most power at the middle of the branch where you need it the most.

– This model offers the power gear cutting technology that gives you 3x the cutting power.

-It is a whopping 32″ long and will cut a branch 2″ thick.

– Hardened steel blades bypass blades with a low friction coating offer a smooth cut through any branch.

– 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.





If you are someone who has a lot of large limbs to cut and need a tool that is easy on your hands, wrists and arms than the Fiskars 32″ power gear lopper is the tool to use.




Fiskars 32 Inch Power Gear Bypass Loppers

This is another amazing pair of loppers from Fiskars that uses the patented gear technology that increases your leverage with every cut you make.

– With 32″ long strong lightweight aluminum handles these loppers give you the ability to cut branches up to 2″ in diameter.

– Bypass blades offer a clean cut, even on green branches.

– Fully hardened precision ground blades.

– Comes with a full lifetime warranty.

– 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Ergonomically designed for ease of use combined with maximum leverage from the power gear technology makes the Fiskars 32″ power gear bypass loppers a perfect choice for anyone who has branches to cut.




Hatchets, Axes and Machetes


Fiskars Brush Axe

The Fiskars brush axe is a great little tool for clearing brush and chopping branches.

– The 10″ long blades are fully hardened, precision ground and rust resistant.

– The lightweight fiberglass handle fully wraps around the base of the blade to ensure that it will not come apart from the blade.

– Also includes a sheath for your safety.

– This product comes with a lifetime warranty.

– 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Fiskars brush axe is a cross between a machete and a hatchet and is the perfect cutting tool for your backyard needs.




Fiskars X7 Hatchet

This Fiskars hatchet is a great little tool for chopping kindling or cutting branches.

– 14″ long overall which makes it easy to carry and the perfect size for small jobs.

– It has a sharp blade and a lightweight aluminum handle which makes chopping an easy chore.

– Comes with a sheath so you can carry it on your belt.

– This product has a lifetime warranty.

– 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Fiskars X7 Hatchet is a great tool to take with you if you are hiking or camping.




Fiskars 18″ Billhook Saw

The Fiskars 18″ Billhook Saw is a versatile tool that has many uses.

– It can be used to clear brush, cut vines and tree limbs.

– The 9″ blade design gives you many options on how to use this tool. The hook on the end of the blade is made for you to be able to pull branches or vines towards you before cutting.

– The back of the blade has a coarse tooth saw for cutting larger branches.

– Comfortable grip long handle allows you to choke up on it for harder cuts.

– Comes with a heavy-duty sheath for safety and easy carry.

– Here is another Fiskars product that has a lifetime warranty.

– 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Fiskars billhook saw has so many uses that are built into one product that it is an easy choice for someone who has a lot of brush clearing to do.




Fiskars Machete Axe

At 29 inches long overall the Fiskars machete axe is designed to cut heavy brush fast.

– With an 18″ blade this tool is designed to chop, cut or clear all different types of brush, limbs and branches.

– The hooked blade design helps with pulling branches or vines towards you while the serrations on the back of the blade are made for sawing larger objects.

– Ergonomically designed handle makes it easy to use with one or two hands.

– Full length sheath included and guess what? Another Fiskars tool with a lifetime warranty.

– 4.3 out of 5 stars.

The Fiskars 29″ machete axe with its hardened steel blades gives you a large cutting area while the ergonomically designed handle is made to be used with one hand or two.




Fiskars X15 Chopping Axe

At 23 1/2 ” long this tool from Fiskars is a cross between a hatchet and an axe.

– Fiskars has designed this tool to have balanced weight distribution, which makes handling and swinging it as easy as possible for you.

– The shape, sharpness and the friction less non-stick coating on the blade make every swing easier than the previous one.

– The axe head is designed never to work loose and comes with a durable sheath for careful handling.

– The fiberglass composite handle is lightweight and well-balanced.

– Also comes with a lifetime warranty.

– 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Fiskars X15 Chopping Axe has a great balance, a sharp edge and makes chopping wood easier than ever before. This would be a great tool for you to take hiking or camping.




Fiskars X27 Super Splitting Axe

The X27 Super Splitting Axe at 36″ long is the biggest axe that Fiskars makes.

– Whether you are chopping trees or splitting logs Fiskars thinks that the fewer swings the better.

– With Fiskars well-balanced axe handle design and sharp, advanced blade geometry you will produce deeper cuts with lesser swings.

– This is another Fiskars product that comes with a lifetime warranty.

– 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.


Below is a great video on the effectiveness of Fiskars axes as compared to traditional axes.




Here are 3 more great products from Fiskars.


The Fiskars Kangaroo Collapsible Container

This is the perfect container for collecting backyard waste.

– With a height of 23 3/4″ and a diameter of 22 3/4 this 30 gallon container will hold a lot of garden clippings. Convenient handle included.

– This garden container will collapse down to a thickness of 3″ for easy storage. It also has the ability to spring back to its original shape when you need it.

– Lifetime warranty

– 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Fiskars kangaroo collapsible container is not only great for holding weeds, leaves, grass clippings or pruned branches it is also great for holding kids toy or your laundry.




Fiskars 62″ Pruning Stick

If you need to cut branches or vines that are high up, and do not want to work off of a ladder, then you should try the Fiskars 62″ Pruning Stick.

– The sharp non-stick blade will cut up to a 1 1/4″ in diameter.

– The cutting head also rotates up to 230 degrees to reach branches at different angles.

– The cutting takes place by bringing both hands together on the shaft to initiate the chain driven gear for a smooth cut. This can also be accomplished by pulling on the orange actuating ball at the end of the handle.

– This tool can also be used to cut low branches without having to kneel or bend over.

– Guess what? it comes with a lifetime warranty.

– 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Fiskars 62” pruning stick can be used high or low to cut your desired branches. The power stroke chain driven gearing allows for an easy cut.




Fiskars Pick Axe

This Fiskars pick works great if you have hard ground like dirt, rock or caliche that you need to dig through.

– At 5 lbs. and 36″ long it is the right size for swinging into hard surfaces.

– This tool contains the IsoCore Shock Control system which eliminates twice as much vibration as compared to a wooden axe. The handle has an inner section and an outer section further dampening the vibration before it reaches your body.

– The sharp end is made for penetrating the ground and the flat end is great for moving dirt out of the way.

– Comes with a full lifetime warranty.

– 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Fiskars Garden IsoCore 36″ 5 lb. Pick is a fantastic tool for digging through hard surfaces with less shock to your body.




My recommendations of the tools I like from this list.

Fiskars Swivel Grass Shears

Being able to trim grass without having to bend over is a plus, especially as you get older. The fact that the blades can swivel to position you need is also nice.

– Fiskars Extendable Power Lever Hedge Shears

The compound lever technology and the extendable handles makes this a sure winner.

– Fiskars Cultivating Hoe

This is a great little tool for working the dirt in your garden.

– Fiskars Power Gear 2 Loppers

Having the power gear cutting technology, being 32″ long and being able to cut through a 2″ branch means these loppers are a great choice.

– Fiskars Brush Axe

A small but efficient tool for clearing light brush.

Fiskars Machete Axe

The curved blade and the saw on the back of the blade makes this a very useful tool to have around.

– Fiskars X27 Super Splitting Axe

If you need to chop some wood you might as well go with the biggest axe on here to make the job that much easier.

– Fiskars Kangaroo Collapsible Container

This is a great lightweight container for gathering up garden waste in.

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All of the tools I picked out for this article are good quality tools. I just think these stand eight out.


The Fiskars Tool Company has been around since 1649 making quality gardening, crafting and cooking tools.

Their innovative thinking has produced things like the Power Gear technology in their cutting tools and the IsoCore Shock Control system in their digging tools.

In my opinion they are some of the best garden tools on the market.


Here is a short video on some Fiskars cutting tools.



I hope you found this article helpful. If you have any questions please leave a comment below.

Here is a review of the best garden hand tool sets for 2018

Gardening has been a joy for those who love it for many years and here are some items to make that job easier. Working the soil, adding the fertilizers, planting the plants and watching them grow brings great happiness for those who love getting in tune with nature.

Add in fresh air, sunshine and exercise and you have a hobby that greatly benefits you in many ways.

Some benefits to gardening are growing your own vegetables, beautifying your yard with flowering plants, adding shrubs or trees as a wind break or to stop soil erosion and attracting wildlife to your yard.

You can plant a garden anywhere. A large one on a large piece of property or on a farm, a good sized one in your backyard or you could have several containers on an apartment balcony.

Vegetables remain the number one thing people like to grow. There is nothing like growing healthy vegetables in your backyard to feed your family.

Flower gardens are also very popular. They add beauty to anyones landscape. Annuals, perennials or a mix of both used throughout your yard bring ambiance, style and charm to the area.

Another popular thing to grow is specific flowers that attract hummingbirds or butterflies. Pollen rich wildflowers like fennel, dill or milkweed work the best for attracting these beautiful creatures to your backyard.

Of course if you have the right tool for the job it makes that job so much more easier. This article will cover basic hand tools for doing things like digging, weeding, cutting and cultivating.


Basic Hand Tools for Gardening

The Garden Hand Trowel is your basic tool that has many uses. With it you can dig, remove weeds and scoop out fertilizers or compost. The hand trowel is a basic garden with many different uses.

A different version of the hand trowel is called the Transplant Trowel. Its unique design is not quite as wide as a regular trowel. This type of trowel works best for transplanting small plants and flowers. there are one inch gradations marks on the blade to help you dig to the right depth for transplanting.

The Bypass Pruning Shears are used for cutting stems and small branches. There are different sizes available but most are around 6″ to 8″ long and will cut branches between 5/8″ to 3/4″ in diameter.

The Hand Rake or Cultivator has many garden uses. They work great for removing dead leaves and plant matter from a garden bed. They work best in tight spaces and close to the surface.

The Hand Weeder does just that. It pulls small weeds out of your garden. Most of them are made with two small prongs on the end, to grab the root, and an angled shaft for leverage when you are pulling the weed out.

A Hori Hori Gardening Knife. Originally from Japan and called the Hori Hori knife has many uses in the garden. You can use it for weeding, digging, loosening soil, planting and transplanting. One side of the knife has a straight edge and the other has serrations. On some of these knives there are gradations marks on the blade.

A tote bag to carry all of your tools in sure comes in handy. It can become even handier if it folds out into a small stool to sit on. So there you have a place to sit and all of your tools at arms reach.

A foam kneeling pad sure helps to take the stress off of your knees when you are in a kneeling position.

A pair of gloves. Some people like getting there hands dirty and some don’t but a pair of gloves are nice to have around just in case you need them.


I have set certain criteria for doing this review-

– All items must be under $40.00

– All items must have at least a 4 star review on Amazon. Better quality items with a good peer review make the best purchase.

– All items must qualify for Amazon prime which means free shipping.

– After the reviews I will leave my recommendations below.

I am an Amazon Affiliate in training. If you click on a link below and decide to purchase an item I will make a little money, with no extra cost to you. I strive to give you the best reviews possible on the best products I can find.



Best Garden Hand Tool Sets

Fiskars Softouch 3 piece Garden Tool Set

The Fiskars garden tool set is a basic set that would work great for beginners.

– This set includes a hand trowel, transplanting trowel and a cultivator.

– All three are made with polished aluminum bodies that prevents rusting and soft contoured handles.

– The trowel works great for digging and weeding.

– The transplanter has gradation marks on blade.

– The cultivator forks are bent for easy weeding, loosening and aerating the soil.

– Lifetime warranty.

– 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon

For a beginning set of garden tools for you this Fiskars set cannot be beat.




Tacklife 3 Piece Garden Tool Set

This kit contains a hand trowel, hand weeder and a cultivator.

– All 3 of these tools are made of heavy-duty stainless steel and comes with rubberizes handles.

– The hand weeder comes with a round fulcrum for better leverage while you weed.

– The cultivator’s 3 prong are bent for easy digging and aeration of your soil.

– The hand trowel is 13″ long.

– Comes with a 2-year warranty.

– 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

These extra long tools from Tacklife provide you with plenty of leverage to make your gardening easier.




Garden Tool Sets With Bags

Songmics 9 piece Garden Tool Set

This kit includes 6 hand tools a spray bottle, a pair of gloves and a tote bag.

– All the tools are made of heavy- duty cast aluminum and have comfortable ergonomic handles.

– The tote bag measures 11 3/4″L x 5 1/2″D x 7 7/8″H and is very durable and also contains 8 pockets around the outside.

– Includes both a straight fork and a bent fork cultivator.

– The pruner is very sharp and comes with curved handles to easily fit your hand.

– Angled shaft on weeder for better leverage.

– 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

This is a great starting tool set from Songmics that contains everything a gardener needs.




Scuddles 9 Piece Garden Tool Set

A beautiful unique garden tool set from Scuddles.

– The tote bucket is made of canvas with leather pads at the stitching points for more durability. Its round design, with a durable plastic bottom, makes it very easy for you to carry things in the middle compartment. The eight pockets around the outside carry all of your tools.

– This kit contains the basic 6 garden tools that every gardener needs.

– Also comes with a water bottle and a pair of garden gloves.

– The garden gloves are unique in that they come with fingertip claws which makes it easier to loosen the soil, weed, dig, transplant and aerate.

– The manufacturer gives a 12-month warranty on the garden tote and a 100% replacement or refund policy on tools.

– 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

This garden set from Scuddles with its very durable round tote and the fingertip claw gloves makes it a good buy for your gardening needs.




Aunifun 8 Piece Garden Tool Set

This is an all-purpose eight piece set of garden tools by Aunifin.

This kit contains-

– A transplanter for transplanting plants.

– A trowel for digging and working the soil.

– A rake for working the soil.

– A cultivator for aerating and loosening the soil.

– A weeder for digging up weeds.

– A pruner for trimming plants.

– A 12.2″L x 4.9″D x 10.4″T tote bag to carry everything in.

– Garden gloves with claws for working the soil in different ways.

– *5 out of 5 stars on Amazon*.

This is another great set of garden tools, with a great rating, from Aunifun.




Finnhomy 10 Piece All-IN-One Garden tool Set

Here is another garden tool set from Finhomy that contains the basic tools for gardening plus a couple of extras.

– This garden tote also substitutes as a stool for you to set on while gardening. It is made of heavy-duty steel with a long-lasting canvas padded seat and pockets. In the open position it measures 15.35″L x 13″D x 13″T.

– There is a safety strap that connects the two bottom bars to ensure the seat is safe for you to sit on.

– It has one main compartment and 18 side pockets and is designed to carry all of your garden tools and more.

– The tool bag is easily detached from the stool for conveniently getting to your tools.

– The other extra is a foam kneeling pad that measures 11.4″L x 5.51″W x .071″ T.

– Also included in this set is a pair of pruning shears, a pair of nitrile gloves and 5 of your basic garden tools with beech wood handles.

– 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

This 10 piece garden tool set from Finhomy stands out with the added benefit of a stool to set on and the detachable tool bag.




BO-Toys 5-Piece Garden Tool Set

Here is a basic 5 piece set with a colorful seat from Bo-Toys.

– This brightly colored, sturdy folding seat comes with a detachable storage tote, to hold all of your tools, and two straps to carry it around.

– The open dimensions are 12″L x 13.5″W x 17.5″H and it weighs 4.5 pounds.

– Besides the folding stool and tote bag this kit contains


1- spade

1- weeder

1- rake

1- fork

– 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Made of lightweight aluminum and strong polyester material this 5 piece tool set and stool by Bo-Toys would be a great by.




Homdox 10 Piece Garden Tool Set

This 10 piece garden tool set from Homdox also contains a stool that has a backrest attached.

– Built with a sturdy aluminum frame and canvas covering for a long-lasting garden tool bag and seat.

– The tools in this kit are the 5 basic ones I have mentioned before and work great for all of your gardening needs. They are all made with rust resistant aluminum and have soft ergonomically designed handles.

– Also included in this kit is a water bottle, garden gloves and 165 ft bind line.

– 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

This 10 piece garden tool set from Homdox has a zippered detachable tote and a folding stool seat with a backrest and has a weight capacity of 220 pounds and is a great buy for anyone who loves gardening.





Here are 3 more unique items that definitely come in handy in the garden.


Claw Garden Gloves

A pair of gardening gloves with claws makes it so much easier to work the soil while planting, transplanting, digging or weeding that I thought I would include a review of the better ones I have found.

Ace Tooler-A pair of gardening Gloves with Claws and One Without Claws.

– The claws are made of high density ABS plastic.

– A lot of times you can use a claw glove to dig or weed instead of grabbing a garden tool.

– 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon




Runfish Garden Gloves

Here is another double pair of garden gloves. One with claws and one without.

– These gloves can be interchanged, using two claws on one hand or just one claw and a regular glove or no claws at all.

– These claws are also made of ABS plastic and the gloves are made of a rubber latex making them waterproof and puncture proof.

– These gloves come with a service guarantee which mans this company will back its product after it is sold.

– 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon




6 Pairs of Garden Gloves from Enjoyist

These gloves are the same quality as I have listed above only the quantity is larger.

– This deal contains 4 pair of claw gloves and 2 pair of regular garden gloves at not that much more.

– 12 high quality garden gloves for $13.99 is a great deal.

– 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Some people like digging their bare hands into the ground and some don’t. Either way a pair of garden gloves with claws will make your gardening chores that much more easier.




Hori Hori Garden Knives

A garden knife, also called a Hori-hori knife, has many uses and is a must have for serious gardeners. It can be used mostly for cutting, sawing, digging and also as a metal detector.


Zenport Deluxe Soil Knife with Sheath

– This knife has a 6″ stainless blade that is serrated on one side and straight on the other.

– The gradation marks will help you when transplanting plants.

– The blade is wide enough to act as a trowel.

– The serrations on one side make it easy to saw through roots.

– It comes with a durable nylon cordura sheath and a bright orange handle to make it easy to find.

– This knife works great when you have to dig through hard clumps of dirt.

– 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.




Cielcera Hori Hori Garden Knife

– This is a quality garden knife that comes with a knife sharpener and a sheath.

– One unique thing about this knife is that the blade not only has gradations but that it is also concave to help you with your weeding and transplanting.

– The blade is 7″ long and made of stainless steel. Overall the knife is 12″ long.

– Comes with a full tang, protective hand guard and a wooden handle.

– Comes with a full 90-day money back guarantee.

– 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon.




Sensei Tools Hori Digging Knife

– As with all other garden knives the Hori-hori garden knife is considered a multi-purpose tool.

– They can work as a regular knife, or to cut roots, plant or transplant plants, pull weeds, cut large stems or to trowel dirt.

– This knife is made out of stainless steel and resists rusting.

– The blade is 7.5″ long and 1.7″ wide and has gradations on one side. Total knife length is 12.5″ long.

– You get a full 90-day money back guarantee with this garden knife.

– This knife has a 4.9 out of 5 star rating on Amazon.


Garden knives are very versatile and have many of uses. I believe every avid gardener should own a pair.

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Garden Kneeler and Seat

Sometimes bending down or stooping over while gardening isn’t as easy as it once was, especially as you get older. Low and behold here is the garden kneeler. Also, called a garden bench or a garden seat they all perform the same function.

Taking stress off your lower back and knees while getting you closer to the area you are working makes it a whole lot easier to enjoy your hobby.

These garden kneelers are all basically the same but I will go over the features and benefits.



Tomcare garden Kneeler and Seat.

The Tomcare Garden Kneeler and Seat is a multi functional piece of equipment. It can easily be used to sit on or you can just flip it over and you can use it to kneel on.

– This unit measures 21.65″W x 10.62″D x 18.89″T and has a weight capacity of 330 lbs. Just the right size for you to sit or kneel on.

– Comes with a 2 pocket tool bag to hold your garden tools in and is easily flipped over to either side.

– It folds very easy for portability so you can use anywhere like fishing, camping or at the park.

– This product comes with a 1-year warranty.

– 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon.




Garden Kneeler and Seat from Abco Tech

A great little seat/kneeler that folds flat for storage.

– Built with a strong metal frame this kneeler measures 23.4″L x 10.5″W x 19″T.

– Strong enough to hold over 300 pounds.

– The seat is made of Eva foam and plastic for comfort and durability.

– Comes with a risk free 100% satisfaction guarantee.

– 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.




Ohuhu Garden Kneeler and Seat

– This garden kneeler/seat measures 23.5″L x 10.9″D x 19.3″T.

– This sturdy steel frame has over a 330 pound weight capacity.

– This one comes with 2 tool pouches. One for each handle so you can carry twice as many tools.

– 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.




Here is one more unique garden tool that would come in very handy.


Bear Paws Cultivator Claw.

Here you have a hand-held claw that has many different garden uses.

– It can be used for aerating, digging, cultivating and digging.

– They are made of a nylon and have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

– Although I would not recommend this tool for both jobs i have seen these used for shredding brisket, pulled pork and chicken.

– 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon

Think of the ways you can move your soil around with one or two for these on your hand(s). These claws are light, strong and will not rust. They are also recommended for people who have arthritis.




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Below are my recommendations for the best value for the products I have reviewed. These are in no particular order.

1- For the 3 piece garden tool set I would choose the “Tacklife 3 Piece Garden Tool Set.” Although Fiskars Tools has been around for decades and has a lifetime warranty the fact that the Tacklife set has a weeder instead of an extra trowel seems to make it more useful as a tool set.

2- For the garden tool sets that come with a bag I would recommend the “Scuddles 9 Piece Garden Tool Set.” This set has all the garden tools you need plus a spray bottle and a pair of gloves with a set of claws on the one of the hands.

Another great benefit to this set is the bucket. Since it has the leather reinforcements at all the stitching and a round plastic bottom for sturdiness and durability it is an outstanding choice for a garden tool set.

The manufacturers guarantee is also a benefit.

3- Another one I would recommend is the “Homdox 10 Piece Garden Tool Set.” The fact that it has a stool with a backrest means it could be a great benefit to anyone to use for other things besides gardening. A detachable tool bag is another plus for this product.

4- For the garden gloves with claws I would go with the “6 Pairs of Garden Gloves from Enjoyist.” This might be more than you might need right now however you could accidentally lose a pair or you can give them to friends. Either way this is the best deal on garden gloves with claws.

5- The Hori Hori knife is a unique tool that can be used in many ways. My recommendation would be the “Cielcera Hori Hori Garden Knife.” The concave blade that comes with gradations for transplanting and the added knife sharpener make this an absolute buy for someone that would like a garden knife.

6- For the garden kneeler/seat my choice would be the one from Ohuhu. With a slightly larger seat and weight capacity coupled with the extra tool pouch makes it the obvious choice.

7- The Bear Paws cultivator claws are a very handy innovation that would have many uses in the garden.


Whether it is your first time in a garden or you have decades of experience there are several tools that are a must have when you are working in the garden and others that are just nice to have around. The trowel, weeder, pruning shears and the cultivator would be the basic tools you will need.

Other tools that come in handy is the garden knife, transplanter trowel and the claw gloves. Of course having a bag to put them into and something to sit on is also nice.

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Here is a You Tube video on garden tools.


Here is a Review of the Best Backyard Storage Bins for 2018.

How many people could use more storage space in their backyard? Storage bins for the backyard come in a variety shapes and sizes and are a great way to store tools, BBQ utensils, pool supplies and kids toys for a short term until you are ready to use them. Or boots, hats and gloves for the Spring and Summer months and also keep your deck or backyard clutter free.

Backyard storage bins can be made out of wood, either eucalyptus, teak or cedar, which are all water resistant and coated with a clear finish that will protect them even more. These are a good choice but not as good as wicker.

Another popular material to make storage bins out of is wicker. Also known as rattan this product is made out of bamboo, reed, willow or synthetic fibers. It is then coated with a resin type material to protect it from the elements. A very good choice, however still not as good as a plastic resin composite.

A more popular way to make backyard storage bins these days is out of a plastic/resin composite. These are definitely a lot more durable and stronger than wicker or wood.

They also will not peel, dent or rust over time and as long as you keep them clean they will look brand new for many years. Since the colors are baked in when it is being molded at the factory it will keep a brilliant finish for many years to come for you.

Cleaning any of these three types is a snap with a garden hose, some soapy water and a scrub brush. Simply hose the down and lightly scrub with a soapy brush. Next just rinse of the dirt and let it air dry.

Another advantage of today’s backyard storage bins is that a lot of them also double as a seat or table.

I have set certain criteria for doing this review-

– All items must be under $200.00

– All items must have at least a 4 star review on Amazon. Even if you throw out the best review and the worst review this still leaves you with a good quality reviews

– All items must be eligible for Amazon prime. That way if you are an Amazon Prime customer there will be no shipping charges.

– After the reviews I will leave my recommendations below.

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Suncast Outdoor Storage Bins


Suncast Wicker Deck Box

Here is a beautiful wicker deck box that is coated with a thick resin coating that will last a long time.

– The dimensions of this box are 22.5″W x 18″D x 20.5″T. This is one of the smaller deck boxes on the market but at the price they are selling them for you could buy 3 or 4 and spread them throughout your backyard or even use them inside the house.

– Manufactured in the United States.

– Easy to assemble with no tools required.

The Suncast wicker deck box is a great way to get rid of backyard clutter at a low price.

– 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.




Suncast Resin Wicker Storage Seat

Another Suncast outdoor storage bin similar to the one above except this one has a seat.

– Provides a 22 gallon capacity in 15″W x 15″D x 20″T (inside dimensions) size.

– Easy 5 minute assembly with minimal tools required.

– Comes in a rich mocha color that can be used inside or out.

– Manufactured in the United States.

– The lip on the hinged seat is designed to keep the items inside dry.

– 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon

Who could not use an extra seat on their patio or deck that also doubles as a storage container?





Suncast Mocha Wicker Resin Deck Box

Beautifully designed wicker deck box has a whopping 73 gallons of capacity. Mocha brown color will match any backyard plan.

– The inside dimensions are 21.5″W x 22.5″D x 46.5″L. The large size of this storage bin makes it big enough to even hold your patio furniture cushions.

– Well sealed design keeps moisture and rodents out.

– Lockable lid and handles on both sides make easy to move and also keeps lid shut during windy conditions.

– Assembles easily, no tools required.

– You get a 5-year limited warranty with this storage bin.

– 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Suncast Resin Deck Box is beautifully designed storage bin with a large enough capacity to hold just about anything in your backyard.



Suncast Outdoor Accessories Storage Box

Another attractive backyard storage bin from Suncast that can double as a deck bench.

– This one also has a 73 gallon capacity with outside measurements of 46″L x 22″W x 23″H.

– Its beautiful beige color matches anybodies backyard color scheme and is easy to keep clean.

– Enlarged carrying handles on both sides of the box and smooth rolling casters make it a cinch for you to move it.

– Simple to assemble with just a screwdriver.

– You get a 5-year limited warranty with this product.

– Has a 4.2 out of 5 star rating on Amazon.

The Suncast Outdoor Accessories Storage Box is easy to move, easy to clean, easy to assemble and will hold a lot of your backyard gear when not in use.




Suncast Extra Large Outdoor Storage Bin

With a 99 gallon capacity this storage box from Suncast is one of the largest backyard storage bins on the market.

– With exterior dimensions of 50″W x 25.5″D x 25.5″T this should be able to handle all of your storage needs.

– The exterior is a mocha colored wicker design with a thick coating of polypropylene resin and is designed to give you years of service against the elements.

– With handles on both ends, a lockable lid and waterproof leak free design this storage bin will protect your backyard belongings for years to come.

– Also doubles as a bench which is strong enough for 2 people to sit on comfortably.

– This product has a 5-year limited warranty.

– 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Suncast Extra Large outdoor Storage Bin Is enough for anyones needs. With a very durable design and the ability to set on it make a must have for your backyard.


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Keter Outdoor Storage Bins

Keter Round Outdoor Storage Deck Box

This is a beautiful storage container is made out of a plastic/resin design that you can also use as a table or seat. It will hold over 300 lbs of weight.

– It is waterproof, weather and UV resistant and made for years of use.

– It has a diameter of 23.5″ with a height of 15.7″ for an overall capacity of 37 gallons.

– Not only can this store knickknacks from your patio but it also can be used as a coffee or end table.

– Snaps together easily with no tools required.

– This product comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

-4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon

The Keter Round Outdoor Storage Box works very successfully in a small patio setting, like an apartment balcony or small backyard, as well as a large backyard.




Keter Cube Garden Patio Storage Table or Bench

This versatile storage container from Keter can also be used has a patio or side table or a seat.

– easy to put together, easy to clean and easy to maintain.

– The exterior dimensions are 28.4″W x 28″D x 23.3″T which provides you with 15 gallons worth of storage space.

– Heavy duty polypropylene resin design will not warp, rust, peel or dent. Naturally UV protected.

– The natural brown wood finish blends in with any backyard landscape design.

– 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon

The Keter Storage Cube resists the elements, can be used to store items, as well as being used for a small table or chair. You get a versatile storage unit at a low cost.




Keter Marvel Plus Outdoor Storage Bin

The Keter Marvel Plus is made of a polypropylene plastic with a wood type finish and made to withstand the elements and last for a long time.

– The measurements are 49.9″L x 15.6″W x 22.4″T and will hold 71 gallons of backyard tools, toys or patio cushions.

– Built-in handles on each side are provided for a two person easy move. Or wheels on one end for a one person move.

– This storage unit has a lockable lid for security and wind resistance.

– Very easy to assemble, just clicks together.

– 4 stars out of 5 on Amazon

The Keter Marvel Plus Outdoor Storage Bin is large enough to take care of your backyard storage needs. It can also be used indoors at the foot of your bed or in a child’s room to store your extra blankets, pillows, toys or winter clothing.




Keter Borneo Outdoor Storage Container

This Keter Outdoor Storage Container is beautiful large bin designed to take care of all of your backyard storage needs. At a 110 gallon capacity it is one of the largest storage bins on the market.

– The interior measurements are 45″L x 23.4″W x 21.3″T.

– The natural brown polypropylene construction will not dent, peel or rust.

– It is strong enough to seat two people with no warping.

– The automatic pneumatic opening and closing mechanisms make operating the lid never easier.

– This product comes with a 2-year warranty.

– 4.1 out of 5 rating on Amazon.

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This Borneo Deck Box by Keter is an outstanding buy because of its polypropylene construction, spacious 71 gallon size and the ability to seat two people. What a beautiful way for you to store your backyard belongings.




The Keter Sumatra White Outdoor Rattan Storage Deck Box

What a better way to organize the backyard than with a 135 gallon storage container? Made of a high density polypropylene plastic with an elegant white finish it will also add an abundance of style to your backyard.

– Its polypropylene design means it will never dent, chip, peel or rust like a metal or wood product would.

– The outside dimensions are 57″W x 28.7″D x 25″T. Enough capacity to hold just about anything in your backyard.

– The lid comes with two pneumatic pistons for slow opening and closing and is also lockable.

– So strong that it has a 770 pound weight capacity and can seat two adults.

– While it is water and UV resistant it does have ventilation holes to circulate the air inside when the lid is closed.

– Very easy to assemble with just a screwdriver.

– Comes with a 2-year warranty.

– 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Keter Sumatra deck box has plenty of space to take care of all the clutter in your backyard.




Keter Westwood Plastic Deck Storage Container Box

Another well-designed, large capacity, beautiful brown polypropylene storage bin from Keter.

– The spacious 150 gallon size has exterior dimensions of 61″L x 28.5″D x 25.4″T.

– The lockable lid also has a pneumatic opening and closing mechanism and can seat two adults easily when it is closed. You never have to worry about the lid slamming shut.

– It is completely weather resistant and comes with ventilation slots for air circulation inside to keep items from mildewing. The slots are small enough that it is rodent proof.

– Easily assembled, just snaps together, plus a screwdriver.

– 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Keter Westwood Deck Box would be a beautiful addition to anyones backyard. With its rich brown wood paneled type finish and durable polypropylene construction it is made to look attractive and last for many years to come.





Keter Rockwood Deck Storage Container Box

The 150 gallon capacity of the Keter Rockwood is large enough to hold anything from your poolside items to your sporting equipment to your patio furniture cushions.

– Long lasting polypropylene construction with added UV protection.

– Pneumatic pistons make opening and closing the lid very easy. The lid will never slam shut.

– Lockable lid for security.

– It can also double as a seat for two and has a weight capacity of 770 pounds.

– Your storage bin is designed not to dent, warp, peel or stain.

– All you need is a screwdriver to assemble it.

– 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Keter Rockwood 150 gallon deck box would make a lovely backyard addition. Made for better than average longevity even under harsh weather conditions. The stylish wood panel design will match any type of outdoor setting.


My Recommendations

-All of these are made out of a polypropylene resin composite.

-All of these are easy to assemble out of the box or just using a screwdriver.


Suncast Resin Wicker Storage Seat

With its low price, ease of assembly, USA made and its natural brown color this is an obvious option for a small storage container for your backyard. Throw in the fact that it can also be used as a seat and it is a clear choice for your patio or even inside.


Suncast Extra Large Outdoor Storage Bin

The large capacity, lockable lid that diverts water from the inside and an attractive wicker design plus a 5-year limited warranty make this a good choice for a backyard storage bin.


Keter Round Outdoor Storage Deck Box

If you are in the market for a small storage container for your backyard than this one will fit the bill. The fact that it can double as a seat or a small table makes this an even better deal.


Keter Borneo Outdoor Storage Container

The large capacity, pneumatic hinges, 2-year warranty and the ability to seat two people mean this is an excellent choice for a backyard storage container.


Keter Westwood Plastic Deck Storage Container Box

From its elegant design to its very large capacity the Keter Westwood might be the best storage container made for your backyard. The pine board slat design coupled with the mocha brown finish will enhance any garden patio area.



These are my recommendations based on what I think the best value for your money is, within the different size ranges, and works best for you.

Another consideration you should take into account when buying a backyard storage bin is what size you will use to accommodate your needs. Would one large one work for everything you have to store or would several small ones spread throughout your backyard work better for you?

My time is your time, please leave any comments or questions below.

Soil preparation for planting vegetables

There is nothing more irritating than trying to plant a backyard vegetable garden in poor soil. Vegetable gardeners across the planet can find all different types of soils, from sand to clay and everything in between, in which they are expected to grow vegetables.

Some soils are good and some soils are poor, although most are not to bad for gardening, if prepared properly, and every gardener in this world certainly has different types of soil.

No matter what type of is in soil in your garden, it can always be improved by adding organic matter. This is one of the keys to successful vegetable gardening.

If your soil is a heavy clay, adding organic matter allows for better root development and also improves aeration and drainage. A large amount of organic matter helps sandy soil hold nutrients and water.

Where is the best place to get organic matter? This fantastic compound that will improve your soil and serves as a food source for soil bacteria and fungi can be found in the form of peat moss, compost, hay, grass clippings, organic fertilizer, shredded bark and shredded papers.

Wait, What? Who would have thought that shredded papers would make a good compost? Any type of paper comes from a natural resource. It will be broken down as any other type of garden waste giving nutrients to anything you plant.

When adding organic matter to soil, and this is very important, you have to add enough to change the make up of the soil. The best way to do this is to make sure at least 1/3 of the top soil mix should be some kind of organic material. To do this spread a 2 to 4 inch layer of organic material over the garden surface and till it to a depth of at least 6 to 8 inches. As you are doing this add fertilizer at the same time and till it along with organic material.

Using a Rototiller

If you have a small garden plot using a shovel or a stiff tined fork to till the soil will work just fine. However, gardeners with a larger garden to till prefer a rototiller. If you either own or plan on renting a rototiller here are some tips on making the job easier.

Depending on the type of rototiller you have it is probably going to be easier if you leave a row untilled between passes. In other words go from row 1 to row 3 then row 5 and so on. Then just come back and do the even rows. Reasons for doing this are:

– Wide turns are easier to make with a tiller than trying to make a hard turn to the next row. Ideally tillers should pull you along at a slow pace. Simply come back to the rows you have missed once you have tilled from one side of your garden to trhe other.

– If you are tilling heavy soils or have a lot of clay or breaking up dirt clods for a new garden you can reduce the tillers’ speed so that it tills slower and it will dig better and also not lurch as much.

– If it is a new patch of ground that has never been tilled before on the first pass just till about halfway down, roughly 4 “, on the first pass. Then go over it again to the recommended depth of about 8”.

– The best time to till the soil is when it is slightly dry and easy to crumble. If you try tilling it when it is to wet it will end up leaving large clumps which will become very hard when they dry. Another disadvantage is that mud clumps clinging to tiller blades will upset their balance causing undue wear on you and the tiller.

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Seasonal Planting

There are many crops that can still be planted, but you should make plans next year to plant earlier to include cool season vegetables as well. Lettuce, radishes, carrots, beets, spinach and chards should be planted about a month before the last hard freeze date.

You can refer to the Farmers Almanac to find out the last hard freeze date for your area. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, potatoes, onions and English peas are planted even earlier, as much as six to eight weeks before the average date of the last killing freeze.

The crops best suited for planting after the last freeze are beans, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, squash, melons, corn and cucumbers. Okra and southern peas should be planted 3 to 4 weeks after the last hard freeze, once the soil is warm.

Additional Information

Watch your garden carefully for insects and diseases. There are wonderful products on the market to take care of these problems, both organic and inorganic. While I would definitely recommend the organic sometimes you might have to use the inorganic. Both perform well, although usually the organic may be slower to act. Read and follow the label directions carefully and you will get the desired results. If you have trouble identifying the pest you can always take it to a local nursery.

It is always a good idea to harvest your vegetables promptly. Letting ripe cucumbers, beans or squash stay on the vine to long greatly discourages the plants from growing more fruit.

Seed Planting Guide

Below is a general seed planting guide for Zone 8 in the United States. If you live extremely north or south of this zone yours will be somewhat different.

Asparagus ………. After February 1st

Beans, snap bush …………. March 5th thru May 1st

Beans, snap pole ……….. March 4th thru April 15th

Beans, Lima bush …….. March 15th thru April 15th

Beans, Lima pole ……… March 15th thru April 15th

Beets ……………………… February 1st thru May 15th

Broccoli …………………. February 1st thru May 15th

Brussels sprouts .. Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks

before last frost.

Cabbage ………………. February 1st thru March 1st

Cantaloupe ………………. March 15th thru April 15th

Cauliflower …………… February 1st thru March 1st

Chard, Swiss …………. February 1st thru April 20th

Collard (kale) ………… February 1st thru March 5th

Corn, sweet …………. February 25th thru April 15th

Cucumber …………………. March 5th thru April 15th

Eggplant …………………. March 15th thru April 10th

Garlic (cloves) ………………………… Early December

Kohlrabi (cabbage) .. February 1st thru March 1st

Lettuce …………………… February 1st thru April 1st

Mustard ………………….. February 1st thru April 1st

Okra …………………………….. April 1st thru July 15th

Onions (plants) …….. February 1st thru March 1st

Parsley …………………. February 1st thru March 1st

Peas, English ….. February 1st thru February 15th

Peas, Southern …………… March 25th thru Mat 1st

Pepper …………………….. March 15th thru April 10th

Potato ………………… February 15th thru March 1st

Pumpkin ………………………… April 1st thru May 1st

Radish …………………….. February 1st thru May 1st

Spinach …………… January 1st thru February 15th

Squash, Summer …………. March 5th thru May 1st

Squash, Winter ……………. March 5st thru May 1st

Sweet potato …………… March 15th thru April 10th

Tomato ……………………. March 15th thru April 10th

Turnip ……………………… February 1st thru May 1st

Watermelon …………….. March 15th thru April 15th

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To wrap it up, there are some great vegetable gardening aids on the market you might find very useful.

Roll- type mulch materials are very handy, as are the growth covers that insulate your young crops as they develop.

Drip irrigation systems is also a good idea. It makes watering your garden a whole lit easier. Especially if you are planning on spending a few days away during the hot summer months. Simple to install and set up they can even be fitted to your exact needs.

Another good idea is to plant some of your more attractive vegetables in large patio pots and you can enjoy them while they grow.

As an avid backyard gardener I would really love hearing from other gardeners from around the world. If you have a mind to please leave a comment or two below.

The Best Smokers for 2018

Who doesn’t like to barbecue? Grilling meats and vegetables in your backyard with family and or friends, in the Spring and Summers months, is a favorite pastime across this planet. It brings together great tasting food and people you enjoy spending time with.

What if I told you there was a better way to get more flavor out of whatever you are cooking?

Smoking food in a BBQ smoker for longer periods of time over a lower temperature brings out unbelievable flavors and falls off the bone goodness. Whether it is Beef, pork, chicken, turkey or even fish it can be smoked to bring out the best taste they have to offer.

BBQ smoking has been around centuries and the smoker was originally just a hole in the ground surrounded by wood used to help preserve meat for longer periods of time. Nowadays it has evolved into an art form used by many.

Whether you are using a regular charcoal grill, a grill with a smoker attached, a propane fueled smoker or an electric grill smoking meats has never been easier.

Every BBQ smoker aficionado has their own way of smoking meats. Some prefer a dry rub, others like to use a marinade or to brine their meat before smoking.

No matter what kind of set-up you use adding wood chips to the smoking process brings out even more flavor to your food. Although there are many to choose from, and some chips are used more with different types of meats, the most popular ones are mesquite, oak, hickory and apple.

Wood pellets are either made out of hardwood or natural composite materials made out of left over by-products from the agricultural industry like sawdust, lumber and other things. They are very dense and have a low moisture content and work great to add an even heat to a smoker.

A pellet smoker type grill uses pellets exclusively as fuel for you to cook with and does it with great results. They are controlled by feeders that maintain whatever temperature you set the smoker at.

Things to consider when buying a BBQ smoker.

A BBQ smoker can use either charcoal, propane or electricity for a fuel source. All three have their benefits. A charcoal smoker seems to have a somewhat better taste than an electric smoker but takes more hands on approach. Electric smokers while the end flavor might not be exactly the same as a charcoal smoker it is a lot easier to use. Propane falls somewhere in between charcoal and electric smoker. You can use wood chips to enhance the flavor with either one of these.


Size is probably the main consideration when buying a BBQ smoker. A minimum size should be 300 square inches of grilling surface to cook on and can get as big as 1,400 square inches.

If you just plan on using it occasionally then a simple BBQ grill will work. All you have to do is offset the food you are cooking from the charcoal and wood chips and put the top vent over the food and you have yourself a smoker.

Looking for something a little bit bigger? Try a bullet smoker. Just as the name implies they are a cylindrical shape smoker that will hold a little bit more meat than a regular grill will.

If you are planning on doing it more frequently or are grilling for a larger number of people than are larger model is for you. Regular charcoal grills with side smoker boxes come in all sizes.

Electric smokers also come in various sizes depending on your needs.


A heavy gauge steel or cast iron will last longer and holds heat in better than a lighter gauge. Heavy duty hinges are a must for long-lasting use. Good sturdy legs and durable heat-resistant handles are also a must.

The best cooking grates are made out of stainless steel. It is the easiest to keep clean. Cast iron follows next but should be coated with porcelain enamel to help prevent rusting in the future.


BBQ smokers, whether they are charcoal or electric, can run in price from around $100.00 to over a $1000.00. Depending how often you plan on grilling or smoking and how many people you have to feed will determine what size and quality you should get. Remember this: having a charcoal grill around sure comes in handy if you ever have a power outage.


Whatever you buy needs to have a vent on the top and on the bottom. The bottom vent controls the amount of heat in the cooking chamber and the top vent controls how much smoke your food will get.

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The Best BBQ Grill Smokers

Charcoal BBQ Smokers:


Dyna-Glo 36″ Charcoal Smoker

The Dyna-Glo 36″ Charcoal Smoker is excellent for anyone who likes to cook with charcoal. This is easy to use, holds a lot of food and easy to clean.

Vertical smokers are an excellent way to catch heat and smoke, as they rise towards the top vent, and use every bit of it to cook your food.

– This smoker has four cooking grates that are about 20″W x 10″D. This enough room to smoke just about anything you want to. The cooking grates are adjustable to allow you to cook anything from a large beef brisket to just one small meal or anything in between.

– Comes with 2 doors, one for the food section and one for the charcoal section. This allows you to add more charcoal or wood chips without decreasing the temperature of the food compartment. A definite plus when trying to maintain a constant temperature while smoking.

– The bottom section comes with a porcelain enameled container for the charcoal that holds the briquettes tightly and allows them to burn more efficiently. A separate box for wood chips sits above that.

Below it is an ash pan which is removable for easy cleaning. Top section has a built-in stainless steel thermometer.

– The bottom vents are easily adjustable for the proper amount of heat allowed into the smoking section while the top vent stack is also adjustable.

– This smoker has a 4.1 out of 5 star rating on Amazon.

No matter your level of experience the Dyna-Glo 36″ charcoal smoker should fit every your need.




Char-Broil Bullet Charcoal Smoker, 16″

This 16″ charcoal smoker from Car-Broil is a great smoker for anyone from a beginning BBQ smoker to an experienced one. Its ease of use from loading the charcoal to checking the meat makes it one of the easiest charcoal BBQ’s on the market to use.

– It comes with two enameled cooking grates for a total of 388 square inches of cooking surface. One inside the lower chamber for deep smoking and one underneath the lid for lighter smoking or grilling. Both are easily accessible.

– Made out of a sturdy steel, rust resistant, porcelain coated finish, construction with heavy-duty lid, handles and hinges.

– Vents on located top and bottom for heat and smoke regulation. Also, has a built in thermometer in the lid.

– The bottom section of the unit lifts off in order for you to get to the ash pan for easy cleaning.

– It comes with a 1-year warranty on the entire unit.

– Has a 4 out of 5 star rating on Amazon.

The Char-Broil Bullet line of smokers comes with a unique air flow control system that makes it very simple to control your grilling/smoking temperature.




Dyna Glo Signature Series Heavy Duty Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker and Grill

Offset smokers are probably most traditional way to smoke meat because everything is easy to get to and easy to control.

The charcoal and wood chips go into the smoker box and when they are lit the heat travels to the main grill box to smoke your meat and vegetables. This works because the lower vent is on the side of the smoker box and the chimney is of the far side of the larger grill box. Both vents are adjustable for different temperatures and smoke levels.

– This is a vertical designed unit that comes with 5 cooking grates made out of chrome plated steel. Each grate is 17″ in diameter for a total cooking area of 1382 square inches.

As an added benefit located at the very top of the chamber are 6 chrome plated hooks used for hanging sausages.

– The smoker box can also be used to grill food and has a chrome plated grate that is about 28″W x 10″D.

– Door to smoker box slides out to the side for easy loading of charcoal and wood and also for easy clean-up when you are done.

– Body, wheels and spring type handles are made of heavy gauge steel.

– 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon

The Dyna Glo vertical heavy-duty offset charcoal smoker and grill is a multi functional smoker/grill designed for the homeowner who likes to smoke a lot of meat and yet it can also be used as a grill.

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Electric BBQ Smokers


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Master Built 30″ Electric Smoker

This newer class of electric smokers are very easy to use and maintain. If you are a beginner to BBQ smoking than you might want to start off with an electric model. The Master Built line of electric smokers are some of the best.

– Easier to use than charcoal or propane. All you do is plug it in and set the digital controls and let it cook.

– This unit is large enough to smoke 2 whole turkeys or 64 sausages at one time.

– The body and door are fully insulated and sealed to allow all heat to stay in the cabinet.

– This unit contains 4 chrome plated racks that gives you enough area to smoke virtually anything.

– The digital thermostat and temperature control system is located on the top. It allows you to set the temperature and time for anything you want to cook.

– The side wood chip loading system is uniquely designed to allow you to add wood chips without opening the door to let any heat out.

– It also contains a water pan at the bottom to add moisture to the smoking process and doubles as a container for drippings.

– 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon

The Master Built 30″ Electric Smoker was designed for ease of use and easy maintenance. If you are looking for a smoker to begin with this one is very good one to start with.




Char-Broil Analog Electric Smoker

The Char-Broil Company has been in the barbecue business since the 1940s. They have recently led the way with some of the best electric smokers on the market. The Char-Broil analog electric smoker is no exception.

– The body is double walled constructed and fully insulated to keep heat in.

– This smoker measures 20.7″W x 33.5″H x 15″D. Which is just the right size for a backyard barbecue.

– It comes with 3 chrome plated grates that are roughly 18″W x 15″D. This is big enough to fit a brisket, a whole turkey, several ribs or pieces of chicken.

– Analog temperature gauge mounted on front door which has two latches for a tight seal.

– The larger capacity wood chip tray, the water tray and the grease cup are all accessed through the front door.

– It comes with a 1-year warranty on the entire unit.

– 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon

The Char-Broil Company has been building barbecues for over 70 years with great results and these electric models are no exception. From a beginning BBQ smoker to an experienced one they are easy to use and will always produce great results.




Master Built 30″ Electric Smoker

Here is another quality 30″ electric smoker from Master Built that has a few extra benefits.

– Number 1 being a remote control that monitors temperature of the internal cabinet and the temperature of the meat. It is also used to measure the time left and the light inside of the cabinet.

– Number 2 being a double thick cooking window to see how your food is progressing.

– The large capacity can cook up to 12 whole chickens or 24 burgers at one time.

– The cabinet is made out of a double wall stainless steel construction. This holds the heat in and allows for easy cleaning.

– Comes with 4 chrome plated racks which are about 18″W x 10″D.

– Easily moved by tilting back onto rear wheels.

– 4.2 stars out of 5 on Amazon

The Master Built 30″ electric smoker is easier to use than either charcoal or propane and made for anyone from a beginner to a seasoned barbecuist.


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Propane BBQ Smokers

Another fuel you can use for a smoker is propane. It falls right in between charcoal/wood/pellet and electric in 2 categories.

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As far as propane consumption goes a 20 gallon tank will last for approximately 28 hours when smoking food.

A propane smoker is also nice for you to have around in case of a power outage.



Cuisinart 36″ Propane Smoker

This Cuisinart propane smoker is somewhat smaller than some of the others reviewed here and yet it can smoke stuffed mushrooms in under an hour and is still large enough to smoke a full turkey.

– Contains 4-14″ x 14″ stainless steel grates inside the 5.45 square foot smoking area.

– Two door design allows access to lower area without letting out heat or smoke from food area.

– The porcelain wood and water tray sets right above the burner assembly.

– Propane lights automatically with a twist of the burner knob. 40″ hose and regulator included.

– Upper vent located in the rear of the cabinet and a buit-in thermometer located on the door.

– 4.1 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Cuisinart 36″ propane smoker is small enough to cook just one meal and large enough to cook enough food for a weeks worth of meals.




Char-Broil-The Big Easy: TRU-Infrared Smoker, Roaster and Grill.

The Char-Broil Big Easy is truly a unique grill/smoker because it combines three different types of cooking into one.

– It can grill, roast or smoke your food and also uses infrared technology to do this.

– The infrared system works by the heat from the flame going up in between the inner and outer wall of the Big Easy. This allows the food to cook evenly with no cold or hot spots.

– You can use the top grate to roast or grill your food or put it down into the body of the grill to smoke. The bottom section can hold up to 25lb. Turkey.

– Smoker box is easily accessible on the side of the grill.

– Burners effortlessly ignite with the push of a button.

– 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon

The Big Easy by Char-Broil is an amazing piece of equipment that can be used to cook just about anything.




Smoke Hollow 38″ Gas Smoker

This durable gas smoker from Smoke Hollow is made for someone who wants to smoke a lot of food to use during the week or to cook for a backyard gathering of several people.

– Made completely of steel this 2 door design conveniently allows you to access the lower section, to add wood or water, without letting any heat out of the smoking section.

– The insulated window allows you to see how your food is progressing and comes with a thermostat to monitor the temperature.

– The 4 chrome plated cooking racks are approximately 20″W x 14″D.

– The burner assembly is made out of cast brass with a push button ignition system. A 40″ hose and regulator are included.

– The large porcelain coated wood box sets above the burner assembly and has a lid which allow for an even distribution of smoke. Above that sits the large water bowl which is also porcelain coated.

– 4.1 put of 5 stars on Amazon.

– Hangers are located on top of inside cabinet for hanging sausage.

This Smoke Hollow gas smoker offers a great design and is easy to use. Adjustable flame temperatures allows you to cook something at a faster rate or at a slower rate.




Wood Pellet Smoker Grills

Wood Pellet smoker grills are very popular because they offer a way to automatically and consistently bring fuel to your fire. This method of smoking or grilling gives an even cooking temperature to whatever you cook.

They run off of electricity and have a control panel that automatically feeds pellets into a hopper where they burn at an even rate keeping a constant temperature throughout the entire smoking process.

Hardwood pellets come in cherry, mesquite, hickory and many more.

The advantages of you using a pellet smoker are:

– Once you load the pellets and set the temperature the grill does the rest of the work.

– A more consistently even cook. “No charred parts from flare-ups.”

– A more unique and subtle smokey flavor.

– They can be set to a wide variety of temperature ranges so you can smoke something slow or grill something fast.

Camp Chef Deluxe BBQ Grill and Smoker

The Camp Chef Deluxe is made with the homeowner in mind. Many of the built-in features make it very easy to produce excellent tasting food with an ease of use.

– The digital control system allows you to grill/smoke within a temperature range of 160 degrees up to 500 degrees. This is done by the automatic auger feeding system which feeds wood pellets at a predetermined rate to maintain a certain temperature.

– The grilling grate is 22″W x 19.5″D and the warming rack is 24″W x 6″D.

– The hopper will hold 18 lbs of wood pellets which is large enough for most meats you will smoke and is easily cleaned out thru the side door. The automatic feed system allows the right amount of wood pellets to enter the cooking area at the right time.

– This unit comes with an internal temperature sensor and an internal stainless steel meat probe to help you make sure it is at the temperature you want it at.

– It has a 4.4 stars out of 5 on Amazon.

The Camp Chef Deluxe BBQ Grill and Smoker is one of the best wood pellet grills that make cooking easy. It was made with the homeowner in mind. You pretty much just have to set the temperature to what you want and forget it.

Whether you are grilling something on a high temperature or smoking something on a low temperature the wood pellets advance thru the auger at a steady rate to maintain the proper temperature.




Z-Grills Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker

The wood pellet grill and smoker from Z-Griils is more than just a grill and smoker. It is also does roasting, baking and braising.

– Made of polished stainless steel for easy cleanup and to resist corrosion.

– It comes with a built-in fan for convection cooking.

– It has an upgraded control board that handles the pellet feed system, lights the grill automatically, LED temperature readout and will also set the temperature between 180 and 475 degrees.

– The automatic pellet feed has the ability to hold 20 pounds of hardwood pellets.

– This is one of the larger pellet grills on the market with a total cooking area of 700 square inches. 26″L x 19.2″W main grilling area and a warming/smoking rack that is 27.5″L x 6.9″D.

– Large storage area below grilling area.

– Waste oil collector for easy cleanup.

– Heavy duty caster wheels (that lock) for easy moving.

– As an added value it also comes with a free waterproof grill cover.

– It comes with a 3-year warranty from manufacture and a 30-day refund/replacement guarantee.

– 4.4 out of 5 star rating on Amazon.

The Z-Grills pellet grill is made for everyone from beginners to seasoned pros. It is known as the Ultimate 8 in 1 because it can grill, smoke, bake, roast, sear, braise barbecue or char-grill.

What else could a backyard barbecuist ask for?




Traeger Texas Elite 34 Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker.

– The Traeger Grill Company patented the first pellet grill in 1986 and has been improving on them ever since.

This is their newest version and it does everything from grill, smoke and bake to roast, braise and barbecue.

– Whether you want to grill or sear something hot and fast or smoke or bake something low and slow either is possible with the Texas Elite 34

– With the digital elite controller setting the temperature is as easy as setting your oven. Easily started with an electronic auto-start ignition.

– One of the larger grilling areas on the market at 646 square inches it has the ability to grill or smoke 24 burgers, 6 whole chickens, 32 hot dogs or 9 racks of ribs.

– Made out of a powder coated steel construction with a finish that is easy to clean and will last for a long time.

– Easily moved with durable wheels that lock in place.

– The hopper has an 18 pound capacity.

No matter if you want to smoke a brisket or a rack of ribs, grill chicken or even a pizza or bake an apple or pumpkin pie the Traeger Texas Elite 34 will work for you. It has tremendous value and consistency as a griller/smoker that you can trust and will meet all your needs.




My recommendations

Charcoal BBQ Smokers>

For an easy to use beginning charcoal smoker I would choose the Dyna-Glo 36″ Charcoal Smoker. Its clean simple vertical design makes it easy to use and maximizes the units smoking ability. Its large capacity and two door design make it a must have for any charcoal smoker.


Electric BBQ Smokers>

Master Built 30″ electric smoker

Its thick stainless steel construction and large capacity to hold a lot of food make it a clear favorite in the electric smoker category. As an added benefit it comes with a remote control to easily control the temperature.


Propane BBQ Smokers

Smoke Hollow 38″ Gas Smoker

Its somewhat larger capacity, 2 doors and vertical design make this propane smoker a very good choice for any type of BBQ smoker.


Wood Pellet Smoker Grills>

Z-Grills Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker

This is the hands down favorite for a wood pellet grill. The large capacity for cooking area and pellet hopper sure come in handy when you are cooking a lot of food. With its ability to cook many different types of food and digital control board to maintain the proper temperature make this a clear favorite in the pellet smoker market. Throw in a 3 year warranty and low price for everything you get and this is the one you should choose if you are in the market for a wood pellet smoker grill.

These are only my recommendations. Each one of these 12 smokers I have chosen are a good quality item that will work for a beginner or a professional.



Grilling/smoking meats and or vegetables in the backyard gives a dramatic flavor to your food. Smoking cuts of meat for long periods of time breaks down the collagen (tough connective tissue) giving it falls off the bone tenderness.

– Other advantages are that you eat less fat because the excess drips down between the grates instead of staying in the bottom of the pan.

– When vegetables are grilled they keep more of their nutrients better than other ways of cooking.

– Less butter or oils are used compared to cooking in a pan.

– Owning a grill and or smoker is one of the best buys a homeowner can make.

I really hope this article helped to answer any questions you may have about buying a backyard BBQ grill/smoker. Or has given you advice on the features and benefits of the various different types on the market.

If you decide to buy something from this website could you please come back and leave a comment below as to how it worked out for you?


Here is a short video on how to use a smoker.

The history of American barbecue is as old and diversified as America itself. According to Google the term barbecue means a meal of meat, fish or other foods, like vegetables, cooked out-of-doors over an open fire or on a portable grill.

For the purposes of this article barbecue means slow cooking meats from an indirect heat source (smoking) for a long period of time with a closed lid or an open pit. As opposed to grilling which is cooking meats at a higher temperature for a shorter period of time with the lid open or closed.

You could ask 100 different people the best way to barbecue meat and you would get 100 different answers. Various parts of the country that are known for there barbecue have different styles of smoking to produce their own unique flavor.

Other things to consider are the length of time to let the meat cook, which different types of meats work best and, last but not least, the best kind of barbecue sauce to use. These are all variations to be considered.

In this article we will go over-

– The origins of where barbecue began up to the present day.

– The many methods there are of cooking barbecue.

– The different types of meats used.

-The prevalence of barbecue and the different styles in the United States today.


The word barbecue in the Caribbean means barabicu. In Spanish the word barbecue means barbacoa. Starting in the late 1400’s or early 1500s the Taino Indians would smoke there meats, usually fish or some kind of seafood, in a wooden device built into the ground that went by the same name.

During the early 1500s Spanish explorers visiting the many islands in the Caribbean learned how to barbecue and took the practice with them back to Spain. This is where the term barbecue started to mean the food you were smoking and not just the wooden device used to cook it with.

Around the late 1600s to the early 1700s it had found its way to England where it became a very popular pastime and in 1755 it could be found in “The Dictionary of the English Language.”

Ba’rbecue: A term used in the West Indies for dressing a hog whole; which, being split to the backbone, is laid flat upon a large gridiron, raised about two feet above a charcoal fire, with which it is surrounded.

It is unclear whether barbecue arrived in the United States from the Caribbean in the 1500s or from England in the 1700s. My guess is that both are true. The East Coast probably got there barbecue from England and in the Southern States it probably arrived there from the Caribbean. From these points it naturally migrated westward.

During times of poverty, like during the Civil War or the Great Depression, smoking meat over an open pit with charcoal or wood became a great way to feed a lot of people for little cost.

In the early days of American history hogs ran wild and were very prevalent in all the rural parts of the country. As a fairly large animal with a very large population that roamed freely and somewhat easy to kill with a rifle it was the preferred meat for a barbecue and to some extent still is.

Back then before the invention of refrigeration smoking meats had more advantages than just flavorful cooked food. Smoking meats for a long period of time helps to preserve it and keep it from spoiling. It does this by removing excess moisture and bacteria.

Nowadays it is a way to prepare food that attains an unmistakable flavor that you can only reach by smoking your food.

Methods of Cooking Barbecue

Most people today use charcoal smokers to cook there meat in. They come in all shapes and sizes and are relatively inexpensive if you are a backyard BBQ enthusiast.

Charcoal smoking is done with an indirect heat source that is ideally 220F but no more than 250F. When you do it right this ensures that you will have flavorful delicious meat.

If you are using a regular round charcoal grill place the coals on one side of the grill and the meat on the other side. In other words When you put the lid on make sure the air vent is above the meat. This method in allows the heat to travel from the source to the vent passing through your food.

Also, on the market are bullet shaped charcoal smokers that are specifically designed for smoking meat. Most of them large enough to smoke a good sized brisket and they also come with a water pan and a built-in thermometer. This is the basic model that experienced BBQ smoker have used for decades to smoke meat and it is simplistic and easy to use.

Also, on the market are electric smokers which, while this may offend traditional BBQ smoking experts, to some extent is easier to use and takes the guesswork out of smoking meats.

Basically all you do is once the smoker has reached the proper temperature, 220F, place your meat or vegetables on the racks and let them smoke.

As explained below just like a regular charcoal smoker you can add wood chips or a pan of water to an electric smoker.

Electric smoker need to be cured before you can use them. This is done easily enough by coating all indoor surfaces, especially the racks, with cooking oil. This process removes oils, solvent, dust or any other harmful residue used in producing the electric smoker.

When you are done coating the surfaces turn the smoker on high heat for two hours. After this open the door and let it cool off and then you should thoroughly clean every part of the inside with a sponge and mild detergent.

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One more piece of equipment a homeowner might consider is a grill called an offset smoker. To use this type of grill as a smoker simply put your food on the larger grill portion and put your coals and wood chips in the smaller firebox.

With the lower vent being in the firebox and the higher vent being on the far side of the main grill it allows the heat and the smoke to travel across your food. The built in thermometer on the top lid lets you keep the grill at the proper temperature.

Just like the electric smoker the offset smoker should be cleaned and cured before its first use. You should rinse it down with soapy water and let it dry. Then put a light coating of vegetable oil on all the surfaces and light a fire in the firebox and burn for thirty minutes.

Other things to consider

Adding wood chips to the charcoals adds flavor to your food. Hardwoods like mesquite, hickory, oak, cherry and apple are the ones usually used and give your meat a unique flavor. Whatever you do not use a softwood, like pine or fir, they have a tendency to burn to fast and gives the food sooty taste.

Adding a pan of water helps when smoking meats by adding vapors to the hot air which aids in a more even cooking temperature and keeping the food moist.

Air ventilation is a key component when smoking meats. Always leave the bottom and top vents open to allow the air and the heat to circulate.

Regulating the amount of heat is done by opening or closing the lower vent. The upper vent regulates the amount of smoke in the barbecue.

Remember 220F is the optimal temperature to smoke meats at. This slow cooking method is very good at breaking down the tough fiber in the meat leaving succulent and mouth watering.

Depending on how large a cut of meat or how much meat you are cooking you may have to add more charcoal and or wood chips to maintain the proper temperature.

Cooking times will vary depending on the type of meat, the size of each cut and the quantity you are cooking.

You will have to check now and then to see if it is done and as you become more experienced you will know when it is time to take it out.

Other than this it is best to keep the lid or the door closed most of the time to keep the heat in and let the smoker do its thing. 4 hours is usually the minimum time required to smoke meats thoroughly. Depending what on what type of meats you are smoking.

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Different types of meats

Brisket: Sure it is possible to smoke any type of meat you have but the brisket stands alone as the oldest and most traditional smoked meat there is.

The best sized briskets to cook on a smoker are between eight and twelve pounds. This size will ensure that it is overcooked or under cooked.

All brisket will have fat on them which gives it their flavor but trimming the excess fat allows for a more even cooking. The next step is to add a marinade or dry rub of your choosing.

The reason briskets work best on smokers because of the slow grilling time. This is because a brisket is a very tough meat and the slow cooking method will break it down as mentioned above.

I have heard people say that a properly cooked brisket accompanied with the right spices and sauce is a life changing experience. I would like to know what you think?

Pork or beef ribs: Whether you prefer pork or beef ribs, or both, cooking them slowly in a smoker bring out the best flavor you can imagine.

Some people prefer a dry rub and some people prefer to make their own homemade glaze for ribs. Either way ribs are one of the most tastiest meats you can smoke.

The easiest way to tell when they are done is to pick them up in the middle with a pair of tongs and if they start to fall apart then you know they are ready to eat.

Sausage: Another great favorite for the smoker is sausage. Our ancestors would smoke sausage to help preserve them for a longer period of time but today we do it, because let’s face it, smoked sausage tastes really good.

One thing to remember is that store bought sausage is already smoked. You can still put them in your smoker to heat them up. In fact smoking them again adds more flavor.

The best types of sausage to use for smoking are Polish Kielbasa, Andouille, Italian, Bratwurst, Chorizo and Breakfast sausage. Sausages should be cooked at a little bit higher temperature, 250F, for 3 to 4 hours.

Chicken: A whole chicken works best but you can even smoke individual parts of the chicken. The cooking temperature will remain the same but the cooking time will be different.

Pork: Anything from pork chops to a pork tenderloin can be smoked. Again the cooking times will vary depending on the thickness of the cut. The use of which dry rubs are completely up to you.

Fish: The last type of meat I want to mention here is fish. Any type of fish you buy or catch can be smoked. In fact some people say that smoking fish brings an incredible taste to it.

Keep in mind that it is a tender meat with not a lot of fiber to it so grilling times will be shorter than other meats. As a general rule, all depending on the size and thickness of your cuts, you should smoke fish for 2 hours at 200 degrees.

The four Main Types of Barbecue

While there are many different ways to smoke meat there are mainly four different types in the United States. Each of them using different spices in dry rubs, different sauces and different methods of cooking.

Each place has a preffered type of meat they are known for but I am sure you can get any kind of smoked meat you want to.

Texas Barbecue:

The main thing Texas barbecue is known for is its brisket. In fact Texas is so big each section of this state has its own way of barbecuing it.

In each case it has to be smoked for long hours. Some like a sweet tomato sauce and some a thick molasses sauce and some just like a salt and pepper rub.

St. Louis-Style barbecue:

The St Louis style of barbecue is known for its spare ribs. You will find them grilled instead of smoked. They are usually marinated in a thick, sweet, tomato based sauce.

In fact St Louis is known for consuming more sauce on their barbecue than anywhere else in the nation.

Carolina-Style Barbecue:

Carolina barbecue has two different variations that it is known for. Both of them revolve around pork. The two different types are called the Lexington style and the Eastern style.

The Lexington-style of barbecue marinates pork shoulder in a mixture of pepper, vinegar and ketchup before smoking it.

The Eastern-style of barbecue prefers to use the whole pig for smoking. The sauce is usually a pepper and vinegar based without tomatoes.

Memphis-Style Barbecue:

Memphis style barbecue is also mostly known for pork ribs and shoulders. These are either smoked dry, with just a dry rub, or wet, with different types of sauces.

Each year Memphis holds the “World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.” This just happens to be the largest pork barbecue contest in the world.

Within these four categories are many sub-categories and each part of this country has their own style of barbecue they like. Different types of meats with different combinations of sauces and rubs are used all the time.

Barbecuing and smoking meats has been an American pastime for several hundred years. It has help sustain and feed this great nation during hard times and good times. It is constantly perfecting better combinations of sauces and dry rubs all the time.

Something else that is evolving are the cooking methods and the types of grills and smokers you can cook them in.

I would love to here your thoughts on how you like to barbecue and or smoke your food. Pleases leave your comments below.

Here is a review of the 12 best portable BBQ grills for 2018

Portable BBQ grills, whether they are charcoal grill or a propane grill, are a handy tool to have around.

They are great for the backyard if you have a small family or just need to grill a small meal. They also take up less storage space in the backyard or on your balcony if you live in an apartment.

Another significant benefit would be during a power outage. Even without electricity you can still cook food for your family.

A smaller grill means you use less charcoal or propane as compared to a 2, 3 or 4 burner grills. Less surface area means your food will cook faster and an easier clean-up for you.

Are you going camping or to the lake or to the beach? Portable BBQ grills work perfect for these trips. Nothing like grilling you just caught on a small grill while camping.

They will fit easily into the trunk of a car, back of an SUV or in the bed of your truck.

Planning on tailgating at the ball game? The portable BBQ grills reviewed here work great for that too.

Grilling offers other nutritional value over cooking on a stove. When cooking meats on a grill the excess fats drip down between the grates as opposed to setting in a pan. Searing meats or vegetables locks in flavor and nutrients.

For decades there has been a debate over which is the best way to grill food on a barbecue. Charcoal or gas? I think this is best left for the individuals taste in outdoor cooking. However, I do want add the fact that adding any of the various kind of wood chips to a charcoal fire enhances the flavor of whatever you are cooking.

Add to this that charcoal has a tendency to be able to sear meat better than a gas grill but gas grills heat up faster and are easier to clean than charcoal grills and you can see why there is such a great debate.

Warning: Even though they are small it is never a good idea to use a charcoal or wood grill indoors. A by product of the fuel burning is carbon monoxide which can be deadly. It is okay to use a propane grill inside as long as all the connections are good with no leaks. Propane is heavier than air and will pool on the ground.

Things to look for when buying a portable BBQ grill

Should you buy a charcoal or a gas grill?

– Charcoal grills are usually less expensive than gas grill but require more clean up when you are done cooking.

– A bottle or two of propane takes up less space than a bag of charcoal.

– A propane grill is easier to light and will be ready to cook and eats up faster than a charcoal grill.


– Both charcoal or propane portable grills come in different sizes. One thing to consider is how many people you will usually be cooking for. Another thing to consider is where will you be grilling. A large backyard will have plenty of space as opposed to the balcony of an apartment.

What is the body made out of?

– The body of a portable grill can be made of cast aluminum, sheet metal, cast iron or stainless steel.

– The cast aluminum and the sheet metal will be lightweight and easy to carry but will dent easier.

– The coated cast iron will be very durable but heavy. It can also rust if the porcelain or enamel coating becomes chipped.

– Stainless steel makes the best choice because it is durable, easy to clean and will not rust.

What are the grates made out of?

– There are several different types of material the actual barbecue grates can be made of.

– The best choice is stainless steel because of durability and heat retention.

– Another choice is porcelain or enamel coated cast iron. Cast iron retains heat really well but won’t last as long as stainless steel.

How sturdy are the legs?

– Some portable barbecues have fixed legs that will not collapse. The better type have fold able legs that make transporting a whole lot easier.

How easy is it to clean?

Believe it or not some barbecues are easier to clean than others. Choosing a barbecue made out stainless steel will be a lot easier to clean than one made out of cast iron.

Amazon Ratings

– I have purposely only chosen BBQ grills that have an Amazon rating of 4 stars or better.

– In a 1 to 5 star rating system I believe a portable BBQ grill with a rating of at least 4 stars will be a good quality grill for anyone looking for a portable BBQ charcoal or propane grill.

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– Here are 6 charcoal BBQ grills and 6 propane BBQ grills I believe are top quality and should fit your needs. Plus an exceptional one at the end that uses 3 different types of fuel.

Portable Charcoal BBQ Grills

Weber Smokey Joe BBQ Grill

– With my first choice we are going to start off with an inexpensive charcoal grill made by a company known for more expensive and better quality grills.

The actual grill size is 14 1/2″ in diameter which is big enough to hold 6 burgers or 3 T-bone steaks at a time.

– The outer housing is made out of baked on enameled porcelain which is actually fused to the steel. This helps to prevent rust and fading.

– The grate is triple nickel plated to withstand years of use.

– The handle is glass reinforced nylon which allows you to remove the lid with no worrying about burning your hand.

– Comes with a 10-year limited warranty.

– It has an incredible 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Weber grills are known worldwide for their quality and craftsmanship and this one is no exception. It will work for all of your backyard grilling needs plus picnics, camping and tailgating.




Sougem Portable, Foldable Charcoal Grill

– This is a solid well-made grill with many features.

– Its small size, 10″W x 15″L x 11″H, allows for convenient portability while giving you 150 square inches of cooking space. Easily enough for 6 hamburgers or 3 chicken breasts to fit on.

– This grill is made completely of stainless steel. Stainless steel will resist corrosion, excess heat and chemical damage and adds extra strength while weighing less than a grill made of other materials. Stainless steel also resists warping during high temperatures.

– The 10″ x 15″ stainless steel non-stick grate is adjustable in height to help control the temperature of your food.

– Another feature is that the whole bin that the charcoal goes into is completely removable for easy cleaning.

– It also has a silicone handle that resists heat.

– Collapses to 10″ x 15″ x 3.5″ for convenient carrying.

The Sougem portable charcoal BBQ grill is made of all premium quality stainless steel construction with a removable section to clean out the ashes and it will collapse to the size of a briefcase for portability. This barbecue has a lot of benefits at a low cost.

– Comes with a 100% guarantee from the seller and a whopping 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon.





Char Broil Portable Table Top Grill

Here is another small table-top BBQ that will grill a lot of food and folds up into a small size for easy portability.

– Total dimensions are 20.5″W x 12.6″D x 15″H.

– The outer housing is made of a steel that comes with a heat-resistant finish.

– The cooking grates are chrome plated steel and measure 190 square inches. This is big enough to hold 8 hamburgers, 6 T-bones or 6 chicken breasts.

– Legs fold up and over the lid for easy transportation. The handles are heat-resistant with one located on the lid and two on each side.

– 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.




Quick Grill Large Portable Folding Charcoal Grill

Here is a great quality compact grill that is big enough to feed six to eight adults and yet small enough to take camping, picnicking, the beach or anywhere.

– It is made completely of stainless steel for heat retention, easy clean up and resists corrosion for long-lasting durability.

– Measures 17.7″L x 12.2″W x 8.3″H when open and yet fits into a 19 x 7.9 carrying case which is included.

If you are looking for a compact, fold able charcoal BBQ grill made out of stainless steel that can grill a lot of food at one time and you can take on any of your journeys this is the BBQ you need.




Dyna-Glo Portable Tabletop Charcoal Grill & Side Fire Box

Dyna-Glo consistently makes quality grills and this one is no exception. This heavy gauge steel grill is as basic as you can get but still offers many features.

– It states that the grill size is 287 square inches which is roughly going to be 14″ x 20″. That is big enough for grilling enough meat for a fair sized family or group of friends.

– The bottom trough slides out to the side for easy access to porcelain enameled charcoal tray section. This makes it very easy for you to add charcoal or wood chips and also when it is time for you to clean out the ashes.

– The spring-type handles remain cool to the touch.

– 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

This portable table-top grill also doubles as a side smoker box when attached to compatible Dyna-Glo charcoal grills.





Char-Griller Akorn Jr. Kamado Kooker

Here is a cute little grill that is big enough for backyard use and small enough to take on road trips. The Kamado Kooker style of grills are specifically designed to allow you to easily sear meats at a high heat or slow roast meats at a low heat.

– This BBQ measures 25.3″ tall by 21.5″ wide and is made out of a durable red enamel coated ceramic. One handle on the lid and two handles on the body.

– The cast iron grate is 14″ in diameter and is large enough for several cuts of meat.

– The insulated triple wall steel housing coated in ceramic works perfectly to hold heat in allowing you to cook faster with less charcoal.

– With an air damper on the top and the bottom it is very easy to regulate the temperature for grilling. The damper on the bottom used to regulate air to the charcoal and the damper on the top is used to help regulate the temperature of the grill while cooking.

– The lid also has a temperature gauge on it and can be locked for portability.

– 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Akorn Jr made by Char Griller is a durable, well-made charcoal grill designed for high temperature searing or low temperature roasting. Its red ceramic coating would look beautiful in your backyard.



Using Wood Chips with Charcoal or Propane Grills

Every experienced barbecue griller knows that adding wood chips to your BBQ when grilling adds a tremendous amount of flavor and taste to whatever you are cooking. In fact there are different types of BBQ’s that use only wood chips or chunks to cook with.

– The size of wood chips matters as to what you are cooking. When you are grilling something at a high temperature, say a rib-eye or a t-bone, choose a smaller chip.

When you are grilling something at a lower temperature for a longer time, like a pork tenderloin or a beef roast, you should use a larger chunk of wood chip.

-Either way when using charcoal all you have to do is lay the wood chips on the charcoal embers when you are ready to grill.

– With a gas grill you can use a Smoker Box. This is a stainless steel box that is either rectangular or Vee shaped. A better quality one made of thicker stainless steel has a less a chance of warping than thinner one.

– First soak the chips in water for a 1/2 an hour and then place the box under the grill grate and right on top of the burners

– While you can use wood chips from any type of tree there are several that the most popular. Each one adds a distinctive flavor to anything you are grilling.

Hickory wood chips

Oak wood chips

Mesquite wood chips

Pecan wood chips

Apple wood chips

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Propane Gas BBQ Grills

Grill Boss LP Gas Barbecue Grill

Here is a great little propane grill that you can use in your backyard or for picnics or camping.

– All stainless steel construction provides long-lasting durability and even cooking temperatures.

– The porcelain coated grate is roughly 10″ x 26″. That is enough area to grill enough meat and vegetables for four people.

– The 10,000 BTU stainless steel burner starts easily with the push button ignition.

– It has a warming rack and temperature gauge built into the lid.

With foldable legs and a lockable lid this BBQ grill is made to carry on any adventure.





Char-Broil Grill 2 Go X200 Portable Propane Gas Grill

– This portable grill by Char-Broil is small enough to take with you anywhere and large enough to feed a family of four or more.

– Just one of the unique portable grills on the market that uses TRU-infrared technology. In infrared grilling there is an element between the flame and the grates.

– Using an infrared element to grill your food has several advantages. One of them being that the element helps to spread intense heat across the BBQ grates cooking your food more evenly, cooks faster and uses less propane.

– The second one being that since drippings, like grease or fat, do not come in contact with the grills flames there are no flare-ups.

– The actual firebox and lid are made of cast aluminum and have stainless steel latches. The lid also has a temperature gauge.

– The body, legs and handles are made of a heavy-duty composite material that resists heat and makes it easy for you to carry.

– The lid has a built-in temperature gauge.

– The grilling grate is made completely of stainless steel and measures 200 square inches which roughly 10″ x 20″.

– Your propane bottle is easy to attach and has a push button ignition to easily start your fire.

– 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 is a well-made grill designed for portability and plenty of use.





Smoke Hollow 205 Stainless Steel Table Top Propane Grill

The Smoke Hollow brand of portable grills offer well-made propane grill that works perfect for every outdoor event including boating.

– The housing, legs, latches lid, grates, warming rack and drip tray are all made out of stainless steel.

– The “U”shaped burner is also made of chrome plated stainless steel for extra durability.

– The main grate measures 205 square inches and the warming rack is 105 square inches.

– The measurements of this grill are 27″L x 17″W x 12″T making it one of the larger portable grills on the market.

– The “U” shaped burner puts out 10,000 BTU’s of heat. It can either use a standard 1 lb. propane bottle or can be attached to a 20 lb. bottle using an adapter (not included) and you can start it easily with the push button ignition.

– With a closable, lockable double layered lid and folding leg makes this grill easy for you to carry or store anywhere. Lid also has a builtin temperature gauge.

– It has 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Smoke Hollow 205 table-top grill is made completely of stainless steel and is big enough to grill a lot of your food at one time and yet small enough for you to take anywhere. Quality at this price is an amazing deal.




Blackstone Table Top Grill /Griddle

This grill /griddle can be used by you to cook your breakfast, lunch or dinner.

– The griddle’s heavy-duty cooking surface measures 17″L x 15.25″D which is large enough for you to cook eggs, bacon and pancakes at the same time.

– Comes with a built in grease catcher that removes easily for cleaning.

– It has a whopping 4.7 stars out of 5 on Amazon.

– This griddle has an “H” shaped burner that puts out 12,000 BTU’s of heat evenly across the surface for fast cooking. It also has a push button ignition.

– The griddle surface can be cleaned up easily with a paper towel and also can be conveniently turned over for transportation. Curing your griddle top with Flax seed oil or extra virgin olive oil is a very good idea to increase the longevity of your grill.

Imagine yourself going camping in the forest and waking up in the morning to bacon and eggs for breakfast. Then going fishing and having your catch for lunch. This is all possible with the Blackstone Table Top Grill /Griddle.




Giantex Table Top Gas Grill

This Giantex grill is made of 430 stainless steel. 430 stainless steel is known for its resistance to corrosion durability properties.

– The overall dimensions are 22″L x 18″W x 15″H making it one of the larger propane BBQ grills on the market and yet will fold up small enough to take with you anywhere.

– This grill comes with 2 “U” shaped burners that can reach a total output of 20,000 BTU’s. Setting on top of the burners are stainless steel covers that help distribute the flame evenly and also helps to prevent flare-ups.

– Ignition is achieved by pushing and turning either one of the temperature control knobs.

– This grill has the CSA standards of approval.

– The lockable lid has a temperature gauge and it has foldable legs.

– It has a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

The Giantex table-top gas grill is large enough to handle your backyard BBQ needs and yet small enough to take picnicking, camping, tailgating or boating.




Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven

This unique grill also doubles as an oven that can be used in your backyard or taken camping or to the ballgame.

– With the range lid up it measures 31″H x 24″W x 18″L and weighs 35 pounds.

– The internal oven dimensions are 11″D x 16″W x 9″H and will hold a 9 x 13 pan or dish.

– The range features 2 burners that will achieve 7500 BTU’s of heat each while the oven will achieve 3000 BTU’s (400 degrees F) and has a built-in thermostat. Both range and oven have matchless ignitors.

– Both the range and the oven can be used at high heat for 5 hours with a 16 oz. bottle of propane. Or it can be hooked up to a 5 gallon bottle with an adapter hose(sold separately).

– Comes with a 1-year limited warranty

– It has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

With the Camp Chef outdoor oven not only will this work great in your backyard for regular use but imagine you had a power outage for an extended period of time. As long as you have enough propane your cooking would not be affected.

Also imagine baking cookies or pies or roasting a meatloaf on an extended camping trip. Both things are possible with this very unique outdoor camp range/oven.




One More Unique Grill

Volcano Grill 3-Fuel Portable Camping Stove/ Fire Pit

Here is a very distinctive grill that might be the best one you can use on your camping trips.

– This grill has the capacity to use charcoal, wood or propane as a fuel source. Adapter for 20 lb. propane or 1 pound bottles sold separately.

– This versatile stove can be used as a grill, dutch oven, wok or to bake or to roast. Put a skillet on top and you can have eggs for breakfast. Another really great thing about it is it can also be used as a fire pit for cold nights and mornings when you are camping.

– It can easily collapse down to 5″ tall for you to take anywhere.

The Volcano Grill Camping Stove Is another great cooking option that can be used in your backyard or for camping or tailgating as well as extended RV trips. It can also be used for survival, prepping and emergency uses.

– 4.1 stars out of 5 on Amazon


A portable gas or charcoal grill is so handy and versatile to have around I think everyone should own one. Here you have a device that does not take up much room in your backyard and yet can grill you and your family and friends a succulent meal in no time. It is also something you can take camping, picnicking, tailgating or boating without taking up much room.

One more added benefit is that if you lose power for an extended period of time you will still have the ability to cook a meal for your family.

A portable BBQ grill is a very handy thing to have around and will give you years of great food and enjoyment.

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