Surfing for BBQ-ing tips the other day, I wandered into some chat forums where it’s “All-Barbecue, All the Time.” Make no mistake, those “Q-ers” are serious about cooking their meat. The best cuts, types of fuel, which wood for smoking, the tools, curing, venting, seasoning & preparing, temps and times. To them, grilling a steak is like customizing a car-- the body may be pretty, but it’s all about what goes under the hood.
Not happy with their out-of-the-box units, some guys retrofit their BBQ grills (as I said, like a car). For example, Phil Lee of Hawg Heaven Smokin’ Barbecue modified his smoker…
...with 10” air tires (#30900) to better deal with mobility on lawns, parks, campsites and such.
My favorite modification is the BBQ trailer: A Q-er will either remove the legs from their BBQ grill, and then bolt or weld them onto a utility trailer, or build one up from scratch--making them über-mobile! Here’s a great example of a customized, homemade barbecue trailer-- created by a fellow named Spankerchief-- on SmokingMeatForums.com…
...using the Haul-Master 1720 Lb. Capacity Super Duty 48" X 96" Utility Trailer with 12” Wheels (#94564). In fact, every BBQ forum I clicked on had at least one thread where an adventurous “trailer Q-er” incorporated a Haul-Master utility trailer from Harbor Freight. Several put their projects together using the popular & affordable Chicago Electric 90 Amp Flux Wire Welder (#68887).
The online BBQ cooks were all loaded for bear with gear that supported their grilling operations. The Propane Torch with Igniter (#91037) was a favorite-- for its turbo performance and for its great, low price. The Instant Read Digital Thermometer (#95382) was also popular, for its accuracy and, again, price. Also included were the Compact Food Slicer (#42787), Electric Meat Grinder (#99598) and plenty of protective wear like nitrile, PVC-dipped and/or welding gloves.
Needless to say, I was bitten by the BBQ bug and ended up getting a “barrel-style” barbecue grill with smoker side box, as well as the igniter and thermometer. I also picked up this pair of welding gloves, and, of course, a BBQ cookbook. I'll probably get the 10” wheels next (they look cool).
Now all I have to do is experiment on the meat and hope I don’t burn anything vital... like Sunday dinner.
Although most guys don’t like to admit it, it’s really embarrassing to find out you’re the last to discover the latest gadget or tool all your buddies are talking about. It’s even worse to learn they’ve already been using it for ages without you even knowing about it. That's how I felt when I discovered Central Machinery’s Mini Tire Changer (SKU 34552). Sure, I’ve been aware of professional grade tire changers for years. You know, I’m talking about the kind used by practically every tire shop on the planet. But when I saw this mini-tire changer for the first time, my jaw just about hit the floor. I stood there looking at it with this puzzled “duh” feeling, wondering why I never thought about that idea myself. Inventing aside, I could have at least owned one by now!
So why all the bother over this thing? Well, anyone who owns a small vehicle, trailer, ATV or golf cart with rims up to 12" could sure use one. While you might not have the space or need for a full-sized tire changer, a miniature version is bound to come in handy for all the little jobs that you wouldn’t want to bother taking to the tire shop. Sure, you could try to do it yourself with tire irons, but what a hassle! You not only waste time that way but also risk damaging your tire and marring the wheel’s finish.
Another great feature of the Central Machinery Mini-Tire Changer is its usefulness while traveling. It’s an absolute must-have for those of you who ride ATVs far away from the beaten path. A quick tire change with the Mini-Tire Changer can keep a day-long outing from being ruined over a blow-out. The same goes for those who boat fish. Nobody wants a boat stuck on the lake just because the boat trailer got a nail in one of its tires, right?
The Mini-Tire Changer isn’t just practical for travelers. It’s also ideal for servicing vehicles with wheels up to 12" rims (like a lawnmower or golf cart). And at a ridiculously low $49.99, this mini-tire changer is an absolute steal. Heck, with some tire shops charging as much as $30 or more a pop to change a tire, this thing practically pays for itself in just a couple of changes.
Of course, Harbor Freight has you covered when you want to change regular-sized tires with the Semiautomatic Tire Changer with Air Operated Tilting Arm (SKU 90589).