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A gadget for every cookout and grilling quandary


By Patti Ewald, Times staff writer

If you can't dazzle 'em with your barbecuing brilliance, you can always baffle 'em with the hottest new grilling gizmo. Like the Stake — tongs, spatula and fork all in one. The Swiss army knife of grilling tools. Grip it. Flip it. Serve it. You'll be the Houdini of the hibachi.

“I started by taking the tools that I used most when barbecuing," Peter Wachtel, toy inventor by day, Stake inventor by night, said. "Then I chopped, cut and broke them apart, and started to make a rough prototype," he said.

After a lot of trial and error — and the help of his 6-year-old son — he came up with tool that worked, looked and felt great. A smooth leaf spring mechanism makes the tongs easy to use; the fork slides out for use and tucks safely into the spatula for storage.

Available at some Target stores and at for $29.99.

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[Last modified: Friday, May 25, 2012 8:43am]


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