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Emily GogolBy Emily Gogol
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Emily GogolBy Emily Gogol
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$3,335
pledged of $4,200pledged of $4,200 goal
17
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, June 13 2015 2:49 PM UTC +00:00

About

We are passionate about food, and when we moved to San Francisco we discovered Yakitori. Yakitori is a well-loved style of grilling that brings together a Japanese culinary tradition of simple dishes, full of taste. This is a street food, drinking food, party food. We wanted to share this cuisine with our friends and family. To do this, we needed a charcoal grill!

As a husband and wife team we love to design and build things, so it was natural for us to try making a yakitori grill for ourselves. It also helps that our professional backgrounds are in science (Emily; PhD) and engineering (Ryan).

After a lot of research and many iterations, we've designed a sophisticated and portable charcoal grill, entirely sourced and and made in the U.S.

Our friends and family are already enjoying our grill — we know you'll enjoy your grill too!

If you are in the Bay Area, this is a not-to-miss "family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness." We've always been huge fans of Maker Faire, and it's a privilege to participate with our grill. Stop by out booth to see the grills in action; we'll have cooking demos and materials on display so you can learn more about the fabrication process.

Blue can't wait for his yakitori-treat
Blue can't wait for his yakitori-treat

We love to sit by a fire, enjoying a meal with our friends. Our outdoor space is small, so we needed a grill that could be used on our patio and also be easily taken to a friends' house, nearby park, or the beach. Portable and practical but also beautiful, because the grill was going to live on our patio in full view! 

This grill is just the right size to gather around, unlike the large, smokey, american-style charcoal grills. When you use the fire kit included with the yakitori grill you will be creating a nearly smokeless fire, thanks to the binchotan charcoal. This creates a fun and healthy atmosphere, and everyone will gather around the grill enjoying just the delicious smells without all the smoke. This makes for a fun and engaging meal where you can cook and still be a part of the conversation.

SIZE & WEIGHT

This grill is like a light-weight fighter; only 12lbs so you can easily take it anywhere, but strong because it's made of a custom blend of high-strength concrete.

IT STANDS UP TO HIGH HEAT

The redwood base is a nod to our location in Northern California, and the traditional Japanese Konro grills that sit atop a wooden base. The wooden base beautifully serves the function of buffering the high heat of the grill so that you can set the grill on a patio table.

OUR FIRE KIT & CHIMNEY GETS THE JOB DONE

Your fire kit includes the special Japanese charcoal called Binchotan that makes for a nearly smokeless, high heat fire. This charcoal is really amazing for grilling, and we’ve designed a special chimney to make lighting the grill fast and easy. You just supply the match! Absolutely zero lighter fluid is needed. Absolutely zero crumpled up newspapers are needed. You will love the clean, quick heat of the yakitori fire kit. 

CANVAS TOTE

Clever design allows you to easily grab the grill and go. Friends have said that "it makes me think of those high-end firewood totes", and "the handles are just the right length," so we think the aesthetic is spot on too. More importantly, it's durable and easy to clean! Just toss it in the wash and air-dry.

YOUR REWARD

The rewards are setup so you can choose to get this grill in time for the 4th of July (!) or get extra cook-out materials so you can grill all summer. We think this grill makes an excellent gift, so if you'd like to send the grill as a gift, please choose that option and we will include a beautiful card with your gift-message.

We're a husband and wife team that loves to design and build things! The official taste-tester is Bentley, our lovey rescue dog that likes food as much as we do. Somehow he didn't make it into our video, but his dog-friends Blue and Peeka did. Yakitori treats for all!

Emily is always cooking up something! Either coming up with a new method or flavor combination by applying her PhD. training to her experiments in the kitchen.  Ryan is always inventing & building out his ideas using a variety of fabrication methods. You can learn more about our backgrounds on LinkedIn.

Risks and challenges

YOUR SUPPORT + MADE IN THE USA + SWIFT ARRIVAL

The technology is all set for this grill! We've already manufactured several prototypes and loaned them out for testing, so we are confident we can continue crafting these high-quality grills.

One challenge that we face is to manufacture these grills at scale, with materials made in the USA. We have sources for these materials lined up at good prices, but it does limit the number of grills that we can guarantee will reach you before the 4th of July. That's why we made the special early bird category for people who would love their grill in time for the 4th.

We need your support to manufacture these grills. Your support will allow us to buy the laser-cut molds needed to fabricate the grills. This is by far the biggest upfront cost, and after careful sourcing we've identified the most cost-effective design and production method. Your support will also allow us to get materials in bulk quantities; this is a huge help as custom high-strength high-heat concrete and pigment are much less expensive when purchased in larger quantities.

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    BIG DEAL BINCHOTAN CHARCOAL KIT

    Fire up your grill with the nearly smokeless, chemical free, high heat of Binchotan! Grill masters know this is the good stuff. We've designed the fire kit so you can easily start the fire, and get your party started quickly!

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    (50) 8" bamboo skewers

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    HOT N'READY FOR THE 4TH OF JULY

    You lucky dog! Your grill will arrive before July 4th, allowing you to cook with style and enjoy the fireworks (and compliments!).

    You will receive everything in the LIFE'S A PARTY reward, and in time for the 4th of July.
    The fireworks and your party will sizzle!

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    LIFE'S A PARTY

    Everyone loves a party! With this reward you get a complete yakitori grill set to get you cooking for a crowd in no time.

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    (1) Yakitori grill
    (1) Metal chimney for starting coals
    (1) Canvas Tote
    (1) Charcoal kit (charcoal w/accessories for 1+ cook out)
    (50) 6" bamboo skewers

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