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Knob Where You Need It!By Knob Where You Need It!
First created
Knob Where You Need It!By Knob Where You Need It!
First created
$6,423
pledged of $12,000pledged of $12,000 goal
151
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, May 20 2016 11:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

*Important* If you would like to receive your Knob by Father's day, please select a reward with delivery in June.

Welcome to the evolution of gas grilling!

Nearly every propane safety organization, as well as propane grill manufacturer, recommends that you close your propane tank valve after each use. They recommend this because if the tank valve is left open there is always the possibility of a propane leak, either through loose connections, or worn, faulty or damaged hoses & parts. If the tank valve is closed there is almost no possibility of a leak. Not only is there the possibility that you lose a tank of propane (a pretty common experience from what we've heard), costing you time & money, but even more concerning, a propane leak can cause fires and accidents with the potential for serious bodily injury. 

So...why is the propane tank control on gas grills almost always in a hard to reach, easy to forget location? Think about it, they're always underneath the grill and behind either a frame, a fascia, or cabinet doors - so, it's always hidden from view, not to mention difficult to get to! Why?

This is the question that drove the creation of Knob Where You Need It! We wanted to make gas grilling even more safe & convenient. Knob Where You Need It! puts the propane control in a location of your choosing. 

Knob Where You Need It! in action
Knob Where You Need It! in action

It's easier to remember because you can see it, AND it's easier to reach - both of which make it much more likely that you will turn your fuel off at its source. Making your grilling experience safer while simultaneously making it more comfortable, convenient and economical...Where's your knob?

Now you can control your propane tank right alongside your other controls!
Now you can control your propane tank right alongside your other controls!
Right at home on your grill
Right at home on your grill

Here's what some folks (who aren't even related to us!) are saying about Knob Where You Need It! on social media:

DESIGN & BENEFITS:

Will Knob Where You Need It! fit my propane tank?

Knob Where You Need It! is designed to fit any standard propane tank, from 4 lbs. to 40 lbs. with the OPD (Overfill Protection Device) style valve. This is a safety device required on propane tanks under 40 lbs. in both Canada* and the U.S.*  Tanks with this device are recognizable by the unique tri-lobe knob which signifies it has an OPD. 

*At this time, Knob Where You Need It! may not fit propane tanks in other countries that do not use this standard OPD valve knob.  However, we are definitely looking into the possibility of adapting it to fit other tank knobs. Let us know if you would be interested in this and what country you live in.

Will Knob Where You Need It! fit my gas grill?

Knob Where You Need It! was designed with the difficult goal of universal adaptation in mind. The flexible shaft is 34" long and can be routed through some pretty tight spaces. The tank knob adapter (TKA) will fit virtually any grill's propane tank.  That said, we know Knob Where You Need It! probably won't work on every gas grill ever produced, but we're confident it will work with the vast majority of grills in use today.

But what if it doesn't work with my grill, or I just don't like it?

We are backing Knob Where You Need It! with a full one year warranty on quality & craftsmanship as well as a money back satisfaction guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the product you receive for ANY reason, contact us within 30 days of receiving Knob Where You Need It! and we'll fully refund your Kickstarter pledge. That's right, you can try Knob Where You Need It! absolutely risk free!

The patent pending design of Knob Where You Need It! was made and tested to be tough, durable and user friendly.

  • The shaft is made of bi-directional steel cable, lubricated for smooth operation and longevity
  • The shaft housing is made with corrosion resistant, chrome plated steel gooseneck tubing
  • The adapter and knob are molded from durable, UV resistant, temperature resistant, polycarbonate plastic
  • Knob Where You Need It! does not alter your grill's current propane delivery system

You can rely on Knob Where You Need It! to provide years of worry free easy access to your propane valve!

Easily connects to your tank valve handle
Easily connects to your tank valve handle

Some of the benefits you will enjoy with Knob Where You Need It!:

 Recent Knob Where You Need It! prototype in action! - 

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Creators

Knob Where You Need It! was created by brothers Adam & Cory Civilla. Adam is an automotive shop manager and Cory is a government consultant (he wishes that was code for "super spy"... but, it's not.) We are really just a couple of guys that LOVE barbecue and grilling. We've developed a way to make that activity safer & better and we want to share that with you! We literally built this product in our garages, well the early, ugly ones anyway. Now we just test, assemble and package in the garage. In fact, that's likely where yours will be packaged and assembled!

We have bootstrapped our way through every aspect of startup and development, while working full-time jobs, raising kids and taking a grad school class here & there. We had to learn to do a lot of things for ourselves. We had to learn a lot about ourselves. We had to learn a lot about each other. But here we are. And with no previous startup experience or products and no real (big wig) "contacts," we ARE the quintessential little guys! But that doesn't mean we're not focused and determined, it just means we have to be smart & efficient with our limited resources. We're dedicated to bringing a great new product to market that will help make your world a little easier, a little safer, and a little greener! Join us! And join the Knobolution!

Knob Where You Need It! Prototype Installation

Check out this video on how to install Knob Where You Need It!  The video was made with a late model prototype, so of course the current production model looks a little different...but the installation method is exactly the same!

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Process

Like everything, we started with an idea.  Through intensive thought, discussion and research, we honed the idea and vetted its necessity and feasibility.  Does this idea solve a problem faced by a significant number of people and can the solution be accomplished in a practical, efficient and cost effective manner?  From there we spent over two years working on the design and application of Knob Where You Need It!  We enlisted engineers and worked through several iterative prototypes. 

Iterative tank knob adapter prototypes
Iterative tank knob adapter prototypes

So, why do we need Kickstarter? 

So far we have taken our time and self-funded the project. We have bootstrapped every aspect of development and have been able to bring Knob Where You Need It! to the brink of the consumer market. We have small scale production tools and have accomplished a small scale production run...we are ready!  But scaling up and being prepared for larger volume production orders, assembly, packaging and distribution takes additional resources.  

With your backing and help we will raise what we think will be the minimum needed to get us over this hurdle (our funding goal), and with any luck,  turn Knob Where You Need It! into a self-sustaining business! From there, we can bring the safety and convenience of Knob Where You Need It! to everyone!

Timing

We can produce a limited quantity in a relatively short time, which is why we can offer a limited number of rewards with early delivery.  If we receive pledges above that quantity, it will take us a little longer to fulfill those rewards, but we are very confident in our ability to do so since we have already established and demonstrated production capabilities.

Thank you so much for checking out our Kickstarter page!  

If you think Knob Where You Need It! is an innovative idea and would help make your life just a little bit more safe & easy, well maybe your friends would too.  And if you share our page with them you can always remind them that they heard about it from you first! ;)  Plus we'd really appreciate the support!  Thanks everyone!

Stretch Goaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal!

We've heard from some folks that are a little bit hesitant to drill a hole in their grill, or maybe don't have the tools to do it.  We get that, so we've started thinking of ways to install Knob Where You Need It! with no drilling involved!  

If we can reach $20,000, that's $8,000 over our initial goal, we will be able to fully develop this option. So far we're working on a really easy & versatile installation method using a small bracket which is attached to the grill with an industrial strength, outdoor adhesive tape from 3M.  While this option may not look as clean and seamless as the drill method, it sure will be quick and easy!

UPDATE: After some more feedback, we have decided to make the "no drill" install solution available for free, to anyone who has backed us on Kickstarter, if we reach our stretch goal! And we'll get to work on that as soon as the stretch goal is met. If you'd like to see this option for Knob Where You Need It! become a reality, you can help us get there by sharing our campaign with your friends, family, and followers! We'd really appreciate it!

Risks and challenges

We've tried to get our project to the point that there is very little risk of not being able to deliver. For instance, we have successfully accomplished a short production run with our manufacturers, and developed a working relationship with them. However, there is always risk involved in bringing a brand new product to market. We could still experience manufacturing delays such as machine breakdowns, etc.

Depending on how successful our Kickstarter campaign is, we still face risk associated with scaling up to high volume production and delivery. We believe this may pose a potential risk to our delivery timeline in the form of delays, but almost no risk to our overall ability to deliver Knob Where You Need It! as described and pictured in this campaign.

Rest assured, whatever risks or challenges we face, we will overcome them and do everything in our power to deliver on our promises. We will maintain open & frank communication with our backers, especially in the event of delays or other issues. We are backing Knob Where You Need It! with a full one year warranty on quality & craftsmanship as well as a money back satisfaction guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the product you receive for ANY reason, contact us within 30 days of receiving Knob Where You Need It! and we'll fully refund your Kickstarter pledge! That's right, you can try Knob Where You Need It! absolutely risk free!

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    KICKSTARTER CHROME - Limited Edition!

    Only available on Kickstarter - a fully chromed out knob on your Knob Where You Need It! Add some style & safety to your grill with a shiny chrome knob reminding you to turn off your propane tank!

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