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NO ORDINARY CHARCOAL GRILL COOKS THIS PERFECTLY, THIS EASILY. Help create a naturally fired cooker that you can take anywhere!
105 backers pledged $21,919 to help bring this project to life.

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"It gets to professional grade temperatures of 900* F...Perfect for camping, tailgating or even hunting." - Good Eats: Mundial

"...Perfect for someone like myself who loves to grill but doesn’t have the space for a large grill and for someone who needs something easy to carry and travel with." - Happily Eating

"...Gets food on the table much faster..." - Red Velvet Confections

"It was a pleasure to be a part of your passion and seeing it come to fruition for you. You really have a winner here!" - Do.Food.Better.

View sweetsavant's demo of QuadRock's insulating power here and her writeup here.

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Professional chefs know what it takes to craft meal masterpieces - high temperatures and superior cooking surfaces. Unfortunately for most home cooks, traditional home grills just don’t cut the mustard. They don’t reach high temperatures, and low-quality grill surfaces mean uneven cooking and poor heat transfer.

If you live to prepare the perfect meal, you’ll love the HEXX, a portable, high-temperature cooker with a premium, ⅜ inch thick grill grate, that lets you create a wide range of mouthwatering meals, anywhere. It’s so easy to use, we know you’ll love it whether you’re a seasoned grilling guru or this is the first fire cooker you’ve ever owned. Grill that perfect gameday steak, deep-fry succulent shrimp, prepare a delicious stir fry, and even cook up an insane paella.

The HEXX will make you a culinary Maestro! And best of all, we’ll be delivering by Christmas! Get in on our special Kickstarter pricing. The HEXX is planned to retail at $299.

"HEXX - Ray's latest creation! I'm very proud to have a chance to play with one. It's a portable (25lb) Quad. Runs on less than half a chimney of charcoal and still hits at least 875 F." -- Steve S. (aka BBQ Steve), Atlanta, GA

“F***ing wonderful” -- Lou P., Longwood, FL

“I love the cooker. I made steaks on it as my first attempt and my wife said they're the best steaks she's ever had, home cooked or not!” -- Rafael C., Chicago, IL

Humans from every civilization have cooked with fire throughout history, gathering together in celebrations of life and love, or after a thrilling hunt, to share fire-cooked meals with their closest kin. We all want to celebrate life and share the best of it with our family and friends. 

As entrepreneurial foodies and lovers of life, my wife Luchi and I set out to make a better grill. A year ago we created the QUAD, a multi-purpose fire cooker capable of world-class steaks, amazing paella, fire-grilled pizzas and much more. The response was amazing! Home chefs, foodies, and novices alike backed our Kickstarter for a revolutionary, naturally fired grill.

We received hundreds of emails from backers around the nation with photos of the amazing meals they made with the QUAD, and we were inspired to further refine our design and continue to redefine what cooking can be.

This new innovation was sparked by our grandchildren. They loved the delicious food we spoiled them with during our afternoon grilling sessions, but they had one request: MAKE IT PORTABLE!

This has resulted in the HEXX, which you can reserve through Kickstarter at a discount today, and be one of the first to bring char-grilled goodness to your cookouts.

Building on our experience with the QUAD Cooker, Luchi and I went back to the drawing napkin to refine it and make it truly portable.

The HEXX is our solution to bring QUAD quality cooking to the beach, the lake, the ballpark, and anywhere else you crave it. We know foodies are lovers of life, and that means hiking, tailgating, camping and afternoon picnics in the park.

To optimize the QUAD design for portability, we made a few key changes:

  • Reduced the weight by ⅔, to 25 lbs
  • Modified, hexagonal form factor for optimal, 900˚F+ temperatures in a smaller package
  • Added handles for easy portability

But we kept a few things the same:

  • The same high-quality insulative QuadRock crucible, holding in the heat and spreading it evenly over the cook surface so there are no hot or cold spots
  • The same ultra-premium, 0.375” thick case-hardened laser-cut steel grill grate, ensuring heat is distributed evenly and the cooking surface stays hot
  • The same mouthwatering smoky flavors, all at your fingertips

All this means that HEXX delivers the same chef-quality results - from sizzling steaks to mouthwatering brats, amazing seafood, and the best grilled fruits and veggies you've ever tasted - in a form factor that can take you anywhere.

We've tested the design with backers, and hosted friends and foodies to share in outdoor get-togethers fueled by the HEXX. The response has been amazing, and we’re now ready to share this simple, affordable fire cooker and delicious, heartfelt experiences of family and friends with our Kickstarter community.

If you love to cook, eat, and explore the world through food - hop on board!

Restaurants no longer have an unfair advantage over home cooks in creating truly stunning, mouthwatering meals. The secret: higher heats, better heat distribution, and high-quality cooking surfaces. 

The QUAD - and now the HEXX - adds one more ingredient: natural fire.

Higher Heat: Conventional home fired grills max out at about 550˚F. This is simply unacceptable if you want truly great fire-cooked food. You know that delicious golden-brown crust found in restaurant creations that adds the uniquely delicious decadence? This pinnacle of tasty perfection is known as the Maillard reaction,* and it only occurs at super high temperatures - think 900˚F.

Our cookers achieve this heat through a patent-pending proprietary crucible made from a hyper-insulating material, QuadRock. Much of the heat generated in a metal kettle grill is lost through the sides and most of the heat generated in a ceramic cooker is absorbed by the ceramic. QuadRock does not absorb heat created from the fire - instead reflecting it back to the cooking surface.

Heat Distribution: The HEXX, like the QUAD, uses insulating QuadRock technology, a stainless steel firebowl, and an ultra-high quality 3/8" thick steel grill grate to ensure radiant and conduction cooking. Combined, this keeps the cook surface hot and consistent, regardless of the type or amount of food being cooked.

Natural Fire: At Cooking With Fire we take that literally. All of our cookers are charcoal- or wood-fired. No other fuel can duplicate the flavor you get from a natural open fire. In the past, some have been scared away from naturally-fired cooking because it was more difficult - not so with the HEXX! Our venturi aspiration system amplifies and self-regulates air flow, ensuring a super-hot fire without the fuss of adjusting vents. Just light the coals in a starter chimney, dump them in the crucible, and you're ready to rock! No waiting, no fiddling, and you’ll be amazed at how long your coals last.

Versatility: One of the awesome benefits of HEXX fire-cooking is the diversity of amazing meals and cultural cuisines one can conjure from a simple force of nature. You can use the HEXX with many of the pans you already own, and it offers three basic configurations: 

  • The GRATE (grill) for great steaks, chops, roasted veggies, fish and seafood, 
  • The wok for stir-fry, fried seafood, chicken wings, Zeppole, salsa and awesome French fries
  • The paella pan for skillet fried chicken, paella, jambalaya, Nashville chicken, and succulent mussels.

The basic HEXX comes with the grill grate, but you can use it with your own pans, or see the "Rewards" section below to learn how to add different pans to your pledge.

 Add-Ons

The HEXX cooker comes with the GRATE grill surface and a wok/pan adapter ring that will allow you to use your HEXX with many of your favorite pans. If you'd like to add a wok, PerfWok (great for grilling veggies), or paella pan, you can do so by clicking "Manage your Pledge" and adjusting the pledge amount according to the items you'd like. We'll collect your preference in the post-campaign survey.

Pricing:

  • PerfWok: $17
  • Wok: $23
  • Paella Pan: $21
  • Wok Stand: $8

Note that the adapter ring, which comes with every HEXX, allows you to use many commonly available pans, or pans you already own. If you already have a favorite, use it!

A little over a year ago, we had an idea for a more affordable, naturally-fired cooker that was versatile and easy for anyone to use. We came to Kickstarter to see if our little QUAD Cooker could find a community, and we were blown away by the response. With your help, we hit 166% of our goal and shipped out tons of revolutionary QUADs.

We are back now with the HEXX, a portable, even more affordable and adventure-friendly cooker. Our goal is to bring great, open-fire cooking everywhere; to the tailgate, park, campground, beach and backyard.

Our grandkids, our backers and our desire to let everyone experience the truly amazing naturally fired foods brought us back to Kickstarter. We hope you love HEXX as much as we do. 

And if you do, we’d love it if you’d help get the word out while the price is hot! Press Back This Project at the top of the page to pledge for your quad, and help us get the word out with the Share and Tweet links beneath the video.

We can’t wait to get the word out about the HEXX, and we know you’ll love it!

For us, cooking makes everyone family, so we want to introduce you to ours! I’m Ray Palermo with Luchi, my beautiful wife of 45 years. We’re the team behind HEXX.


We both grew up in and around the food business. Food, family and friends has always played a huge part in our lives and is honestly the reason QUAD and HEXX cooker ever came to Kickstarter in the first place. We love having guests, relatives, and of course the grandkids over for entertaining and memorable outings. We always seem to be whipping up new and adventurous recipes to please the palates of our company. 
Both Luchi and I are always up for trying new tastes from all corners of the globe and are constantly cooking with fire. We hope your own culinary adventures are equally impactful and that HEXX helps your family, friends and loved ones bond over the beauty and exquisite excellence of finely prepared food.

We learned much from the release of the QUAD, and have sorted out all of the issues in manufacturing a product capable of delectable results, every time. We’ll be manufacturing with the same super folks who helped us create the QUAD, and we've already begun preliminary production of the HEXX. It’s been designed and tested - all it needs is you!

As soon as we’re able to fund it with the campaign, we’ll begin shipping the world’s most versatile naturally-fired cooker to backers, beginning in the middle of November, with everything shipped in advance of the holiday season.

We think the HEXX makes a great gift to anyone who loves food, and we’re excited to be able to make it available in time for the holidays!

Risks and challenges

As with any new product there are many moving parts. These include finding trustworthy manufacturers, vendors and suppliers capable of providing quality products and service in a timely fashion. Our experience with a previous Kickstarter campaign, and the fact that our product is manufactured right here in our home town of Atlanta rather than offshore, makes the entire process much more manageable. In our previous launch, fulfillment proved to be problematic. We have solved the problem by changing our shipping company and redesigning our packaging. Having been through the development, manufacturing and distribution of the QuadCooker, this launch should proceed without a hitch.

That in mind, rest assured that should problems occur, the whole Cooking With Fire team will work diligently and quickly to solve them. Of course,we will respond to email inquiries, but should you want to speak to our team live, email us to schedule a call.

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    Join our cookout! $1 or more gets you updates about the development of the HEXX, and our heartfelt gratitude for helping us spread the char-grilled love!

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    I COOK WITH FIRE RECIPE CARD DECK - A thirty-card deck signed by Luchi and Ray. These easy-to-use cards include primers on cooking with fire as well as recipes. The recipes come from both aficionados at fire cooking and Luchi & Ray. The recipes include favorites such as the Baptist Burn, Pesce alla Grigilia, and the Redneck Chateaubriand. Along with the deck, we’ll send a hearty thank-you your way!

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    I COOK WITH FIRE IPAD APP - Be the first to have the ICWF app! The app brings to you all of the great recipes, “how-to”, glossary, and tips for cooking on an open fire. The app has a library of videos by both the folks at CWF and those that have been cooking with fire over the past year. Post your own new recipes to us via the app and have a dialogue with other ICWF folks with our in-app Facebook page. Along with the app, our heartfelt gratitude!

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    THE GRATE LASER-CUT STEEL GRILL - Already own a kettle or egg-style ceramic grill (Weber, BGE, Kamado Joe)? Supercharge your grilling results with our 18" GRATE. Kick up your grilling game and help us bring the HEXX to life! Along with the Grate, we’ll send a hearty thank-you your way!

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    EARLY BIRD HEXX COOKER - THE BEST GRILL ANYWHERE - No ordinary charcoal grill cooks this perfectly, this easily. Our portable, light-weight naturally fired cooker is ready to bring 900˚F + professional cooking temperatures to the park, the beach, the tailgate, camping or homegating. Are you ready to be the Kung Fu of Fire? Along with the Hexx, you’ll get access to the ICWF iPad App and a hearty thank you from us! Our earliest backers get this special early-bird price!

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    HEXX COOKER - THE BEST GRILL ANYWHERE - No ordinary charcoal grill cooks this perfectly, this easily. Our portable, light-weight naturally fired cooker is ready to bring 900˚F + professional cooking temperatures to the park, the beach, the tailgate, camping or homegating. Are you ready to be the Kung Fu of Fire? Along with the Hexx, you’ll get access to the ICWF iPad App and a hearty thank you from us!

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    HEXX COOKER - THE BEST GRILL ANYWHERE - No ordinary charcoal grill cooks this perfectly, this easily. Our portable, light-weight naturally fired cooker is ready to bring 900˚F + professional cooking temperatures to the park, the beach, the tailgate, camping or homegating. Are you ready to be the Kung Fu of Fire? Along with the Hexx, you’ll get access to the ICWF iPad App and a hearty thank you from us!

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    HEXX COOKER TRIFECTA - THE BEST GRILL ANYWHERE Get our gift pack, 3 HEXX cookers, delivered to the same address or 3 different addresses, and shipped by Dec.15th. You’ll be able to share your love of chef-quality char-grilled cooking with your disciples, and get tips with 3 ICWF iPad App instances, and a gigantic thank you for helping us make this happen!

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