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Steel Chill - The Quick Chilling, Non-Diluting Whiskey Tumbler 

Most whiskey aficionados like their whiskey chilled and not diluted. If you are like me, you’ve probably purchased whiskey stones only to find out that they don’t cool very well. Freeze, clean and repeat. Those old stones still sit in the back of my freezer to this day. So then, like me, you probably moved up to stainless steel spheres and discovered they were a little better than the stones, but you still have to keep these clean and in the freezer way in advance. Then you quickly run out after a couple drinks and start putting ice in your drink, after all, the ice just cools better. When ice melts it cools the drink, but then your drink is diluted too. You’ve probably tried the ice spheres too. The molds work, but can be a time consuming hassle to use. You have to hope that you can get the ice ball out without running it under water, and you have to freeze everything in advance. The sphere still melts, and your whiskey is diluted.

What if you could get the benefit and ease of using regular crushed ice,  experience the instant chill, and not dilute that fine whiskey at all? Now you can, with Steel Chill. You can even use Steel Chill with ice and water out of a cooler or from any ice machine. The ice water doesn't touch your whiskey, so the purity of the ice doesn't really matter. Best of all, you can refill Steel Chill all night long.

Our high quality stainless steel tumbler will keep your drink cold and feels comfortable in your hand. If you've ever used a martini shaker, you've felt how quickly the shaker gets very cold in your hand. This is because martini shakers are normally made with thin walls. The ice and liquid touch all parts of the container. The interior ice container that we use works the same way using thin stainless steel to surround ice water. The inner wall is cold against the whiskey in your tumbler as the ice melts. The outer tumbler is designed to keep your drink cold for an extended period of time.

Together we can live in a world where fine whiskey isn’t diluted or too warm for a summer’s evening on the porch. Steel Chill is patent pending, and with your help we can bring Steel Chill to whiskey aficionados everywhere. We sincerely thank you for your support!

TIMELINE:

Early August, 2016 - Got tired of diluting fine whiskey and fighting with poor solutions to chill it. I love the ease of regular ice and how well it chills my whiskey, but can't bear the thought of diluting it. The idea popped in my head to design a tumbler that could have the benefits and ease of using regular ice without diluting my drink.

Spent a couple weeks sketching various designs and learning about the manufacturing process of making stainless steel cups.

Mid August of 2016 - Used external help to develop CAD designs for a prototype.

August 23, 2016 - Filed application for Provisional Utility Patent.

Late August 2016 - Researched contract manufacturers and prototyping solutions. Used images to create a story line around the product as placeholders while waiting on prototype. Acquired the domain www.SteelChill.com.

Early September 2016 - Used prototype to take pictures in my kitchen. Created Kickstarter video. Used FreeCAD to create short videos that show a better perspective view of Steel Chill.

Mid September 2016 - Finalized Kickstarter campaign and sent press release to media. Advertised on social media. Launched product on Kickstarter.

October-November of 2016 - Will finalize production and tooling requirements depending on the number of units sold.

December 2016 - Production begins. Post prototype testing - Production units are tested to make sure they perform well.

January-April 2017 - Production is completed. Product is shipped from  China (unless I find an affordable alternative here in the states or elsewhere).

April 2017 - Product is boxed for shipping and labels are applied. If possible, initial orders begin to ship early.

May 2017 - Shipping is completed to you, our valued customer.

The Logo

Steel Chill's Logo
Steel Chill's Logo

Various Designs

We have worked on a number of different designs. Our current design made out of #304, 18/8 stainless steel.

Early sketch of concept.
Early sketch of concept.

 

2D PDFs of Designs
2D PDFs of Designs

 

Testing designs involves drinking whiskey, so we had plenty of volunteers.
Testing designs involves drinking whiskey, so we had plenty of volunteers.

 Steel ChillTM is patent pending.

Early storyboard for video. Step 1.
Early storyboard for video. Step 1.

 

Early storyboard for video. Step 2.
Early storyboard for video. Step 2.

 

Early storyboard for video. Step 3.
Early storyboard for video. Step 3.

 

Getting crushed ice and water.
Getting crushed ice and water.

 

View from the top.
View from the top.

 

Cheers!
Cheers!

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

The most difficult part so far is finding the perfect thread configuration for the bottom and lid. This sounds easy, but each stainless prototype has a significant cost, and we need to finalize the thread pattern in a way that is easiest to use. We need to do to a large production run to get the necessary tooling and reach economies of scale. We are currently researching the best way to manufacture these on a large scale (non-protype), and a lot of it depends on how many units we sell. We are working with readily available stainless steel, so we don't foresee any serious supply problems.

Since these items aren't breakable and are only shipping within the United States, we don't forsee any fulfillment problems once the tumblers have been manufactured.

We strive to provide the best product that we can, so the current design may undergo slight modifications as we test various designs.

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