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Grill Beast's Stainless Steel Meat Injector ♦ State of the Art Meat Marinade Injector Kit offers ♦ Free eBook ♦ 2-oz Large Capacity, ♦ 2 Heavy-Duty 6" Needles - Have Full Control Over the Even Distribution of Solid or Liquid Seasonings and Marinade Flavor Injector for Turkey, Roasts, Chicken, Pork, Brisket and More. Includes a ♦ Risk-Free Money-Back Guarantee, ♦ Lifetime Warranty, and BONUS Free eBook Featuring Flavorful Recipes and Professional Injection Tips. ♦ Get The Beast Injector BBQ Accessory Today!
Grill Beast's Stainless Steel Meat Injector ♦ State of the Art Meat Marinade Injector Kit offers ♦ Free eBook ♦ 2-oz Large Capacity, ♦ 2 Heavy-Duty 6" Needles - Have Full Control Over the Even Distribution of Solid or Liquid Seasonings and Marinade Flavor Injector for Turkey, Roasts, Chicken, Pork, Brisket and More. Includes a ♦ Risk-Free Money-Back Guarantee, ♦ Lifetime Warranty, and BONUS Free eBook Featuring Flavorful Recipes and Professional Injection Tips. ♦ Get The Beast Injector BBQ Accessory Today!
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Price: $24.95

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5.0 out of 5 stars Built like a tank, September 19, 2014
All injectors are pretty much the same, functionally; what differentiates them is how well they're made, and how long they an be expected to last. This one is built like a tank. It's surprisingly heavy- much more than you'd expect, just looking at it. It's solid, heavy gauge stainless steel, and should outlast most cooks. I tested mine by injecting herbed, melted butted under the skin of chicken thighs, a task it easily accomplished. You can buy cheaper injectors, but given the small difference in price, you may as well spend a few bucks more and get one that's going to last.


Tomcat Rat Killer II (Kid and Dog Resistant Refillable Rat Bait Station, w/ 15 Bait Blocks)
Tomcat Rat Killer II (Kid and Dog Resistant Refillable Rat Bait Station, w/ 15 Bait Blocks)
Offered by Gatzies
Price: $20.02
8 used & new from $13.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to set up, September 18, 2014
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Killing rats is easy. You just put out blocks of commercial rat bait, which is laced with Coumadin, an anticoagulant. Rats eat the bait and die from internal bleeding. The problem is how to keep pets and children and other non-vermin from eating it. In my case, I've spotted a few rats in the garden, and I want to get rid of them without harming the squirrels.

This bait station is simple in concept: The bIt is at the end of a labyrinthine passage that's just big enough for a rat to squeeze through but too small for anything larger. Loading it is easy: pop off the cover on the bottom and slip in two pieces of bait. The baits slide on to steel posts, which insures that they have to eat it in place, and can't drag it out where other animals could chew on it.

I'm taking the extra precaution of putting the bait station out late at night and taking it in early in the morning. That way I hope to attract rats, which are nocturnal,Manila keeping the squirrels safe. But I'm also keeping a close watch- if I see squirrels attempting to get in, I'll quit using it outdoors and find another solution.


Top 30 Chinese Cooking Recipes: Delicious And Healthy Chinese Meals For Appetizer, Main Dish And Soup
Top 30 Chinese Cooking Recipes: Delicious And Healthy Chinese Meals For Appetizer, Main Dish And Soup
Price: $0.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish, September 18, 2014
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The positive: The author does know how to cook, after a fashion, and someone who does know how to cook might be able to get a few ideas from the book. But not many.

Here's the problem: Even making allowances for the fact that the author is obviously not a native English speaker, the instructions given are incomplete. Measurements are missing, in many cases, as are specifics on technique- "chop the onions"- how small? Or "add the onion powder"- how much? In one instance we're told to "Fill a saucepan with two cups and heat it" without telling us exactly what we're supposed to be heating in that pan. The. choice of ingredients is questionable, too; some recipes call for chicken stock, and others call for a chicken bullion cube- something I would never use in cooking except in a dire emergency.

Much or this could have been fixed had the author simply had someone proofread the text, but there are other problems as well. A lot of these dishes don't appear to actually be Chinese in origin, like the "Benihana Fried Rice" (Benihana is a Japanese Steak House chain) or the tempura-fried green beans. Some don't appear to be Asian at all, like the potato soup made with breakfast sausages and evaporated milk. (There is a Chinese dish made with steamed potatoes and lap cheong (Chinese sausages) but it's nothing like this. I suspect a lot of these dishes are simply the kind of quasi-Asian comfort food some of my Chinese college friends used to cook. Back in the 80s recipes like these were often passed around as emails or posted to Netnews.

What else: The photography, is awful, the pagination is worse, and there just aren't all that many recipes here. Someone looking for a collection of real Chinese recipes with useful instructions would do better to start with something like Fuschia Dunlop's ""Every Grain of Rice."


Top Gear (UK), Season 21 [HD]
Top Gear (UK), Season 21 [HD]
DVD
Price: $19.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Time for some changes, September 17, 2014
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Is it just me, or is Top Gear getting increasingly "stagey" these last two or three seasons? The fake surprises, the contrived situations- the "adventures" have become predictable and boring. This last road trip- across the Ukraine and around Chernobyl- was so staged, so transparently over-dramatized as to be laughable. The last road trip that really seemed like an adventure was the drive through the Atacama several years ago. Luckily there are still some good bits- the exotic car tests, the Stig doing a few laps, and (usually) the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. But maybe it's time for another revamping of the show to try and recreate the excitement that used to be there.


Remington Mini Fast Snap Cleaning Kit with Oil (22/223 Caliber / 5.56-mm)
Remington Mini Fast Snap Cleaning Kit with Oil (22/223 Caliber / 5.56-mm)
Offered by John B Outdoors
Price: $12.21
21 used & new from $8.83

4.0 out of 5 stars A good system that won't damage your bore., September 17, 2014
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I prefer a pull-through cleaning system to a rod, as it takes up less space in storage, it's much less likely to damage the muzzle, and it can't kink and rub against the bore in use. The Remington system is nice as the quick-connect feature lets you drop the brass end down the muzzle and quickly attach it to the pull handle. Very slick.

One caveat: This is the second Remington tool I've purchased, and both have had one slightly annoying feature: When new, the clutch doesn't want to let go of the brass cable end. It takes a lot of force to get it loose The quick collation is to polish the brass end with some fine abrasive paper (I used 500 grit) to smooth it, and add a drop of oil. That, and repeated use, will make it much easier to use.


ProDesign Silicone Spatula - #sexyspatula - 100% NON STICK - Heat Resistant 500°F - Dishwasher Safe - FDA Compliant Food Grade Silicone - Rubber Spatula - Silicone Spade - Kitchen Turner - MODERN DESIGN - Ergonomic Handle - Excellent Multi Purpose Kitchen Gadget - LIFETIME Money Back Guarantee (Chili Pepper Red)
ProDesign Silicone Spatula - #sexyspatula - 100% NON STICK - Heat Resistant 500°F - Dishwasher Safe - FDA Compliant Food Grade Silicone - Rubber Spatula - Silicone Spade - Kitchen Turner - MODERN DESIGN - Ergonomic Handle - Excellent Multi Purpose Kitchen Gadget - LIFETIME Money Back Guarantee (Chili Pepper Red)
Offered by Topaz Commerce
Price: $7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars It's a spatula., September 17, 2014
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I received this spatula, unsolicited, as a review sample. I accepted it mostly out of curiosity- what's a "Sexy spatula"? And did I really want to know? What it is, is an ordinary silicone spatula blade on an ordinary plastic handle. Compared to my usual spatula, which has an identical silicone blade bonded to a bamboo handle, I can see three major differences: First, the handle on this spatula is larger than the handle on my bamboo-handled spatula. That's a plus, as it makes it more comfortable to grip. Second, the blade isn't actually bonded to the handle, and can slide on an off- as it did when I was testing it by scraping the oatmeal out of a saucepan. Third, unlike the bamboo handle, the plastic handle will soften and melt if it gets too close to a heat source, or if you leave it in a hot pot. Not good. I'm not sure if it's safe to put in a dishwasher that uses a heating element. And that brings us to our last question: Is it indeed sexier than a bamboo handled spatula? Unfortunately, modern science is not yet able to answer that question.


Primos Dove Call
Primos Dove Call
Price: $4.69
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds just like the real thing with a little practice., September 14, 2014
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This call can produce, with a bit of practice, an almost perfect reproduction of the mourning dove dove call- just follow the directions on the package and listen to a few dove calls in the wild (or on YouTube). I had the doves in my back yard answering my calls in short order.


Koyo NTA-512 Needle Roller and Cage Thrust Assembly, Open, Steel Cage, Inch, 5/16" ID, 3/4" OD, 5/64" Width, 2.5lbf Static Load Capacity, 15lbf Dynamic Load Capacity
Koyo NTA-512 Needle Roller and Cage Thrust Assembly, Open, Steel Cage, Inch, 5/16" ID, 3/4" OD, 5/64" Width, 2.5lbf Static Load Capacity, 15lbf Dynamic Load Capacity
Price: $2.86
2 used & new from $2.86

5.0 out of 5 stars Good bearings, September 14, 2014
I purchased a pair of these to replace the simple nylon thrust bearings in the windage adjustment on a Caldwell Rock BR rifle rest. The roller bearings are much smoother, and have none of the stiction found in the stock bearings. If you do get one or more of these, remember that you also need a pair of thrust bearing washers in most cases; the matching units for this are the Koyo TRA-512 Thrust Roller Bearing Washers.(Bearing experts will of course already know this ;-)


Ernie Ball 2566 Aluminum Bronze Medium-Light Acoustic Guitar String Set (.012 - .054)
Ernie Ball 2566 Aluminum Bronze Medium-Light Acoustic Guitar String Set (.012 - .054)
Price: $7.49
10 used & new from $6.89

3.0 out of 5 stars Too metallic sounding., September 9, 2014
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Most steel acoustic guitar strings have wrappings made of one of a small number of copper alloys. There's phosphor bronze, 80/20 bronze, and a few that use a nickel alloy for a very mellow sound. DR does an interesting string that alternates bronze with nickel wrappings, and that's pretty much it. But there are a lot of different brass and bronze alloys out there, as any drummer can tell you.

Ernie ball has chosen aluminum bronze as the wrapping for their new strings, which strikes me as kind of an odd choice, as it's not a material associated with bells, cymbals, or brass instruments. I first came across it as a material used in naval architecture for propellors, bearings, seacocks, and other bits of plumbing, where it's used for corrosion resistance. That does suggest they might be a bit more corrosion resistant and longer lasting than other bronzes. Most important, of course, is how it sounds.

I put them on my Taylor Big Baby, which was wearing a year old set of EXP coated strings, and the difference was startling. These are extremely bright strings, brighter than 80/20 bronze. They do have a good feel, and respond well to heavy strumming and light picking. But they''re not really right for this guitar. I suspect they might work well on a large body guitar with a heavy top, where their very bright sound to help give clarity to an otherwise dull sounding instrument.

Followup: I've been strumming the guitar for five days now, and the strings haven't gotten much less bright. Usually bronze wound strings settle in after a few days of playing, but these are just as bright and metallic as they were right after I put them on. Good news for those who want a long lasting string, but still way too bright and metallic sounding for my tastes.


Crosman 2240 Bolt Action CO2-Powered .22 Pistol
Crosman 2240 Bolt Action CO2-Powered .22 Pistol
Price: $59.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A fine gun out of the box; even better when you customize it., September 9, 2014
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Right out of the box, the 2240 is a lot of air pistol for the money. It's a great plinker, and accurate enough for the short range dispatch of rats and other vermin. But it's in customizing that the 2240 really starts to shine. The first step is to replace the plastic receiver with a steel one, which improves accuracy by stiffening up the barrel-to-receiver connection and allows you to mount a scope. Next, you had add a longer barrel, different valves and springs, different grips... you can even convert it I to a PCP powered gun. In addition to Crosman, there are a number of independent suppliers who'll sell you parts or do the work for you. (Paraphrasing another writer, it's Barbie for airgunners. ;-)

Of course you can also order a ready made, customized 2240 direct from Crosman, which is probably the most efficient way to spend your Crosman dollars, but there's a lot of fun to be had tinkering with the innards yourself. You don't need any special tools- just the ability to work carefully and follow directions. Crosman supplies instructions with their custom parts and there are plenty of YouTube videos out there demonstrating how to customize your gun. My own 2240 has been converted into a small carbine, with shoulder stock and red dot sight, steel breech, and longer barrel. Next, an improved muzzle brake, and maybe I'll polish the valve for better airflow. There's enough potential improvement and customization to keep me busy with projects through the coming winter.


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