Home and garden gear to get the most out of summer

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With the warmer months upon us, it’s time to start dreaming about long summer days spent relaxing in the backyard. Whether you plan on throwing a backyard barbecue for all of your friends, or you just want to kick back and relax by yourself under the sun, these gadgets will make sure you get the most out of the summer.


Real barbecue chefs know that the best results come from using real wood. Unfortunately, wood fires are also extremely temperamental — you need to spend hours babysitting the flames to ensure a steady temperature. But if you’re looking to produce top-notch barbecue this summer, without all the fuss, check out the REC TEC Mini Portable Wood Pellet Grill. The REC TEC grill features a precise temperature control system allowing you to maintain a steady temperature anywhere between 180 and 550 degrees Fahrenheit. To get that perfect smokey barbecue flavor, the grill features a hopper that can hold up to 15 pounds of pellets, giving you hours of cook time without having to mess around with the fire.

Netatmo Weather Station

Don’t let the summer weather catch you by surprise. The Netatmo Weather Station 

features two smartphone-connected stations that beam data back to your devices, so you can keep an eye on temperatures inside and out while you are away from home. The weather stations also give you data on air quality, noise pollution, humidity and air pressure — and you can add on sensors for wind and rain as well, giving you a total picture of the day’s weather.

Mosquito Thwarting Hammock

A slowly swinging hammock is the perfect way to spend a warm summer’s day in the backyard. But buzzing bugs can quickly put an end to your fun and force you back indoors. Keep the bugs at bay this summer with the Mosquito Thwarting Hammock. The hammock is supported inside a small pop tent, which features nylon mosquito netting on the sides and a covered canopy up top for shade.


Don’t waste the summer waiting for your charcoal grill to heat up. The Looftlighter pumps out a supercharged stream of hot air, reaching up to 1100 degrees Fahrenheit, which can get your grill going in about a minute. Simply hold the wand-shaped lighter close to the coals for a few seconds until they get red hot. Repeat the process a few times until all of your coals are lit. And because it eliminates the need for lighter fluid, the Looftlighter will keep those noxious fumes from flavoring your food.

Pizzeria Pronto Pizza Oven

Mix things up this summer with a backyard pizza party. The Pizzeria Pronto Outdoor Pizza Oven gives you the crisp crust you’d get at a real pizzeria, but is small enough to sit on top of a picnic table. The pizza oven hooks up to a standard propane tank and can reach temperatures as high as 700 degree Fahrenheit, allowing you to cook a pizza in 10 minutes.


Inviting friends over for a backyard barbecue is a great way to enjoy the warmer weather, but you don’t want to spend a perfect summer’s night beneath the harsh glare of your backyard floodlights. BlissLights are designed to give your yard the perfect level of ambient light. The projector pumps out a laser-light show that resembles fireflies, allowing you to bathe the lawn or the side of your home in a pleasing indirect light. The soft glow of these lights will keep the party going long after the sun has gone down.