There it is, waiting oh-so-politely for you in the back yard: the charcoal grill. Standing at the ready, patiently waiting for that time to be called into action. But before there can be burgers and hot dogs, there must be fire. And before fire there must be fuel.
The weekend griller is faced with options like never before; even just regular ol' charcoal now comes in all shapes and sizes. Navigating this maze is a delicious endeavor to take, and one that often finds grillers using a variety of different hardwoods to get the perfect flavor they seek.
There it is: the charcoal pyramid waiting oh-so-politely for immolation. The grill grates are in place, the masterpiece is ready. All it needs now is a flame. And there's the rub: the carefully crafted hickory and/or cherry wood lump charcoal and/or briquette pile (with or without wood pellets or chips) is so perfectly constructed, so intricately designed that the perfect place to light it up is now inaccessible.
The GEFU Drago Stick Lighter ($22.95) takes a familiar grilling accessory and improves upon it by adding a little twist, or better yet, a bend. Featuring a flexible neck design, the grill tool can be slipped through the grill grates and then angled to the perfect location to light the fire. The refillable grill lighter has a transparent butane level indicator along with an adjustable flame output.
And there it is: The grill fire is going, just waiting to touch flame to food. Almost seems a shame to see all that planning go up in flames. Almost.