Whether playing games, grilling food or camping, warmer weather in Georgia typically means more time spent outdoors.That means a lot of time on the back deck or patio.
Here is a list of top five patio gadgets that might make life at home a little more fun this summer:
The Big Green Egg
Grilling out is a must during the summer months and the Big Green Egg claims to be a modern-day evolution of ancient cookers. Founded in Atlanta by Ed Fisher more than 30 years ago, the Big Green Egg Company set out to modernize the ancient kamado-style cooker. Fisher’s product is created from advanced ceramic materials and is acclaimed as “the best kamado-style cooker in the world” by About.com and Food Network Chef Bobby Flay.
Egg sizes range from mini to X-large, with the largest accommodating up to 14 racks of ribs, 24 burgers or two whole turkeys.
The Big Green Egg also offers EGGcessories such as a plate setter, baking stone, pizza peel and cast iron cooking grid.
Cost: Big Green Eggs range from a mini at $350 to an X-large at $1,100.
Where can I find one:
Birchmore Pool & Spa at 154 Oneta Street in Athens
Georgia Spa Company at 1850 Epps Bridge Parkway in Athens
Southern Spa and Patio at 8 North Main Street in Watkinsville
Where can I learn more: www.biggreenegg.com
Thermacell Mosquito Repellent Patio Lantern
This lantern repels black flies, mosquitoes and a host of other flying insects while also offering light in a 15-by-15-foot area. The dual-function outdoor lantern bugs hate is also easy to use with no open flame or smelly lotions, sprays or oils. It’s also portable, lightweight and silent.
The repellent and light features can be used together or separately and is ideal for backyards, decks, picnics, barbecues, camping and outdoor parties.
The mosquito repellent operates on a single butane cartridge that’s included. The butane warms an insect repellent mat that releases allethrin, a synthetic copy of a natural repellent found in pyrethrum flowers. Four LED lights have “low” and “high” illumination settings, operating on four AA batteries.
Contains: One reusable Mosquito Repellent Patio Lantern, one butane cartridge, and three insect repellent mats. Refills are sold separately.
Where do I find one:
Home Depot at 1740 Old Epps Bridge Road in Athens
Academy Sports & Outdoors at 3505 Atlanta Highway in Athens
Tractor Supply Company at 4420 Lexington Road in Athens
Walmart at 1911 Epps Bridge Parkway in Athens
Where can I learn more: www.thermacell.com
Stackable Patio Furniture
Patio furniture is a must, but sometimes it can be unsightly or in the way when hosting a large party or gathering. Dedon has created a line of attractive and functional patio furniture. When not in use, the furniture can stack together into a tower.
Cost: About $6,000 with a three-year guarantee
Where do I find one: Kolo Collection at 1189 Howell Mill Road in Atlanta or online at www.dedon.de/en.
Where can I learn more: http://dornob.com/outdoor-obelisk-stackable-patio-furniture-designs/#ixzz2RCpVQrzS
Automatic Outdoor Pet Drinking Fountain
The Georgia summer heat can wreak havoc on hydration for people and animals. The WaterDog, an automatic outdoor pet drinking fountain, senses your dog’s approach and automatically dispenses a cool, clean stream of fresh drinking water.
Smart sonar technology triggers the WaterDog to turn on when your pet comes within 3 feet and automatically turns off when your pet leaves. This eliminates the need for stagnant water or empty bowls and it works day and night for up to a year on four, C-cell batteries.
The WaterDog connects quickly and easily to any outdoor faucet and includes a flow-through connector to accommodate a garden.
Where do I find one: Petsmart at 916 Loganville Highway in Bethlehem or online
Where can I learn more: www.contech-inc.com
The Deck Wedgee and Patio Cubee
Sitting water on the deck or patio can cause permanent damage to the wood or cement and can become breeding grounds for pesky insects such as gnats and mosquitoes.
The Deck Wedgee and Patio Cubee will elevate planters or decor from the surface allowing air to circulate. This combats mold and rot that result in unsightly stains.
They can simply be placed beneath a potted plant, statue or other decor to keep the item from causing water rings or permanent stains.
The Deck Wedgee and Patio Cubee are made from recycled plastic and stainless steel and can be used on hard or soft wood, composite decking,
PVC decks, concrete or aggregate patios, ceramic tile, slate or stone.
Cost: $9.95 each or at a discount when purchased as a pack of five or more.
Where do I find one: Although there are currently no dealers in Georgia, the Deck Wedgee or Patio Cubee can be purchased online at https://deckwedgee.com/buy-online.html.
Where can I learn more: https://deckwedgee.co.
Jawbone Jambox: http://mashable.com/2012/04/20/jawbone-jambox-review/
Jawbone Jambox is the smallest, sleekest, and coolest portable speaker on the market. It works with your Bluetooth-enabled laptop or phone and is easy to set up. With only three buttons and a selection of colors ranging from muted gray to a bodacious blue, it is smart in style and design.
Get it at: www,jawbone.com
Contact: Phone: 1-800-JAWBONE (1-800-529-2663)
The Pebble Watch is different from any watch you can imagine. It connects to iPhones and Androids via Bluetooth, alerting you whenever you receive a call, text or email. The watch is 100-percent customizable with a plethora of apps for the exercise junkie in you. Bike apps can display your speed, distance, and GPS right there on your wrist as you bike, run or walk.
Get it at: getpebble.com
Nike Fuel Band:
Achieve all your fitness goals this summer with the Nike Fuel Band, which essentially lets you wear your personal trainer on your wrist. This sleek, sporty band displays an accelerometer to track your daily movement and tell you how many calories you’ve burned. You can even set a daily fitness goal. It can even visualize your exercise by tracking your progress and displaying it on a graph. Finally, share your fitness achievements via Facebook, Twitter and Path.
Get it at: www.nike.com
TAT7 iPhone 4//4S Scuba Case:
Post photos from your underwater adventures this summer. The TAT7 iPhone Scuba case allows you to dive up to 100 feet with your iPhone to take amazing photos underwater. Snap your iPhone in this case and capture all your summer memories.
Get it at: http://tat7.net
This is a toy that’s fun for the whole family. If you’re planning on spending a lot of time on the water this summer, this floating cabana is a must-have. It comes fully equipped with a cooler for drinks and snacks and a detachable overhead shade.
Get it at: Bass Pro Shops/ basspro.com
Pivot Head Recording Sunglasses:
These sunglasses allow you to videotape everything you see. The sunshades feature blue, polarized anti-glare lenses ideal for snow slopes and surfing. The video camera captures HD images for crisp, clean footage. It has wind-resistant audio recording and has “fish eye” image capabilities.
Get it at: pivothead.com
Toshiba Camileo BW20 Camera:
You can’t say you went on vacation without the videos to document it. The Toshiba Camera is a thin, pocket-sized video camera equipped with 4x zoom and takes 5 mexapixle digital still photos. The camera connects to your computer, and can quickly upload your videos to YouTube.
Get it at: us.toshiba.com