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Since the dawn of time, mankind has cooked food on sticks over a fire. There are few things that taste better than good barbecue, and fewer things more satisfying than eating a meal off a stick. Ask any child. The problem is, we have a round grill, and there always seems to be underutilized space.

An admittedly awkward metaphor.

See for yourself. Time after time I’ve stared down at my Weber grill trying to figure out how to make the most of a round grill with a bunch of straight sticks. Without fail, some of them get put along the edge where they don’t get cooked as much as the others. I can’t explain it, but for some reason this reminds me of the old Keystone Cop movies where a dozen people try to pile into a car, and inevitably some of them end up on the running boards.

Todd Gentry and Shawn Reniker founded Inno-Labs in 2001, and among other things developed this product. With all due respect, by “developed this product”, I kind of mean “pointed out the obvious”. I really don’t know why no one thought of this before. We should all be a little embarrassed. In the 1990s when the internet was new and magical, Todd Gentry started a successful regional Internet Service Provider. As if he had something to prove, he then turned around and improved on something that is nearly as old as fire. It kind of makes me feel like I’ve been asleep at the wheel.

Now, if I connect these two wires...

You’re skeptical. I understand. I was too. If these things are so great, why haven’t they been around for generations? I wish I could tell you. But what I can tell you is that they get terrific reviews on Amazon. Not only that, but I heard about them from a trusted source who kept raving. It’s hard to argue with the logic of this product. Are you load them up with your favorite BBQ items, you can put the whole thing in a freezer bag for a marinade. They are dishwasher safe. The metal has low heat conductivity, so they can be easily handled. They just make sense.

Save the sticks for the campfire.

Fire Wire Stainless Steel Flexible Grilling Skewer, Set of 2