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Tailgate Gear: Feel The Heat At Your Next Tailgate

By Marshal M. Rosenthal
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Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

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If only we could control the weather, it would be sunny and 80 degrees with a slight breeze every day of the year. But Mother Nature has her own ideas. Still, the tailgate must go on, hot or cold, rain or shine. That beer isn’t going to drink itself.

This time of year, unfortunately, the weather is mostly cold and miserable, unless you’re lucky enough to live in Hawaii. Since most of us aren’t, we have to deal with the elements if we want to tailgate for the big game. It may be a little harder to have fun when the snow is underfoot and the wind is hollering louder than the crowd. But where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Tailgate Fan brings a little heat to your winter tailgate. So bundle up and get out there. Your team needs you.

Photo Credit: Landmann

Photo Credit: Landmann

Halo Fire Pit ($100)

Why build a fire pit when you can bring one with you? Gather around flames to stay warm or roast hotdogs and marshmallows. Did someone say “tailgate s’mores”?  The pit has a burn surface area of 346 square inches and its built-in handle helps with the quick assembly. A poker is included as well as a spark screen to keep the fire under control.

Buy the Halo Fire Pit.

Photo Credit: Golden Flame

Photo Credit: Golden Flame

Pyramid Style Patio Heater ($530)

It’s one thing to merely stay warm… and quite another thing to stay warm in style and splendor. Control the heat with this amazing propane heater. The 50-inch ceramic glass flame tube, surrounded by stainless steel exterior, spreads 34,000 BTUs of heat within a 15-foot radius. It also provides its own light show with a column of flame dancing inside the tube. If safety is a concern — and it should be when dealing with fire — this heater comes with an anti-tip sensor that shuts it down should it get knocked over. And how awesome would it be to tell people to look for the tall pyramid spewing flames? That alone might be reason enough to make the investment.

Buy the Pyramid Style Patio Heater.

Photo Credit: HeatTrak

Photo Credit: HeatTrak

Carpeted Snow-Melting Door Mat ($110)

Shoveling snow away from around the barbecue grill can be a very real problem at a winter tailgate. And who has time for that anyway? But if you’re standing on this heated mat, which can melt up to two inches of snow per hour, it’s no big deal. The 24-by-36-inch surface, powered by AC current, not only melts the snow and ice, but prevents it from accumulating around your feet while you’re cooking. And, as an added bonus, it will help keep your feet warm.

Buy the Carpeted Snow-Melting Door Mat.

Photo Credit: Turfer

Photo Credit: Turfer

Waterproof Tailgate/Picnic Blanket ($16)

Sometimes you just sturdy blanket. Keep yourself warm and dry with this waterproof polyester fleece blanket. It has a nylon backing, 50-by-60-inches of space and comes with handles for easy placement. Designed for durability outside, the fabric won’t pill after repeated use. Afterwards, roll it up, stuff it in the pouch and wash it once you’re back home.

Buy the Waterproof Tailgate/Picnic Blanket.

Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology, gadget and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast.

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