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Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Special offer to Regular BPL Members (M) members on 08/18/2011 11:03:18 MDT Print View

The offer to MLIFE members has ended. Scroll down the thread to see this week's offer to (M) members.

OK, it’s time for me to come out of the closet. I am the guy that makes the Zia Fabrications titanium grill. For several years now, I’ve wanted BPL to have total control of the sales, so I have chosen to lay low. But with the closing of the gear shop, I would now like to make the grills available to you folks directly.

For starters, I want to make a special offer to MLIFE members, to honor their contributions to BPL and to provide another perk for them. For the first five MLIFE members that respond in this thread and then follow it up with an e-mail to me (, I am offering a grill, plus a 6-pack of what I am calling Silly Stix, which are 10” titanium rods that will act as supports for the grill. They are made of .12” diameter 6Al-4V alloy, they weigh 10 g. each, and they can serve multiple functions, such as tent stakes, wind screen supports, hanging a candle inside an igloo, or as a rigid splint component for a long bone fracture. Using all 6 will create a simple pot support for boiling water over a fire, allowing one to leave the grill at home (see crappy photos below).

Packaged Stix 6-pack
Packaged Stix

Stix & Ruler
Stix & ruler

Grill and pot using Stix supports (note that the 4 corners are supported, and 2 more Stix pin the ends down to stabilize the grill).
Grill, Stix, pot

6 Stix utilized as a simple pot support
Stix pot support

Stix support with pot
Stix support with pot

For the BPL description of the Zia grill, go here:

The price is $60 for the grill and 6 Stix, which will include PayPal fees and shipping. This is roughly my break-even price, so I am not making a profit on this. The first 5 MLIFE responders will be considered by order of their response in this thread. If those responders don’t follow up with a purchase, I’ll move on down the list. Keep in mind that only folks with MLIFE next to their name will be eligible for this offer. I can be contacted by e-mail: drzooz(at)AOL(dot)com. Please put “Zia grill” in the subject line, so I don’t delete it as spam.

Edited by Zia-Grill-Guy on 08/22/2011 17:06:22 MDT.

Michael Crosby
(djjmikie) - MLife

Locale: Ky
RE: "Special offer to MLIFE members" on 08/18/2011 11:23:41 MDT Print View

I would like one please

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: Special offer to MLIFE members on 08/18/2011 11:29:50 MDT Print View

I'll take one!

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Re: Special offer to MLIFE members on 08/18/2011 11:41:13 MDT Print View

I will take one

Brett Lively
(brett) - MLife
MLIFE Special on 08/18/2011 11:51:18 MDT Print View

I'll take one

Edited by brett on 08/18/2011 11:53:34 MDT.

James Wyrwicki
(jim1233988) - MLife
special offer on 08/18/2011 11:51:28 MDT Print View

i'll take one

Diana Vann
(DianaV) - MLife

Locale: Wandering
I bought my grill to support BPL on 08/18/2011 11:55:12 MDT Print View

When Ryan J mentioned that the shop would be closing, I bought a grill at full price.

What is the cost to purchase the silly sticks separately?

Richard Lyon
(richardglyon) - MLife

Locale: Bridger Mountains
Silly Sticks on 08/18/2011 12:18:56 MDT Print View

I have the same question as Diana, price for silly sticks only. Full price, as I wasn't one of the first five and I already have a grill. Well worth the list price I paid a couple of years ago, whatever that was.


Mike In Socal
(rcmike) - MLife

Locale: California
Stix separate? on 08/18/2011 12:37:31 MDT Print View

I'd also be interested in purchasing the stix separately since I already have the grill. Thanks

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Special offer to MLIFE members on 08/18/2011 13:07:01 MDT Print View

Ahhh - you lucky MLifers. What a bunch of BS.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Stix separately on 08/18/2011 14:09:28 MDT Print View

There have been several people that have asked whether I could sell the Silly Stix separately, both on this thread and via e-mail. Unfortunately, I cannot do that at this time. This was a very limited production run of just a few sets. I want to reserve these for the grill/Stix combination I am offering for this special offer. If there are any left over, I most certainly will make them available, and I will announce it on this thread (perhaps next week).

In addition, 3 of those first 5 who said they wanted the grill/Stix set have paid me. I am waiting for the others to do so. If they choose to back out there will be those sets available to anyone else that gets his/her name listed in this thread. They will be considered in the order the names are listed.

Michael Schwartz
(greenwalk) - MLife

Locale: PA & Ireland
Special offer to MLIFE members on 08/18/2011 14:16:02 MDT Print View

Interested in a set of Silly Stix too for the Zia grill I already own. --Mike

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Special offer to MLIFE members--Brett? on 08/18/2011 17:52:37 MDT Print View

Brett, are you still in? Please let me know if not, so I can offer the kit to someone else.

Brett Lively
(brett) - MLife
Special MLIFE offer on 08/18/2011 18:54:07 MDT Print View


Yes still in. I sent you an email.

Steve Martell
(Steve) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Washington
RE: Special offer to MLIFE members on 08/18/2011 19:00:56 MDT Print View

Gary see my PM. You have the makings of titanium "S" hooks--nobody has these out yet for hammock supports. If they can be made strong and light you might have another cool product to offer.


Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Special offer to MLIFE members on 08/18/2011 19:59:24 MDT Print View

Thanks for the return, Brett, and for the creative idea, Steve. E-mails were sent to you both. You guys are all great. Gotta love BPL.

Curtis B.
(rutilate) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
I'm IN! on 08/19/2011 04:53:28 MDT Print View

Count me in! I like the idea!

Edward Z
(Fuzz) - MLife

Locale: Sunny San Diego
I'm in on 08/20/2011 21:27:12 MDT Print View

Let me know if I'm not too late

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Special offer to MLIFE members on 08/21/2011 07:33:28 MDT Print View

Curtis and Edward are #1 and #2 on the waiting list, in case somebody backs out. I'll know by this Wednesday.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Zia grill/Stix offer to REGULAR members on 08/22/2011 10:26:41 MDT Print View

OK, now it's time for phase 2 of my grill and Silly Stix combo offer. This might seem a bit goofy, but I want to help put some cash into the BPL coffers, as a way to thank them for what they do for us.

I have 5 sets of the grill and a 6-pack of Stix available to the first five REGULAR BPL members that will agree to upgrade their status to MLIFE. The price for the package will be $50. I'm taking a bit of a hit here, but it's worth it to help out BPL.

The way it will work is this: I will honor the takers in the order that they post "I'll take one" in this forum (please follow that up with an e-mail to for ease of later communication). No money will be sent at this time. Then, when you have paid for your MLIFE subscription, post on this thread again. This will show me that you have in fact done the MLIFE thing, then I'll e-mail you with payment instruction. If you are a non-CONUS person, I will have to charge a bit extra for the actual shipping costs, but it shouldn't be much more.

This offer will be in effect until Friday (your MLIFE status needs to be set up by the weekend). If some of the sets don't sell by then, I'll simply offer them as individual pieces later, but at a higher price.

I hope this doesn't seem too crazy. Like I mentioned, it's merely an effort to help out BPL a little, and also to honor the Regular members for their continuous contributions to this site. So, if you were thinking about upgrading to MLIFE status anyway, this might be a good chance for you to do so now.