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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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
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).
6 Stix utilized as a simple pot support
Stix support with pot
For the BPL description of the Zia grill, go here: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/zia_fabrications_titanium_grill.html
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.