Aug 18, 2011 at 10:03 am #1278224
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 (email@example.com), 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.Aug 18, 2011 at 10:23 am #1770715
Michael CrosbyBPL Member
I would like one pleaseAug 18, 2011 at 10:29 am #1770720
Ben SmithBPL Member
I'll take one!Aug 18, 2011 at 10:41 am #1770723
Link .BPL Member
I will take oneAug 18, 2011 at 10:51 am #1770729
Brett LivelyBPL Member
I'll take oneAug 18, 2011 at 10:51 am #1770730
James WyrwickiBPL Member
i'll take oneAug 18, 2011 at 10:55 am #1770732
Diana VannBPL Member
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?Aug 18, 2011 at 11:18 am #1770739
Richard LyonBPL Member
@richardglyonLocale: Bridger Mountains
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.
RichardAug 18, 2011 at 11:37 am #1770744
Mike In SocalBPL Member
I'd also be interested in purchasing the stix separately since I already have the grill. ThanksAug 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm #1770758
Ahhh – you lucky MLifers. What a bunch of BS.Aug 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm #1770777
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.Aug 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm #1770778
Michael SchwartzBPL Member
@greenwalkLocale: PA & Ireland
Interested in a set of Silly Stix too for the Zia grill I already own. –MikeAug 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm #1770874
Brett, are you still in? Please let me know if not, so I can offer the kit to someone else.Aug 18, 2011 at 5:54 pm #1770908
Brett LivelyBPL Member
Yes still in. I sent you an email.Aug 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm #1770911
Steve MartellBPL Member
@steveLocale: Eastern Washington
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.
SteveAug 18, 2011 at 6:59 pm #1770937
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.Aug 19, 2011 at 3:53 am #1771021
Curtis B.BPL Member
@rutilateLocale: Pacific Northwest
Count me in! I like the idea!Aug 20, 2011 at 8:27 pm #1771511
Edward ZBPL Member
@fuzzLocale: Sunny San Diego
Let me know if I'm not too lateAug 21, 2011 at 6:33 am #1771557
Curtis and Edward are #1 and #2 on the waiting list, in case somebody backs out. I'll know by this Wednesday.Aug 22, 2011 at 9:26 am #1771880
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.Aug 22, 2011 at 11:48 am #1771917
Robert KellyBPL Member
@qiwizLocale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Hats off to Gary for his great grills and the creative ways he is selling his remaining inventory with closure of the BPL Store. Fabricators unite!Aug 22, 2011 at 4:11 pm #1771995
Stephen BarberBPL Member
Gary, if you decide to offer Silly Stix by themselves, please put me on your list of buyers!Aug 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm #1772001
Thanks for your interest, Steve. I've had several requests for the Stix, and I'm keeping a list. If there is no interest in this current (M) sale, I'll contact folks in the order they inquired. This was a very limited run, and I only have enough to take care of the five M's during this week's sale.Aug 22, 2011 at 4:58 pm #1772008
Chad HelmkeBPL Member
@the-gear-recyclerLocale: High Rockies
I'm in for some silly stix too when you get them produced. No hurry here. Thanks and let me know!Aug 22, 2011 at 5:05 pm #1772012
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