10 Ways to Buy a Great Summer at Home
Want an outdoor theater that doesn't look like abandoned stereo equipment? Boston Acoustics hides its woofers and tweeters in Voyager outdoor rock speakers that range from $250 to $500 and come in New England granite, sandstone or river rock patterns that blend into the background.
A formidable grill
A standard Char-Broil or Weber will get the job done, but Lynx Grills' steel exterior, 50,000 BTU burners, LED lights on the temperature controls, a halogen light on the grill surface and ceramic briquettes to help distribute heat have lots of patio appeal at $3,800. Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet takes it a step further by offering hybrid grills that allow ambitious chefs to cook with charcoal, wood and gas all on the same surface starting at $9,000.
Artisan Fire Pizza Stove
Just slightly more frivolous than the average grill, Kalamazoo's $6,500 Artisan Fire Pizza oven has a composite stone cooking surface, a domed exterior for reflecting heat, a 350- to 800-degree cooking range. It also has dual burners to cook pizza from above and below, a wood box for smoky wood-oven flavor and a wall of fire that should send nosy neighbors running for the fire department faster than you can say "chimney."