Chili Cook Off Problem

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Well the annual Ice Fest and Chili Cook Off is only a week or so away and already there is a problem. I bought a new propane burner to keep my friend’s Atomic Chili warm during the festivities and that’s when I discovered a short coming.


Yep, it was either duck tape an extension to the spoon or….(to paraphrase Gallagher).......

The amazing Mastertool Corporation, a subsidiary of Fly-By-Night Industries, has entrusted who? Me! To show you the handiest and the dandiest kitchen tool you’ve ever seen, and don’t you want to know what it is!

I introduce to you… “The Chili Oar”!! Combination stirring, scraping and dipping utensil.

Made from a Bradford Pear branch. I turned the handle and scoop overall shape on the lathe (used my new steady rest on the handle). Then carved, scraped and sanded the “bowl” shape. Couple of applications of mineral oil.

Now if the Ghost Pepper, Habanaro, Carribean Red, Jalapeno and Thai Chilies sauce doesn’t burn through the pot, we’ll be OK.

Thanks for looking

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 01-20-2013 04:19 PM

Now that is a stirring spoon Lew…Great work buddy… Love chili, need my address?

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 01-20-2013 04:22 PM

That’s a whopper of a stirring spoon.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 01-20-2013 04:27 PM

row row row your spoon heavily down the stream, stir and stir, stir and stir, eat your chili and have a scream….....
great new spoon, paddle, your new tool has already come to the rescue…good luck…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Dan'um Style

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#4 posted 01-20-2013 04:31 PM

very cool and fun read BUD

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 01-20-2013 04:34 PM

Well, Lew, at least you folks won’t be up S@#^ Creek without a paddle unless the chili eats through either your pot or your belly or your potbelly whichever the case may be. :) Nice job on the paddle, but don’t get the end of the paddle stuck in your mouth, that’s a pretty big chili paddle.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Edward E Nock II

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#6 posted 01-20-2013 04:44 PM

LEW….Nice work!!!!! I hope your stomach can take it. Please post what the spoon looks like after the cook off.



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#7 posted 01-20-2013 04:48 PM

Great work Lew, the flat end on the spoon will be great for scraping the bottom. Now you just have to hope that spoon won’t catch fire from that chili!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 01-20-2013 05:02 PM

As it should be! That’s a man’s utensil!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 01-20-2013 05:11 PM

I could have saved you a lot of time. Canoe paddle, all you need.

Very well done, really like it. I’ve got a Bradford pear in my yard, may need to try this out for myself.

-- Lacy Lane Studio

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#10 posted 01-20-2013 05:47 PM

That looks great. We use wooden spoons some still, they have their advantages. It is nice to go to the shop and make a utensil or gizmo for whatever. I do that all the time, and it is the main reason I have a shop.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 01-20-2013 06:10 PM

Best thing you’ve built yet. Is it fire (as in chile) proof?

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#12 posted 01-20-2013 06:57 PM

Next stop ….Terlingua International Chili Cookoff!

Great job on this and it will definitely get the “buzz” going!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#13 posted 01-20-2013 07:19 PM

Thats a Crocodile Dundee stirring spoon… hope you get the reference…LOL

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#14 posted 01-20-2013 07:49 PM

Degoose beat me to it. Crocodile Dundee would approve I am sure. Looks like you did a really nice job of the hollowing . . .

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#15 posted 01-20-2013 07:56 PM

Lew…you did a fantastic job of making that chili spoon. Here in Louisiana we use these big ass wood spoons for cooking out jambalaya and gumbo…you should see my big 18 gallon jambalaya kettle….
I bought this one several years ago when i was too lazy to make one.

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