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I recently saw the aluminum can thermal heaters. There was another reference I found to heaters using a platform of river rocks under acrylic/glass. Rocks can hold/store heat for a long time.
I would propose utilizing cans (thin metal heats up fast), and rocks for long lasting heat together in some device. Rocks are heavy, maybe pumice (which can be easily cut to shape/form), or possibly cat litter, or even small rocks. What about used seashells?
Also to cut-down on the "home grown"/redneck syle issues, put a nice sheet of metal over the cans, perhaps with a painted design. I know the cans thermal heater are better when painted black, there`s no reason not to cover it. You could even try to match homeowner`s house paint color to camoflage the heater unit.
You are on the right track. If you succeed you will move from the home-grown units to more industrial units, capitalizing on the materials and components experience you`ve gained. In my area there is a home owner who built a home made carport cover. I need to refer hime here, and watch him get rich!
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Three little words: big beefy guys!
They are your target market. The best place to find a lot of them grilling is at tailgate parties. Football season is ending, which is the best time, but there`s also college events, cookoffs and BBQ contests around the country. I suggest starting there directly to your customers. Then hopefully someone will know someone who is in the food biz and help get you started.
People (again, mostly guys) at BBQ events spend all day there. And due to the beer industry they are happy and willing check out new ideas.
Also, have a GrillCharm model that is wearable on a hat or shirt or jacket, to show the people they run into. Ones that say "Dad`s steak", "Don`t touch", "Let`s make a steak" etc. Guys and gals who BBQ love to show their talents. Another helpful idea is to have football uniform color models, espec Raiders, Cowboys, Niners, GB and NE, large markets and packed stadiums, as well as the most popular college teams. (Especially those that have been recently or consistently in Bowl games).
As for getting on to QVC, try to find other QVC products that are similar and compare. Find other QVC product developers and how they got in (like from the video). Also, find other services that connect to QVC, and see if you can get the production services company for QVC. All TV shows have them.
Back to BBQ: on the Food channels the most popular BBQ guy is Bobby Flay. See if you can get in touch with his shows or production company, and get mentioned there.
Take care, good luck and have prosperous 2008!