PATRICK Beresford is aiming to be a source of heat in Gladstone with his caramelised chilli syrup because he has too.
Looking down the barrel of an uncertain future after a back injury ended his nine-year-career at Boyne Smelters Limited, the husband and father of one has had to reinvent himself.
For years, he has made chilli syrup as a hobby and, with friends and a local chef adamant he go to market with his creation, he decided to give it a go.
And he says the unique flavours he brings to the table will provide an enjoyable chilli experience for all palates, not one that will "blow your head off".
He makes a syrup, rather than sauces or jams, because it is more diverse.
"I only started making it because what was available in the supermarkets didn't taste nice," he said.
"The syrups are a great addition to burgers, steaks, hot dogs, pizza, curries, Mexican or just about anything."
Mr Beresford features five favourite syrups in his "arsenal": using jalapeno; habanero; Trinidad scorpions; ghost chillies; and Carolina reapers, the hottest chillies in the world.
All the chillies are from Bundaberg, except the ghost chillies, which he grows.
"I love watching people taste the syrups because the aim is an enjoyable chilli product, not something that will blow your head off," he said.
To get his venture, which he is calling 13 Angry Scorpions, going he created a Facebook page to see if there was enough interest to move forward.
He is also looking to buy some locally grown ghost chillies.