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History and Information on the Big Green Egg Grill

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 18, 2011
A keystone of backyard cookouts across the nation, the Big Green Egg barbecue is configured for amateur and master chefs who are serious about the caliber of their cooked meat. Based on ancient design precepts, the cooker uses dense ceramic walls with a build similar to that of an egg to hold in heat and reduce charcoal use. The manufacturers claim a 20 pound bag of charcoal will run the Big Green Egg for four to six months.

The modern and updated version is actually based on a 3,000 year old Nipponese cooker called the Mushikamado. When an American airline pilot brought the traditional engineering back to the United States, he dubbed it the Kamado. In 1974, BGE began producing outdoor barbecues based on the Kamado's design principle and ceramic structure. The Big Green Egg combines grilling, barbecuing, and smoking powers for any kind of meat, fish, or veggies. Mufflers allow for precise control of the temperature from 50 degrees to 750 degrees. Smoking occurs at low temperatures between 150 and 250 degrees, whereas barbecuing commonly is executed at much hotter temperatures.

Many barbecue lovers claim the grill produces juicier, more tender meat since the ceramic exterior holds in moisture better than metal grills. Like other grills, the Egg comes with a variety of grill sizes, from 13 inches in grill diameter to 24 inches in grill diameter. The cooker is designed to allow for easy lighting even with strong winds, as well as easy charcoal replenishment and removal. Contact us today should you have any questions regarding fireplace accessories or fireplaces in general.

Bring Back The Warmth And Coziness This Winter

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 28, 2010
If you have been thinking why all this hype about a vented gas fireplace, then it is time that you read the following. A Fireplace in general brings back memories of one's grandparents' hearth that radiated warmth, love and not to forget the never ending supply of warm cookies and milk! Well that is a thought that most people relate to when talking about a conventional fireplace. They also think about the times when their grandparents had to struggle on days when the fireplace's chimney was clogged and when it had to be cleaned.

Well, thanks to the advancement in technology, now you can actually have a vented gas fireplace in any room and not worry a bit about wood logs or cleaning out the chimney. All you would now have to do is turn it on, and play some good music while you enjoy the warmth of the fireplace with some nice cookies and warm milk.

Such fireplaces are also the best bet for people who are worried about the central heating system that runs on electricity. Conventional heating systems are popularly known to consume a lot of electricity and would end up heating rooms that are not even occupied. With a vented gas fireplace, you do not have to worry about your electricity bill, since they run on gas and you would not have to worry about the wrong rooms being heated unnecessarily, since each heater would heat only those rooms that you wish to have heated. So please feel free to contact us to find out more information on vented gas fireplaces or even any other fireplace questions you may have. We the experts at Fireplace Showcase would be happy to help.

Have A Wood Burning Fireplace? Then Here Are Some Cleaning Tips To Keep In Mind

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A wood-burning fireplace is by far the dirtiest fireplace there is. With the comfort and coziness of real wood burning comes soot, smoke, dirt, dust, debris -- even critters! Plus, it also requires constant maintenance throughout the winter -- removing ashes and adding new wood. However, when it is clean the rewards for having a wood stove far out weigh the maintenance factors.  So to help out our fellow wood fireplace lovers we will share with you all on how to prepare and clean your wood-burning fireplace.

  •  Give the exterior and interior a good once-over. Take note of any damage and missing or broken parts. Look outside at the exterior of your chimney. Any cracks will need to be repaired.
  • Check the flu for leaves, birds nests and other critters.
  •  Assess how much cleaning is needed. If you have layers of ash that are one or more inches thick, you're in for a dirty job. Cleaning a wood-burning fireplace is a messy task, so old clothing and rubber gloves are necessary. Place a protective drop cloth in front of the fireplace to protect your floors and carpeting from soot. Also, make sure to grab a shovel if your ash bed is high.
  • Remove the layers of ash and debris using a vacuum cleaner. Put it all into a trash bag and place aside.
  •  Scrub the fireplace. Using a scrub brush and a bucket full of soapy water, scrub the inside walls and floor of the fireplace.
  •  Don't scrub too hard on older brick. Doing this might cause it to crumble.
  •  Clean fireplace accessories. Screens, fireplace tools and log beds also get dirty and need to be cleaned. You can clean glass screens with a household glass cleaner. Mesh screens can be vacuumed. Tools can be cleaned inside or outdoors; give them a once-over with the scrub brush and soapy water, then spray them off with a hose. If you clean the tools inside, rinse each tool with water in your utility sink or using the spray nozzle in your kitchen sink.
Following these simple steps will ensure a nice and clean wood stove that everyone in the family can enjoy. Now, all you have to do is wait for the cold weather so you can curl up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate! Also feel free to contact us if you have any questions about fireplace accessories or fireplace maintenance.

Utilizing An Ash Bucket At Your Fireplace Can Help Prevent Fires

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Whenever you burn a solid fuel, such as wood, coal, or pellets, in your stove, fireplace, or insert, you will be left with ashes to remove. These ashes must be removed periodically as they can affect both performance and durability of the product. The frequency of this ash removal will depend on the product itself, the type of fuel being burned, and the species of the fuel. Small bits of hot coals removed, mixed and buried within the ashes, represent a hidden danger. What many consumers are unaware of is that these hot coals can stay dormant for weeks when buried in ashes. The ash acts as an insulator keeping coals from burning out. All these coals need to flare up once more is oxygen. It’s for this reason fire departments often return to a scene to place more water on smoldering timbers and newly flared coals.

The key is a safe removal of ashes and coals from the product, and from the living quarters. The proper type of ash “holder” or pail, for ash removal and storage should also be sheet metal. The bottom should be slightly offset from the bottom so that the actual bottom does not make contact with flooring. The edge will and should make contact, but the majority of the bottom is elevated. The pail should have a large wire handle for easy carrying. And, most importantly, the pail should have a lid that closes tightly. This is the key for safety. Spend the few extra dollars to purchase an ash bucket that has the features just mentioned. There are many ash buckets in our industry that are quite decorative as well so aesthetics need not be too ignored. And, do not place the bucket directly on a wood porch or breezeway floor, but instead, on a non-combustible surface such as stone, concrete, brick, or slate. Contact us today if you need any fireplace accessories or even questions about fireplace inserts and stoves.

SAFELY Enjoy Your Beautiful New Fireplace

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Enjoy Your Beautiful New Fireplace – SAFLEY!   
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy….Year Round!
  • Maintain a clutter-free boundary around your fireplace.  To be safe, make it at least two foot “clutter free” zone.  
  • Keep your fireplace grate closed when in use.
  • Liquid accelerants (gasoline, lighter fluid) can be disastrous.  Never use them!
  • Have your fireplace chimney inspected annually by a qualified chimney service provider.  Consider doing this in the spring so your fireplace will be safely ready when you are.
  • Make your “Fireplace Owner’s Manual” a document that you actually READ.  Practice safety.

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