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The Green Egg Grill Has NOT Been Around for 3000 Years, But Its Cousin Has

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 08, 2020
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A keystone of Middletown and Newport RI backyard cookouts is the Big Green Egg barbecue grill. It is perfect for amateur and master chefs alike, both of whom are serious about the caliber of their cooked meat. Based on ancient design precepts, the cooker combines dense ceramic walls with a build similar to that of an egg to hold in heat and reduce charcoal use. A single 20 pound bag of charcoal can fuel your 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.

For more information regarding the Big Green Egg Grill orour fantastic line of Green Egg Accessories here in Middletown and Newport, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

Pellet Grills Are Hot! Here are Just Some of the Reasons Why

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 29, 2020
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Gas and charcoal grills have dominated the U.S. market for more than half a century. Gas delivers convenience, because it starts instantly, and lets your control heat by turning dials. Charcoal gives you more control, because you can build and shape any size fire to direct the heat, and the fuel imparts a smokier flavor.

What if there were a grill that proved even easier to use than gas—and also imparted a distinctly smoky flavor, reminiscent of food cooked over charcoal? That’s the promise of pellet grills.

Pellet grills have been around for more than 30 years, but they are really starting to gain in popularity. They’ve made the shift from niche to mainstream, in part because grilling has surged in popularity in recent years.

How a Pellet Grill Works

A pellet grill looks like a regular gas grill, with a metal hopper mounted on the side which holds the wood pellets used for fuel. The fire imparts a smoky taste, because the wood pellets are made from flavorful hardwoods like hickory, oak, pecan, and cherry. Today’s pellet grills feature an electronic thermostat with a digital display so that you can dial in a precise cooking temperature; the hopper automatically draws the appropriate amount of pellets into the firebox, where they're ignited. The grill holds the temperature steady, like an oven, adjusting the rate at which it burns pellets to maintain that set temperature.

Indirect Cooking

Perhaps the biggest appeal of a pellet grill is its ability to maintain a low, steady temperature for hours on end without the need to make any adjustments. That’s the precision you'd want when it comes to slow-smoking ribs, brisket, or pulled pork without burning or drying out the food.


You want the heat to be uniformly deflected across the entire cooking surface. That doesn’t matter so much for smoking, but it’s critical when you’re cooking a bigger batch of foods that are similar in size and shape, like burgers and hot dogs. An even-heating grill ensures that everything comes off the grill at once. Pellet grills tend to heat very evenly, and as a group, they're far more even heating than gas grills.

Temperature Range

This is the biggest limitation of pellet grills. Most max out at around 500° F, while many gas and charcoal grills can get as high as 800° F. Kamado grills, like the Big Green Egg, can reach temperatures in excess of 1,000° F for searing. Pellet grills make up for this in part by excelling at the low end, getting down to temperatures as low as 150° F. Most pellet grills aren't the grill you'd want if searing steaks is your top priority.

Convenience and Cleaning

As a group, pellet grills are all over the map when it comes to cleaning and convenience. As with any type of grill, some designs are better than others. One of the easiest-to-clean models actually drains all the fat drippings right into a metal bucket mounted to the side of the grill, where you'll actually see it and remember to empty it. This is a feature of Green Mountain Pellet Grills. (Most grills hide the fat drip tray in a spot that makes it too easy to forget.) The best also have large casters, which make them easier to move, and ample shelf space—in addition to side-mounted shelves. The most premium models have built-in temperature probes, WiFi, and compatible apps, so you can check the temperature of a brisket from across the yard and even adjust the temperature from your phone.

Should You Buy a Pellet Grill?

Pellet grills are the perfect fit if you like the taste of smoke and don't care too much about searing. They're versatile enough to tackle chops, fish, and of course, classics, like ribs, brisket, and pulled pork.

Pellet grills are exceptionally easy to start and offer a level of temperature control without equal. They also excel at cooking things like veggies, chicken breasts, pork chops, or just about anything that can border on boring without a touch of smoke. And though they may not operate at a hugely broad temperature range, it's easy to see how for an aspiring pitmaster, or even a casual backyard chef, a pellet grill is tough to beat.

For more information on pellet grills, contact The Fireplace Showcase.


Your New Green Mountain Pellet Grill in Time for the 4th of July Cookout

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 24, 2020
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The 4th of July is fast approaching. As we celebrate our Nation's freedom, many of us will spend some of that time in the national past time of grilling out. We hope to spend time with loved ones and demonstrating our culinary skills out on the deck. Nothing sets you up for BBQ culinary excellence like that of a new Green Mountain Pellet Grill.

This celebrated pellet grill offers the luxury of real wood smoke flavoring with simple to master precision temperature control. With its superb design and craftsmanship, you can slow smoke a pulled pork throughout the morning and grill your steaks over super high heat in the evening. This grill empowers you to precisely control the temperature in five-degree increments from 150f to 550f. Lots of magic occurs throughout that temperature range.

In addition, Green Mountain Grills offers Wi-Fi connectivity so you can monitor your food anywhere using the GMG app. The Green Mountain pellet grill offers various programmable cooking profiles that enables you to program your grill from afar to fire-up when you’re not physically there. This is high-tech grilling at its finest.

Insane values being offered today on Green Mountain Pellet Grills. Check out the Green Mountain Prime Daniel Boone Wi-Fi offered at the amazing price of $699, making it one of the best grilling values ever! Contact The Fireplace Showcase to get started.

PELLET GRILLS: Precision Heat Control for True Grilling Excellence

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 17, 2020

If your new to the subject and advantages of pellet grilling, then this blog post is for you. The three most celebrated aspects of pellet grilling involve convenience, precise temperature control, and the wide availability of Pellet grill flavors!

Pellet grills are used to cook any and all meals. From the slowest cooked brisket to the ultra-high heat flash grilling of steaks, your new pellet grill does it all. And is does it all while delivering that natural wood smoke flavor to your cooking.

Pellet grills are among the most convenient as they are quick start devices. Wood fire pellet grill work like a convection oven, cooking food evenly and at the same time keeping it moist. Pellet grills differ from traditional grilling options as they produce less acrid smoke.

If you are planning your dream outdoor kitchen with intent to slow-cook and smoke your food, a pellet grill is an outstanding choice.

We’re celebrate the ability to help people across and around Seekonk make their outdoor kitchen dreams a reality. For more information regarding pellet grills and flavoring, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

How Old Should My Kids Be for Their First Swing Set

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 10, 2020

If you’re uncertain about whether or not your child is ready for their very own swing set and jungle gym, this blog is intended to help you figure that out. If you are already in the market for a backyard swing set here in Seekonk, we’d like to introduce you to our line of Easter Jungle Gym swing sets. Since 1992, they have produced America’s finest made swing sets and jungle gyms. We’d love to show you how they have changed the lives of both children and parents alike. So, is your child ready for their first swing set?

Swing sets may be purchased for children as young as toddlers, and used for more than a decade, as the kids enter adolescence. Of course, this is not the case with all playsets – only the larger ones, which are typically made of wood, like the Easter Jungle Gym which is made of 100% cedar. You may be thinking that a larger swing set is too big for your child. That’s simply not the case. The little ones have a ball zipping down the slide with mom or dad’s help. They also enjoy swinging in the bucket swing, which can be swapped out for a traditional sling swing as the kids get older. The little ones can play in the clubhouse too, as long as they have adult supervision. Some jungle gyms even allow for a sandbox or picnic table – both perfect for small children. The idea is to purchase a swing set with some activities for the child to enjoy now, and several other activities for them to grow into.

As your kids get older, you will find that they use the swing set as more of a “hang out” place. This is always a welcomed development for parents, as preteens seek outdoor time with friends in their very own backyard. It is hard to think of a safer place for the kids to gather after school!

We’ve been building swing sets for families like you in Seekonk for over 20 years now. With Eastern Jungle Gym outdoor swing sets, your kids can still enjoy the outdoors this summer. This jungle gym set is what you need to keep them healthy and fit. Contact The Fireplace Showcase to order your swing set today.

Grillin’ with Green Mountain Grills and Bear Mountain BBQ Pellets

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 27, 2020
The Fireplace Showcase - Seekonk, MA

We take great pride in not only supplying you with the finest grilling solutions on the market today (such as the Green Mountain line of grills), but in our ability to consult and teach you how to use them. Today we’ll share with you the magic of incorporating grill pellets such as Bear Mountain BBQ Pellets. They come in a variety of flavors.

Smoke pellets add so much to the depth of flavor of your grilled meats and vegetables. Smoke is the secret seasoning that's only used by a small segment of the grilling population, but has a huge impact on the flavor of your food, from meat and fish, veggies and cheese. Adding a small packet of Bear Mountain BBQ wood pellets or wood chips can create enough smoke to take your grill game up a notch. To get a great smoke flavor on your meats and veggies, it's important to salt your food and let it rest prior to grilling. This brings the moisture to the surface and gives the smoke something to stick to, creating a smoky flavored food in a short time. After you've added delicious smoke flavor to your food, sear it off over higher heat to lock in the flavor and initiate the Maillard reaction (the science).

Next you need to consider your seasoning. When seasoning food for the grill, it's important to use seasonings that hold up well to the heat environment your food calls home. Understanding how your seasoning impacts the food during the cook and the flavors that are created is equally important. It's a super simple way to elevate the flavor of any meal. Give it shot for your next BBQ.

Contact us to discuss the wide variety of grills and flavoring options just waiting for you to try.


Green Egg Grill: Ultimate Outdoor Cooking Set

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 22, 2020
The Fireplace Showcase - Seekonk, MA

It’s officially summer, and summer is officially grilling season. What beats gathering friends and family in the backyard sharing fellowship and the gift of your BBQ culinary skill? Here’s how to maximize your grilling experience and effectiveness. Get yourself the most versatile and precision griller/smoker on the market, the Green Egg Grill.

This grill is perfect for amateur and professional BBQ chef’s alike. The Green Egg Grill delivers that slow cooked smoke flavor that we all love. It is simple to use and offers grilling and smoking options unavailable in most other conventional cookers. Simplify the lighting experience by using charcoal starters or an Eggniter. The Green Egg grill will reach cooking temperature in minutes. Dial in your precise cooking temperature via the patented Green Egg air flow system and the calibrated temperature gauge.

As an added bonus (and at no extra charge) you get the most distinguished looking grill on the market and something certain to be the featured item in your outdoor kitchen. Let us show you this marvel in outdoor cooking equipment. Contact The Fireplace Showcase anytime.

Eastern Jungle Gyms – The New Standard for Child’s Play

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 15, 2020

Since 1992, Eastern Jungle Gym® has delivered innovative, safe, and affordable jungle gyms and swing sets that last. It takes fine craftsmanship to outlive the children that we serve. You’ve seen kids destroy lesser quality play stations, but you’ve never seen them beat the Eastern Jungle Gym systems.

So let’s take a moment to review just why that is and why they are the jungle gym of choice in and around Seekonk:

1. All construction is 100% Cedar (C. lanciolata). Because cedar is naturally resistant to rot and insect damage, no chemical treatment is necessary to preserve the wood (unlike other woods).

2. All Wood is sanded, with edges and corners rounded. Each piece is then factory-stained before installation. This ensures a safe and long-lasting finish.

3. Huge 4” x 6” and 4” x 4” Engineered Thru-Bolt Construction, plus the patent-pending Steel Bracket System, means you never rely on any single bolt or fastener alone. All the load-bearing points are double supported.

4. Heavy Duty Slides—sturdy wave slides with high side rails, and scoop slides with double-wall construction.

5. Heavy Duty Swing Hangers— heavy-duty swing hangers are the safest and strongest. Made of steel and cast iron mounted with thru-bolts.

6. Lag Bolt & Wood Screw Fasteners—never nails or staples! Lag bolts do not need re-tightening like carriage bolts or other through-bolt fasteners, so there’s no need for annual maintenance or service.

7. Recessed Hardware means that all bolts are countersunk for a safe and aesthetically-pleasing look. No caps! Exposed bolts can create a hazard for loose clothing to catch on.

8. Straight coil Swing Chain is heated, primed, and Plastisol-Coated for a safe, smooth grip. No ropes or powder-coated chain!

9. Steel Ladder Rungs— unmatched in strength and safety. Wood step ladder rungs for easier access—6-inch wide steps for sure footing.10: All 4x4 and 4x6 beams use engineered thru-bolt construction, with the Exclusive Flush-Mount Fastener System.

To learn more about Eastern Jungle Gym Swingsets, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

Ultimate Swing Set Series Improve our Kids Lifestyle While Staying Home

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 08, 2020
The Fireplace Showcase Seekonk, MA - Swing sets

With the stay-at-home orders in-place, combined with the recent poor weather, many of our kids have been focused on television and their phone screens after they have finished their schooling. It is very hard nowadays to get our kids off of these gadgets, especially as we try to catch up with work at home. Additionally, kids are using phones and computers to learn at home, which makes getting them away from technology even more challenging. But, investing in an ultimate swing set will help them learn, examine, assess, and come up with their own fun while swinging, sliding, and playing. Getting outside is great exercise and greatly helps physical and mental health. It also helps mom and dad catch-up or take a breather! Make outdoor playtime accessible and exciting by allowing kids to run out into the their own backyard.

Our wooden swing sets are great old fashioned fun with a modern twist. Children can enjoy the fun of an imaginary world in their own backyard and while getting fresh air. But the biggest benefit: when you tell them to "go outside" so you can finish your work, make dinner, or take a break you will have zero guilt! While swing sets are great additions to your backyard they also have huge benefits for your kids. They challenge the imagination and each slide, step, swing and leap your kids engage in builds their confidence. This helps them release anxiety, makes them feel good, and boosts their self-esteem.

Lastly, swing sets and jungle gyms promote an active lifestyle. They offer a healthy outlet to release stress and excess energy. When you give them the fun of a swing set, you can relax as well knowing that their mind is sharpening and their body is getting stronger, but most importantly, they are having fun!

For more information on wood swing sets, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

Big Green Egg: The All-In-One Grill

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 22, 2020
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Go to anyone’s patio with a Big Green Egg Grill and ultimately the conversation will turn to it. It is a fantastic looking BBQ grill and smoker. People are amazed at its form and the weight of its lid. The density of the product is a key engineering effect that separates this grill and smoker from all others. So, let’s look into the Green Egg a little deeper.

People love to grill. It is because food prepared on the grill is naturally fresher. It is exciting especially when you have a versatile grill like Big Green Egg Grill which encourages you to grill and smoke a wide variety of meals far beyond beef and chicken.

From succulent ribs to crispy pizza, holiday dinners to desserts, the Big Green Egg will exceed all your expectations for culinary perfection. And with seven convenient sizes to choose from, there is a Big Green Egg to fit every lifestyle! The Big Green Egg has been acclaimed as the highest quality, most versatile and simplest-to-use outdoor cooker of all time, offering more cooking options than all other conventional cookers combined.

The Green Egg Grill combines the delicious charring capabilities of a regular grill with the ultra-convenient benefits of an oven. A Big Green Egg can sear steaks and chops perfectly with temperatures up to 750 degrees. It can also keep it low and slow, hovering around 200 degrees for perfectly cooked ribs or brisket. There is no need to worry about running out of propane gas or dealing with burners, power cords or pellet augers. The innovative design of an EGG enables it to perform without any of those components – delivering delicious results every time.

Made of porcelain glazed ceramic construction, this advanced ceramic material of the Big Green Egg is perfect for retaining moisture and heat within the grill. This is a big part of what makes the EGG so great! ... The ceramic helps keep the moisture in the food for succulent meats and food.

For more information about Big Green Egg Grill, contact The Fireplace Showcase.