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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.

Evenness

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.

Source: consumerreports.org

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

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 24, 2020
The Fireplace Showcase - Grill Pellets, Seekonk, MA

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.