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How to Properly Clean Your Grill

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Fireplace Showcase - Grills in Seekonk, MA

Context is everything. I suspect that's why some home cooks are less conscientious about cleaning their grills - it's outside, everything is a little dirty outside! - than they are about, say, their ovens and stove tops.

But really, you should be treating your grill - especially the inside - as a sacred place and giving it the same care and attention you would any other major appliance.

"My feeling is that the grill grates should be immaculate and the rest of the grill should be relatively clean at all times," writes grilling guru Steven Raichlen in "The Barbecue Bible." "Clean grates are essential for killer grill marks, and they help keep food from sticking."

His mantra: "Keep it hot, clean and lubricated." Here's how to do just that:

1. Do a seasonal checkup.

Don't remember what you did at the end of last year? Not sure what happened under your grill cover all winter? Before you turn anything on, give your grill the once-over. For a charcoal grill, Raichlen recommends scraping out the ash from the firebox if you didn't at the end of your last grilling season. Also confirm that the metal vents open and close, and grease them with WD-40 as necessary.

For a gas grill, Raichlen says you should clean the drip pans, if needed. Remove the grates and the baffle plates or Flavorizer bars that help direct grease away from the burner tubes. Then make sure nothing (spiders, spider webs, other organic material) is blocking the burner tubes. If flames don't come out of all the holes in the tubes, you'll need to clear the obstruction with something like a bent paper clip or thin wire. Make sure your igniter is working and you hear a click and see a spark.

2. Turn on the heat.

"Preheating is a must, and it also is the first step in cleaning the grill," says Elizabeth Karmel, the chef and author of and four cookbooks, most recently "Steak and Cake." "Think of it as a sterilization process." For a gas grill, turn the burners to high for 10 minutes; likewise, let your charcoal grill preheat with the lid on and vents open for 10 minutes. This will help burn off anything left over from your last grill session.

3. Scrub the grate.

Now that any residual food has been charred, it's time to get rid of it. Karmel suggests scrubbing with a ball of crumpled foil (about the size of a navel orange) held in a pair of long-handled tongs. That's an especially good option for people worried about stray bristles from wire brushes, but if you have a metal brush you trust, by all means use it. In his book "Project Fire," Raichlen says to look for a wire brush with bristles anchored in a twisted wire coil. America's Test Kitchen's top pick for grill brushes, the 12-inch grill brush from Weber, fits the bill. ATK also liked how its triangular shape made it easy to clean between the grate's bars.

4. Oil the grate (or the food).

This is a combined cleaning and prep step, and it's also a bit contentious. Many grilling experts recommend oiling the grate before loading it up with food. Others argue that the oil residue can build up and actually cause food to stick.

If you're oiling the grates: With the grill still on high heat, brush the grates with an oiled wad of paper towels held in that trusty pair of tongs. This will catch any bits of food you didn't scrape off, as well as grease the grates so the food won't stick, much as when you add fat to a pan on the stove top. Be sure you use an oil that can handle high heat. Raichlen says grapeseed and the cheaper canola are good bets.

In her new book, "The Backyard Fire Cookbook," Linda Ly recommends Grate Chef Grill Wipes, which function similar to oiled paper towels. She has a few other creative suggestions, including spearing a halved onion on a barbecue fork, misting it with high-heat cooking spray and using that to clean and oil the grates. She says you can do something similar with the green husks from the corn you plan to grill.

In the other camp: Karmel is a strong advocate for oiling your food instead of the grates. By brushing a thin coat of olive oil on the food before placing it on a clean cooking grate, you'll create a barrier that prevents natural juices in the food from turning into steam and evaporating, which can cause the food to dry out before it's done.

Decide which method works best for you and roll with it.

5. Repeat the heat.

After you're done cooking, Karmel says you should follow the same process as when you fired up the grill. Preheat for about 10 minutes and then scrub. To intensify the heat on a charcoal grill and help burn off the food, America's Test Kitchen says you can place an overturned disposable roasting pan on the grates. If there's really a lot of food left on the grates, you can let the grill go for 30 to 40 minutes, Karmel says, "or until everything on the grates has turned to a white-gray ash."

6. Other maintenance.

If you have a charcoal grill, remove the ashes after they have cooled for a day or two. After the ashes have been moved to a metal container away from combustible materials, mixed with water and cooled for several more days, they can be disposed of in your trash (in foil for extra security). If you used charcoal without additives, consider using the ash in the garden or compost pile.

For gas grills, pay attention to the drip pans. "Martha Stewart's Grilling" says to clean out the larger drip pan that catches food at least monthly, and replace the smaller disposable pan that catches grease when it's half full.

"Once a year, clean the inside of the grill with warm, soapy water - no abrasives," Karmel says. "Make sure you rinse the grill well and let it preheat with all burners on HIGH for 30 to 40 minutes to burn off any residue." If you have a charcoal grill, you can take this advice from "Martha Stewart's Grilling": After washing with dishwashing liquid, warm water and a sponge, take apart the grill, rinse it with a garden hose and let all the parts dry in the sun before reassembling. If you tend to only grill in the warmer weather, it makes sense to do this big clean at the end of your season, so that your work will be even easier next year.

You've made a big investment in a high-quality grill. Following the aforementioned tips will make sure its clean and running at peak performance all summer. Don't have a grill yet? Stop by our showroom and check out our grills. Need parts for your Napoleon grill, we have them! Contact The Fireplace Showcase now!


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Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 27, 2019


GMG's Davy Crockett For Awesome Tailgating

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 13, 2019
Fireplace Showcase - Wood Pellet Grills in Providence, RI

The next great thing after watching a great sport or attending a concert event is tailgating. It's the time where you fire up the grill and whip up some great food for the family and friends to enjoy. When tailgating, its essential to have reliable grill set that is easy to use.

The Green Mountain's Davy Crockett is the go-to grill by many tailgaters. It's the ultimate portable grill with advanced features which includes a digital WiFi controller. Now you can control and monitor what you are grilling from your couch or on-the-go through iOS or Android mobile application. Through the GMG Smart App you can adjust your smoke and grill temp from 150°F to 550°F with 5° increment control.

This portable grill set will take your grilling experience to the next level. So if you want to take tailgating party up a notch, impress your family and friends with your cool grilling gear. Chef up with Green Mountain Grill's Davy Crockett portable grill!

Contact The Fireplace Showcase and get this amazing grill set today!

Move over Weber -- Napoleon Gourmet Grills Are The New Standard

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Fireplace Showcase - storage sheds in Providence, RI

It's barbecue and grilling season once again. Surely, you have barbecue sessions lined up on your schedule for the whole month of May. Make sure your grilling kit is up for the month-long cooking challenge. But if it is not, perhaps it's time to replace it for something that will last a lifetime. Whether gas, charcoal or portable grill set, nothing beats Napoleon Gourmet Grills. It comes in every shape and size to meet everyone's needs. Whether you're a professional griller or just need one for home use, we have wide array of models to choose from. Napoleon grill sets offer a cooking experience as gratifying as the wonderful meals you’ll create with it. These grills are crafted with stunning design and excellent performance.

Napoleon grills are now trending as the top selling brand in the market. If you’re looking for Napoleon gourmet grill dealer near Seekonk, MA, The Fireplace Showcase has complete line of napoleon gas grills, charcoal grills and portable gas grills that will exceed your expectations.

Contact The Fireplace Showcase today!

Heavy-Duty Storage Sheds

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, April 27, 2019
Fireplace Showcase - storage sheds in Providence, RI

When conducting spring cleaning and de-cluttering, many people actually discover the need for more storage space for optimal organization. If you find your basement and/or garage runs short of space you need, then you might want to consider a Fireplace Showcase storage shed.

Storage sheds in Seekonk, MA can serve as an exterior warehouse or stockroom. It can accommodate various things even power tools and larger equipment. With a larger storage space, you can organize and secure your belongings better. Storage sheds come in wide array of styles and sizes. They are available in vinyl, pine or cedar material. You can pick the best design that can blend with your original home's color and style.

Our storage sheds can serve beyond mere storage rooms as some opt to outfit them as detached office space and other utilitarian functions.

For pricing, delivery and installation, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

Replace your old wood stove: save money and the environment!

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 26, 2019

A new state program, called the Wood Stove Change-Out Program, could help people with wood stoves save money, improve public health, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and potentially cut down on the number of wood stove fires.

Officials with the MA Clean Energy Center launched their 2019 program on March 20th to help residents swap out dirty, inefficient stoves for newer, cleaner EPA certified models. Steve Pike, executive director of the Clean Energy Center said that "A more efficient stove requires less fuel, and so enables the homeowner to pay less to heat their home. These newer stoves," continued Pike, "burn far more efficiently, so it reduces pollution, particularly with what's called particulate emissions, and those affect folks with heart disease and asthma."

Randy Titsworth, owner of The Fireplace Showcase in Seekonk, says “Newer stove models burn longer and more efficiently reducing the amount of wood consumed and ultimately cutting fuel costs. There are a lot of options available in many prices and sizes, and you can change from wood to pellet if you're thinking of moving to a thermostatically controlled longer burning appliance.”

Nearly fifty percent of the money will be going towards low income residents and rebates can range from anywhere between $500 and $3,250, depending on the emission levels, type of stove purchased and your income level. To qualify for a rebate, a resident must have an operational, non-EPA-certified wood stove.

If you're interested in this program, or for more information, stop by The Fireplace Showcase, 775 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, MA (508-336-2600), your local participating stove professional Rebate applications will be accepted until August 5, 2019.

Sun is out, Swing Sets Are In

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, April 20, 2019
The Fireplace Showcase - children's outdoor swing sets in Seekonk, MA

The sun is out! Empower your kids to go out and play this summer with a new outdoor swing set! Sedentary lifestyle has negatively affected today’s youth. Instead of enjoying the outdoors with friends as we used to do, today’s kids are overly engaged in online games, personal computers, and smartphones. Motivate them to get outside with their friends. Swing sets gets kids moving.

There is a variety of options to choose from when talking about the children’s outdoor swing sets in Seekonk, MA. This means that there is a custom swing set design that perfectly matches you and your family’s play needs.

Our Kid-Wise Swing Sets are durable and colorful. Each element in the swing set adds up to the fun it brings to kids who use them. The parts are securely hinged thereby ensuring that no accidents. The materials used in our Kid-Wise Swing Sets are made in such a way that they will withstand the test of time and will guarantee years of swinging, climbing, jumping, and running around with never a worry about durability and safety of materials.

The children’s outdoor swing sets provide a perfect place for kids to enjoy not only their summer but their entire year. Of course, in addition to developing your child’s social skills, your children’s physical activity is therapeutic for growing muscles and bones.

To find out more about children’s outdoor swing sets, visit The Fireplace Showcase.

State-Funded Program Allows Wood Stove Owners to Save Money While Making Home Safer

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 15, 2019
The Fireplace Showcase, Seekonk, MA

WHATELY, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - A new state program could help people with wood stoves save some money and potentially reduce fires.

It's called the wood stove change out program, hoping to improve public health and cut down on the number of wood stove fires.

Officials say this fire last month in Orange was caused by a wood burning stove.

A couple was displaced after the fire broke out, because of the amount of damage.

Over in Belchertown, fire officials say a house was destroyed after a wood stove fire as well.

"You certainly want to make sure that," Steve Pike, executive director of the Clean Energy Center, tells us. "Your home is set up to receive a wood stove or a pellet stove primarily to vent properly."

Officials with the Clean Energy Center in Massachusetts launched its 2019 program Thursday at the 'Fire Place' in Whately.

It will help more than 2,300 residents swap out dirty, inefficient stoves for newer, cleaner models.

"These newer stoves," continued Pike. "Burn far more efficiently, so it reduces pollution, particularly with what's called particulate emissions, and those are emissions that affect folks with heart disease and asthma."

Pike says nearly fifty percent of the money will be going towards low income residents.

"Reading costs, as you can imagine," stated Pike. "A more efficient stove requires less fuel, which requires the homeowner to pay less for their home. A homeowner would come to a wood stove place, like 'The Fire Place' and talk to the staff and owners."

Standard rebates can range from anywhere between $500 and $1,800, depending on the emission levels and type of stove purchased.

"There's a lot of options," says Fire Place manager Vicki Labbee. "All different ranges of prices, and you can go from wood to pellet too, so, if you're thinking of moving to a different fuel, you can do that with the program."

If you're interested in this program, rebate applications will be accepted until August 5 of this year.

To qualify for a rebate, a resident must have an operational, non-EPA-certified wood stove.

For more information about the new state program, contact The Fireplace Showcase.


Spring Clean Your Pellet Stove Heating System

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, April 06, 2019
The Fireplace Showcase - Spring Clean Your Pellet Stove Heating System, Seekonk, MA

The high efficiency of pellet stove inserts makes them a hot item for homeowners across Seekonk, MA. However, the heating efficiency can be greatly compromised if system maintenance is not properly executed. The burnt pellets can and do clog the stove and decrease heating performance. So to prevent that, it is highly recommended that homeowners stick to their system’s defined maintenance schedule. Just like any other maintenance services, they will help lengthen the operational life of the pellet stoves or inserts which is why they are really very important and worth the buck.

Before summer sets in and while your stove is still in use, this is a good time to get the system serviced and cleaned so that the system is ready for next season. Those of you who are proactive can take advantage of readily available pellet stove cleaning services here in Seekonk, MA. While these heating appliances are not yet busy heating homes on the coldest days and nights, these services can be availed in order to ensure that these pellet stoves will be in good working condition to safely and effectively combat the cold weather come winter.

Ashes and other debris can settle on any compartments of the pellet stove that can be difficult to reach by normal household cleaning. With pellet stove services, no dirt will be left that can negatively affect the heating efficiency of the stove. Its firebox, glass door, liner and exhaust venting will be cleaned. Servicing on the more complex parts will then follow such as cleaning and lubricating the combustion and convection blowers, and auger motors. Aside from cleaning, pellet stove services also include visual inspection of electrical wiring, heat switches, and vacuum sensors. These are just precautionary measures that will help determine if there are repairs or replacement of parts that need to be done before the homeowners can finally use the pellet stove.

For more information, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

Lawn Furniture Makes Your Yard Pop

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Fireplace Showcase - lawn furniture in Providence, RI

Is your spring tradition to renew winter-caused dormant socialization with friends and neighbors? Did the winter take its toll on your outdoor furniture? Maybe it’s time to consider the functional beauty of cedar outdoor furniture.

Charming lawn furniture is available right here in Seekonk, MA and you are going to love what you see. This natural wooden furniture is unbeatable in terms of beauty and durability. It blends with nature and will function perfectly within your outdoor living space. Cedar wood outdoor furniture is a favorite for many homeowners because it never looks dated or out of style. In fact cedar furniture becomes more attractive with age. Cedar outdoor furniture wooden is insect resistant and effectively withstands harsh weather.

Your lawn furniture is a reflection of you and your taste and willingness to invest in the comfort of your guests. Make a statement for your family and friends with new outdoor lawn furniture from The Fireplace Showcase.