Proper Disposal of Wood Stove Ashes Prevents Wildfires

Elizabeth ManuelComment

Each year, crews from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and local fire departments respond to wildfires caused by the dumping of hot ashes from a fireplace or wood stove.

While the use of fireplaces and wood stoves inside homes are not restricted by DFPA, it is important that homeowners take the proper precautions when disposing of the ashes so they don’t start a wildfire, officials say.

This was demonstrated Wednesday afternoon when crews from DFPA responded to a smoke report in the 4,000 block of Azalea–Glen Road near Azalea.

Firefighters located and suppressed a natural cover fire that burned less than 1/10th of an acre near a home site. A preliminary investigation indicated that the cause of the fire was related to the dumping of hot ashes from a wood stove.

Ash from a fireplace or wood stove can retain enough heat to ignite other combustible material for several days after a fire.

When cleaning ash from a fireplace or wood stove, DFPA says to follow these tips:

  • When possible, allow the ash to completely cool in the fireplace or wood stove.

  • Never put hot ash into a paper or plastic bag, cardboard box or other similar container. The only type of container suitable for ash storage is a metal container with a tight fitting lid.

  • Spray water on the ash prior to attaching the metal lid to the metal container and allow them to completely cool, outside, away from your home.

  • Never store your metal ash container with ashes in them on your deck, in your garage, or in any location that may allow heat to transfer from the hot coals to nearby flammable materials.

  • Once the ash has completely cooled, only dump them in areas free of flammable vegetation. As an additional precaution, have a garden hose and shovel on site when you dump the ash so you can spray water and mix the ash to ensure that they are completely extinguished.

Fire officials remind that those found to be responsible for a fire caused by the dumping of hot ashes may be cited for the start of the fire and held liable for fire suppression costs and associated damages.

Fire officials remind that those found to be responsible for a fire caused by the dumping of hot ashes may be cited for the start of the fire and held liable for fire suppression costs and associated damages.

Each year, crews from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and local fire departments respond to wildfires caused by the dumping of hot ashes from a fireplace or wood stove.

While the use of fireplaces and wood stoves inside homes are not restricted by DFPA, it is important that homeowners take the proper precautions when disposing of the ashes so they don’t start a wildfire, officials say.

This was demonstrated Wednesday afternoon when crews from DFPA responded to a smoke report in the 4,000 block of Azalea–Glen Road near Azalea.

Firefighters located and suppressed a natural cover fire that burned less than 1/10th of an acre near a home site. A preliminary investigation indicated that the cause of the fire was related to the dumping of hot ashes from a wood stove.

Ash from a fireplace or wood stove can retain enough heat to ignite other combustible material for several days after a fire.

When cleaning ash from a fireplace or wood stove, DFPA says to follow these tips:

  • When possible, allow the ash to completely cool in the fireplace or wood stove.

  • Never put hot ash into a paper or plastic bag, cardboard box or other similar container. The only type of container suitable for ash storage is a metal container with a tight fitting lid.

  • Spray water on the ash prior to attaching the metal lid to the metal container and allow them to completely cool, outside, away from your home.

  • Never store your metal ash container with ashes in them on your deck, in your garage, or in any location that may allow heat to transfer from the hot coals to nearby flammable materials.

  • Once the ash has completely cooled, only dump them in areas free of flammable vegetation. As an additional precaution, have a garden hose and shovel on site when you dump the ash so you can spray water and mix the ash to ensure that they are completely extinguished.

Fire officials remind that those found to be responsible for a fire caused by the dumping of hot ashes may be cited for the start of the fire and held liable for fire suppression costs and associated damages.

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https://kpic.com/news/local/proper-disposal-of-wood-stove-ashes-prevents-wildfires

OCTOBER: NATIONAL FIREPLACE MONTH!

Elizabeth ManuelComment

Jack Goldman, president and CEO of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, summarizes the dramatic innovations that have recently been made in the design of wood, gas and electric fireplaces–vastly increasing the potential for their use throughout the home.

ARLINGTON, Va. (PRWEB) September 21, 2018

Contemporary, see-through fireplaces that warm multiple rooms. Prefabricated gas fireplaces that mount directly to the wall. Electric fireplaces that look realistic and can really put out the heat. No, these are not the fireplaces you knew when growing up in your parent's home. Today's innovative new fireplaces are designed for visual excitement, two-sided exposure, and installation in locations previously unconsidered.

"The conventional fireplace has all but been reinvented in recent years. Today's fireplaces cater to the specific needs and wants of homeowners," says Jack Goldman, president and CEO of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA).

Goldman says that a decade ago, generally only the extremely wealthy would have considered having more than one fireplace in the house. "There are so many new products on the market today that can fit any budget and style."

While your parents may have had a wood-burning fireplace, the chances are that it wasn't outfitted with an insert. "Fireplace inserts with glass doors have become the standard, retaining the heat generated by the fire when in use, and limiting draft when not," says Goldman. "Woodstove design has also been updated in recent years allowing for a wide array of designs ranging from traditional to ultra-contemporary."   Goldman says that gas and electric fireplaces are now installed for aesthetics and mood as well as heating purposes. "Architects have embraced the long, sleek horizontal fireplace surrounds and are incorporating them into their contemporary interior designs." Equally exciting, he says are two-sided fireplaces that are increasingly being used in home designs. "When you consider the visual impact and benefits of a two-sided fireplace, the extra expense associated with it seems relatively low."

Goldman says that second and third fireplaces are being installed in existing homes–sometimes for the calming effect they evoke. Specifically, he refers to gas and electric fireplaces that can be mounted directly to the wall, which in many cases do not require venting. "Because of this, fireplaces are making appearances in kitchens, baths and other private rooms of the house."

Goldman says that hearth-related innovations are not limited to home interiors. Outdoor fireplace kits using traditional masonry or pre-engineered masonry products range in design from simple to majestic. The gas-fueled fire pit has also been given a new stage with its integration into the design of patio furniture and other outdoor architectural features. Many new forms of media, such as the simulated gemstones, have been developed for use in gas applications both in and outside the house. Other products include large river-worn stones and sophisticated metal sculptures. To experience the true impact of these and other fireplace products, Goldman suggests visiting the showroom of your local hearth shop. The HPBA website also features a Hearth Gallery of images on its Consumer Information tab.

HPBA, based near Washington, DC, is North America's leading advocate for manufacturers, retailers, distributors and allied associates of fireplace, stove, heater, barbecue, and outdoor living appliances. HPBA provides professional member services and industry support in government relations, events, market research, education, certifications, consumer education, and industry promotion. Learn more at hpba.org. 

https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/09/p12389999/october-national-fireplace-month-not-your-parents-fireplace

How To: Build A Gas Fire Pit in 10 Steps!

Elizabeth ManuelComment

A fire pit is a great way to enjoy time outside. This easy DIY project is great for all skill levels and customizable to your own backyard or patio. It can be built in grass, on concrete, or patio pavers. Gather around a warm and cozy fire with family and friends to create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Concrete Hardscape Block

  • DIY Gas Burner Kit With Control Panel (Try the DIY-38 From The Outdoor Greatroom Company, Call Us Today For Pricing!)

  • Lava Rock (0.5 Cubic Bag or Approximately 20 lbs Recommended)

  • 1 Vent Block

  • Exterior Grade Concrete Adhesive

  • 1 AAA Battery For Burner Ignition

  • Vapor Barrier If Building In Grass or on Pavers

Tools Needed For Block Assembly:

  • Level

  • Shovel If Building In Grass

  • Rake If Building In Grass

  • Mallet

  • Caulk Gun

Tools Needed For Burner Assembly:

  • 2 Adjustable Wrenches

  • 7/16” Wrench

  • Power Drill With Phillips Bit

1. Before assembling your gas fire pit, plan where you want to build it and decide how you will supply gas to this location. If you choose to run a natural gas line to the unit, be sure to have it installed by a certified gas technician before you begin this project. Check any city ordinances as well, to ensure your new fire pit will be legally built to code.

2. If putting your fire pit in grass, mark a 40” diameter circle and remove all grass, sod, and roots. Remove 2” of soil within the same area. Be sure to level the soil where your fire pit will be built and add between 1-2” of paver base. Pack the paver base and use a level throughout the process.

3. After the paver base is installed, if using in grass or on top of a paver patio, install the vapor barrier. This will prevent moisture from the ground and protect your Gas Burner Kit. The vapor barrier is not needed if building on a concrete slab.

4. Next lay your first ring of hardscape block in a circle. We chose to use 4” tall tumbled radius pavers, but you can also use retaining wall block or something similar. We recommend an interior diameter between 32”-37”. Use a rubber mallet to level.

 5. Place the next ring of concrete block, leaving space for the control panel and optional vent block. If you choose to forgo the vent block, concrete blocks must have adequate space between them to allow air flow underneath the burner, we recommend at least 10 square inches total. Consult your Gas Burner Kit manual for specific instructions.

5. Place the next ring of concrete block, leaving space for the control panel and optional vent block. If you choose to forgo the vent block, concrete blocks must have adequate space between them to allow air flow underneath the burner, we recommend at least 10 square inches total. Consult your Gas Burner Kit manual for specific instructions.

 6. Once you have your concrete blocks spaced appropriately, carefully remove one block at a time and apply concrete adhesive. Place the block back on the ring and apply pressure. Repeat this process for each block.

6. Once you have your concrete blocks spaced appropriately, carefully remove one block at a time and apply concrete adhesive. Place the block back on the ring and apply pressure. Repeat this process for each block.

7. Assemble your burner and place on top of the concrete block ring. Ensure there is at least 1” overlap to secure the burner ring. Consult the Gas Burner Kit manual for proper assembly instructions, clearance to combustible ratios, and gas connection instructions.


 8. Lay the third layer of concrete block. Repeat the adhesive process from step 5.

8. Lay the third layer of concrete block. Repeat the adhesive process from step 5.

 9. Let concrete adhesive cure. Add Lava Rock until burner area is covered with approximately 2 inches of rock.

9. Let concrete adhesive cure. Add Lava Rock until burner area is covered with approximately 2 inches of rock.

10. Light your new fire pit, sit back, relax, and enjoy!

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https://www.outdoorrooms.com/company/advice/how-build-gas-fire-pit-10-steps

The Main Benefits Of Having A Clean Chimney

Scott JacksonComment

A roaring fireplace in your home can help to make those cold winter nights seem much warmer, while it can also reduce your energy bills and create a homely environment in your living room that the whole family can enjoy. Indeed, if you have a fireplace in your home, then you should make sure that it is regularly cleaned and maintained to prevent any problems from occurring. A failure to maintain and regularly clean your chimney could result in you having to pay for chimney repair by an expert who would fix any problems that have occurred with your chimney over time. Therefore, if you have a chimney in your home, you can enjoy these main benefits of having a clean fireplace and an efficient chimney system. 

Greater efficiency

Like every ventilation system, a chimney requires regular maintenance and cleaning to prevent blockages from occurring. However, unlike most normal ventilation systems which are blocked or damaged, a faulty chimney could result in a significant safety hazard, while house fires are often caused by neglecting the chimney or the fireplace. It should be noted that a chimney fire could result in you having to pay for chimney repairs which could be expensive, especially if the structural integrity of the chimney has been compromised in a fire.

Regular cleaning

If you want to avoid a chimney fire or other disasters from happening in your fireplace, then you should consider contacting your local firm of chimney cleaning and maintenance experts as soon as possible. By contacting your local firm of experts, you can ask for advice or schedule an inspection to make sure that the chimney in your home is not dangerously blocked which could result in a fire breaking out inside the chimney.

Structural integrity

It is also important to make sure that the structural integrity of your chimney is maintained to a high level. If you are suffering from crumbling mortar or bricks, then you may experience serious issues with inefficiency or blockages, which can also contribute to the outbreak of a chimney fire. It should also be noted that in order to make sure that your chimney is as safe as possible when you want to have a fire, you should ensure that the structural integrity of your chimney is maintained.

Extra safety

Lastly, if you carry out regular inspections of your chimney, you can make sure that any potential problems are reduced. This will make sure that your family will be safer than if you neglect to maintain the chimney or fireplace in your home. In addition, if you want to make sure your home is more secure, then you should consider installing a screen around your fireplace to prevent embers coming into contact with flammable materials in the room. Furthermore, you should also make sure that all the smoke detectors in your house are working and that the batteries have enough charge in them to notify you in the event of a fire in the future.

Therefore, you should consider the benefits of maintaining the chimney as well as the fireplace in your home to prevent chimney fires or expensive chimney repairs from being conducted.

http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/the-main-benefits-of-having-a-clean-chimney-42012/

The Eco-benefits of Wood Burning Stoves

Elizabeth ManuelComment

As the nights grow colder, you will probably start turning up the heating in your home (and who could blame you?) but as eco-friendly people know, it’s not very green.

One of the most environmentally friendly ways to heat your home is a wood burning stove. Compared with central heating systems that run on coal, gas, or oil, they are more energy efficient, cleaner to use, and far greener.To give you an example, many architects and builders are choosing to install wood burning stoves in new build houses to meet certain sustainability requirements and laws.

Sharp Drop in Carbon Emissions

Yes, you heard right. Burning wood is significantly more sustainable than other forms of heating.The amount of carbon that is emitted from wood during the burning process is far less than that of other fossil fuels, especially coal.

In fact, burning an entire tree’s worth of wood (not that you should do it all in one go) will only release the amount of carbon that has been extracted from the atmosphere and stored by the tree over its lifetime. In addition, a tree will produce the same amount of carbon whether it is burned or left to decompose, so burning untreated wood will not release any extra pollutants into the atmosphere.

It Runs on Waste

Even better, you can use waste wood to cut your own costs (by not having to pay for your heating) and environmental waste (by saving things from the dreaded landfill).

Where would you get this waste wood?

  • Skips at building sites (just make sure it’s not varnished or painted because heating that will be dangerous and incredibly un-eco)
  • Local online adverts (many people will give away waste wood so that they don’t have to dispose of it themselves)
  • Your garden/ neighbor's garden/ friend’s garden (everyone has to trim back trees)

If you’re concerned about how to safely turn this type of waste wood into firewood, consider investing in some professional firewood processing equipment, like that supplied by Fellotool. Log saws and wood splitters will turn tree branches and the like into firewood much faster than doing it by hand, leaving you more time to relax in front of the roaring fire.

Renewable Source of Energy

Unlike the big three fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas), wood is a renewable energy source and if buying new wood (as opposed to waste wood) it is sustainably sourced i.e. a new tree is planted for every tree cut down.

Wood Stoves v Open Fires

The fact is that open fires are far more wasteful interms of heat that a wood burning stove that is specially built as an effective source of heat. For example, some models of wood burning stoves will even re-circulate the gases emitted from burning back into the stove to be burnt off (creating more heat) and many heat water through a back boiler which will heat the rest of the house (reducing your dependence on fossil fuels).

So, what did you think of the eco-benefits of wood burning stoves? Do you already have one? Let us know in the comments below.

http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/the-eco-benefits-of-wood-burning-stoves-31790/

Why Are Fireplaces Tremendously Popular Worldwide?

Elizabeth ManuelComment

You are not the only person who considers an amazing idea to install a fireplace in their house. Fireplaces are popular home additions worldwide, because they bring a certain atmosphere to a house. You as the homeowner of the house will have numerous advantages. The present market offers people a wide-array of options from which to choose, there are gas fireplaces, electric fireplaces and many other models. They are considered beautiful and convenient additions to a house. However, you do not install a fireplace in your house daily, it is the type of addition that has to be analysed. You should do great research, before deciding upon the model, you want to have in your living room. 

 

Why do people love fireplaces?

They are safe

Nowadays on the market, you can find only models that can be used in safety conditions. It is your role to maintain them properly. It is stated that the gas and electric models are considered safer than wood ones but if you care for them, these ones will also be safe. The models that work on gas and electricity do not require great maintenance, because their manufacturers have to respect numerous safety regulations when they design them. The fireplace is not only a beautiful addition to a home, but it also offers an affordable and efficient heating solution.

They are not difficult to install

It does not matter the design of the house, there is definitely a model of fireplace you can install there. And the majority of fireplaces are easy to install, especially if we are talking about the electric and vent-free gas ones. These models do not require a home remodel, because they can be installed anywhere you want. But if you want to install a wood fireplace, then you will have to prepare the space.

A fireplace is an affordable heating option

As stated before fireplaces use different types of fuels, but all of them come at affordable prices. The persons, who want to save money when it comes to energy, prefer the electric models. However, if you are living in an area abundant in forests, then you will be able to buy wood at low prices, and a wood fireplace would help you save money. The persons, who want to install a fireplace in an apartment, prefer the electric models, because they do not have to create a chimney. But if you live in a house then the wood one will create a great atmosphere.

They make a house look more like home

From the moment when you will install the fireplace, you will notice that the look of the house will change. All the homeowners who have installed fireplaces totally love them, because they improved the design of the rooms in which they were installed. People feel more comfortable in a house that has a fireplace, because the fire generates a natural warmth people love. If you will sit in front of your fireplace during the winter months, you will feel more relaxed. And a fireplace will also increase the value of your house in case you want to sell it in the future.

Before installing the fireplace, make sure you have answers to these questions:

Do you prefer a certain style of fireplace?

Some people are nervous, and they do not know if installing a fireplace in their house is a good decision. This happens when the house is already built, and the furniture is already installed. They have the misconception that the fireplace will change the style of the room. You should not worry, because there are numerous fireplace models, and even the pickiest person can find a model that meets their preferences. It is important to know what style you have used when you have decorated your house, and to filter the fireplace models according to it.

The majority of homeowners prefer contemporary fireplaces. But if you have designed your house in a more traditional way, then there are plenty of traditional models on the market from which you can choose.

Do you have specific heating efficiency requirements?

Everyone knows that a fireplace can reduce the heating costs of a house, but the majority of owners do not know exactly how much they will be able to save. The fireplace will allow you to heat your rooms, especially if you use a gas one. Studies show that depending on the model of the fireplace, the owners of a house can have energy bills lower by around 30%.

Do you want an unvented or vented gas fireplace?

In case you want to use a gas fireplace, then you should know that there are two different types on the market. Every one of them requires specific fireplace service so, this is one of the aspects you should consider when making the decision. The direct vent fireplaces come with a sealed combustion system and it is quite useful because it protects the quality of the air from the room where it is installed. The unvented fireplaces do not have a venting system, and they draw the indoor air and oxygen for the fire. Check if the regulations from your area specify if you should use a certain type of fireplace because there are regions where the unvented fireplaces are not legal.

Do you have a budget?

Of course that you have a budget, only if you are a billionaire you do not pay attention to money. But if you are a regular person, then you have a budget for every home addition you make. There is a fireplace for every budget; the key is to search and to make the best decision. There are available basic units that are both functional and economical. But you can also find luxurious models that come with features you may not even have heard about. Do not forget that the fireplace will help you save money with your energy bills. It is worth to pay more than you have initially planned, if you know for sure that you can save later with your energy bills.

http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/why-are-fireplaces-tremendously-popular-worldwide-73061/

Now Trending: The Outdoor Kitchen

Elizabeth ManuelComment

Here's why so many homeowners are putting kitchens in their backyards!

Homeowners across the Tri-State have upgraded their backyard barbecue game. They've added storage space and sleek counter tops complete with a state of the art built-in grill. They're hitting up the guys at Route 23 Patio to get the job done—the outdoor entertaining pros have everything at their supply store in Sussex County, from the individual outdoor kitchen pieces, to the trucks you need in order to move them.

Here are the top 4 reasons why homeowners in Sparta, NJ are adding backyard kitchens:

 
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1. Increase your home's value

Due to the popularity, convenience, and increased demand for outdoor kitchens, homeowners who add them outdoor kitchens can expect a high return on investment when selling their homes. 

 
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2. Cut back on summer's high energy bills
Cooking indoors heats the kitchen up while you're trying to cool it down with air conditioning. Keep the A/C from having to work extra hard to keep the temperature down by moving the cooking outside.

 
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3. Eat healthier

Grilling makes your food tasty—without all of the added fat you'd be using if cooking indoors!

 
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4. Make entertaining a breeze

The outdoor kitchen makes each step of party planning a little easier. For pre-party meal prep, the extra-spacious and open outdoor kitchen keeps you from bumping into others who are trying to help set up. During the fete, it'll also save you endless trips in and out of the house to get food. Afterwards, cleanup is much less of a pain because anything that spills onto the floor (barbeque sauce, veggie trimmings…) doesn't need to be swept and mopped. Just grab the hose.

http://www.spartaindependent.com/Sparta_masonry_supply_patio_outdoor_kitchen_DIY_sussex_NJ

OMB Reviews Pre-Rule Related to 2015 Residential Wood Heater Rule

Elizabeth ManuelComment

By Erin Voegele | August 14, 2018

      On Aug. 10, the U.S. EPA delivered a pre-rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget related to a 2015 rule that set performance standards for new residential wood heaters, hydronic heaters and forced-air furnaces. This is the second time in August the EPA has delivered a proposal pertaining to the 2015 rule to the OMB.

      The EPA finalized a rule in February 2015 that made revisions to new source performance standards (NSPS) for new residential wood heaters. The rule updated 1988 NSPS to reflect advancements in wood heater technologies and design. It also broadened the range of residential wood-heating applications covered by the regulation.

      The 2015 rule requires manufactures to redesign wood heaters to be cleaner and lower emitting. These improvements also make the heaters perform better and increase efficiency. The action applied to adjustable burn rate wood heaters, pellet stoves, single burn rate wood heaters, outdoor hydronic heaters, indoor hydronic heaters, wood-fired forced air furnaces, and masonry heaters.

      The standards finalized in 2015 phase in over a five-year period. For woodstoves, pellet stoves and hydronic heaters, the rule is being phased in in two steps, with the first set of requirements in effect May 15, 2015 and the second limit taking effect in 2020. For wood-fired forced air furnaces, the final rule required wood practice standards beginning on the effective date of the rule, with emissions limits phased in in two steps between 2016/2017 and 2020, to give manufacturers the time they need to develop cleaner models and conduct emissions testing. Small forced air furnaces were required to meet step one emissions limits by 2016. Large forced air furnaces were given an extra year to meet step one requirements, with compliance required in 2017. All forced air furnaces are required to meet the step two emissions limit by 2020.

      The rule also streamline the process for testing new model lines by allowing the use of ISO-accredited laboratories and certified bodies, which expands the number of facilities that can be used for testing and certification of the new model lines.

      According to information published on the OMB website, EPA’s pre-rule aims to solicit comments on issued raised by the industry with regard to the 2015 final rule.

      Alternatively, a proposed rule delivered to the OMB earlier in August proposes “to allow retailers a period of time after the May 2020 compliance date to sell units that were manufactured before the May 2020 compliance date,” according to information released by the OMB.  

      Additional information on the pre-rule is available on the OMB website.

      http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/15518/omb-reviews-pre-rule-related-to-2015-residential-wood-heater-rule

      TRAEGER SMOKED SALMON

      Elizabeth ManuelComment

      TRAEGER'S RECIPE OF THE WEEK

      SMOKED SALMON

      Stop swimming upstream and start smoking salmon with ease. Our smoked salmon recipe takes all the guesswork out of the equation, leaving you perfectly smoked salmon every time. 

      INGREDIENTS

      • 1 LARGE SALMON SIDE, 2.5-3 LBS
      • 1 CUP KOSHER SALT
      • 1 CUP BROWN SUGAR, PACKED FRESH
      • GROUND BLACK PEPPER

      PREPARATION

      1. Remove all pin bones from salmon. In a small bowl combine salt, sugar and black pepper.
      2. Lay a large piece of plastic wrap on a flat surface that is at least six inches longer than the fillet.
      3. Spread 1/2 of the mixture on top of the plastic and lay the fillet skin side down on top of the cure. Top with another 1/2 of the cure spreading it evenly over the top of the fillet.
      4. Fold up the edges of the plastic and wrap tightly.
      5. Place the wrapped salmon fillet in the bottom of a flat, rectangle baking dish or hotel pan. Place another identical pan on top of the fillet. Place a couple of cans or something heavy inside the top pan to weigh it down making sure the weight is distributed evenly.
      6. Transfer the weighted salmon to the refrigerator and cure for 8-12 hours.
      7. Remove the salmon from the plastic wrap and rinse the cure completely.
      8. Place skin side down on a wire rack atop a sheet tray and pat dry. Place the sheet tray in the refrigerator and allow the salmon to dry overnight. This allows a tacky film called a pellicle to form on the surface of the salmon. The pellicle helps smoke adhere to the fish.
      9. When ready to cook, start the Traeger according to grill instructions. Set the temperature to Smoke setting (set to Super Smoke if using a WiFIRE-enabled grill) and preheat, lid closed for 5-10 minutes.
      10. Place the salmon skin side down directly on the grill grate and smoke for 3-4 hours or until the internal temperature of the fish registers 150 degrees F.

        Enjoy warm or chilled. Enjoy!

      PRINT RECIPE

      https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/seafood/traeger-smoked-salmon

      NEW! Big Green Egg Modular Nest System

      Elizabeth ManuelComment

      Build your outdoor kitchen one step at a time with the NEW Big Green Egg Modular Nest System! Start with an EGG Frame, then add to your custom EGG display with Expansion Frames and a variety of beautiful and functional inserts. You won’t believe all of the possibilities!

      Build an outdoor workspace which can be tailored for size and style.

      Start now and add on at a later date.  All inserts are standardized – the same insert will fit into the top frame and lower shelf frame.

      EGG Frame (First Photo)

      • Includes one EGG Frame, stainless steel grid insert and tool hook
      • 4 levelers included, legs also accept optional 2″ and 4″ casters
      • Lower shelf frame made of steel, which provides racking and sheer resistance
      • Aluminum top frame and legs – if the powder coating scratches the frame remains rust free

      Expansion Frames (Second Photo)

      • Includes one Expansion Frame and Connector Pack
      • Add a combination of beautiful inserts to customize your outdoor cooking area
      • 4 levelers included, legs also accept optional 2” and 4” casters
      • Lower shelf frame made of steel, which provides racking and sheer resistance
      • Aluminum top frame and legs – if the powder coating scratches the frame remains rust free

      https://biggreenegg.com/product/modular-nests/

      HOW DOES THE EGG WORK?

      Elizabeth ManuelComment

      The Big Green Egg is a blend of ancient tradition, modern technology, and proprietary processes, resulting in a far superior product that is stronger, more durable and provides better heat insulation than any other outdoor cooker on the market. Thats how the Big Green Egg works so efficiently!

      Simple to Start

      The Big Green Egg reaches perfect cooking temperature and is ready to use in just minutes. Our 100% lump charcoal is made in the USA from only the best cuts of natural oak and hickory for superb performance and results. Lighting the charcoal is always quick and easy, as the design of the Big Green Egg allows air flow to circulate efficiently. Use our natural charcoal starter or an electric starter … and never buy lighter fluid again!

      Precise Temperature Control

      Grill, smoke and bake on your EGG at exact temperatures by easily adjusting the patented air flow systems. You have total control over temperature at your fingertips, maintaining accuracy within a few degrees! The Made in USA temperature gauge provides precise readings to 750°F/ 400°C. Many indoor ovens cannot match the accuracy of the EGG’s temperature control!

      Safer to Use

      The Big Green Egg is extremely safe to use as the ceramic surface doesn’t get as hot as a metal grill, and the heat source is protected within a ceramic fire box inside the base.

      Easy Clean Up

      The Big Green Egg features a professional grade stainless steel cooking grid and an elegant green exterior with a lifetime glaze that maintains its good looks and wipes clean easily without chemical cleaners. Inside, residual heat burns away any grease build-up – just like a self-cleaning oven – and ash build-up is minimal.

      Patented Technology

      Among many features that make the Big Green Egg by far the best cooking device of its kind are the patented components and state-of-the-art ceramic technologies that provide unrivaled thermal properties, material quality and cooking performance! The materials used in each and every EGG have performed flawlessly in extreme conditions for decades, and many EGGs are passed down to the next generation. The Big Green Egg comes with a Best-In-Class limited lifetime warranty. It’s all about quality and performance.

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      Stop by our grill section and check out our selection!

      http://www.rickshouseoffire.com/grills/ 

      https://biggreenegg.com/why-buy-a-big-green-egg/

      Four Safety Tips For Your Fourth of July

      Elizabeth ManuelComment

      Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association Encourages You to Stay Safe on the Most Popular Grilling Day of the Year!

      As fireworks light up the night sky, grills will be ablaze in backyards nationwide as many celebrate our country with a favorite American pastime. But remember safety first when you light up your grill this Fourth of July.

      Fourth of July is the most popular grilling day of the year with 63 percent of grill owners planning to grill. With so many American’s barbecuing all their holiday favorites this time of year, it is important do so safely.
      — Emily McGee, Director, Communications, Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association
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      1.     Start with a clean scene.

      • Give the grill a deep exterior and interior cleaning.
      • Dry-scrub the gunk off your grates, burners, and interior surface.
      • Wash exterior with soap + water.
      • Replace your grease cup.
      • Check for rust and replace rusty parts.

      2.     Perform safety checks.

      • Check for leaks by brushing soapy water on your valves, hoses, and connectors. Bubbles indicate leaking gas.
      • Check the burners to ensure they are burning evenly. Replace any parts not working correctly.
      • Check all parts and levels. Do a walk around inspecting all grill components.
      • Check for sneaky spider nests, low propane tanks, and loose screws.

      3.     Take care along the way.

      • Prevent food from sticking by applying a light coat of high-smoking-temperature oil (such as peanut oil or cooking spray) on the grate before turning on the grill.
      • For charcoal grills, line the bowl with aluminum foil. After grilling, and once the grill and coals are cool (as a rule of thumb, always allow coals to burn out completely and let ashes cool at least 48 hours before disposing), simply discard the foil with the coals and ash. Then, wash and reline with foil for next time. If you must dispose of coals and ashes before completely cooled, place them in heavy-duty foil and soak with water completely before disposing in a non-combustible container.
      • After you use your grill, brush off the cooking grate while it’s still hot.

      4.     Treat your grill brush safely.

      • Grill brushes are like toothbrushes. When you see the bristles beginning to flatten or lose their efficacy, it’s time to replace.
      • Avoid leaving grill brushes exposed to the elements when not in use. The rain, sunlight, humidity, snow, etc., can age them prematurely.
      • Treat your grill brush just as you would any part of your grill and grilling environment: Follow manufacturers’ instructions and continuously inspect before and after using.

      https://www.hpba.org/Resources/PressRoom/ID/1664/Four-Grill-Safety-Tips-for-the-Fourth-July

      Introducing EGGspander

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      Unleash your culinary creativity with the ultimate expansion system
      for the Big Green Egg! The NEW Big Green Egg EGGspander System
      facilitates an extensive variety of cooking setups to easily utilize the full
      versatility of the EGG, and the 1 Piece convEGGtor Basket allows
      for easy and convenient placement and removal of the convEGGtor.

      Easily configures for

      • Multi-level direct and indirect
      • Multi-tier cooking racks
      • Direct “Cowboy Style” lower rack
      • ConvEGGtor Basket
      • 304 Stainless Steel
      • Handles are sized for gloved hands
      • ConvEGGtor basket allows for easy and convenient placement and removal of the ConvEGGtor
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      • Easy placement or removal of convEGGtor
      • Multi-level direct and indirect
      • Raised grid cooking
      • Starter component for the EGGspander System; works with the 2 Piece Multi-Level Rack
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      • Elevated sliding cooking grid with 4 in (10 cm) clearance for easy access
      • Reverses for low-level “Cowboy Style” grilling
      • Designed to connect to existing cooking grid
      • Starter component for the EGGspander System; works with the 1 Piece convEGGtor basket
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      SMOKIN' SAUCES FOR YOUR 4TH OF JULY BBQ

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      Dress your BBQ spread to impress with our lineup of homemade sauces. Whether you’re grilling classic burgers, to tacos or beefy sandwiches, these sauces will not only take your creations to the next level, they might just steal the show. Make your 4th of July cookout one for the books and dip, spread, and douse your meal using these easy sauce recipes.

       

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      Forget the store-bought stuff and lay our version on thick. Smoked tomatoes and a blend of spices make for a ketchup of epic proportions.

      We’re bringing the heat with this stuff. Smoked hot peppers meet onion, vinegar and a pinch of sugar for a sauce that will have your taste buds smokin’.

      Meet your new secret weapon. This versatile sauce is perfect for everything from burgers and fries, to beefy sandwiches.

      This sauce is as easy to make as it is full of flavor. Our Smoked Bloody Mary Mix and Sweet & Heat BBQ Sauce combine forces for a sauce perfect for steak, wings, or pulled pork.

      Traegering some seafood for the 4th? Dip it our smoked tartar sauce to really take it over the top.

      This sweet and spicy relish is the perfect topping for anything that needs an extra kick. Make it at least a day ahead to really let the flavors shine.

      No matter what you’re making, our selection of homemade sauce recipes will take your meal to the next level. They’re so good, and so simple to make, you may never buy store-bought sauce again!

      https://www.traegergrills.com/smokenomics/homemade-condiments

      TRAEGER BBQ BRISKET HOT DOGS!

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      These ain't your average dogs. Go bold and pile on the flavor by topping your hot dogs with tender brisket, cheddar cheese, jalapeños, and onions, and finish them off with our Sweet & Heat BBQ sauce.

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      INGREDIENTS

      • 1/2 LB LEFTOVER BRISKET, SLICED
      • 6 EA HOT DOGS
      • 6 EA HOT DOG BUNS
      • 1 WHITE ONION, FINELY CHOPPED
      • 2 JALAPENOS, THINLY SLICED

      PREPARATION

      When ready to cook, start the Traeger according to grill instructions. Set the temperature to 450 degrees F (set to 500 degrees F if using a WiFIRE-enabled grill) and preheat, lid closed for 10-15 minutes.

      Place hot dogs directly on the grill grate and cook 7-10 minutes turning occasionally until warmed through and lightly browned.

      Wrap brisket slices in aluminum foil with a little bit of BBQ sauce to keep it moist. Place directly on the grill grate next to the hot dogs and cook until warmed through, about 5-7 minutes.

      To serve, place hot dog in the bun, top with brisket, more BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, onion and jalapeños. Enjoy!

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      Access this, and over a thousand other Traeger recipes on the Traeger App.

      https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/pork/brisket-hot-dog

      10 Steps to One Spectacular Backyard Party

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      The little white square marked "party" swims before you on the calendar. Whether in June, July, or August, it's the date on which you've committed to throwing a backyard party. Now, after sitting on your hands since you first sent out the evites, it's time to get cracking. These 10 steps should help you achieve backyard barbecue bliss.

      Create an Experience!

      For Kasey Stanislaw of Park City's Harvest Moon Events, the secret sauce to a great party is creating an experience for your guests. "Think of one 'wow' factor to incorporate, something guests can take away from the party. Maybe it's hiring a reptile handler for the kids, or getting a couple of hired guns who can teach lasso tricks to the adults."

      It doesn't have to be a huge budget item. Stanislaw suggests putting together a crafting area for the kids, with butcher paper on a table, crayons, stickers, and glitter pens. For the adults, a musician — a lone guitarist will do — and a specialty cocktail make a memorable impression.

      Don't Do it Alone!

      Author, event planner, and stylist Maria McBride, based in Long Island, New York, can't make the point strongly enough. "Want to have the most fun at your own party? Get help. Hire two local teens to help serve or direct car parking. If you're expecting a big crowd, you'll want one person to help with every 10 – 15 guests."

      Stanislaw agrees. "Even on a small budget, hiring a caterer or a bartender takes the party to the next level. It allows you to be present with your guests instead of stuck in your kitchen."

      Strategize Your Menu!

      If you are preparing the meal yourself, put together a menu that lets you do the bulk of the work in advance. Even burgers and brats become special-occasion fare when paired with a buffet of toppings such as kimchi slaw, pomegranate guacamole, blackened onions, and roasted pepper mayo, all of which can be made ahead of time. Speaking of mayo, watch the clock. If food's been sitting out for longer than two hours — less time in hot weather — you'll have to toss it, so don't expect leftovers. And think about foods that do well at room temperature: hearty noodle or grain dishes with vinaigrette dressing, leafy green salads, breads, savory tarts.

      “Stick with a theme for an easy way to guide your planning. Food, cocktails, entertainment, décor—it all falls in place. But don't take things too literally. A western party might include Dutch oven cooking and gingham napkins. It's a nod to the West, not a re-creation."

      Stock Up on Seating!

      It doesn't have to be fancy, and your chairs don't need to match. But unless you're hosting a party that's strictly finger food, everyone will need a place to sit and a surface for their food. Folding tables can be a host's best friend: Oilcloth makes a reusable, no-sew cover and comes in all sorts of pretty designs, from sophisticated toile to traditional red-and-white gingham. McBride advises buying oilcloth by the roll from fabric suppliers or collecting vintage kitchen tablecloths from tag sales. "If there's a breeze in the air, prepare to weigh down the fabric with clips or clean garden rocks." 

      Stick With a Theme!

      It's an easy way to guide your planning. "Food, cocktails, entertainment, décor — it all falls in place," says Stanislaw. She advises not taking things too literally. "A western party might include Dutch oven cooking, burlap cloths, gingham napkins, and Mason jars. It's a nod to the West, not an actual re-creation."

      Similarly, if you've got a beautifully landscaped backyard, think about a Secret Garden party. "Bring in extra planters and flower boxes, light the trees, and do a garden-inspired floral cocktail."

      A theme can extend to music as well. Unless you invest in a full outdoor sound system, you won't be able to flood a large open space with music. But you can turn a porch or patio into a party space using portable speakers, Siri, or Alexa. Experts say you should plan on three hours of music; services like Songza or Spotify make it a breeze. Just count on turning down music after dark to keep neighbors happy.

      Prep Drinks in Batches!

      If you're serving a special beverage — blood orange margaritas, anyone? — mix up a batch in a couple of pitchers and refrigerate. Even with a hired bartender you're way ahead of the game. McBride admits to being a wine snob in the past, but says there are excellent boxed wines available, and suggests buying "a mix of easy summer whites and rosés. Look for craft beers and vintage sodas. Don't forget to include family-friendly iced tea, lemonade, and water infused with sliced citrus and mint."  And don't run out of ice. For a two-hour party you'll want 1.5 lbs. per person, for drinks and for chilling all beverages.

      Upgrade Your Plates!

      The saddest barbecue sight of all is a paper plate sinking under the weight of a loaded burger. Melamine dinnerware is durable, lightweight, and comes in hundreds of patterns, French country to space age hipster. While you're at it, replace disposable plastic cups with acrylic glassware worthy of the wine you'll be serving. It's eco-friendly and your guests will notice.

      McBride says that if you must use disposable dishes, buy sturdy white Chinet — available in bulk online. Finally, her personal pet peeve is plastic or bamboo utensils. "Stock up on basic metal cutlery from Home Goods or tag sales; it's easy to clean and reuse."

      Light Up!

      Basic outdoor lights are a given, both for the sake of what you're grilling and your guests' safety. For a brilliant impression, invest in festive lighting, be it strings of market bulbs swagged across the patio, Japanese-style paper lanterns hung from a tree (pair them with solar lanterns), walkways lined with hurricane lamps, even an outdoor chandelier over the dining table. Just check your power source beforehand.

      McBride says that frequent party hosts might consider keeping string lights in place all season. "You're ready for a party with a flick of a switch. I added a dimmer to the string lights on my deck a few years ago, my best party-ready strategy."

      Have a Plan B!

      Stanislaw says the smartest hosts always have a weather backup. "Especially in Park City, where weather can change in an instant, you need a Plan B. Being flexible is essential.  Looking at the radar three days before, you might see rain forecast and panic, but it can change overnight. If the budget allows, rent a canopy—you don't need a full tent with walls and flooring. Usually downpours will pass quickly. Until then, have cocktails indoors. And have plenty of towels on hand to dry chairs."

      Consider Cleanup!

      Yes, there will be trash. McBride takes a low-tech approach, relying on galvanized trash cans. "They're easy to clean, last forever, and have a retro-industrial appeal." She says you'll need 2 – 3 cans (don't forget one for the bar), and plenty of sturdy 30-gallon trash bags. And do hire a couple of helping hands (or pay the kids) to keep things tidy. You'll spend your time having fun, not hauling garbage.

       

      https://www.parkrecord.com/news/special-sections/park-city-home/10-steps-to-one-spectacular-backyard-party/

      How to Make the Most Out of Your Outdoor Kitchen

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      The heart of the home is moving outside, along with pizza ovens, beer taps, and hang-out zones...

      There was a time when the backyard chef was a lonely figure, hunched over a kettle-shaped charcoal grill while family and friends congregated inside, eating all the hors d'oeuvres. Nowadays, though, a backyard chef is just as likely to preside over an outdoor kitchen that would be the envy of celebrity griller Bobby Flay. And family and friends are just as likely to be out there, too. Because, especially in Park City, what goes better with grilled elk burgers and conversation than a mountain view?

      Grilling Goals

      “The rise of outdoor kitchens is definitely a result of families wanting to spend more time outside together.”
      — Michael Mecham, owner of Salt Lake City-based Outdoor Kitchen Concepts.

      Over the 17 years that Mecham has been building custom outdoor kitchens he has seen their popularity grow to the point that for new luxury homes they are almost a must.

       "People like to get together in their backyard, and not just in the summer," said Mecham, who claims he grills as often as six days a week right through the winter. 

      Growing, too, has been the number of accessories luxury homeowners want to find in an outdoor kitchen. Ranging from pizza ovens to complete outdoor dining and entertainment areas, options might include dual heat sources that make it possible to switch between gas and charcoal, smokers for slow cooking on low heat, motorized rotisseries, side burners, warming drawers, food preparation areas, sinks, under-counter refrigerators, stainless steel storage cabinets, wine coolers, beer taps, granite-topped bars, fire pits, fireplaces, and adjustable lighting and sound systems.

      "If you have it in your indoor kitchen, there's probably an outdoor version, too," Mecham said. 

      The range of possible add-ons is so extensive that homeowners often hire a licensed contractor with the experience to oversee the project from planning and design all the way through construction, perhaps even of a pergola or other overhead shelter that extends the summer grilling season.

      Cocktails & Climate

      One of a contractor's primary responsibilities is designing an outdoor kitchen that will work well with how the homeowners intend to use their outdoor space. For example, a tradition of gathering before dinner for a drink might suggest the need for a larger area dedicated to hanging out. And gathering this kind of input is key to putting together a budget.

      Also at the forefront is choosing options that can withstand the Park City elements, not only at the height of summer but also during the times of year when a balmy afternoon is about as rare as a camel strolling down Main Street. One brand that stands up well, according to Mecham, is Alfresco, a Southern California based, top-of-the-line grill manufacturer ($17,351 for their 8-piece, 42-inch outdoor kitchen package) whose customers have included chefs Jean George, Emeril Lagasse, and Wolfgang Puck.

      "You can cover everything in the winter, but you don't really need to," Mecham says. "Even the nuts and bolts are stainless, so nothing is going to rust."

      Counter tops are one big outdoor kitchen element that needs weatherproofing, Mecham says. He recommends using granite, but sometimes sees tile, which is a mistake. "The freezing and thawing causes problems with the grout," he says.

      Key considerations

      Mecham says constructing a major outdoor element such as a kitchen involves a good bit of planning. Here are a few other factors homeowners should think about:

      • Determining the most suitable location, which could help decide, for instance, whether a ventilation hood is needed to keep smoke from seeping into the house and making it smell like a barbecue joint when the rodeo is in town.

      • Ensuring that an outdoor kitchen's visual elements — color and style —fit in with the home's overall style. This may include working with the home's designer. It also means recognizing that styles change. For example, Mecham says that the masonry structures long used for built-in grills are "becoming obsolete." The style now is leaning toward more modern finishes such as stainless steel and powder-coated side panels. An added benefit of the new materials is that fitting cabinet doors and other attachments is much easier than when working with masonry.

      • Making provisions for gas, water, and electricity, including getting the necessary permits, may seem mundane, but is crucial. With utilities, being closer to the house is better, because of the cost of running lines, especially if the spot you have in mind would require digging a trench equivalent to the length of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

      • Configuring lighting and entertainment systems (including charging outlets), for optimizing LED lighting and Wi-Fi.

      Noodling the numbers

      Outdoor kitchens can be pricey. A top-of-the-line pizza oven alone can cost in the thousands, and the kind of kitchen that might have a TV chef trying to fly a drone over your backyard could top $100K.

      There is a way to rationalize even the big numbers, though. When it comes time to sell a home, especially at the luxury end of the market, an outside kitchen can return a significant portion of its cost, up to 100 percent or more, according to some sources. 

      But of course with the elk steaks sizzling on the grill, the conversation just getting interesting, and the sun setting over the Wasatch mountains,
      who wants to go anywhere? 

      https://www.parkrecord.com/news/special-sections/park-city-home/how-to-make-the-most-of-your-outdoor-kitchen/

      GET YOURSELF A JACKSON GRILL

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      Fire up your good times with precision grilling equipment from Jackson Grills!

      STAINLESS STEEL NATURAL GAS GRILLS & BARBECUES

      From luxurious outdoor kitchen components and high performance cart barbecues to versatile, travel-anywhere portable grills, Jackson Grills provides the equipment you need to fire up good times with family and friends. As one of Canada’s leading specialty custom grill companies, we are committed to providing a diverse range of grilling technology options, factory tested to meet strict quality control standards, and backed by knowledgeable customer support. In your backyard, summer cottage or the back-country, make the most of the great outdoors with Jackson Grills.

      In today's socially busy world, it is great to relax on the deck or backyard and enjoy the succulent tastes that can be served up from a great grill. Jackson Grills loves to be a part of that experience. Our quality and design will become the focal point for great gatherings coupled with fabulous food. Whether you're a gourmet chef or backyard  barbecue genius, you will love the great features our grills have to offer!

       

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      Combining elegance and performance in an exciting new way

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      The Lux series brings function and style into one grand masterpiece.

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      Mixing luxury, power, and versatility for a more memorable cooking experience.

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      Custom designed and  built outdoor cabinetry, built-in grills & custom accessories.

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      Add ambiance and warmth with and outdoor fire place or fire table!

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      Jackson Grills is proud to offer its industry leading warranty. The terms listed below apply to current year models and are for informational purposes only.  

      10 year plus 5 Warranty: (from date of purchase); Jackson Grills will replace (at our option), any defective stainless steel burner for the first 10 years. From 11-15 years, Jackson Grills will provide 50% of the current retail price of the stainless steel burner. First 5 years: (from date of purchase) Jackson Grills will replace or repair (at our option) any defective part in the list below at no charge. From year 6 to lifetime, any defective part in the list below will be replaced or repaired (at our option) at 50% of the current retail price:  Stainless steel inner & outer hood  Warming Shelf  Outer pedestal system  Stainless steel handle  Firebox  Flame diffusers  Stainless steel cooking grids

      2 Year Warranty: (from date of purchase); Jackson Grills will replace or repair (at our option), any defective part from the list below, at no charge. Labor Charges incurred are not covered.  LP hose and regulator  Natural Gas Hose & Quick Release fitting  Natural Gas Regulator  Thermometer  Gas valves  Knobs & fasteners  Igniter and electrode  Accessory parts (excluding covers)  Casters Jackson Grills warrants its products to the original purchaser only (NO EXCEPTIONS)

       

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      5 Summer Outdoor Entertaining Tips

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      Summer brings plenty of opportunities to enjoy time outdoors entertaining family and friends. The key to a successful summer party is simplicity: keep things easy so you can enjoy the festivities right along with your guests.

      Make this season’s barbecues, picnics and family gatherings events to remember with these simple summer entertaining tips:

      Cook outside  

      Rather than firing up the oven and heating up the entire house during steamy summer days, turn to outdoor cooking methods like grilling. Be sure to plan ahead with sturdy tableware that stands up to barbecued meats and other robust items fresh off the grill. Also remember that the grill isn’t just for main courses; you can use it to prepare any number of side items, like skewers of garden fresh veggies.  

      Keep it comfy

      With everybody outside, it’s important to keep comfort in mind. If you have access to electricity, you might consider an oscillating fan, which can stir up a cool breeze. Additionally, the air movement can help deter flies and other pests that can quickly ruin guests’ appetites. Provide ample seating options, including patio furniture, pillows and even blankets on the lawn. Also ensure there are spaces for guests to cool off, whether that’s under a shade tree or a portable canopy or umbrella.

      Provide sturdy tableware

      Some popular cookout foods can be a greasy nightmare without the right tableware to keep the mess to a minimum. Upgrade your outdoor dining experience with tableware like Chinet Classic White premium-strength plates, platters and napkins so you don’t have to worry about spills and leaks. They also make for easy cleanup when the party comes to a close.

      Prepare seasonal sides

      Let the grilled fare serve as the star of the show and keep the side dishes simple. Fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and staples like potato or pasta salads and coleslaw, make for a well-rounded meal without a lot of fuss. Also opt on the lighter side for dessert. Fresh berries over ice cream or a simple white cake can be a hit.

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      Add lighting

      Keep the entertainment alive after sundown by going the extra mile with decorative lighting. Strings of lights in fun shapes or colors can add some vibrant light to seating areas. A fire pit is also an option for adding some ambient light and even a little warmth when the sun goes down and the temperature begins to drop.

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      WHY FLAME BOSS?

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      Flame Boss 300 WiFi Smoker Controller

      • iOS & Android apps available now! Monitor pit and food temperature and change the temperature of your pit from your phone, tablet or computer.
      • Easy to Use Turns on as soon as you plug it in. There is only one mode, automatic.
      • Variable Speed Blower Runs at the best speed to reach and maintain the desired temperature in the smoker.

      Universal Adapter Kit Fits Many Drum, Barrel, Cabinet & Offset Style Charcoal Grills and Smokers:

      • Weber Smokey Mountain - All Sizes
      • Char-Griller offset & barrel
      • Char-Broil charcoal grills & smokers
      • Most drum smokers - Ugly and otherwise
      • Many other charcoal grills & smokers

      Kamado Adapter Kit Fits Kamado Style Charcoal Grills & Smokers:

      • Big Green Egg - All Sizes
      • Kamado Joe - All Sizes
      • Primo Grills - All Sizes
      • Saffire Grill & Smoker
      • Grill Dome - All Sizes
      • Vision Grills Classic
      • Broil King Keg – 2000 & 4000
      • Char-Griller AKORN Kamado

      SO WHY CHOOSE THE  FLAME BOSS?

      Better performance and results - Flame Boss® temperature controllers for charcoal grills and smokers make you a better pit master. Smoke tender and moist meat with precise and repeatable temperature control in your smoker the way nature intended – low and slow.

      Less hassle  - Flame Boss® has several fantastic features, each and every one designed to deliver the rich, smoky taste you crave without the constant monitoring. Flame Boss® does it for you. You can count on it whether you’re smoking meat for the family or a huge backyard bash. We stand behind our products with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

      Easy to use - All you have to do is plug it in and set it. Flame Boss takes it from there. Temperature controllers fit all kamado-style grills like the famous Big Green Egg. Other types are coming soon. You can’t rush greatness!

       

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