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Start Grilling Season Off Right with a New Pellet Grill

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in SudburyGrilling season is here. Everyone loves the smell of grilling in the warm weather; not to mention eating the delicious flavor of grilled food.

Cooking over a fire is one of the oldest and easiest ways to cook food. With all the new grills today, grilling is less messy, healthier, more flavorful, easier and more fun. All summer long, grilling is a favorite way to entertain with a casual supper, picnic or potluck.

Almost any food can be grilled: meats, poultry, fish and some vegetables and fruits are all great for grilling. Don’t stop at hamburgers, hot dogs, and steaks. Creative recipes will add variety and interest to your summer menus.

Creative grills will add a new dimension too. Have you tried a pellet grill? Pellet grills are the easier way to grill over hardwood. Pellets made out of hard wood are made specifically for grilling give your grilled food a whole new level of flavor.

Pellet grills are also easy to use, just like gas grills. Fill the hopper, push the button and your grill is lit and ready to go. Not only is it virtually impossible to burn or overcook food on a pellet grill, you can also use your pellet grill as a smoker and oven.

It’s important to have a grill that fits your needs. Charcoal, pellet and gas are the options that all fit different needs. Gas is popular because it’s the most convenient to use. It lights fast, heats quickly and is easy to operate. But now pellet grills are just as easy, and they come in all sizes, shapes, styles, and price.

For more information on the right style grill for you, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury.

Charcoal Grill or Gas Grill?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA, Boston, MA Grilling season is here. Are you ready to buy a new grill? Are you wondering which grill type is best? In this post we will break down the pros and cons of charcoal grills and gas grills.

To help you pick the perfect grill for your needs, we'll explore the charcoal vs. gas grill debate.

Grill Cost

There's little doubt that a charcoal grill, generally, is an inexpensive outdoor grill. Of course, a high-end charcoal grill costs more, but can really be worth the money.

Advantage: Charcoal grills

Operating Cost

Gas grills run on either natural gas or propane canisters. A 20-lb. propane gas tank will cost around $30. A 20 pound tank will last about 20 hours. This translates to $1/hour of grilling after the purchase of the tank.

Meanwhile, the chimney starter in a charcoal grill can hold up to six quarts of bricks; six quarts of sustainability sourced charcoal costs about $1.70 per cookout, while briquettes cost roughly $3.35.

Advantage: Gas Grill


Most dedicated grillers will say that you cannot get the same flavor on a gas grill that you can with charcoal. However, adding flavored wood chips like mesquite, apple, and hickory should get your taste buds going. However, nothing will caramelize a fine cut of steak or chicken like a charcoal grill using natural wood lump charcoal.

But for hamburgers and hot dogs, a gas grill does its job well enough that most folks can't determine the difference in grilling. What's more, it takes some experience to learn how to tame a charcoal grill just right, whereas finding the right temperature on a gas grill is as simple as dialing up a knob.

Advantage: Charcoal Grill


Lugging a gas grill to a park or beach cookout is going to be a headache, unless you have a big minivan and some able hands to help. That said, lots of folks like cooking in their backyard or back deck, and no one is going to steal your large, gas grill if it's a pain to move. But for ball games and rooftop cookouts a smaller Charcoal Grill is an ideal portable choice.

Advantage: Charcoal Grill

For more information on gas grills and charcoal grills to determine which is best for your lifestyle, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury.

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Outdoor Kitchens and Living Spaces Add Value

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, April 05, 2018

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA

Outdoor kitchens remains popular as homeowners seek to add lasting value and functional living space to their homes. Whether it's a do-it-yourself patio or a professionally installed outdoor kitchen, the beauty, usefulness, value and ease of maintenance in outdoor living space is limitless.

Extending living space outdoors makes sense. Adding charcoal grills, gas grills and fire pits give you space you can relax in and enjoy.

Adding value

Outdoor kitchens can add value to your home without adding walls or a huge budget. Outdoor kitchens can be added to any size home or yard. Many homeowners in the Sudbury area, who are interested in embracing more of the outdoors and adding value to their homes, have been creating outdoor living spaces in the form of an outdoor kitchen or patio with a fire pit. Real estate experts say that for every dollar you invest in landscaping projects, you could see a large return when you sell your home.

There are so many different types of gas grills to fit any budget and need.

For more information on gas grills and fire pits for outdoor kitchens and living spaces, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA.

MA Kicks Off Campaign to Replace Older Wood Stoves

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MAWood burning stoves are a way for home and business owners to assert their energy independence by using wood pellets or logs as an alternative heating fuel.

But many of those stoves were early models designed in the 1970s and ‘80s and lack the energy efficiency and cleaner burning capabilities of later models.

The administration of Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito recently announced $450,000 in funding for the 2018 Woodstove Change-out Program that provides rebates to homeowners who replace older stoves with cleaner, EPA-certified models.

“The Woodstove Change-Out Program gives all Massachusetts homeowners access to affordable, highly- efficient, and clean heating systems,” Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton said.

Launched in 2012, the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program is administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

The program has so far helped replace 2,000 less-efficient stoves.

Through these rebates, Massachusetts residents will have access to clean heating systems that are EPA-certified, use less fuel, and provide cleaner air for our communities. The Woodstove Change-Out Program has helped thousands of residents across the Commonwealth adopt clean, efficient heating technologies and we’re pleased to offer this program for another year.

Standard rebates under the program range from $1,000 to $1,750, depending on the emission levels and type of stove purchased. Residents who meet certain income guidelines can qualify for rebates up to an additional $1,500.

For more information on wood stoves for your home, or for information on our wood stove floor model sale, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA.

Additional information about the program can be found at

Choosing the Right Grill for You

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MABurgers, brats and dogs are just as much of a staple of summer as water and sun tan lotion. This means, you may be in the market for a new grill in the coming weeks -- whether it’s your first charcoal grill or an upgrade to a deluxe gas grill.

There are a few important questions every shopper should ask before they purchase a grill.

How often am I going to use it? How many people am I going to cook for? How long do I want it to last? The answers to these will help you decide on the price range you should spend.

Let's take a look at how gas, charcoal and alternative models stack up against each other.

GAS: Gas grills are considered the luxury cars of the grill market. They're durable, full of features and come in several sizes. However, they also cost more to purchase and maintain.

The big upside to gas models, of course, is convenience. Unlike their counterparts that require coals or wood chips to heat, gas grills have gained popularity because they're ready to cook in less than 10 minutes.

A gas grill also makes it easy to regulate the heat and to cook at several different temperatures at the same time. They offer greater versatility, allowing you to cook burgers and vegetables and heat buns at the same time without burning any of them.The more burners a grill has, the more cooking flexibility you'll enjoy.

Gas grills come in various sizes, too. Grills with small footprints are ideal for a terrace or townhouse. If you have the space (and the money), look for a 30-inch, 42-inch or even bigger stainless-steel model. These usually offer add-on modules or appliances like wet bars, refrigerators, wine coolers, sear stations and more.

Gas grills require thorough and prompt cleaning as they have delicate parts that must be replaced and maintained to ensure longevity.

CHARCOAL: If you ask any number of chefs and professional BBQer’s whether they would choose a gas or charcoal grill, their pick would be charcoal every time. Although gas grill enthusiasts claim there is no difference, they’ll say the charcoal choice lies in the taste.

Not only do charcoal models provide great flavor, but they're generally easier on the wallet, too.

A charcoal grill lasts forever. There's no maintenance or anything, you just get some new charcoal and put it in there. Cleaning involves little more than scrubbing the grate and dumping the ashes.

The downside: Charcoal grills require a lot of time and patience because the coals take longer to heat.

Those who try to speed up the process with lighter fluid often eat meats that -- believe it or not -- taste like flammable chemicals. Mr. Lampe recommends lump charcoal, which lights much faster than traditional charcoal briquettes.

Indirect cooking is also far more difficult on a charcoal grill. While several burners can cook various foods at different temperatures on a gas grill, a charcoal model requires grillers to build a fire on just one side of the grill.

ALTERNATIVES: As the price of gas has risen in recent years, several grillers have turned to pellet models.

Pellet grills use small wood pellets -- in a variety of "flavors" such as hickory, mesquite and oak -- to provide the energy source and infuse the food with flavor from the resultant smoke. Pellet grills are especially attractive because they require no fuel and are energy efficient.

For more information on the best grill for you and your lifestyle, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA.

The Hottest Gas Fire Pits On the Market

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 15, 2018

Warming Trends does all of their manufacturing right in Denver, Colorado, USA. If you can dream up a design, they can build it! In this video, they walk your through a bit of the manufacturing process for our CSA Certified Crossfire Burning Systems.

Our CSA Design Certified (Crossfire) Combustion Burner System is the newest state of the art outdoor patio flame system. Our Burner System's regulator was developed with a precise air to gas mixture ratio which produces a taller, brighter flame while using only half the fuel of conventional fire rings. This cutting edge technology has allowed this product to out perform all other gas fire pits on the market. Testimonial: "I was looking for a fire pit burner with automatic ignition system and after much research I decided to go with Warming Trends cross fire burners. I installed the unit after bleeding the gas line, turned on the switch and it worked perfect the first time my client and I were impressed. Thanks Warming Trends for a great product."

For more information on the the gas fire pit sale, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA.

Stove, Fireplace, and Insert Sale

Joseph Coupal - Friday, March 09, 2018

Haven't purchased your wood burning stove or wood burning fireplace insert yet? We bet you wish you'd had if you have no power right now. March can bring all kinds of crazy weather. You can still buy your stove, fireplace or insert because we are having a floor model sale. We need to make room for Spring inventory. So, come in and shop for all your heating (and grilling) needs.

Contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA for more information.

SABER Gas Grills are the Premium Grills You Can Afford

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 01, 2018

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MAWhat makes SABER the best value among premium grills? We deliver superior performance and all the features and sales support you want—for far less than other premium brands.

Every SABER grill uses our patented infrared technology and is made with the same premium materials and quality construction. No one combines performance, innovation and affordability like SABER.

The SABER Elite Series includes more stainless steel and features to the already great line of SABER grills. The Elite Series includes mirror-polish edges and bright annealed stainless steel, creating the look of luxury and style. The Elite grills feature LED lighting over the knobs, a stainless take tray that pulls out for easy access and a stainless condiment basket inside the cart. Each Elite grill includes a rotisserie rod and kit and a marine-grade grill cover.

The SABER Cast Black Series comes with a more reliable ignition system with electrodes at each burner, grate-level temperature gauges and sturdy cart design. This series features a black porcelain lid with cast-aluminum end-caps and a black powder-coated cabinet. The 2-burner model has a single access door and sturdy shelves with tool holders.

Standard SABER Grill Features

  • The SABER patented cooking system for superior grilling with even heat and no flare-ups
  • All commercial-grade stainless steel is non-magnetic
  • Electronic ignition at every burner for reliable start
  • Grate-level temperature gauges allow grilling with the lid up
  • Front access grease tray for easy cleaning
  • Heavy-duty nylon locking casters
  • Uses 30% less gas every time
  • Simple cleanup: just burn off and brush away food debris
  • Safe, easy natural gas conversion with SABER’s exclusive EZNG technology
For more information on Saber Gas Grills, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA.

Saber Gas Grills: Innovation, Performance and Quality

Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 23, 2018

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MAThe SABER Cast Series gas grills includes three full-size gas grills with a black powder-coated finish and commercial grade stainless steel grates, burners, control panels and handles.

The SABER Elite Series gas grills is a line of powerful, high-performance gas grills that are meticulously manufactured using 304 commercial-grade stainless steel. The line includes the SABER SSE 330 two-burner, an urban sized grill perfect for a rooftop terrace or garden patio, the SABER SSE 500 threeburner with a two-door cart and dual control side burner, the SABER SSE 670 four-burner grill which features a single door/two drawer cart and a dual control side burner. Two built-in units, three- and four-burner sizes, complete the Elite Series.

The SABER Elite carts are made with accents of bright, annealed 304 commercial grade stainless steel for superior durability and have sleek, hand-polished mirrored edges and handles. The grills feature ambient LED lighting over each control knob as well as internal halogen lights for easy nighttime grilling. Each is standard equipped with a 304 stainless rotisserie rod and kit, a stainless steel condiment basket inside the cart, a dual-control side burner for low and high heat cooking (3 and 4-burner models only), an easyslide tank tray and a marine-grade grill cover.

All Elite Series grills have the same award-winning cooking system as existing SABER grills – which means they use 30% less propane than traditional gas grills – and feature stainless steel cooking grates, grate-level temperature gauges, push-button electronic ignition at each burner, and multiple-position warming racks.

SABER grills are sold exclusively through specialty retail grills shops. Saber is very focused on the specialty retail channel. Saber Grills has a distinct product line but these two options are bolder and more luxurious. This Elite Series hits all the items on any serious grillers' wish list.

Saber Grills has also making physical modifications to their existing products. The improvements are designed to increase durability, make assembly easier, and enhance the overall user experience.

SABER was recently included in a roundup of Best Grills in America by Popular Mechanics magazine, and was awarded an ‘Editor’s Choice’ for the SABER Cast 500 three burner grill.

For more information or to take advantage of our Saber Gas Grill sale, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA.

What Makes this Gas Fire Pit Better than the Competition? The CROSSFIRE Brass Burner

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 14, 2018

At West Sport in Sudbury, we like the convenience of a gas fire pit and we know you do too. So, we looked for the best on the market and we found it! Warming Trends Gas Fire Pits have the brightest, hottest, highest, most beautiful flame on the market. And, we are having a gas fire pit sale right now, just in time for Spring.

See how the CROSSFIRE Brass Burner stacks up to the competition. Compare the 120K and 180K BTU Burners to standard stainless steel ring burners side by side to see that when we promise to get twice the flame with half the gas, we mean it.

Complete your outdoor living space with a taller, fuller, more natural flame in your fire pit.

All brass components means the product will never rust and a lifetime warranty means we stand behind our products. Made in the USA.

For more information on the the gas fire pit sale, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA.

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