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Warm Thanksgiving Wishes to You All

- Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Happy Thanksgiving

Our path to personal and professional success is paved by- and with- the quality souls with whom we have surrounded ourselves. And, we consider you a member of our extremely valued fraternity of customers, vendors, service providers, mentors, and friends. It has been a strange couple of years, and we all have each other to thank for surviving and thriving. For this we give thanks.

This Thanksgiving we would like to use this week's blog to communicate our heartfelt appreciation for all the support, loyalty, service quality, and passion for our business we have received this past year. Going forward, our commitment is to even better strengthen our business and our relationships throughout into 2023 and beyond.

Warm Thanksgiving wishes, to you all.

Consider a Grill if Oven Space is Tight This Thanksgiving

- Wednesday, November 16, 2022
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury - Turkey On A Grill

It's the perennial issue that plagues us all around the holidays: not enough oven space. Put your grill to use as secondary ovens for the holidays.

Best Use for Your Specific Grill

If you have a gas or charcoal grill, consider cooking sides like broccoli and corn outside. These dishes benefit from the grill's direct heat source and can stand a bit of char. For indirect grilled sides, like stuffed squash or sweet potato and marshmallow casseroles, use a kettle or pellet grill.

For Consistency, Go Pellet

Some types of grills offer more temperature consistency than others. Pellet grills are like outdoor ovens with an added whiff of wood smoke. So anything you would bake in an oven, from side dishes to desserts, you can cook in a pellet grill. The benefit of a pellet grill is that you basically set them and forget them. There are no flare-ups or issues with temperature consistencies.

This also makes them ideal for baking, where a steady and controlled temperature is necessary. The consistency of a pellet grill makes it ideal for baking bread, pies, and other Thanksgiving baked goods like cornbread stuffing and dinner rolls.

Consider the Smoke

Pellet grills also provide a smokey flavor to your dish, so if there are recipes in your Thanksgiving repertoire you prefer on the less-smoky side, go for a gas grill. It will impart a less smokey flavor. A gas grill's side burner can also be used to make sides like mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce.

Take the Main Event Outside

If you've never cooked a turkey on the grill before, it can be a failsafe way to free up the oven. Plus, turkey and a smoky pellet grill are a natural pairing.

Cooking the bird outside is a good way to alleviate the stress put on the indoor oven and it offers countless options for creativity, too. In terms of cooking a bird that won't disappoint, it must be cooked over indirect heat.

Don't Discount Charcoal

Although charcoal can be a little fickle in terms of heat reliability, it also offers up exceptional smoky flavor and can be a lot of fun to cook with. Charcoal grills can be enhanced with hardwood chips and chunks, and dishes that don't require a ton of temperature stability can easily be cooked on them. Sides that are normally baked in the oven like baked squash, scalloped potatoes, and even macaroni and cheese, can benefit from a charcoal grill's smoke and won't be impacted much by temperature variation.

You're most likely going to be setting it up for indirect grilling as opposed to direct heat. This requires raking the embers to the periphery and cooking the food in the center, which helps create more precise temperatures, within about a 50-degree window. That can be fine for most casseroles and sides.

Looking for a new grill for your Thanksgiving dinner? For more information, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury.


Bromic Outdoor Heaters for Stylish and Directed Heat

- Friday, November 11, 2022

A New Era in Smart-Heating. Th is innovative portable outdoor heater is a market changing heating solution that is attractive, maneuverable, adjustable, and it works! This heater can match any contemporary outdoor dining or patio area.

For more information contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury.

Halloween Dinner: Grilled Scary Eyes Meatball Sub

- Wednesday, October 26, 2022
The Fireplace Shop & Grill Center at West Sport - Halloween Meatballs

Whether made from scratch or bought fresh from the grocery, meatballs are smokey bombs of beefy joy. Meatballs nestled in a grilled bun on a heaping layer of marinara sauce also make great...eyes.

Your meatball sub might have taken a scary turn, but we guarantee it’s still just as delicious.

Scary Eyes Meatball Sub


  • 12 Meatballs, raw
  • 3 sub rolls
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 12 green olives stuffed with garlic
  • 6 black olives, sliced


  1. Prepare the grill for direct grilling over medium heat (350º to 450º F).
  2. Slice each olive approximately ¼-inch from the opening so the garlic stuffing shows. Slice each black olive in half.
  3. Brush the cooking grates clean.
  4. Grill the meatballs over direct medium heat, turning several times, for approximately 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Split the sub rolls and grill cut side down over direct medium heat until marked, approximately 30 seconds.
  6. Equally top the bottom of each roll with marinara sauce, 4 meatballs, and cheese.
  7. Place a green olive and black olive slice on each meatball so they resemble eyes and eyebrows.
  8. Serve warm.

4 Reasons to Add a Fireplace to Your Home

- Wednesday, October 12, 2022
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport - Fireplace Insert

Whether you’re constructing a new home or simply redesigning your current living space, there are many considerations that can truly make a house a home.

Amid budget considerations, design vision boards, specs and blueprints, amenities like a new fireplace can allow homeowners to celebrate the warmth, comfort and ambiance a fireplace or other hearth product can provide. In fact, 7 out of 10 of homeowners have a fireplace and usage has increased during all four seasons since 2020, according to research from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, showcasing that including a fireplace in your construction or renovation plans is a gift to yourself and your family.

Consider these four benefits of including a fireplace as part of your next home update:

  • It can be a sanctuary from the ever-changing world outside. As people continue to spend more time at home, a fireplace can serve as a source of calm and relaxation, helping you and your family escape from the challenges daily life may throw your way.
  • It’s an artful piece of decor to display year-round. Whether it’s a centerpiece for your living room or family room, or an accent to your bedroom, bathroom or study, a creatively designed fireplace can provide an artful design element for your home, no matter the season.
  • It’s a safe, reliable heating source. A fireplace is an extra layer of security when weather wreaks havoc and can provide safe, reliable heat and lighting in the event of a power outage.
  • It can be the heartbeat of your home. Between screen time, remote work schedules and commitments to extracurricular activities, many families experience fragmented home lives. A fireplace, though, can serve as a central gathering spot for you and your loved ones when together.

For more information on adding a fireplace or fireplace insert to your home, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury.


Instant Warmth with a Gas Fireplace Insert

- Wednesday, September 28, 2022

A drafty wood burning fireplace can be converted into instant warmth and enjoyment.

Ruby series gas inserts make relaxing simple. Convert your high-maintenance wood fireplace into a source of warmth and enjoyment. Realistic split logs and flames give the Ruby series the ambiance and look you expect, while removing the effort wood fireplaces require.

Right now get a free chimney liner when you purchase a gas or wood insert, a savings of up to $600. For more information visit The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury.

Fireplace Trends for Attractive, Comfortable Space

- Wednesday, September 21, 2022
The Woodstove Fireplace & Patio Shop in Littleton, MA - Fireplace

Fireplaces are useful features in a home. Fireplaces are sources of ambient heat and also add style to indoor spaces.

Fireplaces can complement just about any interior style. Fireplaces can be traditional and burn wood or connect to a home’s natural gas supply for on-demand ambiance. What’s more, fireplaces may come in vented or ventless varieties, depending on homeowners’ preferences and what is allowed by community building codes. That means a chimney or flue may not be needed — expanding the list of rooms where a fireplace can be installed.

Certain trends have emerged among fireplace fans in recent years. Here’s a look at what’s getting consumers fired up about these home decor elements.

  • Minimalist style: Many fireplaces are designed in neutral colors with minimal trim that directs focus on the fire and not the appliance. When the fireplace is not in use, it blends in with surroundings and will not compete for attention with other design elements.
  • Convertible fireplaces: Homeowners can choose between open or sealed fireplaces. A convertible fireplace enables homeowners to have the best features of these options. A convertible fireplace can be converted to wood from gas, or the opposite, in as little as 30 minutes.
  • Nature-inspired materials: Natural stone continues to be a material of choice in fireplace surrounds. Light colors work well for a fireplace, and also fit with today’s lighter color interior design preferences. Natural stone also works perfectly with both contemporary and rustic decor.
  • Vintage fireplaces: Vintage continues to be a buzzword in 2022, and the choice to go vintage also applies to fireplace styles. A room decorated in vintage elements can be complemented with a vintage fireplace or one designed to look vintage.
  • Integrate into wall decor: Fireplaces that are built right into a wall save space. One can have a television and a fireplace on the same wall. These types of fireplaces work well in modern home designs. Other fireplaces may be built into bookshelves or other wall features.

Fireplaces can improve the appeal of a home. Various trends are popular this year, making fireplaces highly coveted features.

For more information about fireplace inserts, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury.


A Fireplace In Any Room Of The House

- Thursday, September 15, 2022

Fireplaces can be great design elements and can make any space in your home feel more cozy and luxurious. Below are several reasons why a fireplace may be the perfect addition to your home. They can save you money on energy bills, become statement pieces in a space, and increase your home's value.

The most popular place to install a fireplace is in the living room or the family room. But, one could be added to any room to create a warm and inviting atmosphere; added to the bedroom, dining room, or even the bathroom. If you're thinking about adding a fireplace to a room in your house, there are a number of styles you could choose. Here are 25 ways you could style a fireplace to suit any room of your home.

1. Surrounding shelves

Adding built-in shelves around a fireplace can give you more opportunities to add decorative elements to a space. This design is typically used in living rooms and bedrooms.

2. Embrace cozy elements

To emphasize the cozy atmosphere in a space, design the fireplace around wooden elements and cozy materials, like a plush couch.

3. Add storage benches

Storage benches could be placed around a fireplace in the living room, mudroom, or entryway. This is a great way to make a room more functional.

4. Build with brick

Adding brick around a fireplace will create a statement in any space. Brick can make a home feel more earthy and warm.

5. Place in the center

Placing a fireplace in the center of an open concept can help divide multiple spaces. This style also allows multiple rooms to utilize the fireplace. In this design, the entryway, living room, and dining room all benefit from this statement piece.

6. Embrace empty space

Allowing for empty space around a fireplace will make it stand out. This fireplace is styled with minimal furniture pieces.

7. Position facing the bed

In the bedroom, placing a fireplace at the foot of the bed will give the room a focal point and create an extra cozy atmosphere.

8. Fill an empty wall

The fireplace could be placed next to the bed, to fill the space on an empty wall. It could also be used to separate a wall that has been painted two different colors, as in the above room.

9. Use to warm the tub

In the bathroom, a fireplace could be placed next to the bathtub to provide warmth and light. This will give your bathroom an extra luxurious feel.

10. Install near the shower

Similarly, a fireplace could be placed next to the shower. This space has a very cohesive and modern, black and white design.

11. Include in an open concept

In an open concept home, a fireplace in the living room can also be seen from other areas, such as the kitchen or the dining room. This provides warmth and light to the whole house.

12. Place in the corner

A fireplace could be added to the corner of any room, to fill the empty space and add an interesting design choice.

13. Surround in stone

Surrounding a fireplace in stone will make it appear more rustic and earthy. This piece is encompassed in beautiful stone that reaches to the ceiling.

14. Paint a dark color

Painting a fireplace a dark color in a moody room will give your space a chic and luxurious feel.

15. Embrace symmetry

Symmetry can make a fireplace look cohesive in a space. This room has two identical mirrors and sconces bordering the statement piece.

16. Encompass with rustic elements

To emphasize the rustic elements of a fireplace, surround in dark brick and style with wooden logs. This could be added to any space in a cabin.

17. Surround with windows

If you live in a beautiful place, allow your view to speak for itself. Place a fireplace before large windows to give it the perfect backdrop.

18. Create contrast

Create contrast by painting the fireplace a light color and the wall a dark shade, or vice versa. This will draw attention to your fireplace.

19. Make it extra modern

Keep the space modern by surrounding the fireplace in subtle tiles and placing a television over it.

20. Surround in chairs

To make a fireplace more inviting in the living room or entryway, place chairs on either side of it. This style encourages your guests to come and sit next to the warm fire.

21. Make the focal point

To make your fireplace the focal point of any space, surround it in a unique element, like brick, stone, or tile.

22. Add next to tub stairs

A fireplace could be added next to the tub, especially if your bathtub is sunk into a tiled surround.

23. Paint with a bold color

Painting the wall in any room a bold color will make the fireplace really stand out. This dining room's wall color emphasizes the design of the fireplace.

24. Use to connect rooms

A fireplace could be placed between two rooms, to connect them. For instance, this home has one between the dining room and the living room.

25. Make a space more comfortable

A fireplace could be used to make a space feel more comfortable. Whether it be incorporated into a living room, dining room, bedroom, or bathroom, a fireplace will create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

For more information, visit us at The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury.


Gas Fireplace Inserts: Attractive, Efficient, and Easy-to-Use

- Wednesday, September 07, 2022
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury - Gas Fireplace Insert

A new EPA certified gas fireplace insert is an easy, convenient way to heat your home and to make a traditional open fireplace more attractive. Gas fireplace inserts are insulated with a large glass window for viewing the natural looking fire. The insert itself prevents the heat from going up the chimney and forces it into your home instead. Many have a blower that helps to force the heat into your living space. Fireplace inserts, both wood and gas, are placed directly into your existing open fireplace, making your hearth more attractive and more efficient.

With energy prices skyrocketing, energy efficiency is one of the biggest benefits of adding a gas insert to your home. They can also be thermostat controlled for even heating.

Right now, at West Sport in Sudbury, get a free chimney liner when you purchase a gas or wood insert, a savings of up to $600.

For more information, visit us at The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury.

Turn Your Back Yard into an Italian Pizzeria

- Thursday, August 25, 2022
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport - Pizza Oven

If you know anyone with a backyard pizza oven, you know both the magic and the unique culinary experience they deliver. You can deliver this experience for family and friends as well by adding a Backyard Pizza Oven to your outdoor space.

Ready to cook in 20 minutes

The Hearthstone Pizza Oven is quick and easy to use. The stainless steel baffle and a thick layer of ceramic fiber insulation retain the heat in the oven. Simply start the fire and you’ll be cooking in about 20 minutes.

Convenient features and accessories

The patio oven floor is made from multiple layers of fire bricks, essential for crispy pizza crust. The cooking shelf in front of the oven gives you space to organize and check the progress of your meal. A thermometer is built into the front of every oven. And an assortment of accessories is available to expand the capabilities of your pizza oven.

Materials and construction

Our ovens are built to last for years. Using stainless steel and a durable powder coat finish, our ovens are constructed to withstand the heat from inside and the weather outside.

For more information on Hearthstone Pizza Oven, visit us at The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury.

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