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Wood Fireplace Inserts Have So Many Advantages, Buying One is an Easy Decision

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 16, 2019
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury

Wood burning fireplace inserts are a great way to heat your home. They offer the beauty of a wood fire, with the added advantages of a wood burning insert for better efficiency. And at The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury we have a variety of styles to fit your needs, your lifestyle, and your decor.

If you have been thinking about buying a wood burning insert, now is the time. Wood makes a beautiful fire, inserts make a gorgeous focal point in your home; and wood fireplace inserts can heat your home all winter, so no more huge heating bills.

The inserts manufactured today have much higher standards too, with higher EPA ratings than in the past. Wood inserts will keep you warmer this winter, reduce your heating bills, add ambiance to your home, and increase your home’s value.

For more information on wood burning fireplace inserts for your home, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury.

Wood Burning Fireplace Inserts for When the Power Goes Out

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 09, 2019

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in SudburyWhile it hasn't snowed yet and temperatures have been mild, winter is here. We can certainly expect stormy and snowy weather to cause power outages. This means no electricity for operating the home heating system. Remember last March? No wonder, wood burning fireplace inserts are still the most popular choice for supplemental heat for many homeowners.

Wood inserts give your home heat even when the electricity goes out. They are reliable for warmth, no matter what. Fireplace inserts can even be extremely efficient for heating large spaces and can quickly spread heat throughout your living area. Better than open fireplaces, inserts radiate heat to deliver warmth to your home. They are very efficient, easy to use, with low emissions, and are certified by the EPA. Thanks to their smokeless heat they provide your home with a clean heat and a gorgeous fire.

The latest models of wood burning inserts offer more efficiency and more styles from which to choose. With all these options available, homeowners will surely be able to pick the perfect insert to complement your home style and decor. Indeed, wood-burning inserts are not limited to delivering warmth, they can also provide a focal point to your home and cozy ambiance.

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

Why Gas Logs for Fireplaces?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 03, 2019

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in SudburyThe warmth and beauty of a fire has always been a source of comfort, security and joy. Being able to enjoy that at the touch of a button, without hauling and storing firewood or cleaning up messy ashes, makes the pleasure completely hassle free.

Gas logs for fireplaces also save money and are less harmful to the environment than wood burning fires. All the beauty of a fire with none of the nuisances. What could be better than that?


Gas fires offer a stunning, realistic fire that can rival wood-burning fires in appearance. A wide range of wood varieties are available, as well as many spectacular contemporary glass and stone styles. So you can get the exact look you want.


Gas fire products are generally inexpensive to buy and install. They cost about one fourth of what it costs to burn wood. Some gas fireplaces are more than 99 percent efficient.


Gas fires provide instant enjoyment. With the touch of a button, the fireplace turns on and off. There’s no need to purchase, store and season wood, or clean up and dispose of messy ashes.


Gas fires prevent flying sparks – common with wood fires – that might burn a rug or cause other damage. They don’t create indoor particulate matter that is harmful to asthmatics and those with respiratory issues.

Environmentally Friendly

Burning gas versus wood helps keep our air clean by eliminating harmful particulate matter in the air outside.

Right now get $100 Off Any Gas Log Set at The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury. Contact us for more information.

Grilled Lobster Tails are Perfect for New Year's Day!

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MAThis grilled lobster is perfect for any occasion. Even if you don't have a lot of experience in grilling shellfish, this will be an easy recipe for you if you start with either fresh or frozen lobster tails.

This recipe assumes you aren't starting with a live lobster.


  • 6 lobster tails
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or melted butter)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this grilled lobster dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and grilling.

Prepare the Lobster Tails

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. To split the lobster tails in half, place them on a cutting board, backside down.
  3. Use a large, sharp knife to cut down through the center to the shell the whole length.
  4. Fold the shell back (like you are opening a book), breaking through the shell.
  5. If the shell doesn't break, you can use kitchen shears to cut through it. The flesh should now be exposed.
  6. Pat the lobster tails dry with paper towels.‚Äč

Grill the Lobster Tails

  1. Preheat the grill for medium-high heat.
  2. Combine the olive oil (or butter), lemon juice, dill, and salt in small mixing bowl until the salt has dissolved.
  3. Brush the mixture onto the flesh side of lobster tails.
  4. Place the lobster tails onto the grill and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, turning them once during the cooking process. Depending on the size of the lobster tail, it may need to cook longer. Lobster tails will be done once meat reaches an internal temperature 140 F. The shells should turn a bright pink and the flesh should be opaque all the way through the center.
  5. Remove the lobster tails from the heat.
  6. Serve and enjoy!


Lobster tails are traditionally served with drawn butter. Or, you can make a second batch of the butter, lemon juice, dill, and salt baste which will do nicely as a dipping sauce.

There are a couple of ways to grill the lobster tails. You could lightly brush them with the sauce and grill meat side down for about 5 minutes, then flip them, add the sauce generously, and grill until done. Or, you could grill them with the meat side up with the sauce through the whole cooking time, until done.

If you find the lobster tails curl when grilling, you could insert a metal skewer the length of the tail before grilling. This will keep it straight and give you an easy way to put it on the grill and take it off.

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Happy Holidays from The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in SudburyOur warmest Holiday wishes from the entire team here at The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury. Calendar year 2018 was, and continues to be, a truly remarkable year and we take this moment to recognize the joy that each and every one of you has brought to our personal and professional lives. We exist because of your faith and trust in us.

As calendar year 2019 approaches, we reflect upon the foundational recognition that "your success is our success". Our New Year’s wish for 2019 is to nurture our positive and ever strengthening partnership and to deliver ever increasing value to you, your business, and your family through the entirety of 2019.

Throughout this Holiday season may you be blessed with health and surrounded by friends and family. All the best! Cheers!

Fireplace Inserts Are More Attractive and Save Energy

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in SudburyWood burning fireplace inserts are more efficient than traditional open, wood burning fireplaces. If you have a working fireplace in your home install a wood burning insert if you want to save money and energy while making your living space more attractive and comfortable.

Fireplace inserts are energy-efficient and an easy and effective way to update the look of your home. By using a fireplace insert for heat, there is very little energy wasted, so the heat produced by the fire effectively heats your home. Thus, you save money on your heating bill.

But, best of all, inserts for fireplaces become a focal point in the room, adding ambiance year round. They are a very easy and relatively inexpensive way to give your living space a make-over. Fireplace Inserts also come equipped with blowers, fans, and gorgeous surrounds which increase their efficiency, beauty, and convenience. With these features, inserts for fireplaces help lower utility bills while they add charm, comfort, and warmth to your home.

With a wood fireplace insert you still get to enjoy watching a real wood fire flicker in your hearth. But you can relax even further while you watch knowing how an insert will improve the efficiency and style of your existing fireplace giving you convenience, beaut, and efficiency.

For more information on fireplace inserts for your home, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury.

Benefits of Glass Fireplace Doors

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 05, 2018

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in SudburyAdding a glass fireplace door not only adds beauty to your fireplace, it also helps your fireplace burn more efficiently, reduce heating & cooling costs and provides protection for your family and home.

Beauty & Style

Design Specialties doors bring a new look and style to your fireplace. Whether you're replacing an old existing fireplace door or doing a complete renovation, you'll find the door that will complete your fireplace. Choose from over 20 different door models and over 35 different finishes.


If you have a wood burning fireplace, glass fireplace doors provide protection from sparks or logs tumbling out of the fireplace which can harm your family and home. If you have a gas fireplace, our screens and doors add an extra layer of protection from the hot glass found on many of today's contemporary fireplaces. Our doors also prevent children and pets from getting too close to the fireplace.

Increase energy efficiency

An open fireplace is just like an open window. A fireplace door helps prevent warm air being lost up the chimney during the winter and keeps cool air in during the summer which can help reduce your heating & cooling costs.

More efficient burning

Glass doors actually help your fire burn better. By enclosing the burning area, firewood is able to burn greater and produce more heat. The glass doors also absorb and radiate heat into the room better than a fireplace without doors.

For more information on glass fireplace doors contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury. Also, ask about our glass door, gas log and door and log combination specials!


Heating with Gas Fireplace Inserts is Easy and Attractive!

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in SudburyIt is not too late to start heating your home more efficiently and easily. If you heat with oil, but have natural gas in the house, you have numerous options. In fact, by adding a gas fireplace insert to help heat your home, you can reduce the price of your oil bill by quite a bit.

In fact, a new gas fireplace insert is very often more efficient than your furnace. So heating your home with gas is more cost effective. If your home has a natural gas line you are already halfway there.

At The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury we have many customers that come see us about better and more attractive ways to heat their homes. Wood works for many homeowners. But often, once we start talking about their home and their lifestyle and we find out they have a natural gas line already running to their home and they usually choose a gas fireplace insert.

Natural Gas is the easiest way to add fire to your home, and it’s no work. At the same time, you can reduce your home heating bills during the frigid and snowy winter. Gas inserts are controlled by a switch or remote. If you want a fire burning in your hearth push the button. They are also controlled with a thermostat, for more constant, even heating. No wood to stack, no pellets to haul in.

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

Happy Thanksgiving to Our Customers, Family, and Friends

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in SudburyIt is once again time to give thanks. If you have done business with us or are going to do business with us in 2019, it means a lot to us. The primary reason for this blog each week is to educate and inform our readers; as an ongoing act of giving thanks for the privilege of earning your continued trust and continued professional partnerships. So we're glad you're here.

We reflect today on the blessings that so many of you bring to both our personal and professional lives. Over the course of the last year, we hope that we have made a difference in both personal and professional lives as well. This is the true essence and a key measure of professional reward and business success.

It is our sincerest wish that all of you bask in the joy of reflection and thanks within the warm confines of family and friends this Thanksgiving Holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

- from all of us here at The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury.

Best Grilled Turkey Recipe for Thanksgiving

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Although not very traditional, grilling turkey is the best way of cooking it -- it comes out tender and juicy every time! The turkey drippings may be used to prepare a gravy by placing a metal pan under the turkey inside the roasting pan, and mixing in about 1/2 cup water, adding more water as necessary to prevent the drippings from scorching. Remove the pan about 30 minutes before the turkey is done cooking.

  • 12 pounds whole turkey
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Italian Seasoning With Flax Seeds (we like McCormick Gourmet Collection Organic)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Prepare an outdoor gas  grill for indirect medium-high heat.

Rinse turkey and pat dry. Turn wings back to hold neck skin in place. Return legs to tucked position. Brush turkey with oil. Season inside and out with Italian seasonings, salt, and pepper.

Place turkey, breast side up, on a metal grate inside a large roasting pan. Arrange pan on the prepared grill. Grill 2 to 3 hours, to an internal thigh temperature of 180 degrees F (85 degrees C). Remove turkey from grill and let stand 15 minutes before carving.

Need a new gas grill for Thanksgiving? Contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury

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