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How to Choose the Best Pellet Smoker Grill: The Ultimate Griller’s Guide

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 11, 2020
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport - Green Mountain Grill - Dan Boone

A poll by the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association, finds that 75% of adults in the United States own a grill or smoker. And 63% of these backyard pitmasters fire up their grill or smoker year-round.

That same survey found that the top three reasons for grilling or smoking outdoors were entertaining, personal fun, and improving food’s flavor. Which brings us to pellet smokers. The best pellet smoker grill is the one that fits your budget, satisfies your tastebuds, and that you can enjoy in the cold of winter or the heat of summer.


In the following article, we’ll discuss if pellet smokers are right for you, how they work, and some innovative features.

How Do You Choose the Best Pellet Smoker Grill?

Before you can answer that question, you need to know why you would want a pellet smoker grill to begin with since charcoal and gas grills are considerably cheaper.

The best vertical pellet smokers will cost you anywhere from $400 to $1000 or more. The convenience of these items is undeniable. Pellet smokers are a set-it-and-forget-it situation that is versatile and able to produce incredibly varied cuisine.

True barbecue masters may turn up their noses at a pellet smoker grill, but these items run off electricity, so you can run them even in a condominium where charcoal or hardwood is not allowed.

How Do They Work

These grill types burn cylinder-shaped wood pellets. Controls on the grill allow you to set the temperature of your pellet smoker. A hopper on the side of the grill holds the pellets. An auger slowly feeds the pellets into a “burn pot,” where an electric element torches the pellets, producing smoke and heat.

A computer acts as a regulator for the heat and amount of pellets fed.

The size of the hopper is an import selling point. The larger the hopper, the longer the pellet stove can barbeque. Too small a hopper and you’re brisket is underdone and as hard as a rubber mallet. Too big a hooper means you are paying for more grill than you need.

A good rule of thumb is that you’ll get roughly an hour of cook time per pound of pellets. So, a 20-pound hopper is roughly 20 hours of cook time. Also, factor in that cold weather cook. It will take longer to cook in colder climates, so you’ll need to add that time to your hopper size.

A Word on Controllers

The computer that guarantees the auger feed, temperature, and, in some models, cook time is called the controller. There are several types of these and, along with the durability of the cooker’s construction, is what you’re spending the most money on.

Types of controller types include 3-position, multi-position, one-touch, and PID.

Three-position tends to give your just three adjustments: low, medium, and high. Multi-position will give you more temperature increments depending on the brand.

One-touch allows you to move the temperature up in small increments. PID controllers are the most expensive, allowing you to dial in almost any temperature for your pellet smoker.

Whistles and Bells

There are many accessories to consider when deciding upon the best pellet smoker grill for you. Some have Wi-Fi so that you can monitor the cook from your phone. Others allow you to smoke and grill.

Others have a meat probe that will display its readings right along with the temperature. The versatility, variety, and price of these backyard barbecues are many, and you’ll want to consider all of them one as you step-up your grill game.

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


Wood Inserts for Fireplaces Keep You Warm All Winter Long!

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 04, 2020

The Osburn 1700 wood burning fireplace insert, like its larger counterpart Osburn 2000, offers a revamped version of perfect size to provide ambiance and warmth. Give yourself a real haven of peace with an eco-friendly device whose average particle emission rate is remarkably low.

Inside and out, this insert is engineered from high quality materials that put you at the center of a heating experience for many years: high-density bricks, cast iron door and quiet blower for increased durability. Discover the different options to customize the look of your appliance, available in black or brushed nickel: door overlays and faceplate trims. A faceplate extension is included with this unit for installation in most hearths for easier fit.

Right now The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport is offering a special on the Osburn Wood Insert, half price on the liner system plus a free ash bucket! Contact us.

Fall is for Fireplaces!

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 21, 2020

That old familiar chill is back in the air, and you’re probably wondering when it will be time to turn that heat on, if you haven’t already. If you have a fireplace in your home, however, you can enjoy time in front of the fire.

There are many styles of fireplaces and all come with their own set of pros and cons. They’re fueled by different resources – wood, wood pellets, or gas – and they can be as ornate or as simple as your taste requires.

Wood-burning fireplaces come with a lot of benefits. To name a few, they create a focal point in the room, the smell of wood burning is an appealing scent to many, they create a romantic atmosphere, and they’re environmentally friendly. They can still provide warmth when the power goes out and buying wood for your fireplace is less expensive than gas or oil heat.

There are also wood stoves and pellet stoves, which use wood logs or wood pellets as fuel. These stoves come as inserts or as stand-alone models. (Wood pellets should not be used in an in-wall, wood-burning fireplace.) While a wood stove’s burn must be maintained to keep the heat constant, a pellet stove operates when the hopper is full of pellets, and the stove can be thermostatically controlled.

One of the biggest benefits of having a gas fireplace is its ease of use. You merely flip a switch. Most gas fireplaces turn on this way, while others have built-in thermostats, turning on and off automatically to maintain a set temperature in the room. When you’re done using the fireplace, simply flip the switch back off and go about your day. There’s nothing to clean and no waiting for the fire to go out before heading to bed.

One thing that can be agreed upon is that a fireplace adds to the value of your home, particularly here in the Northeast, where the temperature can easily dip to frigid. Having a fireplace to keep you warm when the power goes out can be a lifeline. If you don’t already have one, consider having one installed. Winter will soon be upon us.

No other feature in a home can provide you with the kind of comfort and cozy warmth that a fireplace can.

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


Tips for Taking Your Holiday Feast Outdoors

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 16, 2020

The holidays will look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean they are any less special. And really, if this year has taught us anything, it’s that we need to treasure time with family and friends more than ever. Taking your holiday feast outside offers a whole new world of possibilities.

Use patio heaters

The number one issue hosts of outdoor feasts will face this holiday season is keeping diners warm. Staying cozy will be the key to a successful evening where people are able to relax (rather than rush) through a chilly meal, so it’s worth investing a little bit of time and money to get the right tools. Choose patio heaters if you plan on hosting a few outdoor events. Depending on your level of investment and amount of space you have, another fantastic option is a portable outdoor fire. Guests can sit around the fire to have a pre-dinner cocktail or for post-meal coffee and dessert.

Serve a warm cocktail

A hot, boozy drink on a cold night is one of the greatest joys of the cooler months, and there are plenty of festive recipes to help you create the mood for your holiday feast. Try swapping out pre-dinner champagne or cocktails for spicy mulled wine or mulled wine with cranberries, hot buttered rum, or a hot toddy.

Grill your mains

Forgoing the oven and opting to grill the main course allows you to be outside socializing with your guests while you cook, instead of fussing over the hot oven inside the house. You can grill a turkey to perfection, or opt for grilled steak, leg of lamb, or pork tenderloin.

Offer blankets and pillows

Draping a shawl or light blanket over the back of each chair will ensure that your guests can cozy up and stay comfortable throughout the evening, without having to feel like they are bothering you with additional requests if they start to get chilly. Providing pillows or extra cushioning to make the outdoor furniture even more comfortable will encourage guests to linger around the table post-meal.

Add lighting

Good lighting changes the ambience of an outdoor dinner and makes it feel like a special occasion. Hang a string of lights around the perimeter of your space or criss-crossed across the table, and use large candles as centerpieces.

For more information on Patio Heaters, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport.

Fire Tables and Patio Heaters for Outdoor Heating to Extend Outside Gathering Deep into the Fall

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 08, 2020
$250 off American Fyre Designs Round, Square or Rectangle Reclaimed Wood Cosmo Fire Table

As we head toward our first full winter in the era of "social-distancing" the demand for outdoor patio heaters is skyrocketing. The demand for portable patio heaters is off the charts, for both homes and businesses.

While patio heaters— some of which are free-standing and powered by propane — are in short supply, The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury will have a new shipment arriving in November. It's actually the biggest demand for portable heaters in years.

Much of the demand for outdoor patio heaters is being driven by restaurant owners who are frantically looking to accommodateF their outdoor dining for late into the fall and beyond, especially as indoor occupancy rates are limited.

Propane patio heaters are not the only option, but they are the most flexible in terms of implementation. There are electric heaters but they are fall less effective and require cords. Because the portable propane outdoor heaters are in such short supply, The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury is also recommending fire tables as an outdoor warming alternative, AND they are much more readily available. Many fire tables operate using propane as a fuel source.

For more information, contact us.

Patio Heaters with Smart Heating

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 30, 2020
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport - Bromic Patio Heater

Portable gas and propane outdoor heaters extend your outdoor sitting areas deep into the cooler seasons in Massachusetts. All Bromic patio heaters are designed and engineered to ensure the highest quality and performance.

They are constructed from premium materials to create world-leading outdoor heaters that offer the perfect balance of performance, reliability and beauty

Wide Heat

Widespread heat output, up to 13ft wide and 16ft deep, to provide coverage of up to 65ft2.

Tailored Control

Ensure just the right level of comfortable heat with Bromic’s unique and patented adjustable heat controls.

Ceramic Efficiency

Delivery of optimal heat with minimal heat loss is assured via high-intensity ceramic burners.

Wind Resistance

Contoured design fir superior wind resistance.

Directional Heat

Warmth where you want it with an innovative adjustable tilting head.

Modular Design

Easy assembly, dismantling and storage thanks to a functional and pragmatic design.


Easy mobility even in tighter spaces with an anti-tilt structural design and built-in wheels.

Contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport.

Patio Heaters for Warmth in Any Outdoor Space

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 24, 2020
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport - Bromic Patio Heater

Bromic outdoor patio heaters are recognized all over the world for superior design and performance. From hotels and restaurants to outdoor kitchens and backyards, Bromic outdoor heaters deliver the perfect balance of performance, reliability and beauty.


Outdoor heaters can bring instant comfort to any outdoor space. However, contrary to enclosed spaces, which can easily retain the heat, outdoor spaces are a lot more exposed to the elements and therefore require a much more effective heat transfer method. So, what kind of heat transfer technology should you consider for your outdoor space?

Radiant or convection?

Most of us will be familiar with convection heaters that can quickly fill up a space with warm air by circulating it around the room. However, since an outdoor area is not a space confined by walls and a roof structure, forced air systems are not effective in controlling the ambient temperature outside. In an outdoor environment, hot air rises and quickly dissipates and even the slightest breeze will diminish the effect of the heating system, making a forced air heating system impossible.

The only way to heat an outdoor area is through infrared radiation. Radiant heat warms objects, not the air, similar to the experience of the sun warming your skin. This method involves projecting infrared heat onto people rather than moving warm air into the outdoor patio. Because radiant heat warms objects and not the air, radiant heaters have a higher resistance to wind and can still warm people even in mild wind conditions.

For more information on Patio Heaters , contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport.

This Gas Fire Pit Fire Bowl Makes Fall More Fun!

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 18, 2020

The beautiful, contemporary design of the American Fyre Designs Gas Fire Bowl makes it the perfect addition to any modern outdoor space! Available with reclaimed wood design and with multiple fire glass options to choose from, you can customize this fire bowl to match your outdoor décor. Handcrafted, this fire bowl features a stainless-steel burner and all-weather electronic ignition system.

Contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport to find the perfect item to add to your home!

Upgrade to a Gas Fireplace Insert

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 03, 2020
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport

Does your wood-burning fireplace sit unused? Is it ugly or dated? A safety concern? Are you sick of hauling wood and cleaning up ashes? Then it’s time to look at a gas fireplace insert. After an easy conversion, you get warmth and coziness from live flames and great-looking logs – all with the push of a button from the comfort of your chair.

Townhouse or vacation home, urban or suburban, its stunning flame, options for heating any size home, and environmentally safe burn with lower emissions are perfect examples of why people choose this gas insert.

Grab a remote, not a match! Now enjoy a fire whenever you want one without the mess and hassle of wood. Contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport for more information on our gas fireplace inserts special.

Add a Firetable to Your Backyard and Make it a Great Place to Stay-In

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 24, 2020
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport - Firetables

The backyard isn't closed, make it gorgeous by adding fire. Homeowners all over Massachusetts have come to realize the allure of fire in their backyards. American Fyre Designs firetables are available in a variety of styles to complement any decor.

These Firetables create the perfect ambiance for enjoying an outdoor meal or cocktail while also keeping you warm from the evening chill.

Fuel options include Natural Gas or self- contained Propane tank (most include a removable door to house a 5-gallon propane tank). Handcrafted from glass fiber reinforced concrete.

The Reclaimed Wood Collection features two table-top styles, a rustic French Barrel Oak finish (FO) and a weathered Silver Pine finish (SP), with two contemporary base options, the Cosmopolitan tapered style and the low profile Contempo style.

Both options feature the Black Lava finishand black burner pans providing a uniquely rustic look to any decor.

Right now at The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport get $250 off an American Fyre Designs Round, Square, or Rectangle Reclaimed Wood Cosmo Fire Table. Get even more savings by taking advantage of Tax Free Weekend!

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