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Tips for Buying a New Grill

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 12, 2020
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport - Gas Grill Repair  - Sudbury, Boston, MA

Due to the sheer number of styles and types of grills on the market today, buying a new grill can be an unexpectedly daunting process. Consider and answer these questions before you go shopping for a grill.

  1. How will I use the grill?
  2. Do I plan to grill frequently?
  3. Will I grill for large gatherings or large amounts of people?

Keeping the answers to these grilling questions in mind will help make selecting the right size, the type of fuel, and the accessories much easier.

Grill and fuel costs

Grill prices can range from about $50 for a smaller quality charcoal grill to several thousands of dollars for large gas-fired grills with multiple burners and accessories.

Most grills use either charcoal briquettes or propane gas. Some grills and smokers use wood or wood pellets.

Sizing up your grill and its heat production

Considering cooking surfaces and sizes on grills is important. The surface or its coating will determine how easily food is removed from the grill and how the food may be cooked or eventually taste. Many grills feature chrome-plated steel grids, while higher quality models may feature ceramic-coated steel grates, which are easier to clean and more durable.

When selecting a new grill, keep in mind that a cooking surface of about 2.5 square feet is generally sufficient to cook for small groups of guests. If you’re cooking for larger numbers of people, consider getting a grill with a larger cooking surface.

As well as cooking meat on the grill, there are also vegetables you may want to roast or hamburger and hot dog buns you’ll want to toast using the cooking surface. Plan the size of your ideal grill by the maximum number of items you’ll want to cook, not the minimum.

Another measure of grill performance is BTUs. The number of BTUs advertised indicate the grills' temperature output. Since BTU measures the total amount of heat output by all the burners per hour, the more BTUs a grill features, the faster it will be able to cook. The average gas grill can produce between 15,000 to 60,000 BTUs

Since charcoal burns at a slower rate than gas, similarly sized charcoal grills will produce relatively fewer BTUs than gas grills.

Other considerations

When selecting a grill, one feature that many consumers may overlook is testing the sturdiness of the cooking platform. A quality grill should be supported by sturdy legs that are well-attached to the grill shell and braced. A grill that wobbles, leans or twists can be unsafe.

Other indicators of a quality grill include a solid lifting handle that’s not loose, welded seams on the grill shell and, if equipped, heavy duty rollers that can help you move the grill easily. Finally, see if you can test out a grill before you buy it. A grill’s control knobs and handle that stay cooler during grill operation offer a safer option.

For more information contact, The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport. And, don't forget to take advantage of the MA state tax holiday weekend August 29 and 30. We are taking orders now!

Source: angieslist.com

MA Sales Tax Holiday!

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 07, 2020
The Fireplace and Grill Center at West Sport - MA Sales Tax Holiday

 

Massachusetts State Tax Holiday 2020 Starts NOW!

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 29, 2020
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport - Tax Free Holiday 2020

Here in Massachusetts take advantage of one of the biggest savings events during our state-wide tax-free weekend. This year, the tax free holiday is August 29 & 30, but at The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA tax free weekend starts now!

Double the sales tax savings on hearth and grill products and accessories. We are taking orders in-store and on-line. The sale ends August 30th.

The limit is $2,500 on almost any item; buy a new grill or better yet find a better way to heat your home this winter.

If you’ve been interested in a gas or wood burning fire pit, fireplace insert, or a new grill-we have what you need.

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

Blaze Gas Grills: Perfect for Every Back Yard

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Are you looking for a new gas grill? Be king of your own backyard with the Blaze Professional gas grill.

The Blaze Professional Grill is a leader in the industry. The thickness of its components result in irrefutable durability while creating an effective cooking system. By precisely mixing fuel and oxygen, Blaze gas grills achieve extraordinary searing temperatures while maintaining low gas consumption per burner when compared to top performing grill brands. The Blaze gas grill illumination system compliments its unmistakable style creating an eye-catching appearance!

Even better, Blaze gas grills have a lifetime warranty against any defects in the manufacturing and workmanship of the main burners, cooking grids, body, flame tamers, heat zone separators, warming rack, and control valves.

Watch the video below for a close look at the Blaze Professional Grill.


For more information on Blaze gas grills, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA.

Hearthstone Outdoor Patio Oven for Creating Delicious Pizza and more

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 09, 2020

Who doesn’t enjoy a good old-fashioned wood-fired pizza? Enhance your backyard cooking by being the first in your neighborhood to welcome a new Hearthstone Outdoor Patio Oven into your outdoor space!

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport

Whether you prefer cooking for a few or for a crowd, these outdoor pizza ovens can accommodate nearly any outside gathering. With 3 different sizes available, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your home. For added versatility, they can be configured to burn either wood or gas.


Contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport for more information.

Outdoor Kitchen Design Ideas Recommended by Pros

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 30, 2020
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport - Built-in gas grill and island system

If you are in the process of designing a new paving stone patio or adding an outdoor kitchen to an existing space, here are some recommended features you should consider. Installing some or all of these patio ideas can make hosting parties much more convenient and can enhance your outdoor cooking experience while helping you avoid running back and forth to your indoor kitchen.

Keep in mind that even if your current budget does not allow you to install as many of these features as you would like, you should still include running any necessary electrical, plumbing and drains in the design process, since these things are much easier to put in when you initially install your patio or are replacing it.

Refrigerator

For some, a refrigerator is an obvious addition to any outdoor kitchen, but some may be focused more on an amazing grill or a handy sink. If you are creating even a small outdoor cooking area, you can certainly find room for a refrigerator, and this is the type of feature you will likely regret not installing if you use the space for something else.

An outdoor fridge is perfect for keeping salads cold while you grill the meat, storing beverages for a party or keeping condiments close at hand. This one is listed first because, aside from a grill, it really should be at the top of your list of features to consider.

Wine Refrigerator or Canned Beverage Refrigerator

Frequent entertainers may find that a wine refrigerator or canned beverage refrigerator is a must-have appliance. You may find that this type of refrigerator will serve your purpose better than a conventional outdoor refrigerator, or you may find that your party-hosting needs can best be met by installing both. It mostly depends on how you plan to use your outdoor fridge. If you think you will use it for storing condiments or keeping food cold during your party, then a conventional fridge is the way to go. If you would rather have a refrigerator that can hold enough bottles of wine to serve your party throughout the night or more than 100 cans of soda or beer to serve your guests, then a beverage refrigerator will better suit your needs.

Built-In Cold Beverage Bin

If you are not quite sure you need two refrigerators or prefer the old-school idea of a tub of ice filled with beer, water and soda, then you might want to opt for a built-in cold beverage bin instead of a beverage refrigerator. This budget-friendly option will conveniently hold beverages for your guests during your next weekend get-together and is the perfect choice for a casual outdoor living area.

Kegerator

A kegerator is an absolute must have for some party hosts and not at all necessary for others. This one depends entirely on how you plan to use your outdoor living area and the types of gatherings you envision having there. If this is going to be the outdoor equivalent of a man cave, a draft beer dispenser is probably a must. If you plan on hosting frequent social gatherings where a lot of beer is served, opting for kegs is actually better for the environment and for your wallet. Serving beer on tap to your guests means fewer cans and bottles to clean up after the party as well.

Bar

While we are on the topic of adult beverages, we might as well consider installing a full bar. If you enjoy a mixed drink on your patio when you come home at night or are known for your Manhattans or margaritas when you throw a soiree, then a full bar may be in order for your outdoor kitchen. Just think how convenient it would be to have a well for liquor bottles instead of having them cluttering your countertop or how nice it would be to install a bottle opener with a bottle cap catcher to avoid bottle caps all over your yard.

If your parties — or evenings with your family — involve mixing drinks, you might consider installing a patio bar to make it easy and convenient to craft cocktails while you entertain.

Two-Sided Grill

There is more than one reason to consider a double grill. One reason to consider it is that there are many options on the market that have a charcoal grill on one side and a gas grill on the other. This allows grilling enthusiasts to enjoy the best of both worlds without having to purchase two grills.

Another reason to consider a two-sided grill is so that you can have one side for grilling meats and one side for grilling bread, vegetables, and other non-meat items. This one is particularly important for people who have vegetarians or vegans in the family or for those who might have vegan guests at their parties. Some folks who strictly avoid meat also avoid foods cooked on surfaces where meat is cooked, so you can better accommodate this growing group of potential party guests by having a grill just for veggies.

Warming Drawer

A warming drawer is a luxury that few of us even have in our indoor kitchens, but they are becoming more popular and kitchen remodels now often include this coveted feature.

For a patio kitchen, this handy feature allows you to keep burgers and hot dogs warm when cooking large quantities, keep foods prepared indoors warm while you are grilling the rest of the meal, warm up bread rolls or simply keep food warm for guests who show up fashionably late.

You can even use a warming oven as a slow cooker for meats and other dishes. This is a really versatile addition that will make your patio kitchen more functional and make outdoor cooking more convenient.

Side Burners

A barbecue grill is an obvious choice for any outdoor kitchen, but if you plan on doing much outdoor cooking, side burners are really a must as well. Side burners are so handy that many portable grills come with one or two now, and they are commonly seen in larger or more upscale patio kitchens. Installing one or two burners, or a full range, expands your patio cooking options and allows you to make a broader range of dishes without having to run back and forth between the stove in your indoor kitchen and the grill in your outdoor kitchen.

Pizza Oven

If you have space, a pizza oven is a fun addition to your outdoor kitchen and brings a whole new meaning to family pizza night. Portable pizza ovens on carts and portable, countertop ovens are available for folks on a tighter budget or limited space, but a built-in, wood-fired pizza oven is a coveted outdoor kitchen feature that will impress guests and really take your patio kitchen to a different level.

Remember, pizza ovens are good for cooking more than just traditional pizzas. You can also roast meats, bake bread, cook calzones or grill seafood.

Smoker

As any pit master knows, a smoker is one outdoor kitchen feature that can completely transform your al fresco cooking. Most folks know that smokers bring delicious flavors to meats, but you can also smoke lots of other foods. This includes scallops, olives, cheeses, nuts, and a variety of vegetables and fruits. If you want to up your grilling game and bring new flavors to old favorites, consider adding a smoker to your patio kitchen design.

Blender

A blender is a necessity for anyone who enjoys a good margarita are entertains often. You can opt for a portable blender that you bring out only when it is time to make beverages or you can install a built-in blender in your counter top when designing your al fresco kitchen. At a minimum, make sure you at least include electrical outlets so that you can bring small appliances, like blenders, outdoors when necessary.

A good blender can make much more than margaritas; you can also make fresh salsas, smoothies, and even hot soups to enjoy with your family or serve to your guests.

Storage Drawers

Most outdoor kitchen designs include some type of storage, but this storage is usually in cabinet form. Cabinets are great to have and are necessary for storing kitchen essentials, but drawers come in very handy when it comes to storing smaller necessities. Having at least one of two storage drawers allows you to keep cooking utensils and knives close at hand and can save you from running to your indoor kitchen every time you need a towel or pot holder.

If you dine outdoors often, you may want to consider filling your cabinets and drawers with a separate set of dishes and silverware just for your al fresco dining room. You can even keep a separate set of pots and pans outdoors to truly make it a stand-alone kitchen with all of your cooking necessities.

Right now get up to $2500 off your entire outdoor kitchen project at The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport. Contact us for more information.

The Best of the Best in Gas Grills

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 25, 2020

When only the best will do, our top-of-the-line Fire Magic Echelon Diamond combines the ultimate in performance, beauty and innovation. With sleek lines, a unique contoured face and state-of-the-art features such as hot surface ignition, blue backlit knobs, a charcoal smoker basket and an optional Magic View window, Echelon Diamond defines luxury in grilling.


Right now get up to $2000 off a Full-Size standing Echelon Series Fire Magic Gas Grill at The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport.

Gas Grill Repair and Service for Most Any Brand

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 04, 2020
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport - Gas Grill Repair  - Sudbury, Boston, MA

At The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury we take care of all your fireplace and grill service needs. We are your one-stop grill and fireplace shop, so no need to look any further for your gas grill repairs and service needs!

Our technicians are well-versed in grill repairs and if you require anything outside of our services, no problem, we have a network of service technicians. We can provide you with chimney cleaners, masonry repair and plumbers; and we can install your fireplace or insert, replace a chimney cap and build your outdoor kitchen. More importantly, since grill season has begun we can service most any brand gas grill, regardless of if you bought it from us or not! We service everything we sell and more, even if we didn’t sell it to you!

We are your full-service, one-stop provider for everything Grill and Fireplace related. Contact us today!

Fireplaces, Grills, Fireplace Inserts and More, All On Sale!

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 27, 2020
The Fireplace Shop & Grill Center at West Sport - Grand Reopening Event

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury is having a grand reopening sale. We are happy to be back and serving our community's grilling and heating needs!

We have been selling fireplace inserts, gas and wood stoves, outdoor grills, and grill accessories to our neighbors and friends for over 40 years, and we are looking forward to seeing you all again.

So come in for a visit and check out all of our drastically reduced prices during this HUGE Sale.

Find BIG Savings on:

  • Fireplaces
  • Stoves
  • Fireplace Inserts
  • Grills
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Fire Pits (wood & gas)
  • Grill Accessories
  • Fireplace Accessories
  • and More

For more information, contact us.

Grilled Chicken Wings Are Perfect for Memorial Day!

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 21, 2020

These grilled wings with bourbon are perfect for entertaining.

Grilled chicken wings hit every note (both for party guests and for a quick family dinner): sweet, saucy, smoky, and just a little spicy. They’re the perfect easy option for backyard summer parties or weeknight comfort food cravings. Plus you can brush the apricot-bourbon glaze on pork chops, chicken, or salmon.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c. apricot preserves
  • 3 tbsp. bourbon (we used Jack Daniels)
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp. sriracha, optional
  • 2 1/3 lb. chicken wings, separated, tips discarded
  • Chopped scallions or cilantro, for serving

Directions

In a large bowl, whisk together apricot preserves, bourbon, lime juice, soy sauce, and sriracha (if using) until smooth and combined. Transfer 1/4 cup to a small bowl and set aside. To sauce in a large bowl, add chicken wings and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 4 hours.

Heat grill to low. Place wings bone side down on grill and grill covered 10 min. Flip and continue grilling until cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes more. Toss with reserved sauce and serve sprinkled with chopped scallions or cilantro.

Enjoy your Memorial Day and your wings!

Recipe/image: goodhousekeeping.com


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