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A New Charcoal or Gas Grill to Celebrate National BBQ Month

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, April 25, 2019
Primo Kamado All-In-One

May is National BBQ Month. The sun is out and you can feel spring in the air. It’s time to start grilling. There is real joy in shopping for the right grill, then heading home to fire it up.

Charcoal grills are actually the most used type of grill and they are available in many styles. Because charcoal grill are so popular, they have changed and evolved. Primo charcoal grills are for those who are serious about taste. These grills use a combination of a ceramic shell, natural lump charcoal and air flow to create a superior charcoal grilled taste. You can also sear food at high temperatures and it will still stay moist. These kamado style grills can be used as an oven, a grill or a smoker. And a wide range of accessories are available. Charcoal grilling gives the ability to enhance the flavor of the food and some people believe it is the only way to grill. There is another reason that Primo grills are better than the traditional charcoal grill; they are ready to use in 15 minutes.

Propane or gas grills are very popular and very versatile. They run on propane, and heat up and are ready to use in minutes. They are a quick and easy way to cook outdoors and they also provide good flavor. Depending on your lifestyle, gas grills may be the best choice for you and your family. If you want to sear meat or cook on a slow rotisserie, gas offers many choices. You can even cook your entire meal on gas grills that offer a side burner. There is a gas grill for all occasions, from 3-burner grills to 6-burner grills, and everything from built-in models to portable models.

Visit The Woodstove Fireplace & Patio Shop, your local specialty grill retailer to discuss how the array of choices available would best meet your needs.

Top Outdoor Kitchen Trends

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 19, 2019
Woodstoves and Fireplace Shop - Outdoor Grills

Outdoor kitchens topped the project trends list in the latest American Institute of Architects’ survey. No surprise, people love living outside. As we move into the warmer months, let's look at what’s popular for outdoor kitchens and their related living areas.

Luxury moves outdoors

Homeowners are seeking the sanctuary of outdoor living spaces – both for entertaining and unwinding. These spaces are likely to have architectural structures like pergolas, walls, custom fireplaces, hedges and varying elevations to create privacy and distinct rooms with a natural indoor-outdoor flow. These outdoor rooms may also be equipped with water, light and fire design features.

Outdoor kitchens are getting more elaborate, both for entertaining and relaxing.

Premium cooking

In the past, many homeowners focused solely on their grill, and perhaps some outdoor seating. Today, many homeowners are accompanying the grill with a fully functioning built-in kitchen complete with sink and faucet, refrigeration, dishwasher, ice machine, beverage unit, pizza oven, weather resistant cabinets and more. Smart appliances are becoming very popular and it comes as no surprise that smart technology is also trending in the outdoor kitchen. Many grills and smokers are now wi-fi enabled, some even have voice recognition.

Even with all of the extras, the grill is still king of the outdoor kitchen. No longer is stainless steel the only option. Grills are available in bright red, sunny yellow, royal blue, hunter green, and more! The ability to customize your outdoor space allows the homeowner to complement the surrounding landscape and views or extend the home’s décor into the exterior.

Exactly as the interior kitchen and bathroom design trends have shifted towards more sleek and modular aesthetics, so too have outdoor designs. To mirror the look inside the home, homeowners are choosing longer, linear plank pavers outdoors, and playing more with texture and color than in the past. This trend extends beyond modern homes, with this look translating to every home style.

Technology enhancements

An outdoor living area’s natural elements might hide speakers and wiring, as well as irrigation and security tied to smart home controls. Homeowners are taking on far more projects and spending far more money outdoors than in past years. Outdoor televisions are a major category. So are outdoor speakers.

While outdoor kitchens and living areas are trending strongly and richly, with more enhancements than ever before, there are still many homeowners who are likely to drag a comfy chair and portable grill out on the porch or deck. It’s all about enjoying life outdoors, financing nice, but not necessarily needed, for life’s simplest pleasures.

Visit The Woodstove Fireplace & Patio Shop, your local specialty grill retailer to discuss how the array of choices available would best meet your needs.

Source: Forbes

Buying a Smoker

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, April 13, 2019

Unlike grills, where the heat is more direct, smokers cook the meat (or veggies) with smoke heat and add an unforgettable smoked flavor. Smokers allow for longer cook times when you want to achieve that mouth-watering “fall off the bone” consistency.

Cylinder Smoker or Offset Smoker

Offset smokers are often recognizable by the large cylinder shaped chamber where your food is smoked alongside an attached firebox. The firebox is filled with wood or charcoal and sends smoke to the main chamber. These smokers typically have vents on both the firebox and main chamber and require a bit more attention to temperature control. Contrasting the vertical smoker, the smoke and heat flows from the firebox to a pipe on the opposite side as it cooks and flavors your food in the main chamber. These smokers are just as popular as vertical smokers and can also be used to grill.

Perfect for your backyard, you are just as likely to see offset smokers when heading to the cook-off.


The Kamado design is popular due to its ability to be used as a grill or a smoker. The Kamado style uses ceramics, lava rock, cement, and other refractory material to absorb and radiate heat with venting that allows for high-searing to slow-smoking temperatures. When using a Kamado as a smoker, you want to aim for a lower temperature when heating as the ceramic walls tend to retain heat and will take longer to cool down if you overshoot. Charcoal is placed at the bottom of the bowl and functions similarly to the vertical bullet smoker with the upward flow of heat and smoke with a domed cap. Sometimes smaller than traditional smokers, Kamados have the capacity for two-zone cooking, with both direct and convection heat, making the design perfect for smoking or grilling.

Home Use

Aside from type of method, take into consideration home use when choosing the perfect smoker. Of course, you don’t need to be confined to one smoker, but your outdoor space provides a place for entertainment and a larger smoker is suitable for larger outdoor spaces. Most smokers will fit any outdoor space; however, you also want to look at larger sizes if you plan on feeding multiple mouths in a short amount of time. As with grills, there are a variety of features, and details that reflect your style, complement your home, and set the vibe.

Outdoor Kitchen

A is the centerpiece of an outdoor kitchen. After you’ve decided the type of smoker you prefer, consider style, size, and how much food you plan to cook when entertaining guests. Where to Shop

Visit The Woodstove Fireplace & Patio Shop, your local specialty grill retailer to discuss how the array of choices available would best meet your needs.

Smoked Lamb Gyros

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 12, 2019

There are so many delicious ways to serve the Smoked Lamb! We pulled ours to make these gyros and the contrast between the crisp greens, lemony yogurt sauce and the rich warm lamb smoked in Memphis Wood Fire Grill was unbeatable! Served buffet-style where everyone can assemble to their own preference was the most fun.


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  • 1/2-1lb Pulled smoked lamb according to preference

For tzatziki sauce:

  • 1 C Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 C sour cream
  • Juice of 2 lemons (about 1/4 C)
  • 1 English cucumber, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 T fresh dill, chopped (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 leaf per gyro red leaf lettuce
  • 1 C arugula
  • 1/2 C feta, crumbled
  • 1 C cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 C kalamata olives, for garnish


  1. Mix together tzatziki ingredients
  2. Toast the pita
  3. Assemble the gyros and enjoy!

For more information about Memphis Pellet Grill and recipes you can do with it, contact The Woodstove Fireplace & Patio Shop.

Louisiana Style Jambalaya

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 12, 2019

Set up your Memphis Wood Fire Grill for Direct flame grilling, grab the ingredients below, keep the hood open and you're ready to start making our Louisiana Style Jambalaya recipe brought to you by the guys at Big Swede BBQ.


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  • 2 lbs Chicken thighs
  • 1 Tbs Creole seasoning
  • 1 lb Kielbasa sausage
  • ½ lb Andouille
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, halved
  • 2 Tbs Olive oil
  • 1 Yellow Onion, finely diced
  • ½ Green Pepper, finely diced
  • 1 Celery stalk, finely diced
  • ½ lb Bacon or Ham, diced
  • 4 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tsp White Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 3/4 Cup White Rice
  • 3 Cups Chicken broth
  • 2 Bay Leafs
  • 1/2 Cup Green onions, finely sliced


  1. Set up your Memphis Wood Fire Grill for Direct flame grilling and medium temperature. Always have the hood open when you cook with Direct flame.
  2. Trim and season the chicken thighs with Creole seasoning.
  3. Place chicken, the Kielbasa and Andouille sausages, and the tomatoes on the grill. Grill the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F, about 20 minutes.
  4. Cook sausages until browned all over, about 10 minutes.
  5. Cook tomatoes until they have grill marks and start to blacken, about 5 minutes. Remember to turn chicken and sausage occasionally, until
  6. Transfer chicken, sausage, and tomatoes to a cutting board as they are done. When cool enough to handle, pull chicken into large chunks, slice the sausages and chop the tomatoes.
  7. Place a large cast iron pan over the Direct Flame Insert and add Olive oil to the pan and heat until shimmering.
  8. Add onions, pepper, and celery and cook until vegetables have softened, 7 to 8 minutes, and stir occasionally.
  9. Add the bacon and cook for about 10 minutes until nicely browned.
  10. Add garlic, salt, white pepper, black pepper, and hot sauce and cook for 2 minutes.
  11. Add rice and stir to thoroughly coat grains with the mixture.
  12. Add chicken stock and bay leaf.
  13. Simmer until rice is fully cooked, 20-30 minutes.

For more information about Memphis Pellet Grill and recipes you can do with it, contact The Woodstove Fireplace & Patio Shop.

How to Buy a New Grill

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 05, 2019
The Woodstove Fireplace & Patio Shop - Gas Grill

Whether you’re looking for a modern, sleek chrome finish for the outdoor kitchen or a simple black grill for the balcony, there are a plethora of to choose from. Find the grill that's best for the backyard or tailgate experience you're looking to create.


There are plenty of features to consider when . These features can make all the difference in your grilling experience! Features to consider include the following.

  • Ease of cleaning
  • Quality of construction
  • Size of grilling surface
  • Ability to adjust heat
  • Size of the grill

Grill Design

From the small details, to make and material, the design of your grill is an extension of your style. Things to think about when considering the design of your grill include:

  • Useage
  • Size
  • Color
  • Extras

Fuel Types

Grills come in four fuel types, each of which has specific benefits. Whether you choose propane, natural gas (a grill hooked up to your home’s natural gas supply), charcoal, electric, or pellet fuel will depend on your lifestyle. Your options include propane, natural gas, charcoal or electric.


The right accessory can take your grilling experience from excellent to superb. While manufacturers continue to add new categories, here are some general categories to get started.


Whatever your budget, there is a grill for you. However, investing in quality, well-built grills will give you the best experience and return.

Visit The Woodstove Fireplace & Patio Shop , your local specialty grill retailer, to discuss how the array of choices available would best meet your needs.