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Low-Cost & Low-Hassle

Grandview 230 Wood-Burning Stove by Lennox Hearth Systems

Using wood-burning stoves can be an efficient and low-cost way to heat homes. With the rising cost of gas, homeowners are eager to find new ways to bring warmth into their houses and EPA-certified wood-burning stoves might be their solution. New stove technology has allowed for minimal smoke and makes stoves easy to use even if the power goes out.

The Grandview 230 Wood-Burning Stove from Lennox is their latest EPA-certified entry from the Country Collection. Expansive ceramic glass gives unobstructed views of the fire, while the advanced refractory system and innovative heat exchanger combine to deliver the perfect amount of radiant heat. Easy operation and one-touch control make interaction a breeze.

Encore Two-In-One Wood Burning Stove by Vermont Castings

Vermont Castings Encore Two-in-One Wood Burning Stove provides flexibility to the homeowner by allowing two different ways to heat. Like its larger counterpart, the Defiant Two-in-One Stove, it converts from catalytic to non-catalytic operation in less than one minute. Plus, its superior heating efficiency generates more heat from less wood, saving up to $300 or more during an average New England winter.


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Choosing Fuels

The Aurora Dual-Fuel Grill from R.H. Peterson

With so many choices available in the marketplace, deciding which outdoor grill to buy can be tough for a homeowner. Gas, charcoal, or pellet? Each of these fuel types offers their own unique style when it comes to grilling one’s favorite food. Gas can be more convenient, while using charcoal can bring an added flavor. The demand for pellet grills has also risen in the past few years due to increasing gas prices. Here are a couple of popular grills that your customers may want to consider.

The Aurora Dual-Fuel Grill from R.H. Peterson offers the convenience of gas and the unmistakable aroma and flavor that comes from hardwood cooking. Measuring a generous 50 inches wide, the 2-in-1 grill features dedicated gas and charcoal
cooking areas and boasts 50,000 BTUs. Independent hoods for each gas type feature a thermometer for precise grilling ands smoking.

WoodMaster Whole Hog Pellet Grill

For those wanting old-fashioned, smoky flavor, the WoodMaster Whole Hog Pellet Grill is the perfect choice. The 1,380 square-inch cooking surface, plus the optional 1,000-square-inch second rack, provides balanced heat to keep up with hungry guests. Pellet grills like the WoodMaster Whole Hog are cleaning burning and will lighten the load on one’s wallet as well.


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Energy-efficient Heating

905 Cast Iron Stove by HearthDistribution.Com, Inc.

Customers looking to save money on their energy bills might want to consider zone heating. Zone heating simply means putting the heat where one needs it instead of relying on a central furnace. Using a powerful fireplace or stove as a heat source provides warmth to specific rooms just as efficiently, and often more conveniently, than using a furnace.

The 905 Cast Iron Stove by HearthDistribution.Com, Inc., part of the Henin Hi-Flame line of World Class Cast Iron Stoves, recently made its debut in the United States. Having only been available in Europe, the 905 is perfect for customers looking for ample warmth, as well as an energy-efficient heater. This compact stove offers simple straightforward contemporary modern styling, a large window for great views, and uses 16.5-inch wood. The 905 Cast Iron Stove is fully certified.

Horizon HZ33E from Regency Fireplace Products

Set in a seamless designer frame, the Regency Horizon HZ33E creates a stunning firescape display, featuring reflective panels that amplify a ribbon of flames set on a full bed of shimmering crystals or spas stones. The shallow depth (12 ¾ inches) takes less space while delivering efficient mid-level heath output for just the right amount of warmth. Using less space without sacrificing style, the HZ33E offers endless design options that can be easily integrated into any living space.


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Creating the Complete Outdoor Kitchen

The Little Q from Bull Outdoor Products

Cooking outdoors use to mean lighting up the grill. Today, one can light the grill, run the dishwasher and grab a beer from the refrigerator–all while remaining outside the whole time. Outdoor kitchens (as well as outdoor entertaining) have become increasingly popular over the years, causing manufacturers to create a wide array of components and accessories to make outdoor kitchens resemble indoor kitchens.

Bull Outdoor’s Little Q might be compact and perfect for those short on space, but it can also be equipped with built-in components, making it extremely versatile. It features a 30-inch 5-burner grill and Bull’s refrigerator, which makes it perfect for keeping drinks cold while cooking burgers. Its built-in bar seating area easily fits four adults, guaranteeing that the cook won’t miss out on good conversation.

Outdoor Dishwasher from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet

Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet’s Outdoor Dishwasher will satisfy any host or hostess who doesn’t want to miss out on the action due to washing dishes inside. Green, smart, and clean, this outdoor dishwasher features technology that doesn’t waste water, using as little as 3.8 gallons. Its highly-focused spray zones ensure that the whole load gets totally clean and they eliminate the need for pre-rinsing dishes.


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Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet

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Stepping Into Spring

The Dolce Collection from Couristan

It won’t be long before spring is here and we’ll once again be able to enjoy relaxing and socializing outdoors. Many customers have already acquired stylish and comfortable furniture for their outdoor spaces, but to make the most of these areas there are other items they should consider. To add even more comfort and color to their backyards, rugs are the perfect accessory item. Not only do they provide color and texture, they also help tie a look together. A simple outdoor rug can transform a basic patio into an inviting outdoor room. Manufacturers have introduced a wide array of exciting designs that are sure to impress your customers.

Designed to withstand the outdoor elements, yet stylish enough to be used in indoor settings, the Dolce Collection from Couristan features a variety of patterns ranging from sophisticated traditional motifs to bold florals. Woven of 100% fiber-
enhanced Courtron polypropylene with polyster accents, this dynamic collection is mold and mildew resistant to provide long-lasting performance anywhere.

The Beach Sisal Rug from Capel Rugs

The Beach Sisal Rug from Capel Rugs is their newest offering of a bordered rug design that has a machine woven construction. Part of Capel’s Anywhere Rug collection, the Beach Sisal is virtually maintenance-free and is weather resistant yet provides the soft comfort one wants in any rug. The Beach Sisal Rug is ideal for the outdoors or any area with high traffic.



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Valentine’s Day at Home

PowerChef Electric Grill by Dimplex

Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be spent at a crowded, expensive restaurant with other couples. Instead, why not spend the 14th at home with your loved one where you won’t be bothered by indifferent waiters and loud customers? With the right meal (preferably prepared using a grill), mood lighting and soft music, your special valentine will love an intimate dinner at home. If you live in a warm climate, you can hold it outdoors in front of a cozy fireplace or firepit. Or if you’re in a colder part of the country, consider serving the meal in front of the indoor fireplace. Move the furniture and prepare a picnic-style meal on the carpet. This will surely keep both of you warm on Valentine’s Day!

Here’s an easy Rib Eye recipe that won’t cost you $50 a plate.

Rib Eye with Garlic-Thyme Marinade

2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for grates
6 cloves garlic, smashed and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons (about 15 sprigs) fresh thyme leaves
2 rib-eye steaks, each about 1 pound and 1 ½ inches thick
Coarse salt and pepper


1. In a medium baking dish (or bowl), combine oil, garlic, and thyme. Add steaks, and turn to coat. Cover dish and refrigerate; let marinate, turning steaks occasionally, at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
2. Heat grill to medium-high; lightly oil grates. Remove steak from marinade, letting excess drip off (discard marinade); season with salt and pepper. Place steaks on grill; cover. Cook, turning once, until meat is desired doneness, 12 to 16 minutes for medium-rare.

And for the ultimate, yet simple, dessert try this Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries recipe. Make them a head of time or together, this classic dessert will always set the perfect mood.


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Outdoor Paradise

The Memphis Elite Wood Fire Grill from Hearthland Products

A recent article in the U.S. News & World Report revealed that while the economy and housing market continue to remain sluggish, people are investing money back into their homes. One of the areas that consumers are concentrating on is their
backyard or patio space. “Staycations” have been become popular as families look for less expensive ways to experience rest and recreation. With an increased focus on home entertaining, the backyard has taken on more importance as a place to enjoy one’s family and friends.

If one does a lot of outdoor cooking, a powerful and versatile grill is essential for keeping up with the demands of hungry guests. The Memphis Elite Wood Fire Grill from Hearthland Products is a 3 in 1 outdoor cooking center; a high temperature grill, a low ‘n’ slow smoker and a true convection cooker. Controlled by its exclusive Intelligent Temperature Control (ITC), consumers can sear a steak or bake a pie all on one device.

The Malibu Grande from NorthCape International

The Malibu Grande from NorthCape International is the perfect outdoor furniture piece for those with a large family or for those who host big parties. Part of the successful Malibu Collection, the Malibu Grande’s crescent shaped sofa and wedged shaped end table can be arranged by itself or with pieces from the Malibu Collection in a variety of different configurations. Made of a lightweight aluminum frame, durable UV protected PE woven resin and deep plush seating, this piece will be the main attraction for those looking for comfort and fun.


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Maximum Potential

Forest-Green Soft Weave Hammock from The Hammock Source

Using one’s backyard or patio space to its full potential is something many homeowners don’t act on. Whether it’s placing a comfortable chair on that unused porch or positioning a fire pit in a barren corner of the backyard, customers can transform their unused space into outdoor living areas that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

One item that works well in tighter quarters is the hammock. Easy to install and maintain, hammocks bring serene comfort and relaxation to one’s home. The Forest-Green Soft Weave Hammock from the Hammock Source is made of all-weather quilted fabric that is resistant to staining, rot, mold and mildew, yet offers a softness that rivals cotton. Cumaru-wood spreader bars and zinc-plated steel hardware further boost both looks durability.

Cypress Aluminum Fire Pit By O.W. Lee

The popularity of home fire pits has risen over the years, and they now come in a variety of sizes, making it easy for homeowners to pick one that’s right for them. The Cypress Aluminum Chat Height Fire Pit from O.W. Lee is lightweight and made of easy-care aluminum. Using propane, it comes with a natural gas converter and an adjustable flame that gives the warmth and comfort of a campfire without the hassle of smoke and ash.


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O.W. Lee

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Green and Clean

Napoleon's WMFE4 Ethanol Fireplace

There was a time when the only way to fuel fireplaces, stoves or other hearth products was with wood, gas or coal. Now consumers have a wide variety of fuels to choose from, many of which are environmentally friendly, clean, and easy to use.

Gel fireplaces or fire structures operate on an ethanol-based gel that burns slowly, creating a rich yellow flame without any of the smoke. Liquid ethanol is also rising in popularity as a fuel option for homeowners. Gel and ethanol hearth products
are easy to install and use, so they are expected to continue to sell well in the marketplace.

The WMFE4 Ethanol Fireplace with the Brushed Stainless Steel surround from Napoleon is one of the most popular ethanol fireplaces on the market. Clean burning, vent free and versatile, the WMFE4 allows for easy installation in any setting. Built-in linear burners provide a luxurious flame pattern and produce a warm, radiating heath with plenty of elegance.

Wittus’ Star Gelfire Pillar

Wittus’ Star and Mini Star Gelfire Pillars are impressive garden sculptures by day and dramatic lighting by night. Using gel fuel, they burn with clean lofty flames for 2-3 hours per filling. Made in the USA of heavy gauge cor-ten steel and topped with brushed stainless steel fuel wells, these eye-catching pillars transform backyards and garden areas into welcoming outdoor living spaces.



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Going Global–Without Leaving Home

The Skyway Deep Seating Collection from Windward Design Group

Ethnic prints and motifs are showing up in outdoor-living designs. Whether it’s a Moroccan-inspired décor with animal prints and jewel-toned accents or a Caribbean look with bright colors and tropical prints, outdoor designs and products are starting to resemble far-away destinations. With these beautiful new designs, one’s backyard or patio space can truly become a place to escape.

The Skyway Deep Seating collection by Windward Design Group combines a modern finish with a repeating geometric ethnic pattern for an exotic, fresh look. Recognizing that customers are attracted to these global motifs, Windward Design
Group offers a diverse range of ethnically-inspired fabrics with names such as Inca Topaz, Sheraton Ikat Dune, and Istanbul Henna.

Lotus Cafe Chair from Gensun Casual Living

An ancient symbol in Asian and Egyptian cultures, the lotus represents beauty and purity. The Lotus café chair, from Gensun Casual Living, is a contemporary reinterpretation of traditional floral furnishings. Inspired by modern stylized floral patterns and jewelry designs, Lotus pairs down floral detailing to a clear, flowing design that stands apart in a “me too” marketplace. Its proportions and stacking make it at home in residential and hospitality settings.

Windward Design Group

Gensun Casual Living