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Venting Solutions

Ventis Double Wall Black Stove Pipe by Olympia Chimney Supply Inc.

Improper venting of fireplaces can lead to insufficient heat, cool drafts, and sooty odors. Choosing the right diameter for a certain vent can also be challenging, particularly if an installer is inexperienced. For these reasons, picking the right venting system is extremely important. Here are some products that make venting easier.

The Ventis Double Wall Black Stove Pipe by Olympia Chimney Supply Inc. is part of the Ventis family of products that is made from corrosion resistant 400 series Stainless Steel and has an attractive outer black surface made of durable aluminized steel to withstand temperatures up to 1200 degrees F in continuous operation. It is UL listed to ULC S641 & UL103 standards and carries a Lifetime Warranty.

Bernard Dalsin Manufacturing’s Pro-Form Flexible Concentric Direct-Vent Pipe

Bernard Dalsin Manufacturing’s Pro-Form flexible concentric direct-vent pipe is available in 6 5/8-inch and 8-inch diameters. This flexible direct-vent pipe allows one to avoid costly elbows and any additionally cutting of walls. It is ideal for a fireplace or venting that is in a corner or in an up-out configuration.

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Luxe Outdoor Living

The Metropolitan Collection from Lane Venture

As “stay-cations” continue to grow in popularity due to the cost of vacations during an economic downturn, homeowners are putting more money into their houses. And the backyard or patio is one of these areas receiving a lot of attention. High-end outdoor furniture and accessories that could pass for indoor furnishings are becoming increasingly popular.

Lane Venture is one such manufacturer that offers breath-taking outdoor furnishings that transform backyards into relaxing retreats. Their wide range of contemporary, high-end furniture defines luxury and comfort. With clean lines and a minimal approach, these pieces will make any outdoor space look like a five-star resort.

The Metropolitan Sofa from Lane Venture

Lane Venture’s Metropolitan Collection will appeal to any user who wants a modern look for their outdoor space. With a variety of seating options, the Metropolitan is also perfect for those who love to entertain family and friends. The sleek contemporary lines, black textured wicker weave, and exposed aluminum accents all combine to make an unforgettable and functional design.


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Hot & Smoky

Broil King's Keg Charcoal Grill

If customers are looking for a great smoky flavor in their barbecue, a charcoal grill will meet all of their demands. A charcoal grill requires some patience and attention. Unlike a gas grill, charcoal grills require the set up of the briquettes, lighting them, and then waiting for the coals to reach a desired temperature. The end result of all of this work, however, is tasty barbecue that everyone will enjoy. Here are two products for charcoal lovers.

Broil King’s Keg Charcoal Grill features a high performance design that builds upon Broil King’s philosophy of engineering superior performing grills that evoke passion for outdoor entertaining. Unlike most ceramic “kamado style” grills, the Broil King Keg’s durable body is made of double walled steel with high-grade insulation in between. This technologically advanced design holds temperatures at a narrow range for continuous even heat.

Big Green Egg 100% Natural Lump Charcoal

When a consumer reaches for Big Green Egg charcoal, they can be assured that it contains only 100% American oak and hickory “premium select” natural lump charcoal. And now, Big Green Egg’s high quality charcoal is available in two convenient sizes – a 20-pound bag and the new 10-pound bag.


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Wonderful Wicker

The Dreux Collection from Ebel

Customers seeking a warm look for their outdoor spaces will find that all-weather wicker furniture is the perfect solution. The beauty of wicker furniture is that it offers the neutral earth tones of wood furniture, but also provides added comfort with deep cushioning. And if customers want to brighten up their pieces, they can achieve this by adding cushions and pillows with bold colors and fun patterns. Because of its versatility, wicker furniture can blend into any patio or backyard space.

Ebel’s new all-weather wicker collection, Dreux, is available in two beautiful frame colors: driftwood and chestnut. The collection features the new wide weave and is perfect for dining, lounging, and relaxing. By mixing and matching the various pieces, your customers can create an outdoor space that is perfect for entertaining and relaxation.

The Rio Collection from Lloyd/Flanders

The Rio Collection from Lloyd/Flanders represents a sunny, lighthearted take on classically designed furniture. This collection is built on the energy of Rio’s legendary carnivals, pulsating samba scene, and expensive beaches. Wide woven layers create flowing lines within




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Elegant Firepits

Universal Firepit by Homecrest

Home firepits have come a long way and the variety of styles now offered is endless. While there are plenty of unique contemporary looks, there are also many timeless pieces that will help turn any outdoor space into a tranquil retreat. Simple structures, smooth lines, and neutral colors make these firepits adaptable to any setting.

Homecrest’s Universal Firepit brings a blend of materials together to create a tastefully executed combination of faux, aluminum, and sling fabric. The top is offered in faux Granite, Sorrento, Tuscan or Sandstone. A hidden door houses the unsightliness of the tank while allowing easier access for the consumer to replace it. The Universal Firepit is available in Chat, Dining, and Balcony height.

Monterey by California Outdoor Concepts

Capturing that iconic California experience, the Monterey, from California Outdoor Concepts, is at once a dashing addition to any backyard landscape. One’s first impression is of the dark mahogany footings and the realistic basket weave. The Monterey firepit table has combined aesthetic beauty with practical function, making it perfect for outdoor backyard or patio.



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Gearing Up for Grilling

Outlaw Grill & Cart from Bull Outdoor Products

Spring is upon us and summer is on the horizon.  Grilling season is here and customers are now either thinking about updating their grills or are adding new barbecue accessories.

The Bull Outdoor “Outlaw” Built-in Grill Head and Grill Cart is new for 2012.   This 304 stainless steel four-burner unit delivers beefy 60,000 BTUs and is equipped with 4 Piezo igniters and a solid 304 stainless steel cooking grates. The Outlaw is available in both LP and NG.

Fire Magic Cut & Clean Combo from R.H. Peterson

Installed in a grill island counter top, the R.H. Peterson Fire Magic Cut and Clean Combo is a cleverly designed accessory that lets you slice and dice on a Fire Magic cutting board, then sweep debris right into a trash receptacle below. A stainless steel handled lid tops both the trash chute and the custom cutting board for sanitary purposes, keeping insects and odors at bay.


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R.H. Peterson

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Timeless Appeal

The Classique Rectangle Dining Collection from Agio

Contemporary pieces may be rising in popularity, but many manufacturers debuted new traditional collections this year.

Agio continues to lead the industry by combining design elements that meet homeowners’ needs. The Classique Rectangle Dining group features a unique blend of the most durable elements – cast aluminum and sling seating that surrounds a long-lasting porcelain tile-top table. Beautifully hand finished and with a coordinating umbrella, Classique makes an elegant statement and is sure to be a favorite with retailers and customers alike.

The chaise from the Seville Collection by Mallin Casual

Seville, by Mallin Casual, is a distinctive and luxurious collection that offers a cozy design. The Seville Collection is designed beautifully with comfort and style in mind. This collection consists of a sofa, love seat and chaise. Barstools, club chairs and ottomans are also available. Seville is available with the high quality Sunbrella fabric consisting of many beautiful fabrics. This design can complete any outdoor area.



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Honey Glazed Smoked Ham

For those interested in smoking their own ham this Easter weekend, check out this recipe!


1 6-pound “ready to eat” ham
1 cup pineapple juice
¾ cup chicken stock
½ cup honey
1 ½ tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon sugar
½ tablespoon salt
2 teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon cayenne
½ teaspoon ground cloves

The Kamado Joe ComboJoe, features a gas grill and a ceramic grill in one cart. Perfect for holiday weekends.


The night before you smoke, mix together the pepper, paprika, sugar, salt, 1 teaspoon of dry mustard and cayenne. Rub over the surface of the ham, wrap in foil and let in sit in the refrigerator overnight.

In the morning, remove the ham from the refrigerator and let it sit for 1 hour. Remove foil. In the meantime, prepare the smoker. You will be smoking at about 210 degrees for 6 hours.

Mix together the chicken stock, ¾ cups of pineapple juice, vegetable oil, ½ teaspoon dry mustard, and cloves. Warm over medium heat until completely mixed.

Place ham in smoker and baste with sauce once every hour. While the ham is smoking, prepare the glaze by mixing together the honey, ¼ cup pineapple juice, ½ teaspoon dry mustard and pinch of ground cloves. Brush generously with glaze a couple of times during the last hour of smoking.  Will serve up to 12.

And if you are looking to serve up some veggies or poultry this weekend, check out the Herb Grid from the Charcoal Companion. It’s great for adding fresh herb flavors to any food without losing the herbs through the grill grate.

The Herb Grid from Charcoal Companion

Recipe from here.

Kamado Joe

The Charcoal Companion (The Companion Group)


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Shades Above the Rest

The Amalfi Collection from Caravita

Side-mounted or cantilever umbrellas can add a dramatic flair to any outdoor space. Unlike traditional umbrellas, cantilever umbrellas do not have a pole inserted in the middle. Instead they are mounted on the side, allowing homeowners to arrange their patio furniture without losing shade. Plus guests will be the center of the attention rather than the umbrella pole!

Caravita’s Amalfi Collection has undergone a makeover and now includes luxury features and a new foot pedal that provides easy 360-degree rotation. Another added feature includes the self-adjusting canopy, which ensures that the canopy will always remain level. Part of the Classic series, the Amalfi Collection offers a variety of sizes and shapes that use Caravita’s signature UV-stabilized resilient plastic hub. These products use the same solution-dyed acrylic fabrics from Sattler and the same RAL powder finishes that have always been used.

Treasure Garden’s 10-foot square cantilever umbrella

Treasure Garden’s 10-foot square cantilever umbrella comes in a black finish with Sunbrella’s 5404 Natural Fabric. The Cantilever Collection from Treasure Garden is offered in several sizes, packed with great features and functions. Sizes range from 9 feet to 13 feet (octagon), as well as 10 feet and 11 feet (octagon and square). The multi-position provides many shade solutions by providing the opportunity to easily shade several areas.



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