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Stylish Stoves

The Heckla cookstove from Wittus

Wood-burning stoves are now designed to blend in with any room of the home. Many manufacturers make sleek, modern stoves that are efficient and provide considerable warmth. And if homeowners are looking to heat single rooms, stoves are the perfect solution.

Here’s a stove that actually multi-tasks. The Heckla cookstove (designed and produced by Romotop in the Czech Republic and imported by Wittus) is made for heating and baking. It naturally integrates living with functionality and style. Cooking with a wood-burning fire gives food a special taste. With a body made in a choice of high-grade steel, natural stone, or ceramic tile (in multiple color options), this stove has many design advantages.

Blaze King Chinook 20

The contemporary Blaze King Chinook 20 features a modern European design with integrated legs and a large rectangular glass viewing area. The convection deck is standard on Chinook models. An optional dual fan system can be added to further move the super-heated air into a room. The optional ash-drawer opens on engineered runners with a smooth gliding motion.



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Smoke-free Fires

RS Chimney-fan System by ENERVEX

Well-functioning chimneys and venting systems are necessary in order to maintain clean and efficient fireplaces. Many homeowners are unaware of the importance of a venting system or the impact it can have to ensure that the room with the fireplace remains free of smoke and drafts. When homeowners are looking to install a new fireplace that requires a chimney, be sure to inform them of the benefits of having a proper venting system. ENERVEX and Selkirk are two companies that offer a wide range of venting and chimney products for the residential market.

The RS Chimney-fan System by ENERVEX is the perfect solution for smoking fireplaces. The extremely quiet and reliable chimney fan maintains the perfect draft to ensure a smoke-free environment. The fan is easy to use and is virtually maintenance free. It can be used with wood or gas fireplaces, as well as with coal and oil-fueled appliances.

UltimateONE by Selkirk

UltimateONE by Selkirk offers the latest technologies in factory-built chimney design, providing superior performance, durability, and safety. UltimateONE’s inner liner and outer casing are constructed of all-welded 304 stainless steel, providing superior strength and corrosion resistance. Engineered with a web-coupler design using an inch of Superwool insulation that makes contact at the seam, UltimateONE allows for pipe expansion and eliminates cold-air infiltration. Because UltimateONE is locked together with a latch-type locking band, no tools are required, making the installation quick, solid, and secure, every time.




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Holiday Shopping for the Patio

Butler Cart from Mallin Casual

Black Friday officially marks the start of the holiday shopping season for all retailers. Specialty retailers in the patio furniture, barbecue/grill, and fireplace industries should use this period to attract new and repeat customers. Offering accessories or smaller items can be a great way to lure customers into the store. Gift baskets filled with barbecue sauces and grilling tools make perfect gifts for outdoor chefs. Gift certificates for those dreaming of new outdoor grills or patio furniture are also great gift ideas. Below are a couple of outdoor items that are perfectly suited for gift giving.

Mallin’s new butler cart is ideal for outdoor entertaining, and it can easily turn a small family gathering into a grand event. Its unique shape and design are versatile, and the wheels make it very easy to move around, holding everything from cocktails to glassware for upcoming events. This butler cart is perfect for the person who loves to entertain.

Charcoal Companion Skewer Station from The Companion Group

An exciting new way to serve skewers of a single ingredient, the Charcoal Companion Skewer Station, from The Companion Group, allows guests to customize their entrée. Grill different meats and vegetables, and then hang them for serving. Guests can simply push the meat or vegetables from the skewer (with the included fork) onto plates held underneath. The grooved wooden tray prevents juices from spilling on a table. Comes with six skewers and two forks.


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet’s Hybrid Fire Grill

The holiday season is here and that means spending time with loved ones while enjoying good food. But for those of you who want to make turkey without the whole bird, an individual turkey breast can be a great meal for a small Thanksgiving gathering.

Check out this delicious turkey breast recipe from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet that will leave you and your guests wanting more!

Buttermilk-brined Turkey Breast


3 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 ounces (1/4 cup) hot sauce (Tabasco is a good choice)
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 bone-in, skin-on turkey breast, 2 1/2 to 3 pounds
Triple S Rub (smoky seasoned salt)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 cups wood chips


Prepare the “brine” by whisking together the buttermilk, salt, hot sauce and granulated garlic. Rinse and dry the turkey breast. Place in a large, zip-top bag and pour in the brine. Remove excess air, seal and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours. About 45 minutes before cooking, remove the breast from the brine. Pat dry, and season liberally with Triple S Rub on all sides. Let the turkey rest and rise toward room temperature.

Prepare the grill for roasting (indirect grilling) at 350°F with wood smoke from foil smoking envelopes.

Place the breast directly on the grill grate in the indirect zone with the skin side up. Place the smoking envelope above the fire. Close the hood and roast at 350°F for about 1 hour. After the first 30 minutes, brush the top of the breast with olive oil. After the full hour, raise the temperature to 400°F to crisp up the skin (either turn the heat up on the grill, add some dry wood chips to the hottest zone of the grill, or move the breast to a warming rack elevated above the hottest part of the grill) and finish roasting the turkey until the internal temperature reaches 155°F. Remove from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes while the internal temperature rises to 165°F.

Slice the breast away from the bones, and then slice crosswise into 1/2 inch thick pieces.


This recipe was used on a Kalamazoo Hybrid Grill.
You can find this and other Kalamazoo recipes from here.


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Clean Heat

Dynasty Fireplaces

If homeowners are looking for an alternative to traditional wood-burning or gas-burning fireplaces, electric fireplaces would be a great place to start. They are convenient, environmentally friendly, and can be installed easily into any room of the home. These sleek, stylized fireplaces will provide realistic flames and warmth that will match any wood-burning fireplace.

With a passion for perfection, Dynasty Fireplaces employs traditional skills and state-of-the-art techniques to manufacture high-caliber, trendsetting electric hearth products. Materials are of the highest quality and have been sourced from around the world. Dynasty’s wide array of unique designs, as well as custom pieces, gives customers the ability to choose a fireplace and mantel that’s perfect for their space.

Twin-Star’s Lakeland

Twin-Star’s Lakeland media mantel is designed to work with the company’s newest insert, which uses infrared technology to heat rooms of up to 1,000 square feet. The traditional style of the Lakeland transports you to an era when quality was of the utmost importance. Storage space is abundant, from the full-length open center shelf to the Shaker-style cabinets. The 28-inch infrared electric fireplace insert is surrounded by engineered slate and features a kickout hearth base. Built on a foundation of quality construction, the Lakeland is the perfect centerpiece for enjoying quality time with family and friends.


Dynasty Fireplaces


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Clean-up Made Easy

Premium Stainless-steel Wipes from Bull Outdoor Products

High-quality outdoor furniture and barbecues are made to last, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need a little cleaning and upkeep every now and then. Maintaining patio furniture and grills will ensure that they last for many seasons. You can help your customers with these tasks by selling easy-to-use cleaning products. These products are also great for attracting repeat customers to your store.

These cleaner/protectant wipes, from Bull Outdoor Products, are a must-have product for anyone who owns stainless-steel appliances, either indoors or outdoors. These wipes use natural oils to clean and protect grills, refrigerators, side burners, or stainless-steel storage systems. They are designed with two unique cleaning surfaces. Side one has a slightly abrasive texture to remove hardened residue and minor scratches, while side two is completely smooth to polish the surface. This is a great product for every homeowner.

303 Patio Furniture Cleaner from 303 Products/Gold Eagle Co.

303 Products/Gold Eagle Co. Patio Furniture Cleaner is specially designed to clean outdoor-living furniture. It’s a concentrated formula that can be used full strength or diluted and is safe on all water-safe materials (such as vinyl, plastics, all-weather wicker, powder-coated metal, fiberglass, teak, and stainless steel). This proprietary formula is nontoxic, biodegradable, and odorless, and it rinses residue free.

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303 Products

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Going Commercial

Palisades Dining Collection from Agio

Now that the economy is improving, hotels and restaurants are seeing an increase in business. As this continues to occur, these institutions will be sprucing up their properties by adding new outdoor furniture, umbrellas and firepits to pool/patio areas as well as fireplaces to interior spaces. That’s why this is the perfect time to reach out to these businesses in your local communities. Smaller, independent restaurants and boutique hotels are great prospects because they’re always on the lookout for furniture and fireplaces that fit their unique spaces. Here are two collections that are perfect for the hospitality market

Constructed with handcrafted all-weather wicker woven around rust-free aluminum frames, the Palisades dining collection by Agio offers long-lasting beauty. With a beautiful porcelain-top table and comfortable, weather-resistant cushions (with coordinating accent pillows), the look extends bold new opportunities for outdoor entertaining.

The Ballantyne Collection from Outdoor Lifestyle

Cast in A356 aluminum, the Ballantyne grouping from Outdoor Lifestyle blends Georgian style with sensuous French curves to create a visual sensation. This collection offers dining tables (54 and 100 inches); a 54-inch coffee table; armchairs (cast seat and swivel chair). All come with an industry-leading 15-year limited warranty on furniture frames and a five-year limited warranty on paint finishes in residential use.



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Spicing It Up!

Big Green Egg “Dizzy Gourmet” line of custom rubs and seasonings

Including barbecue seasonings and rubs in your product mix will lure new grill customers and repeat customers. You can also offer them as free gifts if customers make large grill purchases. Spices are particularly helpful for first-time barbecue cooks who are looking for ways to enhance the flavor of their food. And with the holiday season approaching, spices and rubs are the perfect stocking stuffers!

Big Green Egg’s new Dizzy Gourmet line of seasonings is made from scratch, using only high-quality spices and fresh herbs. No preservatives are added and nothing is artificial. The six custom seasonings are hand-blended in the U.S. exclusively for Big Green Egg and are available only from authorized Big Green Egg dealers.

Championship Barbecue Rubs and Sauces from Old World Spices & Seasonings

From Kansas City to Texas to Carolina to Memphis, this display of Championship Barbecue Rubs and Sauces, from Old World Spices & Seasonings, has 48 units of the best barbecue rubs in the country and is an attractive addition to your grilling accessories. These eight nationally and regionally recognized brands will keep your customers coming back to your store for more.


Big Green Egg

Old World Spices & Seasonings

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Creating the Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen

Rodeo Q from Bull Outdoor Products

Many homeowners want kitchens in their backyards, and manufacturers are meeting their demand by offering exciting products that resemble what one would find in indoor kitchens. From grills and refrigerators to sound systems and dishwashers (and everything in between), the possibilities are endless for making the most out of entertaining outside. Now hosts can stay outside and socialize with their guests because all the amenities they need can be found in their ultimate outdoor kitchens.

The Rodeo Q from Bull Outdoor Products is the ideal kitchen island for intimate outdoor cooking and entertaining. The rounded seating counter space is perfect for serving guests food straight from the grill. Plus, the easy access built-in mini-refrigerator will help keep the drinks cool all night along.

Sound of Music™ Audio Panel from Cal Flame

The portable Sound of Music™ audio panel from Cal Flame is a stainless steel panel that can virtually be mounted to any indoor or outdoor surface. It features a marine-grade stereo system with built-in iPod controls that conveniently charge and operate an iPod or iPhone; two 4-inch, 72-watt weatherproof speakers; and a state-of-the-art remote control. The iPod dock transmits radiofrequency audio to a high-output, high- range speaker system. It also features a large IC-FM tuner with improved reception and an additional auxiliary port for other MP3 systems.


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