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How to Buy the Right Woodstove

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When you go shopping for a wood stove you will have two main sources of information to help with your decision. First is the manufacturer’s literature that gives performance specifications, and second is the advice you receive from the various stove dealers you visit. Speaking of dealers, you might think a dealer just wants as […]

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5 Ways To Incorporate Grilling Into Your Fall Cooking

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Just because the leaves have started to turn doesn’t mean it’s time to pack up the grill and say goodbye. Sure it’s easy to get excited about using your oven again without making the whole house sweat, but your grill can take you all the way into winter. Check out these tasty ideas to keep […]

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How to Choose the Right Gas Fireplace

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Just as cars are available in many versions to suit different lifestyles, so are gas fireplaces.   It’s a no brainer” to realize that a two-seater sports car would be unsuitable for a young couple with three children. However the pros and cons concerning the various types of gas fireplaces are not always obvious. Homeowners should […]

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Backyard September Jerk Chicken

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Transport your taste buds to the tropics with this Jamaican spice blend. Also try it with skirt steak or pork chops. INGREDIENTS 1 Scotch bonnet or habanero chile, stemmed 1 bunch scallions, cut into pieces 2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme 2 tablespoons packed dark-brown sugar 1 tablespoon ground allspice […]

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Best Grilled Fish

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This recipe for grilled fish uses a Baja-style spice rub with cumin, oregano, and chili powder. Fresh Fresh Canadian Bass, Trout, Salmon or Pickerel work great for this recipe, since the fish can be flaked easily for use in tacos. INGREDIENTS 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon chili powder 2 teaspoons coarse salt […]

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5 Killer Autumn BBQ Tips

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Grilling isn’t just for the warm summer months. In fact, autumn can be an ideal time of the year to grill. Hel-lo tailgating parties!  But if you’re anything like us, we don’t know where to begin with how to grill when the weather gets cooler. But luckily we know someone who does. We got in […]

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Did You Know: You Can Use Your Wood Stove For Cooking

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We all know how convenient a wood stove is at providing heat or how great a fireplace is to gather your whole family. But did know that they can also be used to cook your lunch? The most common use of the top of the stove is to boil water but there are so many […]

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Direct Vent Fireplaces

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Knowing the difference between a Direct Vent Fireplace and a Fireplace Insert is a pretty neat fact that you can wow your friends with. But, do you know how a Direct Vent Fireplace works? Well, we have a secret to tell you. Direct Vent Fireplaces are pretty magical, and you may already have one in your […]

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Butch’s Best Pork Souvlaki

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To make this twist on the Greek classic, marinate cubes of pork shoulder in lemon juice, garlic, and oregano. Grill the pork on skewers and serve with yogurt-tahini sauce and warm pita bread. INGREDIENTS 1 pound pork shoulder, cut into 3/4-inch cubes 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, […]

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Grilled Bratwurst Sandwiches with Caraway Sauerkraut

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To serve up this favorite Midwestern sandwich, grill precooked bratwurst sausages until golden brown and serve on hard rolls with spicy brown mustard and bread-and-butter pickles. Make the classic side dish by sauteing red onion in butter and then stirring in sauerkraut and caraway seeds. INGREDIENTS Oil, for grates 1 tablespoon butter, plus more for […]

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