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  • An Introduction to Everdure

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    Overview

    Everdure products are now available at Spotix.com. These grills and grill accessories offer a unique alternative to more traditional barbecue grills, but are they right for you? Check out this helpful guide we’ve put together to help you decide.

    Background

    Everdure grills are the culmination of thoughtful design, premium engineering, and collaboration from one of the world’s top chefs, Heston Blumenthal, to create a grilling experience unlike any other. With 20 years professional culinary experience, Blumenthal incorporated his favorite cooking techniques into the design of these grills for what he considers to be “a 3 Michelin star barbecue range.”

    These grills take a traditional product and add a contemporary aesthetic to create products that are both high-performing and aesthetically pleasing. Both charcoal and gas units are available to cater to all segments of the outdoor grilling market.
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  • How to Build A Fire Pit Kit with a Propane Tank

    Designing a Propane Fire Pit

    Propane gas fire pits are becoming more common in residential settings given their convenient design. However, running new gas lines can be prohibitively expensive and requires professional installers to ensure a satisfactory outcome. For this reason, many consumers choose to fuel their fire pits using a standard propane tank.

    At Spotix, we’re often asked how long a propane tank will fuel a typical backyard fire pit. This answer will vary based on the size of your tank as well as the BTU rating of the fire pit burner. To calculate approximate burn times for yourself, we’ve put together this helpful guide. Consider grills as a point of reference, as these calculations will work for propane grills as well.

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  • Seared Tuna on a Himalayan Salt Block

    It's late November, Thanksgiving is looming and the winter weather has arrived early. But those of us who love to grill will still find a way to get outside and cook up something special, even if the weather is less than ideal. With that being said, the weather does pose a challenge - the colder temps inhibit the high heat searing we all love from our grills. An easy solution? A salt block. Salt blocks are great to use any time of the year, indoors or out, but they're perfectly suited for these colder temperatures and to use on your grill. Think cast iron - the lovely black pans that last for generations and are so heavy they just sear so well. The same principle holds true with a salt block - it's so heavy, thermally speaking (and by weight, of course) that it retains heat extremely well, which in turn will allow it to sear extremely well.

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  • An Overview of HPC Electronic (EI) Gas Fire Pit Inserts



    Electronic ignition systems present a premium upgrade option for all gas fire pit projects – from the DIY backyard gas fire pit to commercial restaurant and hotel projects. Instead of dealing with matches or lighters, you control the flames at the flick of a switch or the push of a button. If you’re looking for simplicity and quality, electronic ignition fire pit systems offer the best option for your project. Continue reading

  • The Outdoor GreatRoom Company Cove Fire Pit

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    The Outdoor GreatRoom Company Cove Fire Pits are some of the best-selling fire pits sold by Spotix – and for good reason! Reliable performance, simple design, and easy setup combine to create a great fire feature for any home. Think you'd like to join the ranks of happy Cove owners? Learn more about this fantastic fire feature here in our helpful guide.

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  • The Best Grills of 2018

    America's passion for great grills has created a healthy competition for high quality grills—the only issue is deciding which one is best for you. We receive questions everyday from customers like you who want to know the ins and outs of our favorite grills so we've put this list together of our favorite built in gas grills and some detail as to why it shows up on the list.

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  • What Napoleon Fire Table is Best for You?

     

    Fire tables are relatively simple in design, but the sheer number of brands and styles on the market can be confusing for potential buyers. Few manufacturers strike the balance between premium design and affordability as well as Napoleon, so we've put together this guide detailing Napoleon's most popular fire tables.

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  • Warming Trends Crossfire Burners Review

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    Crossfire Burners are easily some of the most highly engineered fire pit burners in the entire industry—with a price tag to match. However, if you don't mind the upfront cost, a Crossfire burner may pay for itself in the long term thanks to its durable brass construction and lifetime warranty. Warming Trends can easily customize burners as well, making it easier to create a unique fire pit from scratch or retrofit an already–existing fire pit enclosure.

    We carry nothing but the best fire pit burners at Spotix.com. Any burner on our site will be objectively better than the units you'll find at your local big box store. If you want the "best of the best", however, then the answer is clear: Warming Trends Crossfire Burners.

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  • Holiday Gift Guide 2017 - Gifts for Him or Her

    If you’re having trouble finding the right gifts for your friends and family members this holiday season, we have just what you need. We’ve put together this helpful list of some of our hottest items of the season. No matter your budget, you’re sure to find a great gift for the hard-to-shop-for names on your list.

    Gifts Under $50

    Napoleon 3-Piece Tool Set

    Is there an aspiring grill master on your list? The Napoleon 3-Piece Tool Set is sure to make them smile! This premium set features a spatula, locking tongs, and a grill brush to help complete the ultimate grilling setup. Don’t settle for inferior tools—these will last for years.

    Yeti Rambler 30 Tumbler with Lid

    Keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold with a Yeti Rambler 30 Tumbler with Lid. There may be similar drinkware on the market, but Yeti products offer the original double-wall vacuum-insulated tumbler design. With kitchen grade 18/8 stainless steel construction, Yeti tumblers are always ready for adventure. They’re a great gift for anyone.

    Napoleon PRO Carving/Cutting Board with Stainless Steel Bowls

    Although cooking can be a fun hobby, cleanup is never as enjoyable. Help the cook in your life simplify the food prep process with a Napoleon PRO Carving/Cutting Board with Stainless Steel Bowls. This cutting board’s unique design and integrated steel bowls keep your prep space neat and organized from start to finish.

    Gifts Under $200

    PolyScience Smoking Gun Pro Food Smoker

    For a truly unique Chirstmas present, check out the PolyScience Smoking Gun Pro Food Smoker. This tool gives food a full smoky flavor and aroma without the need for a large smoker. Smoke meats, cheeses, or any other food with ease!

    Henckels International Forged Razor 15-Piece Knife Block Set

    A beautiful set of kitchen knives can be a source of pride whether you’re an aspiring culinary professional or just an eating enthusiast. This Henckels International Forged Razor 15-Piece Knife Block Set makes for a great introduction to high end kitchenware. Henckels knives are known for their durability and long-term sharpness, and this premium set is no exception. They look great and perform even better.

    Napoleon TravelQ Portable Propane Gas Tabletop Grill

    The Napoleon TravelQ Portable Propane Gas Tabletop Grill makes a great gift for the griller-on-the-go as well as for those with limited space to put a full-size grill. Despite its small stature, this grill packs 10,500 BTUs of heating capability. Combine this with a rugged design built to withstand the wear-and-tear of travel and you have yourself a very impressive unit for the price.

    Gifts Over $200

    Napoleon 32” Allure Series Slimline Electric Fireplace

    Although this fireplace wasn’t built with stockings in mind, we don’t think the recipient of this gift will care too much. The Napoleon 32-Inch Allure Series Slimline Electric Fireplace can overhaul the look of any room. Even better, this versatile unit can wall mounted or built-in for a custom installation. The integrated 5,000 BTU heater will take the chill out of those blustery winter days, as well.

    Outdoor GreatRoom Company Naples Fire Table

    If you know someone whose patio looks a bit too empty, this beautiful Outdoor GreatRoom Company Naples Fire Table can completely revamp their space. This contemporary chat height fire table includes a 60,000 BTU Crystal Fire burner to make outdoor entertaining more fun on cool nights. Not using the burner? Put on the included glass top for more table surface space.

    Napoleon LEX 485 Gas Grill on Cart with IR Rotisserie and Side Burner

    Want to give the ultimate Christmas gift this season? Go big or go home with the Napoleon LEX 485 Gas Grill on Cart. This grill offers a great entry into high-end grilling. An included infrared rotisserie burner, infrared sizzle zone side burner, and JetFire ignition offer premium features typically found only on

    Conclusion

    We hope you have found our gift guide helpful, but if you’d like to see even more great products, we encourage you to check out the thousands of additional products on our website. Don’t forget to order early to ensure delivery by Christmas.

    If you’d like more personalized assistance, give us a call at 888-977-6849 to speak to a helpful member of our team. Our customer service reps can answer any questions you may have about our products.

    From all of us at Spotix, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • How to Winterize Your Grill

    Overview

    When fall rolls around and the cold weather of winter is looming, it’s important for grill owners to be prepared by winterizing your grill. Many of you, I’m sure, are like me and grill year-round, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t also prepare your grill for lower temperatures and nasty weather. Most of us are familiar with how corrosion (rust) can degrade the performance and lifetime of your grill - while high quality materials like 304 stainless steel are very corrosion resistant, that doesn’t mean they’re impervious to the elements. Not only does moisture stress metals, but grease build-up can create pressure points where corrosion can build and spread.

    Preventing much of the damage that can befall your grill comes down to a thorough cleaning from top to bottom, so I would recommend grabbing a few cleaning supplies to help you get started, like grill cleaner , a grill brush , and stainless steel polish.

    While you can use warm water and a mild soap, grill cleaners usually have chemicals that help cut through grease - but be careful - some industrial cleaners are so powerful they can damage the finish of your grill. Also, take caution using any type of abrasive scouring pad that can scratch the surface of your grill, typically a soft sponge is all you’ll need to clean the surface.

    1. Clean the Interior of the grill

    Begin by firing up your grill, I recommend letting it run on high heat for at least 10 minutes, to burn off any large pieces of food/residue left from previous grilling sessions. After that period, you can shut it off and start by using your grill brush to scrape the grill grates clean. If your grill grates are severely caked with sauces or other stubborn bits, I find it easy to dip your grill brush in water and then take to the grates using steam to break free those tough spots.

    After you’ve cleaned your grates, allow your grill to cool completely. Then remove all the interior components, like flame tamers, warming racks, or briquette trays, and start cleaning out the inside of the fire box. If you have flame tamers, I recommend soaking them in a bucket of soapy water to loosen tough stains, and then scrubbing with a sponge to remove as much residue as possible.

    For the firebox, I recommend using grill cleaner to cut through the grease that hasn’t made its way to the drip pan - but you can use soapy water here too, if you don’t have grill cleaner. Be sure to wipe away any leftover cleaner/soap away, any residue left behind can promote corrosion and impart bad flavor the next time your grill is used.

    Finally, remove the drip pan and determine how much grease/build-up you have. If you have a large amount and its cold/caked on, I find a putty knife is a great tool to scrape it off and then use your grill cleaner to cut through whatever grease is left behind.

    2. Clean the Exterior

    I clean the exterior of my grill in two phases: first, using my grill cleaner to wipe away dust and any other grime; and second, using a stainless steel cleaner or polish to protect the finish.

    First, in cleaning the exterior you should pay attention to the grain of your steel - if you scrub in the wrong direction you can scratch or harm the surface. Again, I just use a soft sponge to remove all build-up. Also, be sure to be careful if your grill has decals or symbols printed on the surface - like this grill’s control panel has indicators for temperature painted next to the burners. If you scrub too hard around these areas, you can remove them.

    Finally, find yourself a stainless steel polish - some cleaners have a polish mixed in, but I like to use products like Sheila-Shine or Bar Keeper’s Friend to finish cleaning the exterior. These products have an oil base to them that help “season” and coat the steel, preventing moisture from penetrating the material.

    And lastly, after everything is cleaned, be sure to invest in a high quality grill cover. Protecting your grill when not in use helps keep the elements like snow and rain off the grill and from getting inside. With that in mind, a key feature to look for in a good cover is ventilation - you don’t want moisture to build up on the inside without being able to escape. Beyond that, vinyl, PVC, or leather are good materials to look for in a cover in order to survive a harsh winter.

    If you have any tips/tricks of your own that helps you winterize your grill, be sure to leave a comment below and let us know!

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