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  1. The Thermodynamics of Cooking

    The Thermodynamics of Cooking

    The act of cooking is such a broad term now; it traditionally is used to refer to applying heat to food in order to produce a different flavor and texture, but something like sashimi has no application of heat - yet with all of the detailed cuts and alterations of ingredients, I would still describe the process of preparing it as cooking. In any regard, cooking is the process of changing a raw ingredient into something more flavorful and complex. For now, let's focus on cooking with heat- specifically, what's happening when you grill.

  2. How to Use a Flange Extension with Your Gas Fire Pit

    What is a Flange Extension and why would you need one?

    A flange extension is the name we give to a fitting that allows the flange to be extended further away from the valve. This becomes advantageous for those who wish to use thicker walls, stones, or blocks for their fire pit enclosure as you're then able mount the flange on the outside of your enclosure while the valve remains inside.

  3. Primo Oval Series Grill Review

    A Versatile Grill with a Dynamic Performance

    The natural smoky aroma and flavor produced by a traditional charcoal grill is inimitable - but nowadays there's so many different types of charcoal grills that it's hard to know which produces the best BBQ. While that may not be a fair question - beauty (or delicious BBQ) lies in the eye of the beholder and all - we do know with certainty, the Primo Oval kamado style charcoal grills are some of the most versatile BBQ grills on the market that produce some top notch 'cue.

  4. The Montego Fire Pit Table

    The Montego Fire Pit Table

    A mix of contemporary style and classic design, the Montego gas fire pit table offers a one of a kind option for an outdoor fire feature. As one of the most popular fire table options, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company has created the perfect fire table to serve as a one of a kind coffee style and fire feature. Let's take a look at what makes this table one of our favorites.

  5. What Makes the Penta Burner Unique?

    What Makes the Penta Burner Unique?

    The Penta burner is a uniquely designed gas fire pit burner designed to provide the most realistic and fullest flame presence to enhance your outdoor living space. This star shaped burner was created by HPC to offer a new and innovative design that would piggyback off of the success of traditional round burners. The Penta burner has quickly become the most popular shape of any burner ring we sell and comes with plenty of support from our experts and customers alike.

  6. How to Buy a Gas Log Set

    Why Use a Gas Log Set?

    The modern appeal of convenience and affordability has drawn more people to convert their old wood fireplaces into a clean and efficient gas log set. The benefits are numerous and they can really offer some unique advantages but with all of the different types and options, it can be hard to know what log set is right for you - so let's take a look at the key differences between gas log sets.

  7. A Guide to the 4 Types of Electric Fireplace

    Why choose an electric fireplace?

    Electric fireplaces have become increasingly popular due to the convenience and simplicity they provide—they're easy to install and don't present the same challenging installation difficulties wood or gas units impose. Electric units offer cost savings in lieu of running a gas line or refurbishing an outdated wood burning unit and simply plug into a standard 110 volt household outlet. Many units feature a built in heater rated up to 5,000 BTU, while the flexible design options allow for several different installation opportunities.

  8. Why Everyone Should Own a Vacuum Sealer

    A great way to save time and money

    These vacuum sealers create a nice tight seal for both rolls and bags as well as canisters for canning. Beyond creating the necessary vacuum seal for Sous Vide, vacuum sealers are great for food storage and preservation to reduce oxidation for anything from chicken to veggies.

  9. A Guide to the Three Types of BBQ Grills

    A Guide to the Three Types of BBQ Grills

    Cooking outdoors is a timeless American tradition, a throwback to the iconoclastic 1950's era backyard barbecues where friends, family, and neighbors would gather to enjoy each other's company and some really good food—there's nothing quite like the taste of a steak, hot dog, or anything fresh off the grill, it's ineffable.

  10. PolyScience's Three Best Immersion Circulators for Sous Vide Cooking

    PolyScience's Three Best Immersion Circulators for Sous Vide Cooking

    If you're looking to get into sous vide cooking, or you've just checked out our intro to sous vide cooking and you're not sure which circulator would be best to get you going - this is the place to be. PolyScience has been at the forefront of sous vide cooking, providing high quality circulators to restaurant and home kitchens alike.

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