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  • What is Sous Vide Cooking?

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    Quick Summary:

    Sous Vide (pronounced sue - veed) is a modern cooking technique that utilizes the advanced temperature control of an immersion circulator to keep a water bath at a consistent temperature to achieve very specific results, time and time again. For years, restaurants have been taking advantage of this technique to ensure their products reach precise results and now that technology is available to everyone. Our helpful video here is designed to provide all of the basic information you need to know about Sous Vide and the following guide offers a bit more insight into the unique process.

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  • What Fireplace Remote Control Works for You?

    How to Determine What Remote Works for You

    Nothing beats the comfort of a warm & cozy fire when the temperature drops and the days are cold and many of us now have gas fireplaces in place of wood for the convenience and simplicity they offer.

    What's more, most gas fireplaces are able to be operated with a remote control to enhance the simplicity and comfort, but it can be confusing as to what kind of remote control works with your unit whether it's a direct vent, B-vent, or a gas log set - so we've put together this guide to help make the buying process easier.

    When it comes to finding a remote control that's compatible with your gas fireplace, the first thing you'll need to find is what type of gas valve your fireplace uses. This information can be found most easily in your fireplace's installation & operation manual - within your fireplace's manual, the relevant information is usually located under the "Wiring Diagram" or a similarly named section that looks something like the image below.



    If you don't have your fireplace owner's manual, you can also find the model on the rating plate located located somewhere inside your fireplace - or you can also identify the valve by taking a look at it directly. Below, we've got some examples of standard gas valves that would need different types of remote controls so you can identify what yours is by looking at the examples.

    Types of Gas Valves

    1. Millivolt Gas Valve

    Named for the amount of voltage the gas valve needs to open, millivolt gas valves are very common for fireplaces these days and our largest selection of remote controls work for standard millivolt valves. This type of valve makes use of a standing pilot that continuously burns to heat a device, either a thermocouple or thermopile, which then produces a small amount of electricity - less than a single volt, hence "milli"-volt. This small amount of electricity provides enough of a current to control an electromagnet that pulls the valve open against a spring; if the current isn't present, the valve will snap shut and turn off the gas. A remote control will not provide power to your valve, instead the receiver box just completes/disconnects the circuit to operate the valve.

    2. Latching Solenoid

    Another common type of gas valve uses a latching solenoid valve to control the gas flow, sensibly named a latching solenoid valve. A solenoid valve is controlled with an electric current through the solenoid to allow/restrict the flow of gas; unlike a millivolt valve, this solenoid requires a larger amount of voltage than a thermocouple/thermopile can produce to snap open, where it makes use of latching magnets that secure the solenoid in the open position - thus, the "latching" solenoid doesn't require a constant electric current to stay open/closed. If you hook up a remote control to this type of valve the remote control receiver box does send voltage to the solenoid in order to control the opening/closing of the valve.

    3. Maxitrol

    This type of gas valve employs a servomotor to provide precise control over the position of the plunger opening/closing the valve. A constant current will continue to hold the position of the plunger in order to maintain its on/off position. The benefit to using this type of system is the ability to modulate the flame height higher or lower simply by sending the electric current to dictate its position. If you use a remote control with this system, the receiver box sends voltage to the servomotor to control its position and allows "infinite" adjustment.


    Hopefully this helps you understand what type of gas valve your fireplace operates with and leads you to the correct remote control choice. As always, if you have any further questions or you're still having trouble figuring out what remote works for you, feel free to contact us.

  • The Thermodynamics of Cooking

    Mise en Place: Where Meat Meets Heat

    "Now with 100% more footnotes!"

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  • 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.

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  • Primo Oval Series Grill Review

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    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.

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  • The Boardwalk Fire Pit Table

    Quick Summary:

    Take a walk on the Boardwalk - rather, take a seat by the Boardwalk gas fire table and enjoy the one of a kind ambiance offered by the unique outdoor fire feature. The Outdoor GreatRoom Company has designed this table to invoke the classic "decking" look of traditional boardwalks and combine more contemporary elements to enhance any patio space. Let's take a look at what makes this table unique.

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  • The Montego Fire Pit Table

    The Montego Fire Table

    Quick Summary:

    A mix of contemporary style and classic design, the Montego gas fire 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.

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  • What Makes the Penta Burner Special

    The Penta Burner Review

    Quick Summary:

    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.

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  • How to Buy a Gas Log Set

    Gas Log Set Buying Guide

    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.

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  • Our Favorite Electronic Fireplaces

    Our Staff's Favorite Electric Fireplaces
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