All About Fireplaces

With Fall only a few days away, there’s no better way to enhance the look and feel of your backyard experience than with a warm and cozy fireplace. Fireplaces help to create a second living space outside your home instead of within. It provides a warm gathering place for friends and family to sit around and enjoy a nice conversation while enjoying the outdoors. However, there are a few things to take into consideration to have a perfectly placed fireplace outside your home.FRP908 Environment

Placement – Where you put your fireplace has more of an effect than which fireplace you get. Because of their size, fireplaces become a focal point in your backyard make sure to place the fireplace against a wall or corner which won’t take away from other focal points in your backyard or patio.

Codes – Different cities, have different fire codes and regulations. It’s best to decide a placement for your fireplace after familiarizing yourself with your city’s fire codes.

Privacy – Since most fireplaces are enjoyed from the front side only, they are great to use as a “privacy screen” between you and your neighbor. Create an intimate private space by setting matching patio furniture in your backyard around your fireplace.

Wind Direction – Take into account the way the direction blows in your backyard. Use the fireplace as a wind break so create a warmer environment during cooler weather. It will also help the fire stay lit.FRP-906 Environment

Find the perfect fireplace at CalFlameBBQ.com for your backyard this Autumn. We also offer firepits and barbecue grills and islands to enhance your backyard Home Resort. Cal Flame helps you spend more time in the home with family and friends. To find a Cal Flame Dealer near you, click here.FRP910 EnviromentCelebrate the Fall in style with your very own Cal Flame Fireplace!

 

Orange County Fair

OC-fairIf you are looking for a barbecue grill or island, and if you are in the Southern California area, stop by the Orange County Fair and visit our stand to save big on Cal Flame products! We have tons of products on display, including full-sized outdoor kitchens and barbecue islands, and stand-alone grills.

Summer is not over yet! Stop by the OC Fair and shop Cal Flame!waterfront hotel restaurant outdoors phuket thailand

Make sure to visit www.CalFlameBBQ.com for more information and to find a dealer near you!

Kamado Smoker Grill

By popular demand, Cal Flame BBQ, leading barbecue and hearth manufacturer, announces the launch of Kamado Smoker Grill as part of a new line products being offered in 2015.10948837_417414951749894_233735330_n

“The launch of the Kamado Smoker Grill is a new direction for the Cal Flame brand. Kamado grills bring on traditional cooking styles that I am sure expert barbecue enthusiasts will enjoy experimenting with,” said Casey Loyd, President of Cal Flame. “Our loyal customers will be impressed by the Kamado’s flexibility to achieve different cooking techniques. I am sure the Kamado is going to be a great success!”

Made from heavy ceramic material, the Kamado Smoker Grill allows for excellent heat retention and features a fireproof fabric seal to maintain heat within the vessel. Desired temperature can be achieved and maintained by precise control of airflow via the top and bottom vents. The Cal Flame Kamado Smoker can be used to grill, smoke and even bake your favorite dishes year-round. 1742236_444266102392466_324367846_n

Ceramic grills have been used by civilizations for over 4,000 years. This traditional form of cooking allows meats to remain moist and juicy, the shape of the dome kamado allows for different forms of cooking styles to be achieved through the airflow vents located on the unit.

The interior layer retains the heat inside the Kamado. Heat is absorbed and refracted within the firebox located on the bottom of the smoker. Perfect for slow and cool smoking, it doesn’t require constant fire tending, unlike traditional smokers. The Kamado cooks food thoroughly without drying it out, leaving it moist with full, smoky flavor.Kamado Grill Enviroment

The Cal Flame Kamado Smoker is now available to the Cal Flame dealer network and will be a stunning addition to any dealer showroom.  Consumers are encouraged to visit a local Cal Flame BBQ dealer for purchase information. For additional information about Cal Flame products visit, www.calflamebbq.com.

Stay Cool with Cal Flame BBQ

Your backyard patio is your very own personal sanctuary where you can sit back, relax and unwind after a long day at work. It’s important to set a relaxing space for yourself that YOU and YOUR family can enjoy, personalize your outdoor living space. Stay Cool with Cal Flame BBQ this summer!FRP-906 Environment

Cal Flame offers a variety of outdoor patio and hearth accessories to enhance your backyard experience this summer. Whether you are looking for an outdoor kitchen, big or small, or want to add a focal point to your patio, Cal Flame has something to make your backyard more enjoyable.

Add a lounge area to your outdoor room. Use accent pieces to match your outdoor decor by creating a seating area set around a Cal Flame firepit or fire place. Cal Flame outdoor fireplaces add a sense of enchantment, magic, and nostalgia to any backyard or garden. Homeowners will enjoy the beauty and dynamics that a fireplace brings to their Home Resort while guests will appreciate the year-round nighttime entertainment. These Cal Flame fire fixture will be a source of elegance and entertainment for years to come. FRP910 Enviroment

Cal Flame Firepits can be customized with your choice of Ameristone Stucco in 5 different colors, 8 beautiful Cultured Stone Styles, and accent trim with Porcelain Tile or Natural stone Tile. Also available on selected models: LED lighting, multi-setting light show or simply program to your favorite single color. FPT-R1050S

Cal Flame BBQ is known for it’s amazing fully loaded outdoor kitchens. From the inside out, the quality construction is undeniable. Each BBQ Island begins with a sturdy metal frame constructed from commercial-grade 16-Gauge Galvanized Steel. The island is then dressed in Hardibacker ceramic tile backer board for added durability and moisture resistance. Additionally, your outdoor kitchen is finished in the material of your choice and fitted with the cooking equipment you selected. Best of all, with premium electronic options to choose from, you can build a complete entertainment center outdoors!Cal Flame Outdoor Kitchen

For more information about Cal Flame BBQ products and to locate a dealer near you, please visit www.CalFlameBBQ.com.

June Gloom Summer Kickoff

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and June Gloom is in full swing. What better way to kickoff Summer than with a June Gloom Summer barbecue?grill-a-la-cart-series

It seems although burgers might be the unpopular option this Summer during your big backyard barbecue. Ground beef prices in April rose to a record $4.23 a pound, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as beef prices have risen 14 months in a row, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Just five years ago, hamburger prices were almost half that, at $2.36 a pound. Americans spent about $298 per person on beef in 2014, and $170 on pork, according to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the highest dollar amounts in 25 years.Cal Flame Outdoor Kitchen

The good thing, however, is that pork prices have fallen the lowest in nearly five years, and half of what they were a year ago. Bacon and its beloved smoky taste have become ubiquitous, popping up in foods like all-bacon burgers, bacon-flavored milkshakes and even bacon-topped maple and chocolate doughnuts.

This year, why not grill something new? Try the following recipe at your outdoor barbecue:

Caribbean-Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Peach Salsa Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Grill: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

3/4 cup chopped peeled fresh peaches
1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon Caribbean jerk seasoning
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 pork tenderloin (1 pound)

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the first nine ingredients; set aside. In another small bowl, combine the oil, brown sugar, jerk seasoning, thyme, rosemary and seasoned salt. Rub over pork.
  2. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 9-11 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145°. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with salsa. Yield: 4 servings (1-1/3 cups salsa).

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Find the perfect barbecue grill to suit your BBQ style at Cal Flame BBQ. Find a local dealer near you, here.

Cal Spas Factory Direct Sale

One weekend only, shop Cal Spas Factory Direct Blowout Sale and save up to 75%! We’re cleaning out our warehouse in Pomona, California and selling our excess inventory. From Cal Flame BBQ Islands, to Cal Spas Hot Tubs, to Patio Furniture and Home Accessories, stop by our corporate offices and attend this special 2-day event. Don’t miss out on one-of-a-kind limited edition spas and more. First come. First served.

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Cal Spas Factory in Pomona

DATE
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Sunday, May 17, 2015

TIME
Saturday 9am-6pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

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1462 E. Ninth Street
Pomona, CA 91766
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www.calspas.com/factory-direct-sale

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Ceramic Grills

Pool & Spa News recently reported about the increased popularity in ceramic grills:10948837_417414951749894_233735330_n

Cooking with ceramics began thousands of years ago and is an ongoing practice on every continent. With all the fine cooking qualities that ceramics have to offer, we shouldn’t be surprised that they have arrived in American-style barbecue cookers in a big way.

Here, I’ll explain the science behind the ceramic cooker and why it might be a key ingredient that’ll add more flavor to your customers’ upcoming Memorial Day barbecue parties.

An ancient cooking method
After developing for thousands of years in Asian countries, the kamado-style ceramic grill was finally discovered by American military personnel during World War II in Japan. As they began to ship these cookers home, the U.S. became exposed to a new, yet ancient, method of cooking.

Originally used for all types of food, including rice and soup, the kamado’s properties were especially well-suited for backyard barbecue cooking. Because the kamado does not require a lot of air and fire to keep it hot, it tends to eliminate flare-ups, hold an even temperature, preserve moisture and burn very little charcoal in the process.

These unique properties help it to function well for high-temperature grilling, slow smoking and even baking. Here’s why:

Grilling: The kamado can get extremely hot for grilling and searing. It actually looks a lot like a ceramic pottery kiln. It may be used with the dome open, but is usually closed to hold in the heat and moisture.

As with most other charcoal-fired grills, the charcoal is placed on a grate in the bottom, and the cooking grid is then placed above. In most models, you can get the food close to the coals if you really want intense heat. Because of the gasket seal and air control, you also can slow the grill down for more gentle grilling temperatures and control or eliminate flare-ups.

Smoking and roasting: Smoking is probably what ceramic kamados are best recognized for. The ability to cook at low temperatures for many hours on a small amount of charcoal makes the whole process a lot easier. Most units will smoke for 10 to 15 hours or more on less than 10 pounds of charcoal. The size of the cooker and temperature settings will add more or less to those figures.

Indirect heat, low temperatures and smoke are the keys for smoking food. Most kamados use a ceramic barrier to provide the indirect heat. Pans, with or without liquid, may also be used to avoid the direct radiant heat from the charcoal. This flat, ceramic piece is placed between the charcoal and the food. A pan of some sort is often placed on top of the ceramic piece to catch the grease drippings. Now the user can place the meat on the grid and they’re ready to smoke.

Because of the indirect, convective heat flow and some radiant heat from the dome above, the user has even heating all the way around the food. No need to turn the food or use a rotisserie.

As for smoke, there are many species of wood that can be used to add flavor. Dealers should consider carrying bags of various varieties in chips or chunks. (Even for regular grilling, it is nice to throw in a small handful to add that extra touch of smoke flavor.)

Baking: Using the same indirect-heat method, a ceramic kamado can bake anything your customer would put in a conventional oven: breads, cakes, cookies, pies.

Of course, pizza is the backyard favorite. A kamado basically turns into a wood-fired pizza oven with a bit of fuel and a pizza stone. At high temperatures, a kamado can crank out pizzas very quickly.

Fuel of choice
Natural lump charcoal is the preferred fuel for kamados and it is easier to light.

It is just regular pieces of wood (you can still see the grain) that is turned into charcoal. Since it is not crushed up and compacted into dense little briquettes, it lights much easier. Most standard “charcoal” briquettes have a whole lot of coal added. Coal is a fossil fuel out of the ground (like you needed me to tell you that). It’s good for heating and blacksmithing, but not the same as natural wood charcoal. Since the lump charcoal doesn’t have any additives, you don’t have to wait for the whole pile to burn off those extra ingredients before you start cooking.

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Most kamado manufacturers recommend or require that you do not use lighter fluid. It smells bad anyway. Electric starters are inexpensive and make starting the charcoal easy. Different types of starters are available. For the standard type with a heating element, put the charcoal around the element and let it go about 7 or 8 minutes. Then pull the starter out and let the charcoal continue to bring the grill up to temperature for another 5 to 15 minutes, depending on how hot you want the grill.

After they’ve done it a few times and get their routines down, your customers won’t think of it as difficult or time consuming anymore.

There’s not much clean up required, either, as there is not much ash produced.

The beauty of kamado cooking is that the customer can cook anything, with a minimal amount of preparation, hardware or fuel, and turn out championship barbecue foods.Kamado Grill Enviroment

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Barbecue Hacks

Barbecues call for family and friends to gather in the backyard to eat, laugh, and catch up with one another. Although barbecues are a great American classic pass time, they can sometimes be dreading. Between cleaning up, preparing food and getting ready to host a gathering, we can use all the help we could get. Follow these barbecue hacks to ensure your next barbecue is a success.Food-on-grill-1024x807

1.) Ice Cube Burgers – Keep your burgers moist by adding a single ice cube inside the burger meat to grill your burgers to perfection. To keep the ice cube from melting before cooking, make sure to add the ice cube right before placing on the grill.

2.) Smoking Herbs – Not exactly what it sounds like! Add fresh rosemary over hot coals to add a unique flavor to your meats. Smoked rosemary also serves as a natural mosquito repellent.

3.) Cooler Heater – Use a separate cooler to keep your meats hot! Meats should be kept at least at 140 for safety reasons, but also nothing beats enjoying a hot, fresh meal!

4,) Black Eggs – Use an empty egg carton filled with charcoal to help you start your barbecue fire.

5.) Clean Your Grill  - If you don’t have time to scrub your grill down, use a half sliced onion to wipe down your grill. The acidity of an onion and the ridges can loosen up caked on grime and will add a delicious flavor to your grilled foods.

6.) Write Orders with Ketchup – Write your order on the inside of your bun with ketchup so you make sure you get your burger done the right way! Your way!

7.) 6-pack – Use an empty six-pack beer carrier to carry condiments around. Not only will it organize your condiments, but also make it easier to carry them around.

8.) Double Your Fun – Using two skewers instead of one when cooking smaller foods will keep the food from rotating when it’s time to flip. It also ensures even cooking.

9.) Check Your Fuel – Heat water to a boil, tilt your propane tank to the side and pour lightly over the side. This will help you find your propane tank levels, where the tank stays cooler is how much propane you have left.

10.) Lying on a Bed of Lemons – Infuse and keep fish from sticking to the grill by cooking your fish over a bed of lemon slices. Top with garlic and butter, and vuala.Kamado Grill Enviroment

For more information about Cal Flame BBQ products and services, please visit www.calflamebbq.com.

Barbecue Grilling Safety

Barbecue is an all-American tradition where family and friends gather around in the backyard to enjoy delicious right-off-the-grill hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, steak and the company of one another. Unfortunately, barbecues are the perfect recipe for accidents. Since most people are preoccupied having a good time, sometimes barbecues can result in accidents leading to a trip to the ER. Reminding ourselves of the precautions we must take in order to have a successful barbecue is always a good thing, besides who wants to be the dud that ruins dinner?Food-on-grill-1024x807

Follow these barbecue grilling safety tips to assure your barbecue is a success!

1.) Fire can be very destructive if not handled properly – in any case, have a fire extinguisher handy. Have a designated person in charge of the barbecue at all times to monitor the fire. Remember to always cook in a well ventilated area!

2.) Beware of contamination of the food you are preparing. On hot days where temperature raises above 80 degrees, you won’t to leave you meats unrefrigerated longer than an hour. Also use different utensils when handling cooked and uncooked meats to avoid cross-contamination.

3.) Know the difference between handling charcoal and a gas grill. Only handle a unit comfortably you are familiar with. Charcoal tends to produce a lot of smoke, while gas grills can have leaks. Both can be toxic and very dangerous in large amounts, this is why cooking in a ventilated area is important.

Lastly, although barbecue is synonymous with a good time, consuming large amounts of alcohol can impair your senses and limit your ability to make safe decisions. Don’t drink and grill. Cal Flame BBQ Island

Follow these steps to make your next barbecue a blast, and not a disaster.

Remember to visit CalFlameBBQ.com for more information about our barbecue grills and islands to help you host your next BBQ get together.

Get Ready For Barbecue Season!

Tomorrow marks the first day of Spring which means sunshine, flowers, the birds and the bees, and allergies. But that also means it’s most wonderful time of the year: barbecue season!8534987224_ab81facfe1_o

There are several steps you can take to make sure you do not miss out on America’s favorite outdoor activity this year! Just keep on reading to find out.

Now would be a great time to thaw out your grill from Winter and conduct an annual check up. Make sure to test you unit out and see if any parts need replacement, this includes the propane tank.

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If everything seems to be working great, give your grilling some loving and dry scrub your unit from the inside. That black gunk on your grill won’t make your food taste any better, it’s just burnt-on dirt. While you’re at it, clean the outside so you can show that bad boy off and be the envy of all your friends.Al-La-Cart-Deluxe-medium

Check your grills hot spots. “And how do I do that?” Well, I am glad you asked! Cover your grill grates with slices of white bread and run your grill on high. After a couple of minutes, cut the heat and turn the slices over. The more toasted slices indicate the hotter spots. Now you’ll be able to place food on your grill accordingly.

If you’re old traditional grill decided to take a leap of faith this and cannot be revived. I invite you to take a glance at Cal Flame’s extensive offering of BBQ grills. Whether you are looking for a smaller portable grill, or looking for an outdoor entertainment center, Cal Flame has got you covered!

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Cal Flame also offers a variety of outdoor fireplaces and fire pits to turn your backyard into an oasis.

Visit www.CalFlameBBQ.com for more information regarding Cal Flame and it’s products.