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!

 

So Many Delicious Things!

Well, looks like July came and went really fast this time, didn’t it? The hours of Summer are now slowly drifting away as we welcome August with wide arms and sweater vests. But the grilling fun doesn’t need to stop here, no sir! Many of our favorite vegetables and fruits are in peak season and make a perfect companion to go with our grilled meats!avo4

Thanks to BUZZFEED for providing a handy-dandy list of everything fresh and ready to be devoured this August.

SO MANY DELICIOUS THINGS! Obviously, last-chance summer berries are the perfect excuse to eat dessert twice a day. Also, to drink sangria on the regular.

(This will vary depending on the time of the month and where you live):

– Apricots
– Basil
– Bell Peppers
– Beets
– Blackberries
– Blueberries
– Boysenberries
– Cantaloupe
– Chard
– Cherries
– Corn
– Cucumbers
– Eggplant
– Fennel
– Figs
– Grapes
– Green beans
– Green onions
– Kiwi
– Mangoes
– Melons
– Nectarines
– Okra
– Peaches
– Peas
– Plums
– Raspberries
– Scallions
– Strawberries
– Summer squash
– Tomatillos
– Tomatoes
– Watermelons
– Zucchini

Many vegetables, and even fruits, can be grilled and enjoyed directly from your Cal Flame BBQ Outdoor Kitchen. Crowd favorites include grilled avocados (brush with olive oil, season with salt and place face-down on your grill), eggplant (do I really need to explain this one?), Summer squash (get ’em while they’re hot!), and roasted tomatoes (for your burger, salsas and everything in between).

Get more August Cooking Recipes at Buzzfeed by clicking, here.

For more information about Cal Flame BBQ product and service, and to find a Cal Flame store near you, please visit www.CalFlameBBQ.com.

Kamado Smoker Grilling

There isn’t much difference in cooking with a Kamado than with a traditional grill, however it is something you must accustom to before feeling comfortable. Kamados are capable of holding low temperatures for extended periods of time, which is excellent for slow cooking, which might cause a learning curve. Kamado smoker grills also provide the flexibility to achieve a variety of cooking styles, it’s up to the grill master to choose 1742236_444266102392466_324367846_n

Kamados naturally produce a natural convection effect, perfect for grilling and even baking, although it may take a little longer to enjoy your barbecue food, the end result will be well worth the wait. With that being said, here is my favorite brisket recipe you could use to your advantage on your kamado thanks to www.bbqguys.com.

SMOKED BRISKET

INGREDIENTS

    • 5-7 lb. beef brisket
    • 3-4 cups wood chunks or chips
    • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 T. dried rosemary
    • 2 T. garlic powder
    • 2 T. turbinado sugar
    • 2 T. paprika
    • 2 T. cayenne pepper
    • 1 T. dried oregano
    • 1 T. dried thyme
    • 2 T. kosher salt
    • 2 T. fresh cracked black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. After trimming the fat layer down on the brisket to about 1/4 inch and removing any large membranes or “silverskin”, rub generously with olive oil and rub in your spice blend with the backs of your hands (this is more fun than it sounds).
  2. Next double wrap your brisket tightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, but preferably over night.
  3. While waiting, soak your wood chips and set up your grill or smoker for indirect cooking.
  4. When ready, remove brisket from refrigerator and place straight on a 225°F degree grill, fat side down.
  5. If spraying your brisket, blend the apple cider and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz every 2-3 hours.
  6. Your brisket will take between 1 1/4 – 2 hours per pound, depending on many different factors. With that said, insert an internal temperature probe into the thickest section of meat on your brisket at around 1 1/4 hours per pound of actual cooking time and begin to monitor.
  7. When your brisket reaches an internal temperature of 180°F, remove and double wrap with heavy duty aluminum foil; followed by wrapping tightly with a clean towel or newspaper.
  8. Now place the whole package inside of a cooler. When the internal temperature reaches 190°F, you are ready to un-wrap one of the best tasting cuts of beef you have ever had.

For more information about Cal Flame BBQ products and services, please 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.

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.