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Memphis Grills Review: An Entire Kitchen In One Cooking Station

Memphis Grills Review: An Entire Kitchen in One Cooking Station

In the world of grills, Memphis Grills is known for producing some of the top-of-the-line grills. Specifically, Memphis Grills has a spectacular reputation for their smokers.

In this guide, we’d like to take a moment and discuss some of the unique qualities of various Memphis Grills electric smokers, the price point of smokers by Memphis Grills, and help you better decide if a Memphis Grills electric smoker meets your needs.

There is nothing like high-quality, smoked meats cooked right in the comfort of your yard. Memphis Grills employ a technology unique from most other grills and smokers and offer some of the most diverse cooking stations on the market.

Memphis Grills use something coined ITC, or Intelligent Temperature Control, allowing the user to establish a consistent cooking temperature between 180 degrees Fahrenheit and 700 degrees Fahrenheit. Memphis Grills are wood pellet-fueled.

Like many electric smokers, Memphis Grills are wood-fired. This gives food cooked on the grills, “Pure, unforgettable flavor.”

In fact, one of the most attractive features of a Memphis Grill is that it uses wood, a renewable fuel source, as fuel. Cooking with wood as fuel is the earliest technological cooking innovations. We’ve now created new and more efficient cooking technologies including gas grills, and electric ovens and stovetops. Why then, do so many modern culinary experts still return to wood-fired grills? The taste is simply better.

Roman pizzas, steaks at high-end metropolitan steakhouses, and of course the best barbecue in the south, is all cooked over wood. Why not bring that same methodology to your own backyard?

What Makes Memphis Grills Unique

Memphis Grills employ a different kind of technology than other, more traditional smokers. Memphis grills are some of the top of the line electric smokers on the market. But that’s just it – they aren’t just smokers. 

Memphis grills are not just for cooking meats either. Because of the Intelligent Temperature Control, the cooking chambers is similar to an oven. The ITC system monitors the temperature and automatically feeds more wood pellets when needed. Memphis Grills can smoke, grill and bake almost anything.

If you’re looking for a true set-and-forget cooking setup, you couldn’t find many grills that are easier than a Memphis Grill.

Memphis Grill’s set-and-forget capabilities include

  • Closely monitoring the internal cooking chamber temperature
  • Automatically feeding pellets to create a highly-consistent cooking temperature
  • Adjusting airflow and ensuring proper heat distribution automatically using electric convection fans
  • Automatically lowering the cooking temperature after your food is done to avoid overcooking and keep your meal warm in the meantime
  • Push notifications on your WiFi-enabled device to let you know when your food is cooked to perfection

Preparing foods with the flavor of wood-fire is typically a fairly time consuming process. Memphis Grills allow you to initiate the cooking process and then sit back and relax. It’d even be feasible to cook while you’re asleep with a Memphis Grill.

The best smoked meats always have a crispy, sear on the outside and tender, juicy meat on the inside. Searing is commonly overlooked when smoking meats at home, especially with lower end grills or smokers. Searing should take place early on in the cooking process and requires temperatures between 500-700 degrees.

Luckily, Memphis Grills can reach these temperatures and can give you a perfect sear every time. It’s integrated right into the set-and-forget system of the units. The lowest-end model grill by Memphis Grills, the Memphis Advantage, has a temperature range of 180 degrees Fahrenheit to 600 degree Fahrenheit. This is certainly adequate for searing.

Memphis Grills

Searing is not the only unique capabilities of a Memphis Grill, however. In addition to being a grill and a smoker, all Memphis Grill products can also act as a convection over – a true convection oven. What does that mean?

Convection cooking is achieved using mechanical fans to circulate the air inside a traditional oven having two heating elements – one on the top and one on the bottom. A true convection oven is different from a standard convection over, in that it has a third-heating element along with the fan – so the fan blows heated air.

A convection oven achieves cooking quicker and more evenly than a standard oven and a true convection oven takes temperature uniformity even further. Products by Memphis Grill can roast and bake perfectly – just like the oven in your home. 

According to Memphis Grills, their units can be used to cook anything.

“Anything you can bake inside, we can bake outside; bread, pizza, cookies, pie – yes pie. (Ever had a pecan pie with just a hint of smoke? Your taste buds haven’t lived until you have.) Don’t be afraid to try cooking old recipes in a new way, it will bring out flavors you didn’t know existed!”

Memphis Grills utilize their unique wood-pellet cooking system in several different ways. The units can smoke, grill over direct or indirect flame, and bake or roast as in a convection oven. You don’t need a rotisserie!

Pricing of Memphis Grills

Because of the impressive features of the products offered by Memphis Grill, you’re probably curious to know what their price point is like. These are luxury products, and the price reflects that.

All models produced by Memphis Grill are available in several formats depending on where you intend to use it. The units are offered in a “cart model,” as a “built-in,” and as an “outdoor kitchen with built-in.” Each of these has a different purpose so you’ll want to consider your specific needs if you plan on purchasing a Memphis Grill.

The cart model is a standalone unit that can be used in your own backyard or be transported somewhere else. If you’re imagining a high-end grill at a birthday party, family reunion, or any other event that would require you to take a grill along, the cart model of a Memphis Grill is something you’ll want to consider.

The built-in models of the various Memphis Grill units are prepped and ready to be inserted as a built-in in your existing outdoor kitchen. These models have no base or wheels. Once a built-in Memphis Grill unit is positioned it is mostly permanent.

Lastly, Memphis Grills offers a final variant of their units. A slight alteration of the standard built-in editions, Memphis Grills offers a built-in with outdoor kitchen model. These units have the same grills as the built-in models but come pre-placed in a fully-assembled outdoor kitchen complete with three stainless steel sliding drawers, weather-tight cabinets, and a full-stainless steel countertop. An optional, elevated bar countertop can also be added if you plan on entertaining right from your outdoor kitchen.

Memphis Grills sells Advantage, Advantage Plus, Pro, and Elite models of their grills in order of pricing respectively, beginning with the Advantage. Only the Elite and Pro models are offered as built-ins and with the outdoor kitchen as well as in a cart model. The Advantage and Advantage Plus are only offered as cart models.

Pricing of the Advantage and Advantage Plus is either $2,599 or $2,799 respectively. The only difference between the two is that the Advantage Plus model has an enclosed cart bottom that can be used for storage while the standard Advantage model is open on the bottom of the cart.

The next most expensive model from Memphis Grill is the Pro model. The Memphis Grills Pro is priced at $3,599 for both the cart model and the built in model.

Memphis Grills Pro Wood Fire Pellet Smoker Grill Wi-Fi (VG0001S),...
  • Freestanding wood pellet smoker grill
  • 304 stainless steel construction
  • 18-pound capacity hopper offers up to 62 hours of cook time; Temperature range between 180 and 700 degrees Fahrenheit

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The Elite model by Memphis Grill is their top of the line grill. It is priced at $4,699 as a built-in model ir $4,999 as a cart model. The Memphis Elite is equipped with

Memphis Elite Wood Fire Grill Wood Pellet BBQ
  • Intelligent Temperature Control with WiFi
  • Easily check your food from home, work, or your car from Free Memphis Grill App
  • Double Walled, Sealed 304 Stainless Steel Construction
  • 180 degree Fahrenheit to 700 degree Fahrenheit temperature range
  • Intelligent temperature control with Wi-Fi
  • Double-walled, sealed stainless steel exterior
  • Indirect and direct flame cooking modes
  • Dual, stainless steel convection fans
  • Oven-grade sealing gasket
  • Under-cart storage with stainless steel doors (cart model only)
  • 24 lb. dual wood chip hopper so you can experiment with mixing different types of wood flavor
  • Sold standard with direct flame insert, genie tool, one meat probe, and a free 20lb bag of pellets

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Cajun Injector Electric Smoker Review – What Makes The Device Unique

Cajun Injector Electric Smoker Review

There is something undeniably special about high-quality smoked meat. The juice retention, flavor, and tenderness associated with smoked meat drives hordes of people to barbecue restaurants and festivals nationwide. If you’re like many Americans, you want to be able to recreate this flavor at home. That’s the source of the market for electric smokers.

You’ve probably seen the pit-bosses behind your favorite BBQ spot with their huge, cast-iron smokers and massive piles of dry wood. You may have even thought to yourself, “There’s no way I could do that at home.”

Electric smokers offer the convenience of an electric cooking appliance but the big, bold flavor of smoked meat. Most electric smokers offer very compact designs and ease of use. The quality produced by a high-quality electric smoker is almost indiscernible from a traditional wood-fired smoking setup.

The Cajun Injector Electric Smoker is a great example of this. The unit is compact, easy to use, and can provide excellent results. In this review, we hope to reveal the best parts of the Cajun Injector electric smoker, the areas that it falls short and show you what makes this device a unique addition to your culinary adventures.

What Makes The Cajun Injector Electric Smoker Unique

The Cajun Injector Electric Smoker is a unique device because of its compactness, it’s ease of use, and the quality of results. 

One of the most attractive functions of the Cajun Injector electric smoker is the “set-and-forget” capabilities. The unit will maintain a pre-determined temperature throughout the duration of the cooking process and will shut off once the timer shits off or a maximum temperature is reached. All of these functions can be setup at the start of cooking.

If you have smoked meat before, you know that one of the most difficult parts of “getting it right’ is

The only major responsibility of the individual preparing a meal using the Cajun Injector electric smoker is to prepare the items ahead of time, such as marinating or brining.

Inside the smoker, you’ll find five grilling racks for convenience. This smoker has no shortage of space, that’s for sure. In addition to the racks, there are hooks for hanging sausages or anything else that cooks better while hung. The racks are chrome-plated and clean easily with just soap and water.

The Cajun Injector electric smoker is insulated beautifully to maintain as much heat with as little fuel as possible. The insulation on this unit is ETL certified by Intertek. This is proof of product compliance to North American safety standards.

This electric smoker is fueled by wood pellets. This is great for manipulation of the final flavor in the food you’re cooking. Any type of wood can be used to change the smoky flavor of the final product – including apple, mesquite, hickory, pine and more.

The fuel is fed into a side pellet-chute that can be refilled multiple times throughout the process if you’re cooking slowly. Pellets for smoking can be bought at many retail stores but Cajun Injector actually sells some online as well.

The unit has a temperature range that reaches from 100 degrees Fahrenheit to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. This is an adequate temperature range for cooking a wide variety of meats as well as vegetables, cheeses, jerky and more.

For cheese specifically, however, the temperature in your smoker should be just a bit lower. The optimal temperature for smoking cheese is about 90 degrees. To get cooler smoker for smoking cheese, there are a few options that you have.

  • Smoke in the winter or at night when the atmospheric temperature is lower
  • Place pans of ice above and below the cheese inside the smoker
  • Use a separate device to create smoke, using your electric smoker only as a chamber
  • Offset the lid slightly

We realize cheese-smoking is probably not your primary reason of interest in an electric smoker, but it is good information to know regardless.

The temperature and timer for the smoker are manipulated via the digital control panel. This feature is very simple to use and even the most technologically-illiterate will have no problem operating this panel.

The unit has two wheels so it is easy to move. All legs and wheels are adjustable so you can make the unit fit just right. The unit also has an adjustable latch on the left side of the door that is easily personalized. Other standard physical features include a drip-tray and firebox.

This smoker is incredibly easy to use. The wheels allow it to be moved quite easily and the side chute for pellets make adding additional fuel throughout the cooking process as easy as filling up a bowl of cereal in the morning. The unit even comes with included instructions and a recipe book full of ideas for easy, delicious smoked food.

The Cajun Injector electric smoker is not just easy to use, it is also incredibly easy to maintain. There is very little maintenance necessary. The interior of the smoke chamber is stainless steel and, as we previously mentioned, the racks clean with just soap and water. If you clean the drip tray after each use, you’re all set!

There are a couple of reported downfalls of the Cajun Injector electric smoker, but they will certainly not deter all potential buyers.

If you are looking for a very large smoker, this smoker may not be ideal. While a lot of meat can be cooked at once, the dimensions do not allow for large pieces of meat. For example, a whole full-sized turkey could not fit into this smoker.

The other most commonly referenced downfall of this unit is the short electric cord. If you’re planning on purchasing this, you may want to consider the closest outlet to where you plan on smoking your food. This problem is easily solved with the use of an extension cord, however.

Pricing of the Cajun Injector Electric Smoker

Pricing of the Cajun Injector electric smoker will probably delight you. The average price point for this unit is between $175-$200. It’s not easy to get a smoker within this price range, especially one that works as effectively as this particular unit does.

A similar, 6-rack electric smoker called the Bradley BTDS108P Digital 6-Rack Smoker, retails for more than double the price of the Cajun Injector smoker. 

canun injector opened door

Those who have purchased the Bradley unit complain about its ability to maintain heat especially in cold or windy environments. The BTDS108P does not have ETL certified insulation. Some users even report that after 9 hours the unit was still unable to reach it’s intended temperature.

A similarly priced electric smoker, the Char-Broil Vertical electric smoker, has only 3 racks and is quite a bit smaller than the Cajun Injector electric smoker. The Char-Broil smoker has no auto-shutoff functionality, an analog thermometer, and no room for hanging inside the smoke chamber.

Other Cajun Injector Electric Smoker Reviews

Because of its relative affordability and ease of use, the Cajun Injector electric smoker is a very popular option for those looking to get that quality, smoky flavor at home.

Generally, consumers are happy with their purchase of this unit, however there are some complaints. We’d like to share some of the most helpful reviews from consumers who have actually used this product.

One purchaser of this product from Amazon shared several positives and a few concerns they have with the unit after owning it for an entire year.

“I have used this 5 times so far, all with great success. In fact cooking riblets right now. Pretty much 99.9% assembled, all I had to do was put the back handle on. First the positives: 1. Temp is right on, I tested it with another thermometer and both read the same. The meat probe also is very accurate. 2. Good size. 3. Side chute for adding chips is very handy, don't have to keep opening the door 4. Outside doesn't get super hot, very well insulated 5. Bradley jerky trays fit in here which is very nice. Now the cons: 1. Chips do not burn a long time, have to add more about every 20 minutes or so 2. Side chute although convenient is pretty tricky to get used to at first, alot of my chips were ending up on the ground. 3. I wish the temp would go up higher, only for when I cook chicken (I finish them on the grill to crisp up the skin)…. The smoker is still going strong. I use it on a weekly basis almost and have had no problems at all. The side chute spring cover did end up breaking, but that was my fault. Easy solution is to put a large ball of foil in it. Of every smoker I have ever owned this is by far my favorite. More than paid off for itself in time and convenience. I own 3 smokers, propane, lil chief and this one. By far this is my favorite for ease of use. I highly recommend this unit. From what I hear it is the same as the masterbuilt. Only addition to this is a product called the amazon smoker that I will be putting with it next week.”

It is important to note that the “set-and-forget” capabilities of this are limited slightly by the amount of wood chips it will hold at one time. It’s a great piece of information that new chips must be added roughly every 20 minutes.

Others who have purchased this smoker, however, have had no complaints. One reviewer, John, purchased his unit three years ago and is still sharing praises of the smoker.

“I’m not sure what the complaints about temp are all about, mine is 3 years old, used a ton, and it keeps temperature within 3 or 4 degrees of where its set, via a quality digital meat thermometer. I got mine for less than $200, and for that price, I can’t ask for a better electric smoker. I have done everything from jerky to snack sticks, to summer sausage, ribs, pork butts, briskets, chicken, and many other smoked goodies. I live in western NY and this unit gets used regularly, right after deer season, outside in temps below zero with no problems. The only complaints I have are the size of the pellet door, but it’s not that bad at all, and the display is a little tough to see on a bright day.”

A blog dedicated to reviewing smokers, Smoker Reviews Ratings, shared a good tidbit on the usefulness of this unit.

“If you’re new to meat smoking or if you’re looking for something that doesn’t require constant monitoring the Cajun Injector Electric Smoker is an excellent choice. Solid construction from a reputable manufacturer and priced under hundreds of dollars make this one worth looking at. It works great for smoking pork, beef, fish and ribs no problem. First timers will be cooking gourmet quality foods right out of the box with this model.”

What We Think About the Cajun Injector Electric Smoker

Cajun Injector / 30 inch Tall Deluxe Smoker Cover
  • Custom tailored for Cajun Injector 30" single door smokers
  • Fits most vertical electric smokers--measures 31" tall x 18" x 16"
  • Durable weather and UV resistant breathable material

Overall, we are quite impressed with this unit. For the price, it would be difficult to find a superior smoker, or even one that matches this quality. This smoker will make wonderful addition to your backyard if you’re looking for a set-and-forget smoker that can smoke enough meat to satisfy your friends and family.

The capacity is enough to feed a small party. You will be able to impress your guests with flavorful meats, vegetables and cheeses with only a small amount of effort on your part. Smoking manually can take years to master, but Cajun Injector has made it easy. Additionally, with an automated smoker like the Cajun Injector electric smoker, you really don’t have a reason to worry about burning or overcooking if you properly utilize the auto-shutoff functionality.

Dyna Glo Smoker And Grill Reviews: What’s The Right Choice For You?

Dyna Glo is an affordable outdoor equipment brand that specializes in creating quality heaters, grills and smokers at a price that anyone can afford. If you have looked into various top-grade smokers at this point, you are probably aware of the outrageous prices that are attached to the best name brand products.

It can be difficult to search for a good quality barbecue grill or meat smoker for the backyard when you only have a small amount of money to work with. Of course, there are some budget-friendly options out there, but how well can you trust these products to last for several barbecuing seasons if they cost half as the industry leading brands?

If you are considering a Dyna Glo Smoker or Grill, then you don’t have much to worry about. These products are affordable with most priced well below $500 for a grill that can feed an abundance of people. But how well can you trust a grill company that sells their products so low? Pretty well considering the brand is considered to be one of the best in other areas, such as manufacturing kerosene heaters and space heaters.

Dyna Glo Smoker and Grill Reviews

Dyna Glo Smokers and Grills may not be featured in any grilling competitions, but they are still great outdoor barbecue products that are perfect for residential use.

There are several Dyna Glo Smokers and Grills on the market that are worth looking into if you are ready to start grilling out at home. Here are some helpful reviews and details on some of the top-selling Dyna Glo products for you to consider.

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Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D Smart Space Living 36,000 BTU 3-Burner LP Gas...
  • Easy push button electronic pulse ignition system ensures quick start-up; 390 sq in of primary cooking space; 507 sq in...
  • (2) Heavy gauge porcelain enameled cast iron cooking grates retain heat to sear foods and lock in foods natural juices
  • (3) Stainless steel commercial grade straight burners for performance and durability (3) Steel Heat tents protect the...

The Dyna Glo DGB390SNP-D Smart Space Living 3-Burner LP Gas Grill is an excellent choice for families who want to enjoy great-tasting barbecue dinners this summer. The gas grill retails for around $233 making it one of the most affordable gas grills on the market.

Features:

This Dyna Glo grill features an easy push-button pulse ignition system that allows for fast start-up every time.

It has 390 square foot of primary cooking space and 507 square foot of total cooking space available providing you with ample room to cook burgers, hot dogs, and steaks for the whole family.

The grill has two heavy gauge porcelain enameled cast iron cooking grates that help with retaining heat. This allows you to sear foods easily and lock in their natural juices. And that means no more dried out grilled meat at your barbecue.

This grill has three commercial grade burners that allow you to prepare an entire feast in one round. The stainless steel grates are strong and durable. And there are also three steel heat tents that provide protection to the burners while they also add more flavor to your food.

If you are looking for more flexibility with your grilling, the Dyna Glow Smart Space Living grill features infinite control valve options, so you can precisely cook your favorite foods.

The double-wall insulated lid helps to retain heat inside the grill so that your food cooks faster. There is also a temperature gauge that allows you to keep a close eye on how hot it is inside the grill.

The side shelves include tool hooks and a towel bar for easy clean up and organization. This extra space can also be useful with meal preparation.

If you would like to protect your grill from the outdoor elements all throughout the year, you can purchase a Dyna Glo Premium Cover, which is custom fit, each sold separately.

The Dyna Glo DGB390SNP-D LP Gas Grill is a great choice for anyone who wants to take their grilling to the next level. This grill will look perfect on your patio or deck. It features a high-power cooking system and plenty of space to prepare enough food for a fun neighborhood get-together. When you want a quality grill that is also affordable, yet doesn’t skimp on the modernized features, this is the value you have been searching for.

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Dyna-Glo DGN486SNC-D Heavy Duty Stainless Charcoal Grill, Large
  • Charcoal tray adjustment system for fine-tuning heat control and cooking flexibility
  • 3 Heavy-duty, hi-gloss porcelain enameled, cast-iron cooking grates retain heat for searing food and locking in natural...
  • Heavy duty cart with side shelves, storage basket and 8-inch resin wheels for maneuverability

This powerful charcoal grill has a handsome exterior and is available from most retailers at the amazing price of $269. There are few things in this world that compare to the taste of food fresh off a charcoal grill.

If you would love to get back to grilling once again but don’t think that your family can afford a quality cooker, you are in luck. The Dyna Glo DGN576SNC-D Dual Zone Premium Charcoal Grill will provide you with the satisfactory results that you want at a price that you deserve.

Features:

This dual-zone grill features two charcoal basket trays that are fully adjustable. These trays can be set with heat control options to provide you with optional cooking flexibility.

There are four cast iron, porcelain enameled heavy-duty cooking grates that help retain heat while you are grilling your favorite foods. This allows you to sear your foods such as steaks to retain their natural juices and prevent drying out.

The grill has a stainless steel lid that is sure to coordinate well with any type of patio décor. The lid has a double-wall insulated liner and there is also a smoke stack that includes adjustable side vents.

The 8” resin wheels feature 3” locking casters that allow you to move the grill with ease from one location to the next.

This grill includes plenty of extras such as side shelves for storage and meal preparation, a useful storage basket for spices and utensils. And a bottle opener.

There is 816 square foot of cooking space for you and your party guests to enjoy. You can grill as many as 30 hamburgers at once with this large space.

You have the option to protect your Dyna Glo grill by purchasing a custom-fit premium cover, sold separately.

The Dyna Glo Dual Zone Charcoal Grill will provide you with that fresh charcoal grilled flavor on all your favorite meats and side dishes. Enjoy hours of maintenance free grilling on this heavy-duty machine.

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Dyna-Glo DGO1176BDC-D Charcoal Offset Smoker
  • Heavy gauge porcelain enameled steel wood chip box
  • 15,000 BTU Heavy Duty Cast Iron Burner; Electronic pulse ignition system ensures quick and reliable ignition
  • 784 square Inch of total smoking area; Smokes up to 100lbs of food at a time

The stainless steel Dyna Glo DGE Series Propane 4 Burner Grill is one of the most attractive products made by the brand. The entire exterior of this grill is covered in stylish stainless steel which makes this Dyna Glo product appear to be a very expensive, professional grade piece.

Features:

This grill includes four stainless steel commercial grade straight tube burners that operate on 10,000 BTUs each. There is also a side burner that works on 12,000 BTUs. This grill has 52,000 total BTUs of heating power with its electric ignition and various control settings that power the entire 646 square inches of cooking space.

Now you can have the largest backyard barbecue ever with ample cooking space to prepare food for all your friends and family members.

There is a full storage cart that provides easy access to all your necessities, as well as a convenient tank pull-out tray.

The integrated temperature gauge allows for accurate grill temperature measurement so that you always know how your meat is cooking without having to raise the lid and release heat.

This grill includes three heavy-gauge 7 mm stainless steel cooking grates that will hold up even after being exposed to the hottest temperatures. You will also receive a stainless steel warming rack and stainless steel heat tents.

This grill is sure to make a sophisticated addition to your backyard, deck, or patio. Your friends will think you paid a small fortune for such a high-quality grill and will be amazed when you share how much it actually cost, if you decide to share your secret with them.

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Dyna-Glo Signature Series DGSS443CB-D Heavy-Duty Compact Barrel...
  • Total cooking area is 443 Square inches
  • Heavy-gauge Steel body construction
  • Cool-touch spring lid handle

If you are looking for a great way to impress your friends, you can’t go wrong with the Dyna Glo Signature Series DGSS67CB-D Heavy Duty Barrel Charcoal Grill. This impressive grill will make you a hit on the barbecue scene in your community this upcoming summer. 

Features:

The Dyna Glo Barrel Grill has a total cooking area of 675n square inches. That is more than enough space to prepare several pieces of chicken, pork, fish fillets or steaks, all at the same time.

The grill features cool-to-the-touch spring lid handles so that you don’t have to worry about accidental burns while cooking.

There is a handy warming shelf on the offset of the smoker box lid where you can heat up bread, rolls and buns for your hamburgers and hot dogs.

The grills sit on top of large, oversized steel wheels for perfect balance.

It is made tough with heavy-gauge steel body construction that will help prolong the life of the grill.

You can choose to add a custom fit cover to your order for a separate price that will protect your grill from the outdoor elements. This grill weighs approximately 134.2 lbs. The barrel of the grill is made from 1.5mm thick steel and the lid is made from 2.5mm thick steel.

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Why You Should Trust Dyna Glo Products

There is a huge difference between a product that is cheap and one that is affordable. A cheap product is something that wasn’t worth the small price you paid for it, while an affordable product is one that turned into a great value that was worth every penny and then some.

We believe that Dyna Glo outdoor cooking products are affordable because they provide you with exceptional results at a budget-friendly price.

The Dyna Glo brand is also well known for making quality kerosene and space heaters for both interior and exterior use. Their kerosene heaters have been ranked as some of the very best in the industry and have held the title for several years.

They are the preferred emergency source of heat for outdoorsmen, doomsday preppers, survivalists, and those who live in rural areas known for frequent power outages.

Is a Dyna Glo Smoker or Grill the Right Choice for You?

There are several reasons why we feel you should give a Dyna Glo Smoker or Grill a try. Even if you are used to purchasing higher-end products you may be surprised at the results you will receive from a Dyna Glo Grill.

These outdoor cookers are a great choice for consumers who don’t’ want to invest a lot in a backyard grill, but still want something that they can depend on for years to come.

Rec Tec 680 Review: Everything You Should Know

Rec Tec 680 Review

Just one look at the Rec Tec 680 Wood Pellet Grill and you will know that this is a barbecue grill that is ready to take on anything you can throw at it. But this product has more than a touch exterior image.

The bright orange-red pellet grill may not have any revolutionary features that set it high above its competitors, but it came on the scene with an extraordinary ad campaign and a price that has many people wondering how the brand does it.

The RT-680 features solid construction and an attractive design. It is a good pellet grill that performs similar to those that cost twice or three times as much.

But is the right wood pellet grill for you?

The Key Features of the Rec Tec 680

This pellet grill works really well and is able to produce amazingly tender and juicy meat thanks to the precise temperature control with five degree increment adjustments available.

The Rec Tec 680 has 702 square inches of cooking space. You never have to worry about not having enough space for all the burgers, ribs or steaks that you plan to grill.

It has a temperature range that is between 180 up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

The grill has a rear mounted pellet hopper that is easy to access even when food is cooking. This hopper has a 40 lb. weight capacity allowing you to add tons of wood pellets for ultimate flavor enhancement.

The cooking grates are made from premium stainless steel rods.

The exterior of the grill is all steel powder coated construction.

There is one interior light allowing you to barbecue even late at night.

It costs approximately $$$ according to the company’s official website. While it is close to a grand, that is still much more affordable than many other wood pellet grills currently available. And there are hardly any grills that are as durable and long-lasting as the RT-680 that cost so little.

This product is Made in China and assembled here in the U.S.A.

The Pros and Cons of the RT-680 Grill

While it is good to hear about all the positive aspects of this grill, it is just as important that potential buyers learn about the things that have offset some consumers and caused them to leave negative remarks.

PROS

  • Precision temperature controller
  • A large hopper capacity
  • A large cooking capacity

CONS

  • No wood pellet hopper release feature
  • Fire pot cannot be removed for cleaning
  • Tedious cleaning and maintenance
  • Difficult to use

Everything You Should Know About the RT-680 Wood Pellet Grill

The team behind the Rec Tec brand got started with their affordable and inventive grills because they wanted to create an outdoor barbecue product that would function temperature-wise in the same way that your kitchen oven functions. This led them to creating a pellet grill which is the closest thing that the outdoor cooking industry has to a traditional oven.

What is a Pellet Grill?

Pellet grills are cookers that are controlled by a computer. These grills electronically feed small wood pellets into a fire pot. Then a fan is used to increase the heat to provide you with extremely hot temperatures to cook with.

There are many great pellet grills on the market these days, so why do we think that the Rec Tec grill is the best option?

Rec Tec’s Ingenious Marketing Scheme

The Rec Tec has a strong following from consumers because of its excellent marketing campaign. The brand made itself known on the Internet and the support of their fans has been extremely responsive ever since. They have rewarded their customers with a strong warranty, and a 30-day, no questions asked return policy.

The Flexible Temperature Controls

If you are looking for a pellet grill that has flexible temperature controls, the Rec Tec grill is the way to go. The control unit is very easy to use, and you start it by pushing a button. Although the temperature inside the grill differs from the actual numbers shown on the control panel, it is not a huge problem to worry about.

This is actually very common with wood pellet grills even those that cost thousands of dollars. The problem is caused by inconsistencies in the airflow inside the cooking area. If you want a more accurate way to check the cooking temperature,, you should use an alternate method such as a meat probe thermometer.

Some Assembly Required

You will need some assistance when putting the Rec Tec 680 together. Aside from a few difficult areas here and there, the grill is not very hard to assemble. The only tools that you will need are a wrench and a screwdriver.

All nuts and bolts in the package are metric, and it can be easy to strip the included screws so use your tools with care. Once completed, the grill is very strong and durable and should be able to withstand many years of use.

One thing that you have to do that many people are unsure about when assembling this grill is connecting the motherboard. It isn’t a difficult task at all, but for someone who has never worked with anything technical it could be a bit overwhelming. All you need to do is connect a small plug-in and you are good to go.

How-To Season the Grill

When you are ready to use your grill for the first time, you will want to season it. This will take anywhere from one to one and a half hours to complete. You will need to fill up the hopper with pellets and set the temperature to 400 degrees.

After about ten minutes have passed, the pellets will start to drop. Five minutes later, you should have a steady fire going. After 15 minutes have passed, you should reach 400 degrees. After that, allow the fire to burn for an hour.

The Smart Grill Technology

The motherboard monitors the temperature inside the grill so that you always know an approximate heat level all without lifting the lid. This allows you to cook at a consistent temperature for slow cooked meat that many won’t believe came out of a grill.

The technology controller may be set between 180 and 500 degrees Fahrenheit in five-degree increments. It allows you to view the set temperature or the current temperature at any time. And the Xtreme Smoke setting lets you add even more smoke to your meat while you cook.

The Interior Grill Light

The team at Rec Tec has thought of practically everything grillers would need to prepare their food, even an interior light that you can use while grilling after the sun has gone down. There aren’t many other grill companies that pay that much attention to detail. This eliminates the need to have someone else hold a bulky flashlight or attempt to attach a work light to your grill.

Various Bundles Available

The Rec Tec website has several bundle options available that will make your grilling experience more enjoyable. You can get the RT-680 bundled with a complimentary t-shirt for free. Or you can add a wood pellet package for an additional $59.95. You will receive 80 pellets with this option.

The Backyard Bundle includes a premium custom cover for your grill for an additional $199. And the Competition Bundle adds a folding shelf, searing knife, and two cooking mats for an extra $399.

The Benefits of Owning this Rec Tec Grill

As you can see there are several benefits to owning one of these innovative wood pellet grills. If you are still on the fence on whether or not to buy an RT-680, here are a few things to consider.

The Rec Tec grill is made from some of the strongest and most durable materials in the industry, such as heavy duty 304 stainless steel. This will affect the overall weight of the product, but once you have it in place in your backyard, you shouldn’t need to move it that often. The heavy material helps to ensure that this grill is durable enough to last for many seasons of grilling.

The 304 stainless steel not only helps the grill last much longer, but it will also increase the thermal mass of the grill, and further prevent it from fluctuating in temperature.

The warranty is another plus that all consumers should consider. The warranty reflects the overall construction of the grill. This RT-680 comes with a six year warranty that you will likely not have to use.

The hopper capacity is one of the largest in the industry and can hold an impressive 40 lbs. of wood pellets. That equals two bags of fuel that can be poured into the machine at one time. That is a lot, especially when compared to the popular Traeger pellet grills that can only hold 18 lbs. of pellets at a time.

Rec Tec’s Customer Service

While the level of customer service may not always be a selling factor for many people, especially when it comes to buying a barbecue grill, it is worth mentioning that Rec Tec has one of the best customer service teams in the industry and they are very willing to help out whenever you need assistance.

Their customer service providers are all based in the US. Every Rec Tec product comes with a contact card with the direct cell phone number for both of the company’s founders. These are the representatives that will answer the phone and help you with your problem whenever you call.

That is the type of respect and dedication for customer satisfaction that is rarely seen in any type of business these days and could be one of the reasons why Rec Tec has seen so much success.

What is So Different About the RT-680?

The Rec Tec 680 Pellet Grill has a fun and attractive design that simply draws people to it. The bullhorn handles made from quality stainless steel add a nice touch to this fiery red wood pellet cooker. The RT-680 also features a full mode setting that lets you control the temperature even above 500 degrees for a customized grilling experience.

If you want to sear steaks you now have that option. There are countless grilling recipes available that call for extreme temperatures that are just waiting for you to try them out.

This custom heat setting helps set the RT-680 apart from all the rest. There is also a deflector pan that you can find right above the firebox. This feature helps to prevent your food from burning due to the higher-than-normal temperatures.

Should You Purchase a Wood Pellet Grill?

Most wood pellet grills are not as affordable as this one made by Rec Tec. They generally cost anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000 or more depending on the brand and its features.

If you would love to find out how well a wood pellet grill works, the RT-680 is a good place to start. You don’t have to invest a lot of money in the product, and you get to experience cooking with wood pellets and dining on smoked meat that features a rich hickory or mesquite flavor.

Secret Ways to Make Delicious Coffee

Coffee making is considered an art! The more you experiment with your taste buds the more perfect it gets for you! Every person has a different way of making their cup of delicious coffee!

Here are a few tips which can make your experience a thrilling one and can help you understand and cherish your love for the delicious drink.

Tips to Add Taste to Your Coffee

  • Use great beans

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The beans you use are the first step towards that perfect cup of coffee. It is said that the beans you pick for your cup of coffee is a very important part in the art of coffee making. Choose the beans very carefully depending on your taste. In the market today we have a great lot of choices. In case, you don’t get the raw beans choose the best possible brand and aroma. You can discover the perfect brand or choice of beans once you start experimenting. The secret you use is selecting that one brand or beans after you are through almost all those which suit your particular taste.

  • Go for the lighter roasts

You might be a fan of the darker and strong roasts; however you need to take your leap for the perfect coffee by experimenting with the lighter roasts. The lighter roasts will sure come to your surprise and you will love your decision of the experiment. Lighter roasts redefine your love for the cup of coffee.

  • Good grinder

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This might sound too simple to be a secret, but it is one of the most important parts of making that one amazing cup of coffee that indulges your senses in the aroma and the taste. The normal grinders with the blades moving too fast heats the beans and grinds it in different sizes which makes the beans lose its aroma and taste to a great extent. So, the next time you put the lovely beans for the grinding, make sure the grinder is worth your love for the coffee. This will be a wise investment and a long term one.

  • The water you use

The secret is to use the perfect water while making the coffee. You must go for the bottled water, however, not distilled, for your cup. Use of hot tap water boils the air bubble out of the coffee and makes the taste a little different and less pleasant. It also tends to leave some unwanted minerals in the water, which is a great compromise with your favorite coffee. Avoid the injustice that you were doing with your love.

  • Do not boil the water

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It is scientifically proven that boiling the water makes the coffee taste bitter and burnt. The advice of the various studies conducted is to heat the water at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. The heating keeps the aroma and the natural taste intact and gives you a far more pleasant experience with every sip of it.

  • Steeping!

This is an art which can be achieved with experience and understanding of your needs. Steeping your coffee for the right amount of time will surely differ according to your preference. The advice here is to know the right amount of time for the steep. The steeping may vary from 3 minutes to 4 minutes. Understand your taste, understand your love, steep for the right amount of time is the secret that leads to the right cup of experience.

  • Keep your coffee maker clean

 

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Apart from gaining the experience and knowing your taste and needs, the step of cleaning your coffee maker from time to time is the thing that you must never forget. If you fail to clean your coffee maker, it may lead to the formation of the scale in the apparatus which may add the unwanted minerals to your coffee which makes the taste a different from the desired one. It is very simple to follow and just requires vigilance. You can take this hard work to get the perfect experience. Isn’t it?

  • Experiment!

The bond that you share with your coffee takes its flight with time and experience. You might like the cup of coffee as it is. However, experimenting helps you discover the secrets of your taste. Experiments help you know the art better and live your experience. It also keeps on giving you reasons to grow your love. This is a way in which you can explore the world of tastes and aromas. Your taste buds are not averse to experiments, you got to keep this in your heart and go on with the different methods

  • Courses

Coffee is an invention of the 21st century and thus, gives you many ways to understand coffee better. There are many programs which are launched; events which are celebrated for the coffee lovers. Different coffee festivals are organized throughout the world. If those programs and events cater to your love of coffee do participate.

  • Coffee clubs!

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Yes, you read it correct; there are clubs which are exclusively for the coffee lovers. Share your experience with all those who love coffee as much as you do. Understand their ways of defining the tastes, the methods they use and you will soon discover a different world.

  • Let coffee become the factor which drives you

Instead of letting you define the taste, let coffee be the factor which drives you to experiment. The bonding that you share with the cup of coffee should never disappear and one way for keeping the love intact, admire the coffee gorgeous coffee and soon you will find yourself in the world of these amazing beans of magic.

  • Let it serve your purpose

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You may have different reasons for your extreme love that you have developed for coffee. If you take a sip amidst the stressful work schedule, the taste you would like may be different from the morning cup of coffee. It is very important for you to understand your purpose and then, derive the taste and the perfect method of preparation.

The last piece of advice is that understand it is an art and not just a cup of coffee you make to overcome the stress or start your day. You will feel the magic.

How Coffee Helps You Boost Your Productivity At Work?

Coffee and work are inseparable. The bond that they share is something extraordinary. Coffee can prove to be your best friend while at work! Every hardship that you face at work place, be it the boredom from a long stretch of hours or the pain in the body parts due to desk sitting works, coffee can be the rescue and a wonderful rescue rather. Coffee can transform your work experience completely. A cup of coffee can really be a stress relief dose for you. The connection between work and coffee can be felt only when you experience it.

Here are few ways in which coffee can prove to be your best friend.

Advantages of Coffee at Work

  • Coffee increases work productivity

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A person who consumes coffee at work proves to be more productive compared to the other people. If you are a coffee lover, all your worries must be kept aside. The wand for you is the cup of coffee! Coffee stimulates your brain and fights the tiredness after a long stretch of work. It makes you more active. It reduces the tiredness and the mental stress that you might suffer while working. Thus, you can work tremendously well if caffeine chooses to bless you with the magic. You can thank the cup of coffee every time, you find yourself far more productive than your co- workers

  • It makes thoughts clear

Do you feel that you need something, anything which can just turn around your blur thoughts and make you think clearly? Coffee is the answer! Clear thoughts are a secret to the success while at work. Caffeine makes your thought process clearer. A caffeinated person can think more clearly and creatively as compared to the others. Thus, it adds glory to your work if you are a coffee lover. However, if you couldn’t experience the wonders yet, you must grab a cup of coffee to kick start your work. Take your flight!

  • A caffeinated worker and non- caffeinated worker: The big difference!

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Yes, there is a great difference. A cup of coffee creates an effective way to make your brain take work load. You can always shout victory once you sit for work after a cup of coffee. Caffeine is always said to be the reliever. Along with the taste, coffee provides you the right amount of caffeine that you need to prepare yourself to take on to the office hours.  Coffee sets a positive pace to your work. If you work in late night shifts and have a huge burden of work in the day, caffeine is said to reduce the number of errors you make generally. A caffeinated worker tends to make less error at work as compared to the non- caffeinated worker.

  • Increase in heart rate

Today, whatever we do, whatever we like is directly derived from our understanding of how the thing works. So, here is a scientific answer as to why should you not miss that magic cup of coffee at work. Various studies and researches of the different institutes involved in the study of how coffee proves to be a worker’s friend says that coffee has a great deal of effect on the working our body. Consumption of coffee post lunch increases your heart rate, thereby reducing the laziness that might take a toll on you after lunch. Workers really find it hard to concentrate after lunch, however, after a cup of coffee the world would definitely seem alright. The cup of coffee will fight the fatigue that engulfs you after your lunch break and bring the best of the pace to your work. So, the next time, let this secret be your magic wand!

  • The effects can be seen really fast

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Coffee drives you to your work desk faster than any other alternatives to it. It works the fastest! Caffeine can be absorbed by your body easily and quickly, thus the energy is released really fast, within a few minutes. It caters to both your physical and mental energy needs and makes you work and think faster than ever. The fastest way to get over your tiredness is a cup of coffee. It can be your real life saver.

  • Migraine? Coffee is your real hero

Ill health can be a really tough thing to cope- up with when you are working and need to involve all your attention to work! If your migraine comes in between your work and creativity, shred it away by a cup of coffee. Migraine can be a real hindrance at work for you, thus, the fastest ad the most effective tool to maintain your energy and efficiency at work is to go for a cup of coffee. Migraine can be reduced by restriction of the blood vessels and caffeine does dilate them.

  • Reduces physical pain!

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Coffee is your thing if you face issues like headache, wrist pain, neck pain and many more body stress due to the desk work you go through. Work place just doesn’t mean mental stress but the body also starves for some relaxation after all the pain it has to endure due to the desk work that you under take while at office. A cup of coffee can be that moment of bliss for your body. Coffee rewards you with the reduction or sometimes elimination of such pain due to rigorous physical stress. You can very easily overcome the pain that your body endures with a dose of caffeine which a cup of coffee gives you access to very easily. Now, when you feel that your body needs the moment of peace grab your cup of coffee.

  • A life saver for the older people!

A cup of coffee can be a life saver for older workers. A study by an institute in the US shows that 3 cups of coffee can reduce 10% risk of illness. If you find it difficult to work long hours at a stretch, coffee will rescue you from the stress and will keep you healthy, rather at better off position.

Designing Your Kitchen the Feng Shui Way

There is nothing better than a safe and secure home. Shedding blood, and sweat- a house is built, and added investment of love, efforts, emotions, feelings, and happiness, a house becomes a home. Experts say that the nature of the surrounding radar inside and outside the house decides a lot about the level of happiness of its people. Many people experience negative vibes as soon as they enter a particular home. According to Chinese, perhaps it can be the actions of the ‘chi’ i.e. the energy surrounding the house.

Home is supposed to be the place you want to return over and over again. A place which gives a sense of protection and relaxation. There are homes characterized by the most gravitational spots and attractive paints and furniture, but the very essence of peace is lacking.

To dodge a few bad omens entering our house, and to make it look visually attractive, interior designers are now adapting Chinese practice of Feng Shui.

According to Feng Shui, by making some changes in our living space, kitchen and workroom, we can change our lives, the way we live, the way we think, and the way we breathe. It is the Chinese art of placement, of harmonizing objects with its environment in combination to inviting positive energies in our homes; The Feng Shui style does nothing but creates a web of positive energies throughout your house.

 Feng Shui in Kitchen

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Big or trivial, kitchens are a great attraction. They are a holy place where food is cooked and stored. Placing and harmonizing kitchen equipment should be a vital motive. Healthy environment for the one, who cooks, energizes the person to cook well, leading to hard work, peace and prosperity. It provides serenity to the heart and boosts up the mind. It is a strong convention that a kitchen styled in Feng Shui design is likely to shower health and wealth to the family mates. According to Feng Shui:

The kitchen should contain these 5 elements

  • Water-Can be considered as the water coming out from the tap, water signifies wealth
  • Fire– fire from the stove
  • Earth-granite or tile counters
  • Metal- Appliances in the kitchen made of metal
  • Wood– Wooden shelves in your kitchen

Experts say that these elements don’t just have to be present, randomly in any impromptu order, but in a planned manner, avoiding chaos and entry of negatives energies into the kitchenette.

  • Get accessible

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Instead of wishing for long hands, settle for a kitchen which accommodates stuffs you need on a daily basis in an easily approachable manner. Also, make sure that items which are used only on occasions are placed under well-built shelves to avoid them from dust and damage.

  • Shirk out the old stuff

The saying ‘old is Gold’ does not apply when it comes to your holy cook house. Broken kitchen stuffs provoke negative energies. It is thus better to replace them with new ones. After all, a kitchen is not a memorabilia, shirking out old stuffs makes the kitchen look spacious and clean inviting positive ‘chi’ i.e. energy.

  • Add color to your cookhouse by suitable colors

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Color has a deep connection with the kind of energy it attracts. Cool colors like sky blue, white, pale yellow indicate the arrival of good omen in rivalry to fire colors like orange and red.  Yellow hue brings in a touch of sunshine, deviates the mind towards the act of simplicity in life and thus should be implemented.

  • Proper location

According to Feng Shui style of design, the location of the kitchen is of immense importance and would affect the overall energy your kitchen is exposed to. Make sure that your kitchen is not located at the ‘Tai Chi’ i.e. the center of the kitchen, which attracts negative energy, also the gas stove should face the main door of the kitchen so that you can see the entry of people which is a vital thing according to Feng Shui style.

  • Installing specific items

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Installing living plants, flowers, leafy plants, fruits or vegetable, to keep yourself surrounded by greenery or fresh healthy eatable good, clean energy in the kitchen.

Kitchens are holy places. Gift your kitchen the power which not only allures the visitors, but also spellbinds the soul by adorning it with rich fruits settled in a bowl, plants and flowers. Cover your kitchen-walls under the facade of bright hues and bid farewell to the old items to make the kitchen appear organized. General problems of life is a semblance of normalcy and should be present as increases the love but Feng Shui would shirk out bad omen which otherwise could cause unnecessary mental strain and negativity, so hurry and install your kitchen as per the norms suggested by Feng Shui.

5 Easy Steps To Get Your Outdoor Kitchen Ready!

An outdoor kitchen is a very modern idea. It has its own share in adding the drama and a thrill to your cooking. The complete space to eat, cook and entertain at the same time is a dream come true for any cook that is provided by an outdoor kitchen. There are many forms of an outdoor kitchen; it may be a simple one with just grills and some seating arrangements or a complete replica of an indoor kitchen, catering to all your cooking needs.

Be it summer, winter or monsoon may be, a well-planned outdoor kitchen will never disappoint you. When we talk about how to plan it the best way, the foremost step is to hire a professional. He/ she may be a patio contractor, a concrete contractor or may be a landscape designer, a novice or an expert, the only thing that matters is to plan everything according to your needs and vision.

To help you get the complete idea as to which things must be on your list when you plan for the outdoor kitchen of your dreams, here are a few must to be followed tips.

  • Flooring must be your first concern

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An outdoor kitchen will provide you some of the best moments of your life. But undoubtedly, it also has to take the beatings of the harsh weather conditions. And the worst situations are faced by the floors. Thus, the flooring type that you choose must be very versatile, which comes with the promise of the long durability and lasting beauty. It is advisable to avoid the use of tiles and marbles as it might not be able to resist the weight of the appliances and stains. It might also get slippery and harder to work on during the rainy season.

  • Pick an optimum location

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Location is the thing we are talking about! If you plan this part of the kitchen plan well and perfect you will love the end result definitely. There are few things that must be kept in mind.

Firstly, always plan the location in a way such that it ensures the safety of your family. Locate it at a place in the yard near to the water source like the tap and make sure it is not a much closed space.

Secondly, make sure you don’t locate it too far from the indoor kitchen as during the parties, you would have to travel a lot carrying the items from one space to another which obviously won’t be very pleasant. While you choose the nearest location from the indoor kitchen, also make sure that you do not block the view of the yard from the indoor kitchen while planning for the outdoor ones. Try to figure out the perfect angle so that both the kitchens feel happy!

Thirdly, and very importantly, if you are planning for some renovations and touch up like retaining soils or adding a swimming pool in your yard to make the location perfect for the entertainment and parties and also a place to relax whenever necessary, do not forget to hire a professional designer. The designer will help you to sort things out in a perfect way. After all, you would not like a mess with your dream kitchen. Would you?

  • Appliances too heavy? Plan the size of the kitchen accordingly

 

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The size of an outdoor kitchen entirely depends on the number and size of appliances. If you are planning for a simple kitchen with just a grill and some seating arrangements, you can very happily go for a cute little outdoor kitchen. However, if you want a fully-furnished kitchen like refrigeration, grills, ovens, sinks etc., make sure you plan the size accordingly with a decent space for the movement in and around the kitchen. You might also include the cabinets if you are planning to keep some of your appliances inside drawers for safety reasons. Design the kitchen in a way so that the compatibility of the appliances with each other is not harmed. You can also add some space for the preparation of the food to be cooked and the setting of the plates for the celebrations. There is a requirement of some storing space if you are planning to keep some of your needs exclusive to the outdoor kitchen.

  • Add the beauty

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Beauty and the ambience will obviously be the product of your imaginations and will depend completely on your vision. Be sure, as to how you would like the look of your kitchen. It can be based on a theme or may be a simple one with some chairs and tables. However, you can plan the essentials according to your imagination and vision. The curtains if required, the color of it. The cushions and the covers, the lights and the things like flower pots, wall hangings, wind chimes and many other details can be prepared beforehand to add that dreamy touch to your kitchen.

  • Hire a professional

This will add the icing on the cake. If you are too busy on your schedule and hardly have time to plan all the details, a professional designer will help you to plan it all very effectively. All you need is to give them the idea of what you want and how you want and it will be all done for you very perfectly and professionally.

Things to Keep in Mind While Picking Kitchen Cabinet Drawers

The recent trend in the ingredients of the kitchen furnishing is the cabinet drawers. The modern drawers are all set to cater to your various needs. Be it the storage of the cutlery, utensils, chopping boards and even heavier items like pots and pans – the modern drawers can be your kitchen companion at the best. The cabinet drawers today, are built with so much space and easy to handle technology that they will solve many of your problems at one go. However, here are some tips which would help you choose the perfect drawers for your kitchen. With these tips we want to make sure that you do not miss out on essential point to be taken care of.

  • The first point on the check list – The quality!

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Here, quality refers to the material the drawers are manufactured from and the durability of the same. The drawers come with the ball bearings, which must also be checked before choosing a drawer. You must check the durability of the material as well. The drawers must be able to bear the heavy weight of the utensils and other bulkier items that you intend to keep in them. The most ideal material for the heavy duty drawers is the solid hardwood and one can go for these drawers without any further confusions. The other materials which ensure the quality, beauty and durability of the drawers include plywood and the particleboard. Since these are engineered woods they can be trusted.

Another important step to ensure that the drawer you are going to buy will never let you down is to check the gliding. Most of the drawers have the plastic or metal ball bearings. A perfect glide will ensure that the drawer opens fully and is ready to bear the weight of all the items put in it. However, this glide must be checked properly and must not be an unfinished glide. Unfinished guides with metal ball are often prone to rusting. To completely free yourself from the worry concerning the quality of the glide, make sure you open the drawer properly and check if it completely fits the drawer. Check for the ease with which the drawer opens.

  • The amount you would like to invest!

The modern cabinet drawers are something which fit every budget. The budget will depend on the quality you want to buy and the size you need. The multiplicity of the work and the storage capacity it will cater would actually be the determining factor of the price. If your requirement is to get a small cabinet drawer and if you don’t have too many things to store, you may go for a small and a good quality drawer. The size of the drawer is also a factor in setting the price. And also if the stuffs to be stored are limited, you can go for a comparatively lighter material and not the heavy duty ones. This will help you plan the budget in an affordable way. If the drawer is not used for storage of heavier and bulkier items, the glider can also be taken into consideration.

You might also choose to go for a sidemount slide as compared to an undermount one as the later will cost you a little more.

  • Check for the cool features the drawer has

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The modern drawers come with numbers of features which go according to your wishes. If you want to feel the luxury of cooking, go for drawers which close at a touch and also do not make the slamming noise. Such drawers absorb shock and close at a feather touch, they will be the best one to pick.

And you can just feel precious with the drawer in your kitchen which opens at various positions. Drawers are also available that have the feature of opening from both the sides. If you need a drawer for your kitchen island, make sure you pick up something like this!

There also are drawers that will shock you with the magic of opening beyond the full extension point and making the work experience in the kitchen a wonderful one.

  • Check the knobs and pulls

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While you settle on a certain type of kitchen cabinet, it is essential to have a look over the knobs and pulls the drawer has. Generally, people prefer having knobs for doors and pulls for drawers. Pulls would serve better for a kitchen with contemporary look. The mounting of the knobs and pulls is yet another criterion you must pay attention on. They could either be horizontally or vertically aligned.

Keep all these factors in mind while choosing a cabinet drawer for your kitchen.

6 Small Kitchen Ideas to Transform the Look of Your Kitchen

Having a small kitchen is something which you should not be worried about. The only thing you need is the proper planning for your kitchen. You must be very well aware about what are you looking for, the type of design, the appliances to be kept, the storage space required etc. And most important, does your kitchen has the proper lighting? These are the little details which turn your kitchen what it is today or what you want it to look like. Here are some of the ideas and techniques that must be kept in mind while you plan the set up for your small kitchen. These tips would make your small kitchen look pretty big and also less chaotic.

Space Planning in Small Kitchens

  • Lots of utensils? Get cabinets!

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Having a small kitchen means that you need to take proper care of the storage space in your kitchen. Utensils if not kept in a proper space in your kitchen, it will make your kitchen look smaller and unplanned. The best way to get the proper storage planned is to go for the galley kitchen or the cabinets and drawers in your kitchen. This will help keep your utensils safe and less scattered. The best way to reduce the space eating up by utensils is to make the overhead cabinets.

These days kitchen has also become the style symbol for your home. Thus, the less chaotic it will be, the more stylish it will look. And cabinets do work wonders for small kitchens.

  • Kitchen Island? Yes! Go ahead!

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In case the idea of island kitchen has crossed your mind, please go ahead and go for the island. People have a very common worry that it will make your kitchen look smaller and the moving space would be reduced. However, don’t get swayed by the thought as this will indeed make your kitchen look organized. The kitchen island can be planned with drawers and cabinets too. The kitchen island has many benefits. You can use it as a table to store your veggies, do the preparation of the meal, keeping your appliances. Appliances like your toaster, juicer, and griller are much safer than it is on the stove section of the kitchen. The use of Kitchen Island for preparation of the meal also helps you keep your counter clean and look less messy. The cabinets in your kitchen island will also help you get more space for storing big utensils which cannot be adjust in the smaller cabinets. Thus it is your kitchen’s perfect companion.

  • Big appliances will be your kitchen’s greatest enemy

It is the general thought that the bigger appliance you have the fabulous your kitchen looks. However, today the trendsetting equipment come in a very compact size. If you have a small kitchen, buy compact appliances, it will give you more space to move and make your cooking experience much more relaxing! What you can also do is plan a proper set up for the appliances like your refrigerator, dishwasher, etc.

  • Proper lighting! It works like magic for your kitchen.

If you are lucky enough to have proper natural lighting through the windows in your kitchen, you need to spend a little less in illuminating your kitchen. However, if you are not blessed with the natural lighting for your kitchen, go for lighting up your kitchen in every way possible. Lighting does wonders to the look of your kitchen. With proper lighting or illumination your kitchen looks much bigger in size. The proper way to put lights is to place them under the overhead cabinets in your kitchen. The illumination enhances the look of your kitchen in every way.

  • It might be small… But creativity is always welcome!

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Small kitchens can be the workshop of creativity! You can do those little creative things to make it look the apple of the eye. Getting barstools, drop tables, small tables will make it look much more beautiful and creative. You can also extend your kitchen area to the dining and use of this little touch ups will help you realize how best your small kitchen be your family’s best friend.

  • Hire an expert!

If you find hard to take the time out to plan for your kitchen, go ahead and hire an expert. Hiring a professional interior designer will help you plan things in an easy and hassle-free way. The entire burden can be shared now and the result will be pleasing as the designer will always take care of your requirement as well as do the things professionally.

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