The Revolution In Outdoor Grilling Is Here

Posted: July 27th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Outdoor grillers look no further for the perfect grill. Fireplace Showcase has what you need. Whether you like to smoke your meats or cook your food at a high heats, the Big Green Egg has the best of both worlds. It is arguably the best outdoor grill on the market in terms of flavor and versatility. Here are some facts about the Big Green Egg to convince you:

Porcelain Glazed Ceramic Construction - The Big Green Egg is made of an advanced ceramic material. It is perfect for retaining moisture and heat within the grill. This means it is the most efficient, precise and best grill on the market! Most grills with thin metal walls don't retain heat well and dry your food out.

Precise Temperature Control - Because of the temperature retention of the ceramic walls of the grill, your charcoal fuel can be kept at just the right temperature for whatever your cooking style. By varying the opening of the fire dampers you have precise control of temperature to within a few degrees!

Smoker and Grill - Like most barbecues, the Big Green Egg can be used both as a smoker and a grill. Rarely do you find one outdoor cooking utensil which is this versatile and can do both so adeptly.

Easy to Start - Because of its recessed and entirely contained shape, the Big Green Egg acts like chimney, intensifying and retaining heat perfectly. It protects your charcoal from wind and the elements while helping it ignite so that it will be ready to cook in minutes.

Safe - Because of its unique ceramic walls and the porcelain-glazed outer coat, the surface of the Big Green Egg stays relatively cool, even when it is hot inside. So this grill is safer around children and pets than metal grills which get very hot on the outside as well.

Natural Flavors, No Metal - Some people don't like metal grills because they can impart a slightly metallic taste to your food. Not the Big Green Egg, just the natural flavors of your ingredients and the wood smoke you choose to cook with. 

Fireplace Maintenance Tips To Remember

Posted: July 27th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Regular cleaning of your fireplace is essential if it is to effective and safe. It doesn’t matter whether you have a wood-burning or gas-burning unit. Here at Fireplace Showcase we recommend getting your fireplace cleaned once a year. Our professional chimney sweepers will check all parts, including the chimney draw, fans, pilots, burners, ignition, combustion and vents. Actually, the chimney is one of the most important parts that need to be inspected because it can often become obstructed by nest-building animals such as birds and raccoons. A chimney cap can help prevent animals from nesting. A fireplace that is not properly maintained and cleaned can result in carbon monoxide buildup in your home, a dangerous and potentially deadly occurrence.

Keeping your fireplace up to date in its cleaning also keeps ashes from building up in a fireplace. However, ashes and small embers from a fire can remain hot for several days and should be removed very cautiously. Remember; never use a vacuum to remove ashes from a recently used fireplace because it could easily start a fire. It's also important to open the damper before removing ashes; with no air going up the chimney, any blown-back ash and dust will spill out onto the floor. If you have a gas fireplace, we recommend cleaning it about once a month with a bristle brush. Be sure to wait until the log has cooled completely before cleaning it.

Ford Goes Green The Old Fashioned Way

Posted: July 26th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: truck, vehicle | No Comments »

In the past year, Ford has reduced its use of paper made exclusively from virgin sources by 12 million pounds. Beginning this year, over 2 million Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles will come with owner's manuals that are printed on paper containing at least 10 percent recycled fiber and are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). John Viera, Ford's director of Sustainability and Environmental policy, is rightly very proud of Ford's achievement. "Increasing the use of recycled paper may sound like a small step for an automotive company, but the results have been anything but small," he said.

It’s been a while since Ford produced vehicles with wood as a primary building material, or even as a dashboard accent. So you wouldn't really think of Ford as being a big consumer of virgin timber. But what about millions, literally millions of owners manuals, warranty booklets, sales brochures and even internal corporate-printed pieces? It all adds up to a virtual forest. So, Ford has announced plans to cut down on its tree-cutting.

So what are the environmental benefits to Ford's initiative? Well, the company says that more than 12,000 trees will be preserved – trees that will absorb 3 million pounds of CO2 annually. Also, 5.2 million gallons of waste water will be avoided; 600,000 pounds of solid waste won't be generated; 1.1 million pounds of greenhouse gasses will not be emitted and more than 8.6 billion BTUs of energy won't be consumed.

So does this make all 2011 Fords a few percentage points greener than the competition? Either way, bravo, Ford.

Tell Tale Signs That You Might Need Foundation Repair

Posted: July 23rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

To keep your home or commercial building safe you should perform regular checks. To do this, go down the list of some possible signs of a foundation problem, and make sure they don't exist. Try to pay close attention to any oddities. Even then, there may be some you may not see. That's why A-1 Foundation Crack Repair can help. Our professional team can spot problems you may have missed and get the problem fixed. Even if you detect the smallest leak, don't let it manifest into large issue, call A-1 today.

It is very important that you know the signs of a failing foundation to protect your house or commercial building from damage. Here is a small checklist:

  • The first is squeaky or sticky doors. If your doors start squeaking when you move them or they start sticking to the door frame when it didn't do so before, you need a foundation repair.
  • The second is similar to the first, but it involves windows.
  • Another way to verify if you need foundation repair with the door is to check the frame. If the frame is separated from the door sill, you, most likely, have a foundation problem.
  • The fourth sign of the need of foundation repair is curling/separating wallpaper.
  • Bowed walls are another sign of a foundation problem.
  • A leaning chimney is the sixth common sign of foundation damage.
  • The seventh sign of needing foundation repair is cracks appearing in the corners of door/window frames. These cracks can also be seen on brick fireplace walls.
  • Unleveled floors are the eighth sign of a foundation problem.
  • Another obvious sign of foundation damage is nails popping out for no apparent reason. 
  • The tenth sign of needing foundation repair is gaps between a patio/stoop. 

Are You Having Healthy Dreams?

Posted: July 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

I just went to the movies, and saw the new Leonardo DiCaprio movie “Inception”.  That particular film deals with the world of dreams.  And the plot includes action packed sequences and multiple levels of the subconscious.  That idea got me thinking about my actual dreams, and what they could possible mean.

Could there actually be warning signs in our dreams that correlate to our “real world” health?  Well, according to Certified Dream Analyst Lauri Quinn Loewenberg, author of Cracking The Dream Code, that is more of a possibility than previously thought.  Loewenberg was quoted as saying “Your dreams are going to give you a heads up because they’re coming from your inner self…When you see certain symbols and actions in your dreams, it might be a sign that something is going wrong with your mind or body. If you want to remember your dreams, write them down immediately or tell someone ASAP when you wake up. Otherwise, they’ll be gone by breakfast.”

The 5 Most Common Health-Related Dreams are about:

  • Houses
  • Cars
  • Bleeding
  • Drowning
  • Falling

The interpretations of the dreams listed above reveal a lot about the condition of your mind state and physical health.  So next time you have a dream, whether it’s good or bad, be sure to write it down and analyze how it reflects your life!