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Ask the Expert: Gregerson’s Gallery of Fireplaces

By From page C13 | March 28, 2014

The Ultimate Backyard Grill or Pellet Perfection

■  If you have ever tried a “Wood Fired” steak, rack of ribs, burger, or pizza you will understand why high-end “Wood Fired BBQ Restaurants, Steakhouses, and Pizza Places are cropping up across the country. Wood is king because it is the only fuel that adds real competition quality flavor to your food. That quality can now be achieved without the hassle of starting a fire, dealing with lighter fluid, and baby sitting the grill to maintain proper temperatures. Pellet grills have controls that automatically light the fire and allow the operator to set the desired cooking temperature.

■  Hardwood pellets are available in several wood “flavors”, such as hickory, alder, apple, cherry, mesquite, maple, oak, pecan, cabernet, beer hop, sweet wood, nectarine, apricot, rosemary, and custom blends.

■  Pellet grills come in a variety of sizes to fit your needs, all the way from commercial size trailers, to very small portable units.

The Gallery of Fireplaces, at 385 Merchant st. offers many brands of pellet grills to choose from including, Traeger, Green Mountain, Memphis, Louisiana, Black Olive, as well as a full selection of pellets, large selection of rubs, and accessories.

A Fireplace for Every Room

The Gallery of Fireplaces as 385 Merchant Street, Downtown Vacaville, is a one stop shop for fireplace makeovers, cast mantels, wood mantels, gas, wood and pellet inserts. These are all products we can use to transform your fireplace into the focal point of your home. We offer free in-home consultations to go over options and ideas to help reflect your personal tastes, as well as scale drawings of your ideas. These services are all provided as a free service that we offer to help you visualize exactly what your project will look like upon completion. Spring is the perfect time for remodeling projects and a fireplace makeover gives the biggest impact for the smallest investment. Call or stop in for more details.

Pellet Stove Tips: 

Location: In thinking about where to locate your pellet stove, keep in mind that the spot must allow for venting and air intake, meet the requirements for clearances between the stove and combustibles and be near an electrical outlet with the proper voltage, grounding and polarity.

Maintenance: Pellet stoves require regular maintenance and cleaning by a professional. Add in the costs of yearly servicing when you are doing the numbers to see if a pellet stove makes sense for your family.

Signs of Problems: Dark smoke, excessive soot on the glass, a sluggish flame and reduced heat are some of the signs that a pellet stove needs professional maintenance.


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