Oct 20 2014
Oct 6 2014
One of the challenges of any business is understanding the customers’ needs. In our business we often hear customers use the word “fireplace” when they actually want a free-standing stove. That problem is pretty easy to fix. But customers also use the word “fireplace” when they are actually in need of a “fireplace insert” – so let’s see if we can’t clear it up.
Fireplace Insert – One of the greatest inventions in home heating
The true “fireplace insert” – one of the greatest innovations in home heating – was invented by an Appalachian coal miner in 1869 (according to Wikipedia). Joab Donaldson built his device to make use of coke (fine coal particles) and coal tailings – some of which he might have dug from his own back yard – as a means to more efficiently heat his home for his FOURTEEN children! It probably became apparent to him, as to most folks with an open masonry fireplace, that most of his heat was escaping straight up the flue rather than warming his home. As you would expect, the technology and design improvements over the years make a fireplace insert one of the more economical and comfortable methods of warming a home. And you’re not stuck using coal tailings! Inserts are available for wood, gas, pellet, and electricity. Enjoy the flicker of the flames? Most units on the market today come with glass screens. Concerned about your décor? Most manufacturers today offer a dizzying array of “faces.” (The piece that surrounds the glass screen.) Face design allows the hearth area to complement the existing interior whether simple or ornate, country or urban, rustic or contemporary.
Sep 30 2014
We just had to share this amazing opportunity for you to shift away from expensive Electric to Gas appliances, brought to your courtesy of the City of Ellensburg!
The next time you need to replace an appliance, think natural gas. The City of Ellensburg offers home owners substantial rebates for the purchase of gas appliances that replace electric appliances. Gas-based appliances cost on average 30% less to operate and help you save on your utility bill. Gas ranges can raise the value of your home. Highly valued by cooks who appreciate more temperature control, gas stoves and appliances also still work if the electricity goes out. Gas fireplaces and heating stoves add to the comfort of your home and can help offset those low efficient baseboard and wall heaters.
You can learn more at the links below, or download the flyer here.
Sep 15 2014
Can’t you just smell it? The crisp fall air, ripe apples and smoke from the grill? It’s football season and for those of us who love our Super Bowl Champs it’s time to show our 12th Man colors and tailgate in style. We’ve partnered with Rustik Kreations out of Cle Elum to create the BEST Big Green Egg yet. We’ve also included a recipe for Seattle Seahawks – Snickers Stuffed Baked Apples and a link the Big Green Egg Game Day Cookbook.
8 large Jonagold or other cooking apples
¼ cup (2 ounces) butter, at room temperature
¼ cup packed brown sugar
8 mini Snickers bars
8 large marshmallows
8 pecan halves
Freshly grated zest of 1 lemon
Set the EGG for indirect cooking at 350°F/177°C.
With the large end of a melon baller, remove the stem and core of the apples, leaving the bottoms intact. Hollow the apples out so a Snickers bar and a marshmallow will fit inside each one.
With a razor knife, score the skin of the apple from top to bottom ever ½ inch. Then score a ring around the bottom of the apple to connect all of the top-to-bottom cuts. Rub the outsides of the apples with the butter and sprinkle with the brown sugar.
Place the apples in a greased pan. Place a Snickers bar in the cavity of each apple and bake for 25 minutes. Add a marshmallow to the cavity of each apple and bake for another 20 minutes, or until the apples are tender.
Remove from the EGG and top each apple with a pecan half and a little of the lemon zest.
Makes 8 servings
Check it out at our showroom today!
Sep 4 2014
The Lopi Cape Cod competed in the Next Generation Wood Stove Design Challenge and proved why it is the cleanest burning, most efficient wood stove on the planet that is certified by the EPA! The Alliance for Green Heat and Popular Mechanics sponsored the Wood Stove Design Challenge that was held on November 16 -19 at the National Mall in Washington, DC. Twelve teams from around the world competed in the first international competition to build an affordable, cleaner-burning wood stove for residential heating. The Cape Cod had much success and won three of the eight awards given out at the Wood Stove Decathlon!
The Wood Stove Decathlon started because there’s not much information on what the cleanest and most efficient wood stoves are and we wanted to educate consumers on how to identify them, said John Ackerly, President of the Alliance for Green Heat. He also said they wanted to give wood stoves a facelift by showing there really is a high-tech future for them.
The Wood Stove Design Challenge was an overall success and gave us the opportunity to showcase not only the Cape Cod, but our revolutionary clean-burning technology, Hybrid-Fyre™ to people from all over the world. Ambassadors from Denmark and Finland, as well as United States Congressmen got to experience Hybrid-Fyre™ and all that our clean burning stove has to offer. We received $5,000 for our winnings and donated the money to the Alliance for Green Heat to give back and help them pay for the expenses of the Decathlon.
The Cape Cod is EPA-certified as officially the cleanest burning, most efficient large wood stove in the world!
Check out “Lopi Cape Cod Homeowner’s DVD by Travis Industries” by Travis Industries.
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Aug 29 2014
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
We give our thanks to Knudsen Lumber for challenging us. It was hot out so this felt a little bit good. But it’s also for a fabulous cause and that felt even better.
And THIS is why it’s so important. So, how about it Iron Horse Brewery Coffee Stand, University Auto, and Morgan and Son Earthmoving…. are YOU up for it?
Aug 12 2014
Aug 4 2014
The “JOI LAMP”
The Thermologi Joi is an ingenious new lighting product that is redefining how consumers can enjoy their outdoor living and dining spaces at night. What makes the Thermologi Joi so incredible is that it doesn’t use batteries, solar or plug-in electricity to create its light. Instead, it uses a unique power source that is easy to use, economical and found in most every home – the common tea light candle. The Thermologi Joi uses this same core technology to transform the energy of a simple tea light into enough light to illuminate the outdoor living space. The average tea light candle will power the Thermologi Joi for about 4 hours. With the product in its closed position the high efficiency LED’s mounted in the “roof” of the Thermologi Joi’s “house” design provide the perfect amount of light for ambiance from the tabletop. The lamp head or “roof” can also be extended on its telescoping arms to allow an entire table to be illuminated. Constructed of stainless steel, glass and aluminum, the Thermologi Joi has been built to withstand the outdoor environment.
- Lamp head or “roof” can be extended
- Elegant lighting solution for outdoor entertaining
- Functional, decorative and unique
- Ambience or area lighting
- Creates its own electricity
- Lamp head extends to a vertical height of 16″
- Made in Canada
- Dimensions: 7″W x 7″L x 8″H
- Weight: 5 lbs.
To operate, the user opens the front glass door, inserts a tea light into the holder, lights the candle and closes the door. Within about one minute the Thermologi Joi begins to convert the heat of the tea light candle into an incredible 70+ lumens of light through the 8 high-efficiency LED’s. This is more than 20 times the light generated by a tea light candle.
Stop in to our showroom and check this little beauty out!
Jul 25 2014
If backyard grilling were a rodeo, the Big Green Egg would win the “All-Around Champion” award!
It’s a grill. It’s a smoker. It’s an oven. The Big Green Egg is an example of American ingenuity coupled with ancient Japanese “kamado” style cooking. The thick ceramic walls and air tight seal allow the backyard chef to maintain temps as low as 150° or take them as high as 750°.
Heard of “Famous Dave’s BBQ”? Well guess what Dave uses to cook for his family and friends! He is such a fan of BGE he shared his personal “Five Star BBQ Sticky Ribs” recipe in the Big Green Egg Lifestyle magazine. Famous chefs from the Netherlands, England, Canada, and South Africa trust the Big Green Egg for their award winning food creations. You and I can use it for everything from smoked ribs to pizza to a decadent dessert. If you’re like thousands of other BGE enthusiasts, you might become a regular on the Egghead Forum. And if things get really out of hand, you may find yourself traveling this October to Stone Mountain, Georgia – where the BGEs are laid – for Eggtoberfest!
If you want the best in backyard grilling; if you appreciate really good food; you deserve a Big Green Egg.