$300 off Empire Inserts until October 31

Now until October 31st,  Save $300 on all Empire fireplace inserts, including American Hearth and White Mountain Hearth.

Choose from the:Boulevard Direct Vent, Canvas Direct Vent, Madison Clean Face, and more state-of-the-art, luxury fireplaces available in our showroom and by special order.

Boulevard Direct Vent

Purchase from Empire, and support our local economy too!

Empire manufactures indoor and outdoor fireplaces, inserts, logs & burners, cast iron stoves, and mantels at the company’s two manufacturing facilities in Belleville, Illinois, just outside of St. Louis.  The company has provided jobs to southern Illinois residents for more than 100 years – both in the original sheet metal shop dating back to 1911 and in the manufacturing facility that opened in 1932.  The children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of some of the original employees still proudly work to produce our products, truly making this a family business. Today, Empire employs hundreds of people in manufacturing, office staff, sales, marketing, engineering, accounting, administration, and management.

 

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Turn Your Tax Return into Warmth with Lopi

Now is the time to take advantage of your tax return and be prepared for next winter with a Radiant Plus fireplace insert from Lopi. Available now at Fireplaces Plus in Bettendorf. See them burning live in our Showroom.

The Lopi Radant Plus Gas Inserts available now:
* Exceptional Heaters in 3 Sizes
* Reasonably Priced
* Reliable Performance
* No Power Required
* Standing Pilot or
* GreenSmart Basic Version

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Lopi’s Radiant Plus Large™ Gas Fireplace Insert is perfect for anyone seeking reliable performance and excellent features at a great price!

The Radiant Plus™ is a beautiful and economical way to keep your family warm for years to come, even during power outages! This unit features heavy duty construction and is designed to deliver radiant heat PLUS streamlined natural convection airflow to homes or living spaces up to 1,650 square feet. The standard Dancing-Fyre™ burning and Classic Log Set™ mimic a real wood-burning fire, right down to the flame pattern and highly detailed logs and ember bed.

The Radiant Plus™ is offered with both Standing Pilot (MV) and GreenSmart® Basic (IPI) control systems, allowing you to choose the version that best suits your lifestyle and heating preferences! The Standing Pilot model is ideal for anyone wanting a simple, dependable heat source that does not require power to operate. The GreenSmart® Basic model is a great choice for convenience and energy efficiency, as your pilot turns on and off depending on your heating needs. It also includes an automatic battery backup system to operate during power outages.

Pit Barrel Cooker – Available Now just 299.99!

Introducing the Pit Barrel Cooker, available in our showroom. Unlike traditional grills which cook food from a single, direct heat source, the Pit Barrel® Cooker’s cylindrical shape and “Hook-and-Hang” method places the food in the center of the action, heating the meat from all sides at once, producing consistently great-tasting, perfectly cooked meat every time. And the business is Veteran Owned!

Pit Barrel 118.5″ Classic Pit Barrel Cooker

Experience the 18.5″ Classic Pit Barrel Cooker, and what has made it the #1 best selling drum cooker on the market.

There’s a reason it receives consistently rave reviews – it simply cooks some of the best food you’ve ever tasted, with no hassle.

Pre-drilled mounting holes make for easy addition of an optional Mountable Bottle Opener, available with the Pit Barrel Logo, or a wide selection of team logos.

In stock in our showroom in Bettendorf. Visit us today.

 

The package includes:

  • 1 30 Gallon Steel Drum/Lid
  • 8 Stainless Steel Hooks
  • 2 Steel Hanging Rods
  • 1 Charcoal Basket
  • 1 Standard Grill Grate
  • 1 Wooden Hook Remover
  • 1 Three-point Barrel Stand
  • 1 All-Purpose Pit Rub
  • 1 Beef & Game Pit Rub

Top 7 Advantages of a Natural Gas Fireplace

Top 7 Advantages of a Natural Gas Fireplace: There’s nothing like curling up in front of a roaring fire. And with NG fireplaces, you can have all the advantages of a wood-burning fireplace, and they are easier to use, less costly to run, and save energy. Here are the top reasons to choose a NG fireplace:
 
1) Constant Heat: Unlike a log fireplace, a NG fireplace has a constant heat supply.
 
2) No Hauling: You’ll never have to buy or chop firewood again!
 
3) Energy Savings: A NG Fireplace can save 25% on your energy bill.
 
4) Easy to Use: Turn on/off your fireplace with the flip of a switch!
 
5) Stylish: There are a variety of natural looking logs, beautiful grates and metal surrounds.
 
6) Warmer: NG fireplaces typically have built-in blowers so you can circulate warm air through the room.
 
7) No Creosote: Avoid the build-up of dangerous creosote in your chimney.
 
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FREE Chimney Liner Kit on all Mendota Inserts

From now until March 15th, we’re offering a Free Chimney Liner Kit when you purchase any new Mendota Insert.

Get a $350 Chimney Liner Kit when you purchase any Mendota Insert

Visit our showroom on State Street in Bettendorf Iowa, and select one of our many Mendota Gas Inserts available. Or, we can special order that perfect insert to fit your decor.

Choose from a wide variety of inserts, including….

The Mendota FV44i

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The Mendota DV30…

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the Mendota DV40 and more!

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Big Green Egg Recipes for the Big Game

Get ready for the Big Game with these three great recipes for your Big Green Egg

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1) Herbed-Up Prime Rib

Ingredients

  • 1 (4-pound) bone-in standing rib roast
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary

Instructions

One hour before you plan to cook, take the roast out of the refrigerator. Prepare the EGG to cook indirect – with a drip pan on the convEGGtor – at 350°F. Season the roast on all sides with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, combine the butter, basil, tarragon and rosemary and mix well. Spread the herb butter all over the roast, applying the heaviest layer to the fat cap.

Place the roast, fat side up, on the EGG cooking grid and cook for about 2 hours, or until it reaches an internal temperature deep in the center of 125°F for medium-rare.

Transfer the roast to a platter, tent loosely with foil and let rest for at least 20 minutes or up to 30 minutes. Cut the meat away from the bones and slice the roast thickly or thinly against the grain as desired. Separate the leftover beef rib bones and serve them along with the meat.

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2) Bourbon Glazed Salmon

Ingredients

  • 2-pound salmon filet, skin on
  • 1 tablespoon Makers Mark Bourbon
  • 1 orange, zested and sliced into rings
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar

Instructions

Lay the salmon skin-side down on a cutting board. Remove any bones from the flesh and wipe clean of scales. Rinse the salmon with the whiskey and allow to air dry for 10 minutes.

In a bowl, combine orange zest, salt and sugar. Line a baking dish with plastic wrap, extending the wrap to allow for wrapping the salmon later. Sprinkle half of the salt mixture on the plastic wrap. Add the salmon and cover with the remaining salt mixture.

Lay the orange slices on top of the mixture. Wrap the salmon tightly in the plastic wrap and place in the back of your refrigerator for 48 hours.

Once cured, rinse the salmon in cold water. Place the salmon back into the refrigerator, uncovered, for 4 hours.

Bourbon Glaze Ingredients

  • 1 cup Makers Mark Bourbon
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup fig jam
  • 1 Tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp dried mustard
  • Pinch of garlic

Bourbon Glaze Instructions

For the glaze, bring bourbon to a boil over medium heat in a saucepan. Add the sugar and whisk, add the remaining ingredients, whisking to blend after each addition. Reduce heat to simmer until sauce is thickened and reduced by half.

Set the EGG for cold smoking at 50-70°F (watch the video for set up). Add the salmon to the grid and smoke for 1 hour. Baste the salmon with the bourbon glaze and smoke for an additional 2½ hours.

Slice and serve with crackers.

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3) Plank Grilled Chicken with Fruit Salsa

Add flavor with Alder Plank grilling.

  • 1 cup chopped fresh peaches
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mango
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • Sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Alder Plank, soaked
  • Lime wedges for serving

Instructions

Soak Alder Plank for one hour. Combine peaches, mango, pepper, onion and lime juice in a bowl; set aside.

Set the EGG for direct cooking at 325°F/163°C.

Rub the chicken with olive oil and season with sea salt. Place soaked plank on the grid close the dome and heat for 1 minutes. Flip the plank, and place the chicken on the heated side. Grill approximately 20 minutes or until chicken is done (165ºF/74°C).

Remove chicken and plank from the EGG and squeeze lime over the chicken. Stir the torn basil into the salsa and serve over the chicken.

What is a Fireplace Insert?

Lopi2by Richard Winter, How Stuff Works.

Ah, the crackle of a fire in the hearth. There’s nothing like a blazing fireplace to create a sense of warmth and comfort. However, there’s a major downside to the traditional wood-burning fireplace, whether it’s a factory-built fireplace or a masonry fireplace: heat loss.

Fireplaces are, by nature, not very efficient. They pull warm air out of the room and into the fire. A lot of t­hat energy — heat — is lost up the chimney and through the material that surrounds it. When temperatures drop below freezing, a fireplace exhausts more energy than it creates. The Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association rates older fireplaces’ efficiency at 5 percent to 10 percent.

Most fireplace inserts are designed to increase a fireplace’s efficiency. An insert is basically a fireproof box that’s surrounded by steel or cast iron and fronted by insulated glass, creating a closed combustion system. The steel or cast iron helps to trap the heat. Some inserts have a blower that pushes the hot air back into the room through front vents. Properly installed, fireplace inserts can be a much more efficient supplemental zone heater than a traditional fireplace.

Inserts can be powered by electricity, gas, propane, wood, pellets or coal.

Electric, gas and propane inserts also offer owners a big time-saving advantage. Consider this: To build a fire, you have to gather the materials, which in some cases involve a tree, an axe and a great workout. Even if you buy wood, you­ still have to haul and store it. There’s also preparation involved in setting up a fire: You need seasoned wood, papers and kindling to get it going. Smoke might get in your eyes (especially if you forget to open the flue!) as you tend to the fire to keep it going. And afterwards, you’ve got to clean all the ash out of the fireplace.

With an electric or gas insert, all you have to do to start the flames is push a button, which, depending upon the model you buy, might even be on a remote.

Electric Fireplace Inserts:

Electric fireplace inserts are the simplest, least complicated types of inserts on the market. Because there is no combustion involved, no venting is require­d. Permits are not needed, either. Just plug it in and watch the simulated flames flicker.

Electric fireplaces include a small heater, which puts out up to 5,000 BTUs (British Thermal Units, a way of measuring heat). Reflective, flickering lights create the illusion of flame. Many electric fireplace insert models allow you to adjust the flame size; they can also be used with or without the heat component, which is beneficial if you live in a hot climate.

Electric fireplace insert users buy them for aesthetic reasons. They may be living in an apartment with a nonworking fireplace. Or they may have no access to natural gas in the area, or they don’t want to burn wood.

Installation is much simpler for electric inserts than it is for gas and wood inserts. The electric fireplace insert needs only to fit into the fireplace opening. Clearances from mantles, the back of the fireplace and chimney flues don’t need to be taken into account. Some say that putting in an electric fireplace insert is as easy as putting a glass on the kitchen shelf (albeit a very, very heavy glass).

The insert gets all its power from one plug, which drops down from the hearth and plugs into a nearby electrical outlet. The price of operating an electric heater depends on your electric costs.

Gas Fireplace Inserts

Homeowners who have access to natural gas can put a gas insert in their fireplace.

These inserts must be professionally installed. A gas line needs to be run to the fireplace. If you already use gas in the house, this could take a few hours, depending on how far away your gas source is. Two small, flexible tubes run down through the chimney; one brings fresh air into the insert for combustion, and the other is for exhaust.

Gas fireplace inserts are extremely efficient, typically kicking out between 25,000 to 40,000 BTUs, which is enough to comfortably heat a medium-size room. Their energy efficiency ratings run from 76 percent to 83 percent. Prices range from $1,400 to $3,000 for a top-of-the-line gas insert. Because they’re great for zone heating, they can help homeowners keep their gas bills down.

Once the gas insert is installed, it won’t need much maintenance aside from cleaning the glass door. There’s no need to refuel, and the chimney doesn’t need cleaning because gas burns so cleanly. However, because gas burns so cleanly, it can be difficult to determine if there’s a leak. That’s why a carbon monoxide detector is so important — it can let you know there’s a problem before it’s too late. These run about $20 at any home improvement store.

“Logs” for gas inserts are made of ceramic or ceramic fiber; they’re placed over a burner to give the look of a traditional flame. Vented log usually come with most units. Vent-free log sets are offered on inserts that use an oxygen depletion sensor, which further boosts efficiency. This technology isn’t approved for use in all states and can’t be used in bedrooms because it requires a closed damper.

Although gas fireplace inserts don’t need electrical power, models with a fan or a blower will need to be plugged in to work. Some models come with remote controls and can even run on wall thermostats.

Wood Fireplace Inserts

The main benefit of a wood fireplace insert is that it gives you the beauty of an open fireplace with the performance of a state-of-the-art wood stove. The efficiency rating for wood fireplace inserts generally runs around 50 percent — less than gas inserts but better than traditional fireplaces.­

A disadvantage of burning wood is the emissions. Wood smoke is wasted fuel that sticks to your chimney as creosote (which is combustible) or is released as air pollution. Some areas have “burn free” days during which homeowners aren’t allowed to use their standard fireplace because of air pollution levels.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies all wood fireplace inserts to ensure that they burn wood efficiently, safely and with less smoke. Sized and installed properly, an EPA-certified wood fireplace insert will also reduce wood consumption and reduce maintenance of the insert and the chimney.

The fireboxes of a wood insert run from 1.6 cubic feet (.04 cubic meters) (running hot, this size will kick out about 65,000 BTUs an hour) to 3.1 cubic feet (.09 cubic meters) (85,000 BTUs per hour). Loaded up with wood, they can burn as long as six to eight hours.

The National Fire Protection Association requires a stainless-steel connector between the insert and the chimney’s flue liner, or a connector that runs all the way up the chimney (this setup is easier to clean). In many cases, some internal realignment of the chimney is necessary. Wood insert models can cost up to $2,000; installation and the chimney lining will add several hundred dollars more to the cost.

— Source: Written by Richard Winter, How Stuff Works.

Do’s and Don’ts of Wood Burning Stoves

Wood Stove SafetyIf you’re among the thousands who have succumbed to the lure of the wood burning stove, keep in mind that the return to the “good old days” of wood stove heating can have some old-fashioned drawbacks.

Fire hazard is one of them.

The resurgence of the wood burner as a supplementary source of heat has led to an alarming—and growing—number of fires traceable to careless installation or misuse.

The purpose of this pamphlet is to help bridge a generation gap in wood stove knowledge by providing some basic information on the selection, installation, use and maintenance of solid fuel heating equipment.

Here are some principal do’s and don’ts:
DO—make sure there is enough clearance between the stove and combustible materials, including floors, walls and ceilings.
DO—place the stove on a noncombustible, fire resistant base.
DO—have a mason or other competent person inspect the chimney.
DO—burn only dry, well-seasoned wood.
DO—consider opening a window a crack for ventilation.
DO—dispose of ashes in a closed metal container outside the house.
DON’T—extend the stove pipe through a wall or ceiling unless there is no possible alternative.
DON’T—connect a wood stove to a fireplace chimney unless the fireplace has been sealed off.
DON’T—connect a wood stove to a chimney serving another appliance burning other fuels.
DON’T—start a stove fire with flammable fluids, such as gasoline.
DON’T—burn trash in a stove; doing so can start a chimney fire.
DON’T—let a wood fire burn unattended or overnight.

(source: Insurance Information Institute)

Beautifully Radiant – Lopi Radiant Plus at Fireplaces Plus

The Radiant Plus™ Gas Inserts are engineered to install into your existing fireplace and designed to provide comforting RADIANT heat PLUS Natural Convection, delivering optimum warmth throughout your home.

RADIANT heat is the cozy, satisfying warmth you can actually feel from any source of heat, such as sitting in front of a campfire or soaking up the rays of the sun.

NATURAL CONVECTION occurs as room air in the convection chamber is heated. This heated air rises, drawing cooler room air into the chamber, which in turn heats up and circulates around the firebox continuously.

Reasonably Priced

With the Radiant Plus™, you get MORE HEAT FOR LESS MONEY; that’s more features and benefits than any other value-priced gas insert available, making it both a beautiful and economical way to heat your home!

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Injected Turkey from Dr. BBQ

Dr. BBQ’s Injected Turkey: “For many years I dreamed of traveling the country learning about barbecue — and now I am privileged to make a living by passing on what I’ve learned. In my two decades of travels I have found endless surprises, but there is always one constant and that’s the passion for food. Over the years I have come to realize that cooking on the Big Green Egg is an experience as much as it’s a way to prepare a meal. The versatility of the EGG seems to bring out the best in cooks no matter what their level, and the Big Green Egg is all about serving great food for family and friends during the holidays!

For this next installment of my video recipes I’ll show you how to prepare two holiday turkeys — an Injected Cajun Creole Butter Turkey and a Lemon, Pepper and Herb Turkey. If you are preparing a whole turkey, just double the injection recipe and inject into the thighs as well as the breasts. These are great recipes for Thanksgiving, Christmas or a delicious meal throughout the year.” — Dr. BBQ

Cajun Turkey Ingredients

  • Creole butter
  • Creole rub
  • Apple (if cooking a whole turkey)
  • Onion (if cooking a whole turkey)

Lemon and Herb Turkey Breast Ingredients

  • Lemon juice
  • Fine grain sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 bundle of herbs

Turkey Instructions

  • Set the EGG for indirect cooking with the convEGGtor at 325°F/163°C. (If you are cooking a whole turkey, cook at 325°F/163°C for 12 minutes per pound until the turkey has reached a safe minimum internal temperature of 165°F/74°C throughout the product.)
  • Prepare based on specifications below, depending on which recipe you are using.
  • Cook the turkey breast for approximately 1.5 hours, or until the internal temperature is 165°F/74°C
  • Remove the breast from EGG. Tent with foil and allow to rest for 20-30 minutes.

Cajun Turkey Instructions

  • Inject turkey with Creole butter in a grid pattern. Rub turkey breast with Creole rub.
  • If cooking a whole turkey, place the apple and onion inside turkey and set on grid of EGG.

Lemon and Herb Turkey Breast Instructions

  • Squeeze lemon juice all over the breast and rub with sea salt and pepper.
  • Place the bundle of herbs on top of the breast and set on the cooking grid.