How to Get Started with Grilling

Summer weather has arrived, and you may be thinking about having some great backyard parties with friends and family. Maybe you went to a barbeque over the Memorial Day weekend and felt envious of your host’s awesome grilling setup. One of the highlights of summer is going to barbeques, after all. But, how about throwing your own? If you’ve never grilled before, it may seem a bit intimidating to get started. Even if you’re a great cook in your regular kitchen, grilling outdoors presents a whole new set of challenges.

First, it can be tough just to decide how to choose the right grill. If you’ve never owned one before and you’re shopping for your very first grill, you may not know what features you really need, or even what fuel type you might prefer between charcoal, propane, or even wood pellets or electric. Then, you need to do your homework on all the ways you can prepare food on the grill. And do you need a smoker? There’s a lot to consider, but no need to stress! We’re here with some easy tips to help you buy your first grill with confidence and get up and cooking quickly. We’ll take a look at determining the best grill for your needs, and consider the differences between smoking and grilling meat, veggies, and more. Continue reading How to Get Started with Grilling

7 Reasons You Need an Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen can be a thing of beauty. Not only do you get the convenience and comfort of an extended living space, but also the functionality of a full kitchen. They can be designed as small or large as you need, and there’s a huge variety of styles that cater to your tastes and budget. The benefits of an outdoor kitchen extend far beyond the summer, especially when it’s outfitted with the right amenities. If you’re ready to liven up your home, here are seven reasons you should do it with a new outdoor kitchen. Continue reading 7 Reasons You Need an Outdoor Kitchen

What the Experts Have to Say About Fireplaces

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At LanChester Grill & Hearth, we field questions about fireplaces, pretty much year round. Whether it’s from someone looking to warm up their home in the winter, replace an existing hearth with something more modern and efficient, or an outdoor enthusiast looking to add a cozy touch to their outdoor living space, we’re always happy to help. Fireplaces can be romantic, inviting, but also incredibly efficient when it comes to providing extra warmth and ambiance to a home. Depending on your needs and what kind of look you’re going for, there are a number of routes you can take. To help you out, we took the most common questions about our fireplaces—and here’s what we have to say!

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5 Reasons to Consider a Fireplace Insert

Fireplaces are a wonderful addition to any residence. They provide a perfect spot for family gatherings and intimate affairs, all while keeping things toasty warm. The downside to a fireplace insert is their age. They take significant maintenance and if an owner puts it off too long, it could require masonry repairs to restore its functionality or make it safe for use. Even if you keep your fireplace in great shape, you might notice that you lose more heat than you’re getting—that it’s just not as efficient as you need it to be.

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Lighting on a Budget: 4 Tips to Get the Look You Want for Less

Lighting is responsible for setting the mood and atmosphere, but it can easily make or break a room if done poorly. Many interior designers and homeowners sometimes err on the expensive side—opting for large, extravagant lighting without really considering if the same effect is possible with a more cost-efficient design.

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5 Top Additions for Outdoor Living

Summer is the time to be outside and to make the most of your backyard. Seasonal improvements are a great way to awaken the splendor of your outdoor living space, and to add long-term value to your home. Each season brings with it a different set of needs and restrictions, but for the summer, it’s all about extending the season and your ability to enjoy yourself outdoors well into the night.

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