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Our Favorite Lopi Gas Stoves You Should Check Out This Year

Stylish Lopi gas stove installed in lake house sitting room

It’s no secret that our gas and pellet wood stoves are some of our favorite products at LanChester Grill & Hearth. With both modern and traditional designs, a Lopi gas stove can bring warmth and style to any room in your home. But with LanChester having the largest selection of gas stoves in the Lancaster and West Chester, Pa. areas, how do you even begin to choose the right one for you?

Luckily, when you’re looking for on-demand heat, our team of experts will gladly help you make the right decision. We’ll ask you questions about room size, function, and your current utilities to make the most informed gas stove choice for you. Learn about some of our favorite Lopi gas stoves in today’s blog post! Continue reading Our Favorite Lopi Gas Stoves You Should Check Out This Year

What You Need to Know Before Choosing Outdoor Lighting

Tempest torch gas outdoor lighting lanterns

Depending on where you live, outdoor lighting may not be something on the top of your homeowner radar. But if you live anywhere near Lancaster, Pa. and are on the outskirts of the city, you know that having outdoor light fixtures can be a big help.

While outdoor lights are great for safety and security, that doesn’t mean they have to be boring to look at. At LanChester Grill & Hearth, we want to help make your outdoor space an oasis any time of day with our gas light options. In today’s post, we’ll go over a few lighting options and help you decide what’s right for you. Continue reading What You Need to Know Before Choosing Outdoor Lighting

Fireplace Mantel Ideas You’ll Love

A pellet stove burning wood pellets.

You love your fireplace for the cozy warmth that it brings to your home on cold winter nights, but when was the last time you thought about your fireplace’s facade or mantel and how it can also be a focal point in your decorating scheme?

No matter the overall style of your home – from traditional 1800s farmhouse to mid-century ranch to contemporary suburban family home – there’s a mantel design that will look great. Whether you prefer to highlight artwork, enjoy displaying collections, or appreciate a more minimalist look, your mantel can complement your fireplace, the room it’s in, or your entire home.

Check out some of our favorite ideas here, and also be sure to take a look at a few of our recently completed fireplace projects for even more inspiration! Continue reading Fireplace Mantel Ideas You’ll Love

Comparing Wood Stoves and Pellet Stoves: Which is Best for Heating Your Home?

A pellet stove burning wood pellets

Nothing says “autumn” like the crunch of leaves, the crispness in the air, the smell of homemade baked goods, and for homeowners, switching on the heating. Whether you use a furnace, wood stoves, pellet stoves, radiators, forced air, or any other variation of heating, you may not be using the most efficient type for your home.

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, you’re going to want to heat your home as easily (and cheaply) as possible. LanChester Grill & Hearth has the best selection of gas, pellet, and wood stoves in the Lancaster and West Chester, Pa. areas. With a large selection of name brands, we want to take the time to go over some of the benefits of our favorite heating option—wood stoves and pellet stoves! Continue reading Comparing Wood Stoves and Pellet Stoves: Which is Best for Heating Your Home?

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas to Get You Started

outdoor kitchen at night

Chapter 5 — Outdoor Kitchen Guide

Over the last few months, we’ve covered several blog topics to help you get your outdoor kitchen started the right way. From choosing kitchen appliances to establishing your kitchen zones, you should now have almost everything you need. Even though summer is winding down and you may not want to begin building your outdoor kitchen yet, now is the perfect time to start the brainstorming process.

At LanChester Grill & Hearth, our goal is to make this as easy as possible for you and guide you every step of the way. In this final chapter of our outdoor kitchen guide, we provide you with a few visual examples of outdoor kitchen designs that will really jump-start creativity. Continue reading Outdoor Kitchen Ideas to Get You Started

Choosing the Right Materials for Your Outdoor Kitchen

outdoor stonework on patio

Chapter 4 — Outdoor Kitchen Guide

Kitchen placement? Check. Kitchen zones? Check. Outdoor kitchen appliances? Double check. By now, you should be just about ready (or finished!) with your outdoor kitchen design plans. The only thing left to do is the fun part of designing your entertainment area—choosing the materials!

Over the last few chapters in our Outdoor Kitchen Guide series, we’ve walked through several elements and steps that it takes to create an outdoor kitchen. If you’ve been following along, all of the major aspects of your open air kitchen should be just about complete. The final stages of the design process are typically the most enjoyable, but it’s easy to forget that your outdoor kitchen is not the same as your indoor one. That’s why, in this chapter, we’re reviewing a few common materials and whether or not they’re appropriate for your new outdoor entertaining areas.

Continue reading Choosing the Right Materials for Your Outdoor Kitchen

Selecting Your Outdoor Kitchen Appliances

Poolside outdoor kitchen

Chapter 3 — Outdoor Kitchen Guide

An outdoor kitchen layout can range from a simple grill and countertop setup, to an elaborate kitchen with multiple cooking zones and outdoor refrigeration. If you’ve read through the first two chapters in our ultimate outdoor kitchen guide, you already know how much planning goes into designing your outdoor kitchen space. Now that you have the general layout figured out, it’s time to decide on what appliances you’ll want to install.

In this chapter of our LanChester Grill & Hearth Outdoor Kitchen Guide, we’re highlighting a variety of appliances that we commonly see featured in outdoor kitchens. Continue reading Selecting Your Outdoor Kitchen Appliances

Outdoor Kitchen Plans: Figuring Out Kitchen Zones

people eating outdoors

Chapter 2 — Outdoor Kitchen Guide

Your new outdoor kitchen is so close that you can almost taste those perfect grill marks on your next steak. You can’t help but visualize your family playing in the backyard as you cook a hearty meal, enjoying that much-desired outdoor time with them. Yet there’s still one thing missing—where are you going to put everything?

When it comes to outdoor kitchen designs for your new space, there’s a lot to consider. Even if you’ve already decided on the placement of your kitchen and appliances, there’s at least one more aspect that LanChester Grill & Hearth suggests looking at: kitchen zones.

In this second chapter of our outdoor kitchen plans series, we’re sharing the four types of kitchen zones: cooking, prep, plating/serving, and entertaining. Each of these zones can also be classified as either hot, cold, wet, or dry, and they will help keep your outdoor cooking as organized as possible. Continue reading Outdoor Kitchen Plans: Figuring Out Kitchen Zones

Your Outdoor Cooking Station: Determining Place & Purpose

Grilling outdoors

Chapter 1 – Outdoor Kitchens

Having an outdoor cooking station is a luxury that most homeowners and grilling enthusiasts only dream of. Being able to cook, entertain, and store food all in one outdoor area is a useful amenity to anyone looking to increase the value of their home or to improve the amount of quality time that is spent with their family. When you work with LanChester Grill & Hearth to design your outdoor kitchen, that dream can easily become a reality.

Now that you’ve determined you want to make the investment in an outdoor kitchen, there are a lot of seemingly daunting tasks that go along with the decision-making process. In this first chapter of our outdoor kitchen post series, LanChester Grill will walk you through how to hone in on optimizing the function and location of the cooking station in your new outdoor kitchen. Continue reading Your Outdoor Cooking Station: Determining Place & Purpose