How-To Get Your Backyard Ready For Fall

Posted by Thomas Kay on Fri, Oct 16, 2015 @ 10:49 AM

A big thank you to Angela Ballachino for this guest post!

Doesn't it feel like it was just yesterday that you were firing up the grill for a 4th of July barbeque and enjoying the summer sun?

Well, as much as we all wish the summer was still here, the cooler temps, changing leaves and pumpkin craze has made its annual return!

As we embrace everything that the fall has to offer, it's time to take advantage of autumn's mild days to prep our backyards for the colder months ahead.

Check out these tips and tricks to ensure that your backyard is prepared to take on the season in full stride.

Clean the Gutters

While you want to get your backyard ready, you have to remember that your gutters could play a role in how well your yard handles water from the seasonal rains.

It's important to grab a ladder and clean out the gutter because there could be plenty of debris blocking the track.

Things like leaves, birds' nests and other things will need to be removed for optimal flow.

Also, be sure to check the roof for missing shingles or damage and repair it as necessary.

Mulch

Head to the local home improvement store and pick up a few bags of mulch.

You'll need to re-mulch around trees, shrubbery and other plants to help them survive the cooler temps ahead.

Plus, the mulch will keep them hydrated if you live in an area that doesn't get a lot of rain fall. 

Grass Care

Break out the lawn mower one more time so your lawn is trimmed and at a respectable height before it's too late to cut it again.

Sometimes homeowners tend to forget that the grass will be tough to evenly cut if there's a fair amount of dew on the lawn so be sure to have it complete before conditions get too chilly and wet.

Patio & Deck Care

Now that the summer is over, you've probably used your patio quite often which means it's in need of some TLC from its frequent use.

This is where you'll need to give it a good and thorough cleaning!

To start, grab a broom and sweep off any debris that may be nestled in corners and in-between floorboards.

Once you've cleared the surface (don't forget to remove patio furniture), give it a good and deep clean with a pressure washer or a garden hose and brush.

However, be cautious when using a pressure washer as you do not want to cause any damage to the surface. 

After the surface is clean, you'll want to seal or stain the patio after it is completely dry.

 

As a general rule of thumb for wooden patios, if the water soaks into the deck, it'll need to be sealed, but if it beads up, you can forego this type of prep. But, if the summer sun has caused the deck to fade, you may want to re-stain it to give it a boost in color.

At any rate, it's important to have the surface sealed because it'll prevent water from soaking into the wood.

If water soaks into it, it'll cause it to deteriorate and jeopardize the structure. Find a sealer at the home improvement store and grab all the supplies you'll need to do the job, it'll typically require a paint brush or roll and it's an easy application process.

Furniture Care

Just like the patio, you'll want to prep your outdoor furniture for the change in weather by taking care of it now.

Care for the furniture by cleaning its surface with a mild cleanser or follow the instructions listed by the manufacturer.

If applicable, repair spots of rust because they tend to get worse over time if they are subjected to unfavorable conditions and you won't like shelling out loads of cash new furniture in the spring.

Also, re-paint any surface if it was faded by the sun. When it comes to furniture cushions, clean stains and if possible, throw the covers into the washing machine. 

Consider storing the furniture indoors in a shed or garage if you have the space available, but if not, you may be able to use custom patio furniture covers that'll keep them protected.

 

Additionally, if you plan to use your grill during the fall, the Today Show recommends cleaning your grill with a light lubricating oil to condition the exterior and maintain proper function of the moving parts. 

Conclusion

Now that you've got the tips you need to prepare your backyard, you can now sit back, relax and wait for the warmer weather to return! 

 

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25 Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas To Transform Your Backyard

Posted by Thomas Kay on Thu, May 28, 2015 @ 03:24 PM

 

Need a fresh idea to make a noticeable difference in the backyard?

This list of 25 Patio Decorating Tips will cover a variety of simple projects that will both attract attention & serve a useful purpose in any outdoor space.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas

We will explore some of the most popular outdoor trends & professional exterior design tips including:

-  Outdoor Arrangement Ideas

-  Creative Patio Lighting

-  Landscaping & Gardening Tips

-  Outdoor Entertaining Advice

-  And Much More

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Tip  # 1 :  Create Spot To Gather

Perhaps the best place to get started is by creating a space in the backyard with plenty of space for family & friends to sit & gather around.

This can be anything from a fire pit, a shady tree, fountain or sculpture, a favorite piece of artwork; whatever your favorite part of your backyard, arrange seating to attract attention & make a welcoming hangout spot.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Create A Spot To Gather

 

Tip # 2 :  Use Trees To Provide Light

Trees are rarely put to any use at night mainly because there is never enough light around them to attract attention.

From Christmas lights to candles, there are plenty of creative ways to make your trees a little brighter.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Use Trees To Provide Light 

 

Tip # 3 :  Patterns Help Everything Match 

No matter what furniture style or material you are using, one simple pattern (top right) can help everything come together.

If you have all the same material furniture (bottom), use similar colors & designs instead of identical ones to add some necessary variety.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Patterns Help Everything Match 

 

Tip # 4 :  Heaters Are Both Warm & Inviting

Chilly weather should not stop you from enjoying the beauty of your backyard.

Outdoor heaters are an easy addition & can help motivate guests to take that first step outside when weather can be questionable.

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Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Heaters Are Warm & Inviting  

 

Tip # 5 :  Design A Creative Space For Games 

Creating a dedicated spot in the backyard for your favorite game is sure to attract attention.

Organize a family DIY project to create the new, favorite place in the backyard.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Design A Creative Space For Games

 

Tip # 6 :  Ice Chest's Keep Drinks Cool & Inviting

Another creative DIY project to work on is making an ice chest for the warm months.

Whether there is alcohol or not, an outdoor ice chest is sure to grab a lot of attention; alcohol can usually help though.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: An Ice Chest Keeps Drinks Cool & Inviting

 

Tip # 7 :  A Mirror Can Make A Difference

Mirrors are an easy addition that can make a substantial & immediate impact to an outdoor space.

Big or small, use mirrors to expand any area & it is easy to find a design to match your style.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: A Mirror Can Make A Difference

 


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Tip # 8 :  Incorporate The Water Element

Adding the water element, such as a fountain or pond, is not the easiest of these backyard projects; but it does make the biggest splash.

Fountains can be used to be the center of attention or provide the perfect accent to your favorite outdoor spot.

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Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Incorporate The Water Element

 

Tip # 9 :  Grab A Lot Of Shade With A Giant Umbrella

Jumbo sized umbrellas are the best way to cover a large area of the patio; not to mention they are quite eye catching as well.

Normal umbrellas won't be able to protect larger furniture arrangements like a deep seating sectional or a trio of chaise lounges.

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Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Grab A Lot Of Shade With A Giant Umbrella

 

Tip # 10 :  Find Artwork To Accent The Look & Style

Hanging artwork & sculptures brings a distinctive look, while adding more life to the theme you are going for.

Consider using a cultural piece to make it your patio feel more like of a part of you.

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Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Find Artwork To Accent The Look & Style

 

Tip # 11 :  Use String Lights For Easy & Elegant Lighting

String lights are perfect for outdoor lighting because they are small enough to be difficult to see during the day & there are so many bulbs to spread the light out easily at night.

The best part about them is their versatility & variety; you will be surprised how easy it is to find a set to match any area of patio.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Use String Lights For Easy & Elegant Lighting

 

Tip # 12 :  Find A Place To Swing From

An outdoor swing can be one of the most enticing areas of the backyard.

They serve as a perfect oasis to escape by yourself; or perhaps enjoy your day outside swinging with someone special.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Find A Place To Swing From

 

Tip # 13 :  Large Rocks Are Easy To Add & Maintain

If you are looking for a little to no maintenance outdoor project, consider incorporating large rocks into your landscape.

Aside from putting them in, there is no work needed to keep these up; so they can keep on absorbing attention year after year.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Large Rocks Are Easy To Add & Maintain

 

Tip # 14 :  Incorporate The Fire Element

The only thing more attractive then water is fire; using fire anywhere in an outdoor space is sure to get some wow's.

Most fire pits use propane tanks, making them more portable & versatile than ever before.

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Tip # 15 :  Archways Provide Nice Transitions

One of the most inviting outdoor pieces to use is an archway.

Archways are best used to set a transition from one outdoor area to another.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Archways Provide Nice Transitions

 

Tip # 16 :  Fill Wall Space & Attract Birds With A Bird House

Empty wall space is not necessarily a bad thing, but for some it might seem too vacant; if so consider inviting some graceful guests to spend time there.

One of the best ways to use wall is by making a home for local birds to spend their days, also creating a wonderful sight that can be enjoyed on a daily basis.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Fill Wall Space & Attract Birds With A Bird House

 

Tip # 17 :  Inconspicuous Bluetooth Speakers Are Convenient & Decorative

Music is a big part of outdoor entertaining, but hooking up just any old set of speakers outside is not usually an attractive looking sight.

There are a variety of outdoor Bluetooth speakers that make listening outside easy on the effort & on the eyes.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Inconspicuous Bluetooth Speakers Are Convenient & Decorative

 

Tip # 18 :  Dining Areas Should Have The Best View

If you enjoy eating outside then consider setting up the dining table to look upon the best view in the entire backyard.

Doesn't matter if that view is overlooking something as grand as an ocean, or something as small as a garden; just make sure it is your favorite place to spend time & make memories.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Dining Areas Should Have The Best View

 

Tip # 19 :  Hang Up A Hammock

Hanging a hammock is one of the simplest ways to add a new & personal area to the patio.

There used to be only one basic style but now you can find hammocks in more creative ways than you could imagine.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Hang Up A Hammock

 

Tip # 20 :  Repel Bugs With Citronella candles & Torches

Using candles & torches are usually pretty common to see in outdoor spaces; however most are not burning citronella.

Citronella will repel unwanted mosquito's & other bugs away while at the same time providing the gorgeous flame to set the mood.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Repel Bugs With Citronella Candels & Troches

 

Tip # 21 :  Create A Focal Point Of The Backyard

Every outdoor space should at least have one piece to act as a focal point that leaves a lasting impression & sets it apart from the rest.

This can be something as inspiring as a waterfall or a fire; this can also be something as basic as an unique piece of artwork or a small garden.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Create A Focal Point Of The Backyard

 

Tip # 22 :  The Cocktail Cart Is Always A Happy Sight

Cocktails are a large part of outdoor entertaining; cocktail carts & stands make preparing & mixing drinks outside easy to enjoy.

The carts add a nice portability to move & enjoy anywhere around the patio, but a stand can act a permanent attention magnet.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: The Cocktail Cart Is Always A Happy Sight

 

Tip # 23 :  Make A Place To Sit Under The Tree

The biggest shame of having a large, shady tree is not setting up a place to sit & relax underneath.

There are lots of creative ways to make a seating area perfect under your tree; could be a drinking hangout, a secluded reading spot, or a place to spend romantic nights.

 

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Make A Place To Sit Under The Tree

 

Tip # 24 :  Drapes & Curtains Are A Pretty Way To Block The Sun

Perhaps one of the most elegant patio design tips on the list, use curtains or drapes to add that special touch.

This unique look can completely transform the look & feel of an outdoor space.

Patio Decorating Tips & Design Ideas: Drapes & Curtains Are A Pretty Way To Block The Sun

 

Tip # 25 :  Living Walls Are Always Unique

Living walls have come back with a bang & are sprouting up all over social media.

Explore online for some inspiration or come up with a unique arrangement of your own.

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50 Luxury Patio Furniture Collections

Posted by Thomas Kay on Sat, Mar 14, 2015 @ 02:16 PM
 
 

Temperatures are warming up and so is outdoor living. Now is the time you'll want to start spending more time enjoying the beautiful weather. Todays outdoor furniture collections combine modern style with long lasting comfort that rival many name brand indoor furniture sets.

As you flip through the next 50 Luxury Patio Furniture collections, you will find elegant lounge, dining and entertainment outdoor furniture sets designed for the residential or business space. We hope you find ideas and inspiration to create your dream outdoor living area. 

 

 

Patio Furniture Collections by Brown Jordan

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Coast by Brown Jordan

 

Brown Jordan Patio Furniture

Quantum Parabolic by Brown Jordan

 

Brown Jordan Patio Furniture

Outdoor Furniture by Brown Jordan

 

Southampton by Brown Jordan

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Patio Furniture Collections by O.W. Lee

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San Cristobal by O.W. Lee

 

O.W. Lee Patio Furniture

Outdoor Furniture by O.W. Lee

 

O.W. Lee Patio Furniture

Outdoor Furniture by O.W. Lee

 

O.W. Lee Patio Furniture

Outdoor Furniture by O.W. Lee

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Patio Furniture Collections by Gloster

Gloster Patio Furniture

Wedge | Oyster | Nomad by Gloster

 

Gloster Patio Furniture

Havana | Casa | Cloud by Gloster

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Patio Furniture Collections by Hanamint

Hanamint Patio Furniture

Outdoor Furniture by Hanamint

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Outdoor Furniture Collections by Century

Century Outdoor Furniture

South Beach | Andalusia by Century

 

Century Outdoor Furniture

Denpasar | Kyoto by Century

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Outdoor Furniture Collections by Tropitone

Tropitone Patio Furniture

Outdoor Furniture by Tropitone

 

Tropitone Patio Furniture

Lounge Chairs by Tropitone

 

Tropitone Patio Furniture

Outdoor Dining Tables & Chairs by Tropitone

 

Tropitone Patio Furniture

Outdoor Bar Stools by Tropitone

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Patio Furniture Collections by Jensen Leisure

Jensen Leisure Patio Furniture

Outdoor Furniture by Jensen Leisure

 

Jensen Leisure Patio Furniture

Outdoor Furniture by Jensen Leisure

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Patio Furniture Collections by Summer Classics

Summer Classics Patio Furniture

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50 Outdoor Kitchens Designs

Posted by Thomas Kay on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 @ 06:06 PM

 

 

Outdoor Kitchens are becoming more and more popular in new housing designs simply because people love them. Why? Cooking outside is just better. Having an outdoor kitchen gives you an extension from your home's living area or kitchen to cook and entertain guests

This blog features a collection of modern outdoor kitchens with different designs, features and styles that make them a part of our top 50 incredible outdoor kitchens. 

 

Outdoor Kitchen & Grill Designs

 

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Twin Eagles Outdoor Kitchens & Grills

 

Twin Eagles Outdoor Kitchen

Twin Eagles Outdoor Kitchens & Grills

Twin Eagles Outdoor Kitchens

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Fire Magic Outdoor Kitchens & Grills

 

Fire Magic Outdoor Kitchens & Grills

Fire Magic Outdoor Kitchens & Grills

Fire Magic Outdoor Kitchens & Grills

Fire Magic Outdoor Kitchens & Grills

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Lynx Outdoor Kitchens & Grills

  

Lynx Outdoor Kitchens & Grills

Lynx Outdoor Kitchens & Grills  

Lynx Outdoor Kitchens & Grills

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Alfresco Outdoor Kitchens & Grills

 

Alfresco Outdoor Kitchens & Grills

Alfresco Outdoor Kitchens & Grills

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Fireplace Designs & Fireside Luxury by R.H. Peterson

Posted by Thomas Kay on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 @ 09:51 PM

 

What do you have warming your home and outdoor space? 

It is not common to see extreme cold weather in Southern California, but when temperatures reach below 70 degrees it might be time to get a fire started. So what are you going to use to warm up your guests?

Join us as we explore the hearth & home world of R.H. Peterson as well as the many different types of outdoor fire products they have to offer. Hope you enjoy.

 

Fireplace Designs & Fireside Luxury by R.H. Peterson

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R.H. Peterson offers a complete range of high-end, casual fireside products.take a look at R.H. Peterson's:

  • Fireplace logs and glass that bring a unique and distinct atmosphere to a fireplace.

  • Outdoor hearth fire pits and fire tables that can transform any backyard into a luxurious outdoor space.

  • And their gorgeous, custom outdoor fireplaces and firewalls which are so distinguished and authentic, they truly can make an outdoor space one of a kind.

 

Fireplace Logs & Glass

Wood used to be the only thing you would see burning in a fireplace, but now thanks to gas burners we don't need wood to keep the fire going.

Take a look at R.H. Peterson's line of premium gas logs, Real Fyre. Real Fyre specializes in ceramic campfire arrangements, glass and stone fireplace inserts. These inserts last for years and protect natural resources to reduce pollution.

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Real Fyre by R.H. Peterson

  • Superior refractory ceramics ensure the logs retain their strength at high temperatures.

  • Burns efficiently while protecting natural resources and reducing pollution.

  • High definition bark and natural colors for an authentic wood look.

  • Steel rods inserted in each log provides maximum reinforcement.

  • Accessories available to enhance the look of your hearth.

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Contemporary Fyre Glass & Stone

Real Fyre by R.H. Peterson

  • Made of high-temperature glass designed to withstand the heat of the fire.

  • Capture and reflect the flames throughout your hearth or patio setting.

  • Glass and stone are clean alternatives to wood burning.

  • 15 vibrant colors are available.

  • Radiant heat while in operation and after set has been turned off.

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Outdoor Hearth

R.H. Peterson also has a unique line of outdoor hearth products, American Fyre Designs.

American Fyre Designs have a great range products including fire table, fire pits, and firewalls that make it easy to make your favorite spot outside a little warmer.

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Casual Fire

American Fyre Designs by R.H. Peterson

  • American Fyre fire tables are produced with high grade stone, tempered glass and reinforced steel.

  • Fire table flame is adjustable for comfort.

  • Wood, glass, gems and stones are all available as fire options.

  • Wind guards are available to protect your flame from mild wind.

  • Accessories are available to enhance the look of your firetable. 

American Fyre Designs Firetables 

 

Fire Pits & Urns

American Fyre Designs by R.H. Peterson

  • Made from a combination of fiber reinforced concrete and high temperature refractory cement.

  • Fire pit flame is adjustable for comfort.

  • Wind guards are available to protect your flame from mild wind.

  • Wood, glass, gems and stones are all available as fire setting options.

  • More accessories are available to enhance the look of your fire table. 

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American Fyre Designs Urns

 

Custom Fireplaces

American Fyre Designs by R.H. Peterson

  • Each fireplace is built custom to fit perfectly in the perfect spot in the backyard.

  • Made from a combination glass-fiber and reinforced concrete.

  • This tough material is lightweight yet strong enough to take on the elements.

  • Wood, glass, gems and stones are all available as fire setting options.

American Fyre Designs Custom Outdoor Fireplaces

 

Custom Fire falls

American Fyre Designs by R.H. Peterson

  • Every fire fall is custom made to fit any outdoor space.

  • Flowing waterfall in the back and a glowing fire front.

  • Fireplace flame is adjustable for comfort.

  • Wood, glass, gems and stones are all available as fire setting options.

  • More accessories are available to enhance the look of your fire fall.

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21 Outdoor Fire Pits

Posted by Thomas Kay on Thu, Jan 08, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

 

It's no coincidence people always seem to naturally converge around the fire pit at backyard parties. In fact, humans have been sitting and socializing next to the fire for thousands of years. Thanks to a few advances in technology, today gas fire pits give you a roaring fire without making your clothes stink like a campfire. 

This short blog features 21 outdoor spaces centered around modern outdoor fire pits. We hope you discover a fire pit that inspires you to shape your dream fire pit lounge. Enjoy!

 

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Guide To Fornetto Wood Fire Ovens

Posted by Thomas Kay on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

 

Cooking with Fornetto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever cooked on a Fornetto wood fired oven before? Then today is the day you learn about the fun new way of cooking outdoors!

Fornetto wood fire ovens offer a safe and easy way of creating authentic pizzas, amazing roast meats, baked breads, pasta and deserts or smoking an endless variety of food in your own backyard. These new Fornetto outdoor models now include cooking quality you would only expect from top indoor oven brands.

The Fornetto wood fire oven uses retained heat and natural convection to cook a wide variety of dishes. These wood fire ovens act as a versatile two in one oven and smoker. 

 

Fornetto Pizza Oven

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Does The Fornetto Outdoor Oven Work?

  1. Wood chunks are placed in the heat chamber below the cooking chamber.

  2. Temperature is controlled by adjusting the 3 ventilation valves on the front of the heat chamber.

  3. The oven acts as a convection oven or natural wood smoker and includes ceramic fire bricks that line the bottom of the oven chamber. These ceramic bricks provide unrivaled heat retention. The Fornetto can reach temperatures up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit.

  4. The Fornetto wood fire oven is unique because it can instantly become a smoker by opening the vents just above the heat chamber to filter 100% natural wood smoke into the cooking chamber.

 

 

Why Do People Love Cooking With Fornetto?

People love cooking with Fornetto's wood fired ovens for 3 main reasons. 

First, the temperature versatility of Fornetto wood fire ovens allow you to cook anything that will fit. It is capable of reaching the heat levels to cook bread, pizza, ribs, chicken, seafood and much more.

Second, the unmistakable taste of natural wood smoke flavor you get cooked into your dish when using a Fornetto is not like anything you can achieve using an indoor gas oven. 

Last but not least, cooking on a Fornetto wood fire oven is fun! Invite friends or family over, break out the Fornetto, roll up some dough, chop some toppings up and enjoy a fun night baking personal sized pizzas!

 

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Features of the Fornetto Wood Fire Oven

  • Includes pin point accurate temperature gage to measure heat output.

  • Ventilation or air control valves allow for precise temperature adjustments inside the heat chamber.

  • The inside of the oven is lined with ceramic bricks for superior heat retention.

  • Many wood fire ovens like the Fornetto comes equipped with wheels allowing for easy mobility or storage.

  • The main door includes a large tempered glass viewing area, thus allowing food to be checked on while cooking.

  • Spacious oven chamber for cooking racks of ribs or even a 20+ pound turkey.

 

Fornetto Pizza Oven

 

Accessories For The Fornetto 

You never know how convenient it is until you have one. An attachable Fornetto Side Table gives you and extra space to set seasonings, cooking tools or even a glass of wine when your hands are full.

A Wood Storage Basket allows you a spare place to store wood or charcoal bellow to access it easily and adjust heat levels instantly. 

Two must have Forentto Pizza Accessories include a Pizza Wire Stone Rack and a Pizza Stone. These two accessories go a long way keeping your pizza looking professionally made.

A Stainless Steel Fornetto Condiment Basket that is conveniently attached to the front of the oven is a great place to hold spray marinade bottles, ingredients or seasonings.

 

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Questions to Ask?

What fuel source is best to use Fornetto?

Wood chunks burn for long periods of time and give you the rich, natural wood smoke flavor. Usually about the size of a fist, wood chunks give you greater temperature control than standard bigger logs. Recommended Fuel: Fornetto's 100% Natural Hardwood Lump Charcoal.

Are Fornetto wood fire oven's mobile?

Most wood fire ovens are not mobile. However, Fornetto Wood Fire Oven's include a set of wheels enabling you to move it around or store away when your not using it. 

What does cleaning and maintenance include?

Ash accumulates in the Fornetto's heat chamber and is easily vacuumed or swiped out with a brush. Also because there is no electrical or small intricate parts there is very little maintenance that has to be done to the Fornetto. Fornetto ovens will practically take care of themselves and actually improve in flavor the more you use it.

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What Did You Learn?

  • Fornetto wood fire ovens give out natural wood smoke flavor that makes food taste better.

  • Temperature is controlled by adjusting air flow valves located on the front of the fire chamber and top vent on the smoke stack. 

  • Wood fire ovens are versatile enough to smoke a roast, bake pizza or even bake bread.

  • Cooking on a wood fire oven is a fun event and makes for a evening to remember with friends and family. 

     

 

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    Elegant Outdoor Furniture Collections by Hanamint

    Posted by Doug Sanicola on Thu, Sep 04, 2014 @ 03:57 PM

     

    When it comes to creativity in design, Hanamint has been leading the way for over 20 years. This has only been made possible by placing their focus on providing the best quality, style and value in outdoor furniture.

    A big part of Hanamint's creativity comes from their pursuit of the most innovative designers and talented craftsmen in furniture fashion

    Take a look at Hanamint's top outdoor furniture collections and see how their commitment to quality and outstanding craftsmanship sets them apart.

     

    Bella

    Hanamint Bella Collection

    Style: Elegant an intricate multi-pattern detail

    Furniture Types: Dining & Bar

    Available Options: Chair, Swivel Rocker, Swivel Stool & Chaise Lounge

    Favorite Feature: An inlaid lazy susan table

    Because It's Hanamint: 8-step powder-painted factory finish is available in a variety of colors

     

    Berkshire

    Hanamint Birkshire Collection

    Hanamint Birkshire Collection

    Style: Old world style with a criss-crossed radius interior detail and a wide embossed pattern border

    Furniture Types: Dining, Bar, & Deep Seating

    Available Options: Chair, Swivel Rocker, Swivel Stool, Chaise Lounge, Bench, Swivel Glider, love seat, love seat Glider, Sofa & Ottoman

    Favorite Feature: Pedestal bar table with umbrella stand

    Because It's Hanamint: Arms and frames have all been cast from durable, lightweight aluminum

     

    See more featured Outdoor Furniture Collections by Hanamint >

     

    Central Park

    Hanamint Central Park Collection

    Style: Upscale traditional, designed for more intimate settings

    Furniture Types: Dining

    Available Options: Chair, Swivel Rocker & Chaise Lounge

    Favorite Feature: Unique dining chairs with matching chaise lounge

    Because It's Hanamint: A wide variety of durable and weather resistant outdoor fabrics are available from Hanamint

     

    Mayfair

    Hanamint Mayfair Collection

    Hanamint Mayfair Collection

    Style: Luxury euro-traditional accents

    Furniture Types: Dining, Bar & Deep Seating

    Available Options: Chair, Swivel Rocker, Swivel Stool, Chaise Lounge, Bench, Club Chair, Swivel Glider, Sofa & Ottoman

    Favorite Feature: Oval, gas fire pit

    Because It's Hanamint: Virgin polyvinyl with UV and anti-fungal inhibitors are used for all strapping and lace

     

    Newport

    Hanamint Newport Collection

    Hanamint Newport Collection

    Style: Criss-crossed deep banding with an embossed detail

    Furniture Types: Dining, Bar & Deep Seating

    Available Options: Chair, Swivel Rocker, Swivel Stool, Chaise Lounge, Bench, Club Swivel Glider, love seat, Sofa & Ottoman

    Favorite Feature: An 82 inch party bar

    Because It's Hanamint: Collections have compliment accessories available like fire pits, ice buckets, and party bars

     

    See more featured Outdoor Furniture Collections by Hanamint >

     

    St. Augustine

    Hanamint St. Augustine Collection

    Hanamint St. Augustine Collection

    Hanamint St. Augustine Collection

    Style: Euro-traditional design with intricate multi-pattern detail

    Furniture Types: Dining, Deep Seating, & Sling

    Available Options: Chair, Swivel Rocker, Swivel Stool, Chaise Lounge, Bench, Swivel Glider, love seat, Sofa & Ottoman

    Favorite Feature: St. Augustine frame swing

    Because It's Hanamint: Only the finest outdoor fabrics with weather and fade resistant yarns are offered

     

    St. Moritz

    Hanamint St. Mortiz Collection

    Hanamint St. Mortiz Collection

    Style: An elegant embossed solid surface

    Furniture Types: Dining & Deep Seating

    Available Options: Chair, Swivel Rocker, Swivel Stool, Chaise Lounge, Double Glider, Swivel Glider, love seat, Sofa & Ottoman

    Favorite Feature: Round umbrella chat table

    Because It's Hanamint: All frames enter a two-step powder coating booth, and endure 400°F of heat to deliver long lasting durability

     


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    Sherwood

    Hanamint Sherwood Collection

    Hanamint Sherwood Collection

    Style: A contemporary flat slat design

    Furniture Types: Dining & Deep Seating

    Available Options: Chair, Swivel Rocker, Swivel Stool, Chaise Lounge, Club Chair, Swivel Glider, Sofa & Ottoman

    Favorite Feature: Towel Rack

    Because It's Hanamint: Cushions and slings used are manufactured at the Hanamint facility

     

     

    Grand Tuscany

    Hanamint Grand Tuscany Collection

    Hanamint Grand Tuscany Collection

    Style: A traditional look with intricately detailed scrolls

    Furniture Types: Dining & Deep Seating

    Available Options: Chair, Swivel Rocker, Swivel Stool, Chaise Lounge, Double Chaise Lounge, Bench, Double Glider, Swivel Glider, love seat, Sofa & Ottoman

    Favorite Feature: Tea cart

    Because It's Hanamint: Hanamint's quality oriented manufacturing systems have been implemented to insure the best possible product every step of the way

     

    What To Remember

    1. Quality - Making quality products is what Hanamint strives for and their furniture speaks for itself. With industry leading durability standards and an 8-step finishing process, mother nature will not be an issue.

    2. Accessories - Hanamint has plenty of accessory options to choose from that can perfectly compliment your outdoor space. From fire pits, ice-buckets, tea carts, lazy susan's, storage boxes, trash receptacles and swings, Hanamint has a wide variety of ways to upgrade your backyard.

    3. Gliders - The most interesting piece that Hanamint offers in most of their sets is the glider. The glider comes in either a single seat or a double love seat option. What makes the glider so special is the freedom of movement that goes beyond the basic swivel options you usually see.

       

      Don't forget to check out More Hanamint Outdoor Furniture and also, take a look at this Outdoor Furniture Buying Guide for expert advice before you visit a showroom.

       

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    Tropitone Outdoor Furniture & Collections

    Posted by Doug Sanicola on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 @ 06:50 PM

     

    For over 60 years Tropitone has been one of the leading designers and manufacturers of both residential and commercial outdoor furniture. Because of their outstanding craftsmanship and modern design, they have earned their reputation as one of the premier outdoor furniture brands.

    Tropitone has one of the widest selections of outdoor patio furniture styles, finishes, colors and fabrics. Therefore, making the task of finding elegant, comfortable furniture to fit your lifestyle is both simple and affordable.

    Tropitone is known around the world for furnishing hotels, resorts and commercial businesses with a unique contemporary style. 

    Tropitone  the outdoor furniture market by creating luxurious but traditional outdoor furniture. Tropitone's outdoor furniture collections radiate modern style and give life to any outdoor space.   

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    See more urban, stylish and contemporary Tropitone Outdoor Furniture Collections Here.

     

    Tropitone Outdoor Dining Collections

    More and more homeowners are creating outdoor areas to cook, eat and entertain right in their backyard. An all in one outdoor kitchen and dining area to share with friends and family. Choosing an outdoor dining set can give you the space you need to eat with or entertain guests.

    Choosing the right dining set that matches your style and gives you the comfort you want in outdoor furniture is where the tricky part comes in. 

    Tropitone's outdoor dining collections gives you many options to choose from when it comes to building your ideal outside dining area. 

    First, choose from an expansive collection of durable and hand finished tops that are ideal for any outdoor environment or climate. Ranging from glass tops to aluminum tables, Tropitone's dining tables are all built to endure years and years of use and weather. 

    Next, choose which style dining chair to match your dining table. Tropitone has hundreds of different cushions with unique fabrics, patterns and colors to match any outdoor area. For higher comfort levels make sure to look for Tropitone's thick dining cushions. 

    Tropitone Dining Sets

     

    Tropitone Outdoor Bar Stools

    Regular and swivel bar stools are growing in popularity as more and more people adopt an outdoor living lifestyle and build luxurious outdoor rooms. Outdoor kitchens and bars are being built in backyards all over Southern California.

    Tropitone bar stools do not take up much floor space and are a staple in the hospitality and commercial industries. Patio furniture at the bar creates an environment for socializing and entertaining

    Tropitone outdoor bar stools are built with durable materials strong enough to handle the harshest climates and even constant wear and tear by guests at a resort or at your home.  

    Tropitone builds a wide range of durable bar stools in a variety of heights, designs and styles so you can match to the architecture of your home. 

    Tropitone Bar Stools  

      

    Tropitone Chaise Lounges

    Tropitone chaise lounge collections come in a variety of shapes, materials, colors and fabrics to match any outdoor space. Tropitone carries over 30 different styles of outdoor chaises while continuing to design new features and styles to enhance the appeal of backyards and business around the world. 

    Outdoor chaise lounges that are stackable and easy to maintain are a pool or patio must for hospitality and commercial businesses. Providing comfort to guests lounging by the pool, resort or balcony enhances their experience.  If it is outside there is a space that could be furnished. 

    Tropitone Chaise Lounges

     

    Tropitone Fire Collection

    "Fire pits are quickly becoming one of the most popular items in backyards all over Southern California." -Doug Sanicola

    There are a few reasons fire pits are becoming so popular. Whether it's catching up with friends or roasting marshmallows with family, fire pits create a social and comfortable environment to keep the party going all night. 

    Secondly, all of the Tropitone's fire pit collection is fueled by either natural gas or propane. This provides for an affordable and clean burn. There is no more need to clean up of ash or wash the smoke scent out of your clothes when your done.   

    The Tropitone fire collection has all the features, styles and colors to create a warm and comfortable outdoor space that matches your home. Tropitone outdoor fire pits are known for their simple elegant design, quality and consistent reliability.  

    Tropitone Fire Pits

     

    Commercial Outdoor Furniture by Tropitone

    Since 1950 Tropitone has been working to furnish outdoor spaces at hotels, resorts, clubs, cruise ships, restaurants and many other business all over the world. Tropitone has been creating outdoor entertainment spaces for over 60 years and it is difficult to find anyone doing it better.  

    Tropitone prides themselves on the continuous innovative design and craftsmanship of luxury outdoor furniture in the commercial industryTropitone specially designs commercial outdoor furniture products to furnish outdoor spaces like balconies, dining areas, VIP spaces, poolside lounges and gardens.

    Their complete collection of commercial outdoor furniture includes dinning tables & chairs, cabanas, lounge chairs, umbrellas & shade, bar stools, and many more patio collections.

     

    Outdoor Dining & Entertainment Spaces Furnished by Tropitone

    Dining and entertainment businesses know it is more important than ever to keep up with modern styles and trends. People enjoy being out and around people but prefer to stay in their social circles, making sectional couches very popular in contemporary restaurants or night lounges.  

    Tropitone Dining Furniture

    Tropitone Outdoor Furniture

     

    Hotels and Resorts Furnished by Tropitone

    Many people will choose to stay or not stay at a resort or hotel based on the condition of it's pool or outdoor spaces. Having comfortable and quality outdoor furniture, especially at warm weather destinations where guests prefer to spend time outside, is essential. 

    Around the world you can find hotels and resorts furnished by Tropitone. 

    With the inevitable wear and tear from constant year round use, it's important to invest in quality outdoor furniture. 

    Tropitone Hotel Pool Furniture

    Exceed your guests expectations with Outdoor Elegance's Full Service Hospitallity Program.

     

    Tropitone Featured Collection | The Cabana Collection

    The Cabana collection is displayed in many prestigious commercial locations and luxurious residential living areas around the world. Known for its modern sleek style and distinct design the Cabana collection offers prime seating around any pool patio or outdoor entertainment area.

    The most popular outdoor sectional lounges creates a comfortable, social and VIP atmosphere for the guest to relax in even the smallest outdoor spaces.     

    Tropitone Outdoor Furniture

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    Tropitone Tips To Remember...

    1. Tropitone has one of the widest collections of outdoor furniture styles, fabrics and outdoor products to choose from in the casual living industry.

    2. Expertly designed to fit any commercial outdoor space. Tropitone has hundreds of styles and collections to bring any outdoor or indoor space to life.

    3. The key to buying outdoor furniture is to invest in quality outdoor furniture. It must hold up against year round wear and tear from weather or consistent use. 

     

    Don't forget to check out More Tropitone Furniture and also, take a look at this Outdoor Furniture Buying Guide for expert advice before you visit a showroom.

     

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    Luxury Outdoor Furniture From Century Furniture

    Posted by Doug Sanicola on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 @ 12:04 PM

     

    Luxury Outdoor Furniture From Century Furniture

    Century Furniture is amongst the largest privately owned manufactures of luxury outdoor furniture. Because of their outstanding craftsmanship and high-end design, they have earned their reputation as one of the premier outdoor furniture brands.

    Recognized in the industry as a trend-setter of design, Century is has been on the forefront of finishing expertise and the details of fine craftsmanship since 1947. 

    Century furniture strives to partner with the most innovative and talented designers in the furniture fashion industry. Every designer has brought their own unique elegance to each piece of furniture they create.

    Take a look at Century's top outdoor furniture designers along with the choice collections they have designed.

     

    The Richard Frinier Collections

    Richard Frinier is Century's most experienced and highly regarded outdoor furniture designer. His travel-inspired designs give the freedom to create some truly extraordinary outdoor spaces with the look and feel of a luxury resort.

    These award winning furniture collections are known for their versatility and can be used for casual and high-use outdoor spaces, not to mention a variety of Sunbrella brand fabrics designed by Richard himself.

    Take a look at some of Richard Frinier's best collections

    Andalusia

    Andalusia Collection From Century Furniture By Richard Frinier

    • Spanish-Mediterranean design, with sand-cast aluminum frames giving a hand forged appearance

    • Finished with a weather-resistant, multi step powder coat

    • Classic architectural ironwork and decorative balustrades

    Archipelago

    Archipelago Collection From Century Furniture By Richard Frinier

    • British and Dutch Colonial shutter back styling

    • Crafted from an unusually strong variety of teak wood

    • Turned and reeded legs which feature V grooving and rosettes

    Denpasar

    Denpasar Collection From Century Furniture By Richard Frinier

    • Exotic design styling with elements found in the Indonesian Colonial period

    • Hand and machine-formed, powder coated aluminum frame

    • Upholstered with hand-woven Hularo brand synthetic weaving fiber

    Orient

    Orient Collection From Century Furniture By Richard Frinier

    • Chinese Chippendale period design elements with gorgeous fret and lattice work

    • Uniquely crafted framework made from real bamboo cast in aluminum

    • Authentic romantic design with a rich, faux turtle shell finish

    Check out more collections from Century ->

     

     

     

    The Bunny Williams Collections

    Century furniture designer, Bunny Williams, has over 40 years in furniture design. Her knowledge of the decorative arts and well honed skills as a designer make her a perfect fit with Century's design team. Her work is rregularly featured in top design magazines around the world, in newspapers, on television, and in film.

    Engineered to perform beautifully for year-round outdoor exposure, the outdoor collections by Bunny Williams yield a unique design with a familiar feel.

    Take a look at some of Bunny Williams' best collections.

    Litchfield

    Litchfield Collection From Century Furniture By Richard Frinier

    • Raw teak wood is used on these pieces for a solid, gorgeous design

    • Turned and reeded legs that accent the unique back styling

    • Cocktail and dining tables featuring sleek, high-end engineering

    Tidewater

    Tidewater Collection From Century Furniture By Richard Frinier

    • Hand woven resin in two unique weave patterns features a subtle two-tone warm brown color way called Truffle

    • Frames are constructed of powder coated aluminum for durability

    • High-resiliency foam core Driluxe brand cushions that have been constructed with a water-repellent cover

    Check out more collections from Century ->

     

     

    The Oscar de la Renta Collections

    Dominican Republic native, Oscar de la Renta, has over 40 years experience working with designers all around the world including Madrid and Paris. Now part of Century's team of elite outdoor designers, Oscar has certainly come a long way from his humble roots.

    His outdoor collections are designed for freedom of versatility and endurance to stand up to the elements through any season.

    Take a look at the Cane collection from Oscar de la Renta.

    Cane

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    • Inspired from the architecture in Punta Cana in the Domenican Republic, the over sized and luxurious design can bring the Caribbean feel to a Southern California backyard

    • Features a mélange of cast stone and faux rattan, showing off the relaxed island living attitude

    • The herringbone and can weaving patterns used are quite labor intensive, but the result is a gorgeous outdoor collection worthy of the standard Century sets

    1) Professional Design

    Unlike other furniture brands, Century goes above and beyond to recruit the most respected furniture designers to ensure the look and feel furniture is unique and always ahead of the curve.

    2) Handcrafted Touch

    Each collection has labor-intensive, handcrafted elements that all are cohesively responsible for setting themselves apart from the rest.

    3) Premium Quality

    Century holds all their furniture to the highest possible standard, from sand-cast aluminum frames to weather-resistant powder coating, Century does everything they can to make sure their furniture can stand up to whatever elements are thrown at it.

     

    Don't forget to check out more Century Furniture and where to find Century collections. Also, take a look at this Outdoor Furniture Buying Guide for expert advice before you visit a showroom.

     

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