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Charbroil BBQ grill and grill parts for barbeque repairs.

Brinkmann barbecue grills and gas grill replacement parts.

Anyone who loves meat has, to some degree or other, a great passion for barbeques, and many consider it a true hobby. Being one of the most simple ways of cooking great meat, and having a distinctive smoky flavor, barbeques are a favorite pastime in the hot summer sundays. It should be no surprise that the popularity of brands like Brinkmann rose exponentially in the last decades and it still grows strong regardless of manufacturing changes, model differences and gas grill replacement parts.

Brinkmann gas bbq grill parts.

The Brinkmann society has its foundation in Dallas, Texas. For over thirty years it has been the preferred choice of many American families because of their basic qualities that made it famous: its easiness to use, the price tag and the versatility.

Not always more is better. Sometimes we just want to spend a Sunday morning cooking meat instead of trying to understand how to do it: most of the barbeque users, in fact, just want a grill to barbeque meat and very little else. Brinkmann barbeques are from this point of view, the epitome of simplicity. No useless features, just a plain barbeque that everyone can start using right away, enjoying the great smell of cooking meat. But simplicity must not be linked to low quality. The Brinkmann society is so proud of their barbeques they guarantees them for over two years. Unfortunately, these barbeques are not as durable as more expensive models but the company warranty will save you from bad surprises. 

Being as simple as it can get, the price is stripped down to bare bones. You cannot find a cheaper deal than Brinkmann barbeques. For example, you can buy a Brinkmann 4-Burner Gas model for just a little less than $200 with plenty of cooking surface space to barbecue. There is a Brinkmann 2-Burner model, that is priced just a little above $100. These most economic models have more difficulties concerning the cooking, and often require constant attention to avoid burning the meat. But it is just a small concerns and the price tag is so low that it can be considered a bargain.

Of course, if you want a more professional feel for your cooking platform, you can check out more expensive models. For example, the Brinkmann Smoke N Pit Smoker, with a $500 price tag, adds even more taste and fullness to your meat, and helps control cooking of the meat. Brinkmann aims to make anyone who wishes to barbeque the perfect experience, from the most demanding customer to the most simple one.

But on one point the Brinkmann Barbeques have a value that makes everyone happy: the particular smoky flavour they give to the meat. Many customers love its taste so much, and say that is very peculiar of this particular kind of barbeques. And everyone who enjoys a good piece of meat cannot deny its wonderful taste when cooked on a Brinkmann Barbeque.


Vented and Ventless Gas Glass Fire Fireplaces

The sparkles given by the stars are one of the nature’s exquisite beauties and are indeed relaxing and soothing to stare at. Bring this same effect indoors through the beautiful effect conveyed straight from your glass fire fireplaces.

ventless gas fire glass fireplaces

Innovation in gas fire design brought fireplaces fire glass to a different level of decor.   Previously, glass could be found used for fireplace decorative accents in windows and doors. Modern contemporary fireplaces are now used to enhance elegance and add warmth to the room with highly reflective decorative fire glass. Traditionally wood burning fireplace logs were the only fireplace fuel.  With gas log fireplaces the primary design has always bees hand painted ceramic logs that mimic to appearance of a wood burning fire.  Now alternative fireplace fire glass in a totally functional gas fireplace can be utilized instead of ceramic gas logs with a difference that adds sophistication and sparkles that will definitely make the fireplace room attractive.

These fireplace glasses are especially created with direct heat tolerance that keeps it from cracking. It is engineered to keep its sparkle and elegance when being used. There are small rounded glasses that are commonly used for covering the plumbing of gas fireplaces. These crushed or small glasses are sharpened to remove its sharp edges. Fireplace glasses may have red, orange, and yellow tint to it imitating the glowing coals of fire. However, there are also green, blue, and other colors that make your fireplace look a lot more interesting.

Not only that these gas fireplaces are environment friendly, they don’t produce dirt and dust compared to wood. Fireplaces using woods may not give you the intensity of the heat you wanted in your room. However, gas type fireplaces can efficiently provide you the necessary heat without any pollution and toxics that may be harmful to the health. Not only that the user can prolong the warmth coming from the fireplace, it elegantly displays the fire in sparkles imitating the stars in the sky. This is exactly why gas fireplaces are becoming more and more in demand these days.

Fireplace glasses are specially engineered to withstand heat up to 1300 degrees Fahrenheit. This quality in the glass will not allow it to melt, crack, or anything similar to that effect. It collects the heat efficiently and is able to give warmth longer than the regular fireplaces fueled by wood. Not to mention that it’s visual aesthetics gives drama and fascination to that spot of the room.

These glasses can be used with vented and unvented fireplaces. Since the plumbing doesn’t always appear pleasing, these sparkling glass shapes can easily cover that view of the fireplace. These beautiful glass colors can be incorporated together to give an exceptional view to its audience when it started to sparkle.

Most of the gas fireplaces can use fire glasses which can be easily installed. One must not worry if their fireplace is not specially constructed to use fire glasses. It can be easily modified and the benefits are outstanding compared to the traditional ceramic log fueled fireplaces.

Fire glasses have exquisite characteristics that can emulate the glitter of the real hot burning coals in a multicolored glass with beautiful patterns and colors. It significantly adds beauty in the room from wherever angle one will look at it. Fireplaces can use fire glasses may it be vented or not and are a great replacement to the traditional ceramic log fueled fireplaces.

As a matter of fact, fireplace glasses are easily to install and can be customized according to the user’s preference. If the user prefers a traditional look or a contemporary look for their fireplaces, everything can be achieved through fire glasses that provide infinite possibilities of designs. From the glass colors to the shape and designs, everything can be customized. It’s fun, cozy, and pleasing to the eyes.

Star-like sparkles on your fireplace can never be more interesting. When the fireplace is active, it almost draws everyone near it because of the fire glass beauty and because of the warmth it provides. It remains as attractive and appealing even when the fireplace is not active. These fireplace glasses are just beautiful as it is. Not only in the cold seasons, has fireplace glass elegance will remain the center of attraction on any room due to its overall presentation and benefits.

Ventless Gas Fire Ball Fireplace Alternative to Wood Logs.

Having your own fireplace really gives off a nice touch to one’s home. It’s a wonderful place to relax during those cold nights and after a hard day’s work. However, not all homes are blessed to have their own fireplaces or are built with the foresight of an installed chimney or gas line. Not only is it quite expensive to build a fireplace hearth but a fireplace emitting real heat can be impractical in warm climates. As gas fireplaces become more popular and more versatile a custom designed fireplace can be installed with or without ventilation, with optional heat and even portable mantles.

ventless gas fireball fireplace alternative fire shape

ventless gas fireball fireplace alternative fire shape

There are two types of fireplaces, vented and non-vented. A vented fireplace is basically your idea of a traditional fireplace: a place where you create a fire, a working chimney, a vent through the roof, and the works. This type of fireplaces uses the oxygen from the outside to sustain the fire as well as eliminate unwanted gas or emissions like carbon monoxide. Non-vented fireplaces, however, use gas to breathe life to the fire, so no vents are need. One advantage of this is less carbon monoxide emission, however, the fire will use the inside air for sustainment.

What I want to really discuss here is about having a modern, hi-tech fireplace that you may want to consider. A traditional fireplace is not a fireplace without a log burning. With the development of gas or fire logs not too long ago, it is now possible to achieve that classic look and feel without the hassle of clean-ups afterwards. Aside from being ash-free, these gas logs don’t emit carbon monoxide, so they’re cleaner and safer as well.

One way of really making your modern fireplace classy is by using fire balls instead of logs. Fire balls are safe, since they are made with the same materials that are used on fire logs. Usually, fire balls come in sets. Since fire balls are of different colors and sizes, you can arrange them however you want to. You will only be limited by your own imagination.

If you want more variety, you can also use fire shapes. They are also made with the same materials as fire logs and fire balls do, but they come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. Popular shapes include, but are not limited to, cones, cylinders, squares, and rectangles. As with fire balls, you can arrange them in any way you wish.

You can also combine fire balls and fire shapes to create a truly unique and individualized fireplace. One can also add fire glass to complete the effect. If you have a vented fireplace, the flames will come into contact directly with the fire logs, balls, or shapes. Carbon monoxide will be produced which will then be taken out through the flues or vents. Non-vented fireplaces, however, should have lesser contact between the flames and the fire balls or shapes. This will allow for less carbon build-up and lessen or prevent carbon monoxide from being produced in the first place.

unvented gas fireplace with fire balls that look like cannon balls

unvented gas fireplace with fire balls that look like cannon balls

Burning plates are needed to arrange fire balls and shapes. These are where you put the fire balls and shapes in arrangements where you want them to be. Burning plates also come in several sizes. Common ones are between 18 to 48 inches. Flames will come from under the plate which in turn will go through or around the fire balls and shapes. The lesser the contact between the flame and the fire balls and shapes, the lesser the carbon monoxide emission will be. You don’t need to worry about oxygen level in the room. Since gas fireplaces are normally non-vented, they are also furnished with a safety feature called an oxygen depletion sensor. If the oxygen level in the room falls under the safety level, an alarm will sound telling you to lower the flames. Gas fireplaces will always have a gas valve to adjust the flame and a thermocouple to monitor room temperature and pilot light.

When fire balls and shapes are used together for your gas fireplace, they can create a distinct and unique look. This can also serve as a good source of heat and light for your room. When not in use, it will just look like your ordinary fireplace. However, when turned on, the resulting complexity of the flames in conjunction with the fire balls and shapes is really a sight to behold.

Worried about your fire balls or shapes not matching to the overall design of the room? No problem, fire balls and shapes also come in different colors to match your taste. As mentioned earlier, you are only limited by your imagination and artistic sense.

So, if you planning to build your own gas fireplace and you are the type who mixes the old and the new, why not use fire balls and fire shapes to add that modern look to the fireplace of your dreams? You’ll definitely enjoy it and you will also have something for others to be envy about.


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Ventless gas fireplace logs with ceramic gas logs and alternative fires.

What is a vent-less gas log?

birch log gas fireplace, vent free installation for ventless gas fireplace logs

Basically, when you shop outside for gas logs, you’ll find there are two major types. Vented gas fireplaces vent to outside like a wood burning fire place while ventless gas fireplaces will burn with little or no ventilation. Burning gas or wood produce few dangerous lethal compounds like carbon dioxide which is obviously harmful to the green earth and carbon monoxide which is dangerous to carbon-based life forms (you and me!). Vent-less gas logs are designed to produce a hot flame that results in nearly complete fuel combustion through which the release of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and other results of burning gas is decreased to a safe amount.


Generally ventless gas fireplace logs are equipped with oxygen depletion Sensors (ODS) which function to turn the gas off when the carbon monoxide increases to a threat level in the room.  In addition to ODS vent gas fireplaces also use a fixed position for logs, shapes, glass, fire balls and anything else in the fireplace.  By minimizing the space where flames touch solid objects, carbon is not created by the burning gas.  To help with the lowered carbon output the BTU is rated below 40,000 BTU for unvented gas fireplaces.  A thermocouple holds the gas valve open when it is hot so that if the flames or the pilot go out the gas valve closes and there is never an opportunity for a gas leak.


The ventless gas fireplace logs can be installed in a masonry fire place but generally the easiest and safest way to install a unvented gas fireplace is with a vent-free firebox.  With a vent-free firebox the gas burning flames and heat are contained and insulated within the ventless box.  The inside of the box is lined with refractive stone like a masonry fireplace but they are also available lined in a flat black and in stainless steel.  The bulk of the fire box is insulation and the insulation contains the eat so wood, dry wall or any other combustible material can be used to build a mantle or decorate the area around the fireplace.


A major benefit to opt a vent less gas log is that it does not cost a lot. These gas logs are more functional and easier to install, to use and to clean than traditional fireplaces. Many homeowners who have been through a storm and have damage to a chimney flue will experience the “sticker-shock” at the tremendous expense of repairing or replacing a flue.  A vented gas log fireplace burner needs the same chimney flue as a wood burning fireplace so for this situation an unvented gas fireplace kit is the perfect solution.  Ventless gas logs are not expensive and installation is as simple as hooking up the gas line.

unvented gas fire glass fireplace with blue glass and stainless vent free burner

stainless steel ventless gas fireplace with blue fire glass

Gas fireplaces use a control valve to control the flow of gas and the amount of flames burning through the fireplace burner and displaying through the logs.  Some ventless fireplace burners are designed for glowing embers over tall flames, some designed for taller flame and many burners combine the two styles with both raised flames and a smaller slope burner up front for beautiful displays of color among burning embers.  Because the unvented gas fireplace burner is legally limited to forty-thousand BTU’s the larger the burner, the less display is possible for the flames.  Most unvented burners look best at an eighteen to twenty-four inch width.  The control valves can be manual and work just like the ignition and valve on a barbecue grill but valves are also available that use a remote receiver and transmitter for on-off control, variable flame adjustment and as a wall switch or wall-mounted thermostatic control that turns the fireplace on and off dependent on the temperature in the room.

fire shapes burning in vent free gas log fireplace

ventless gas fire shape fireplace

Ventless gas log fireplace kits used to be used only in situations where a flue was damaged beyond affordable repair or when a fireplace could not be installed with a chimney because of building codes and local laws.  In the past few years fireplace manufacturers have placed a lot of research and development funds into ventless gas fireplaces  Ceramic logs used to be just “logs” that came with the burner, valve and box but today the logs are hand-painted to mimic real wood with startling clarity.  Placed side by side with actual wood logs the steel-reinforced ceramic logs look more real then the real wood logs.  Moreover, alternatives to ceramic logs are flourishing.  Ventless gas fireplaces use fire balls that look like cannon balls with long tongues of flame licking through the stack, geo-metric fire shapes, river rocks and highly reflective crushed glass and even stainless steel and black pan burners with no media that display ribbons of fire.  These modern fireplaces have a stark contemporary decor without the cold emptiness of typically contemporary home design.  Ventless gas fireplaces are no longer something homeowners settle for but a beautiful design sought out for its awesome beauty.