Below is a video about one of the most common questions we get with pellet stove auger motors. It's always easier to "show" how to fix than to "tell"! We hope you find this video helpful.
Our new Fire Pit Wind Guards are now available and come in either square or round. Table top gas fire features are very popular, but a common problem is the wind pushing the flames around. This is especially problematic when you are sitting at that table!
Our new wind guards help keep the flame under control and provide beautiful ambiance and allow the flame's radiant heat to pass through. Our glass panels are up to 9" high to offer more wind protection than many competing products. The guards also feature non-slip feet and are easy to assembly by yourself at home.
Midwest Hearth replacement blowers for your fireplace or stove are designed to improve air circulation while maintaining quiet performance. By using high temperature components and ball bearing construction, you will be able to enjoy years of use for your hearth appliance.
We get many inquiries every year from consumers wondering if they should "upgrade" to a metal combustor instead of their original ceramic style catalyst that they have been using for years. Often it is because their ceramic combustors are crumbling prematurely, they want to get the catalyst engaged sooner, or they are wondering if they can get a bit more efficiency. There is also a lot of misinformation floating around out there, so we thought we'd write a quick blog post to address the differences between the two materials.
Advantages of a steel catalyst:
Most Durable Material - All-steel construction is impervious to cracking and crumbling.
Faster Start Up Time - Steel heats up faster than ceramic, reaching optimal light-off temp sooner.
Higher Cell Density - Steel combustors have 2X the cell density of ceramic for more effective catalyst surface area.
Disadvantages of a steel catalyst:
More Expensive - Higher material cost results in a higher retail price.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Is it true that I can engage the combustor earlier or at a lower temperature?
A. Read this carefully! There is misinformation online about this.
Do NOT engage the combustor at a lower temperature. All catalysts needs 500°F of temperature focused on them for 20 to 30 minutes to allow proper light-off.
A steel combustor WILL reach operating temperature FASTER than ceramic. Keep an eye on your thermometer!
Q. Will a steel catalyst function longer than a ceramic combustor?
A. The catalyst coating (platinum and palladium) that makes a combustor work will have the same life-span regardless of substrate (steel or ceramic).
Q. Will a steel catalyst last longer than a ceramic combustor?
A. The steel substrate in a metal combustor is more durable than ceramic. It will not crack or crumble prematurely. If you have trouble with crumbling combustors, upgrading to a steel combustor is a great idea. That said, direct flame impingement can still destroy the platinum/palladium coating, make sure you are not allowing the fire to reach into the catalyst!
Q. Why does my new metal combustor look all rusty?
A. Unlike a ceramic combustor, a steel combustor is fully assembled and then submerged in the precious metal solution. The reaction of the mixture with the steel causes a unique oxidized look with color variations. This is completely normal!
A quick sear on the outside for crispy flavor, then Very Low and Very Slow or they'll be tough and rubbery. A tricky dish, but oh so lovely when they turn out. The Most Wanted Beef Rub along with some Hickory Chips made a great flavor.
I wanted to try out our new Most Wanted Chicken Rub last night, so I fired up the Weber and got grilling!
Okay, so I have been watching a LOT of cooking shows on YouTube lately. I'm addicted to all the amazing grill masters out there posting videos of themselves making drool-worth cuts of meat on the grill. However, it never fails... they show some special home made blend of spices and I either forget to jot it down or (quite frankly) don't have every ingredient in the cupboard. What's a guy to do? Well, I decided to partner with an award-winning bbq spice guru from Texas and launch our own line of "Most Wanted" barbecue rubs and seasonings. Now the spice is in the cupboard, pre-blended and ready to sprinkle whenever I want! We just got our first big batch in and they are ready for sale so you can try them too!!!
What is the most important aspect when smoking your favorite meat? It's maintaining a constant temperature for long periods of time!
Every time I walk down the grill isle at a local hardware store I see multiple "value" options for charcoal smokers. I think that is fantastic! The low entry price to get into smoking helps many of us get into grilling and discovering the fun of smoking a great cut of meat.
However, I grimace when I see the OEM supplied thermometers on the lids of these economy smokers. I understand keeping the price down, but these low-cost imported temp gauges could be your weak link in the performance of your smoke.
For a relatively low cost, you can upgrade your thermometer to a real professional quality calibrated thermometer. Our Midwest Hearth thermometers are manufactured to exacting standards. They maintain +/- 1% accuracy across the entire temperature range. We also made sure it features and extra big dial with clearly labeled temps and cooking zones to help you keep an eye on your extended cook.
If your current grill has a gauge mounted to a 1/2" NPT female coupling, this new meter will screw right in. Otherwise, we include a mounting nut to help you install your new thermometer (simply drill a 7/8" diameter hole for the meter to install into.
• 3" Diameter Bezel
• 2.5" or 4" Stem Lengths are available, .250" diameter stem.
• Mounting Washer and Nut Included
• 304 Stainless Steel Construction
• Hermetically Sealed
• +/-1% Full Span Accuracy ASME B40.3 Grade A
• Glass Lens
✔ Offset, Cabinet, and Barrel Style Barbecue Smokers
✔ Klose, Oklahoma Joe, Backwoods, Horizon, Meadow Creek, Smoke Hollow, Pit Barrel, Gateway, Landmann, Stumps, Lang, More.
✔ 1/2" NPT connection threads into a welded coupling or installs into a 7/8" diameter hole with included mounting nut.
As many enthusiasts know, the Weber Kettle is one of the best "poor-man's" smokers you can buy. Accessorized well, it can smoke as well as a $1000+ kamado for the average homeowner.
The Weber Performer is a nice step up and gives you a useful cart with some table space and storage for your charcoal and accessories. While the Performer's included temperature meter is a good starting point, it is woefully inadequate for the home-griller wanting to turn their kettle into a real smoking machine.
As described in a previous post, the small size of the OEM thermometer squeezes the optimal smoking temp range into such a small area that it is extremely difficult to read - especially from a distance. The Midwest Hearth BBQ Grill/Smoker Thermometer offers a much larger 2" dial with a temperature range that is much more appropriate for smoking. Also, the colorful temp zones make it easy to check your temps from a distance.
Below I will illustrate a couple of installation options for the new temp meter on your Weber Performer (or other Kettle that has an OEM thermometer).
You will notice when you remove the old meter and bezel, there is an "extra" hole that holds the bezel from spinning. If you choose to mount the new thermometer you will want to seal this extra hole with a dab of high-temp silicone sealant to prevent smoke from escaping. The large size of the new thermometer will easily hide the old hole.
Another option (that I did with my own kettle) is to place the new thermometer right on top of the old Weber bezel. It sticks up a bit this way, but I personally like the look.
Of course, if you have an Original Weber Kettle, you may not even have a thermometer on your lid. No worries, our Midwest Hearth BBQ/Smoker Thermometer can easily be installed on your lid by drilling a 1/2" hole where you want to locate the meter. Then install the probe and tighten on using the included wing nut. Then enjoy the performance of your new backyard smoker!
Being hearth aficionados, we have always been offended (disgusted?) by the small, light-weight, low-detail log sets being sold on Amazon and other sites. Why would you want logs that feel like styrofoam in your outdoor fire pit? I can't imagine the breakage on those, not to mention they are just plain ugly.
Midwest Hearth to the rescue! We handpicked our log selections from a factory we know and trust to provide exceptional quality and detail. Our logs are made from heavy solid refractory and wire reinforced for strength and longevity. Each mold was crafted from REAL logs and maintain the realism and authenticity of the original log. Each log is hand-painted to ensure an ultra-realistic finished product.
We currently offer a 9-Piece Oak Log Set that is perfect for 18" to 24" diameter gas fire pits. In addition, we offer a variety of 5, 4, and 3 piece kits in different species of wood-looks to enhance smaller fire features or indoor gas log sets. Our newest kit is a 5-Piece Driftwood Set that has been extremely popular. It looks like we will sell out soon but we have more currently in production.
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