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.
One of the most difficult aspects of ordering our Midwest Hearth Tumbled Lava Stones online is trying to visualize just what the difference is between the sizes.
The most common questions we get are:
In an effort to help you visualize, we took a picture (see above) to help compare the different sizes.
So here are some observations to keep in mind when selecting the stones you want:
One of the best upgrades you can do to your Weber charcoal kettle grill is to install a more accurate and easier to read thermometer. This is especially true if you are using your kettle as a smoker. The fine variations in temperature can dramatically impact your cook times and the doneness of your meat. One of my personal pet peeves was the abysmally small dial on the oem thermometer. It made it more difficult to measure the fine temperature measurements, especially from a distance.
This led to our creation of the Midwest Hearth 2" Grill Thermometer. It features a much larger 2" dial with great easy-to-read contrast using white lettering on a black background. We also chose the temperature range of 100 to 500 degrees F which allows for larger gaps between temps and increases the ability to accurately read the finer temp variations. In addition, we added 3 bright color zones to help you easily take a glance from a distance and make sure your grill is within the temp range you need. I'll list some more of our professional quality features below:
Edit: Here is that link! --> Buy Midwest Hearth 2" Grill Thermometer Online
Thanks again to all of our customers who helped make our replacement fireplace screens the most popular brand on Amazon! We worked really hard to make sure we were providing a great quality screen at a competitive price. All screens our still manufactured right here in the USA using domestic steel. If you are in the market to replace or upgrade your tired and rusty old screen, please check us out!
The only reasons a ceramic catalytic combustor will crumble are either direct flame impingement, thermal shock, or both. If you have experienced your combustor cracking or crumbling, there is a good likelihood a will experience this again unless you address those two issues.
> Why is 'flame impingement' bad for the catalyst?
Direct flame contact is death to the catalyst. A catalyst burns the byproducts in the smoke. The gases such as CO, HC, and O2 ignite with each other in a chemical reaction in the presence of the catalyst (while passing through the honeycomb configuration). Direct flame inhibits this reaction by changing the chemical make-up of the catalyst breaking down the substrate or ceramic. A strong fast draft can pull the flames into the catalyst. A hot fire with all the primary air controls wide open or perhaps the firebox door or ash pan door ajar are other ways the catalyst might receive flame impingement. Stacking too many logs in the firebox can elevate flames too close to the combustor.
> What causes thermal shock to the combustor?
A sudden temperature change or uneven temperatures to the combustor's substrate can cause cracking. In other words, two different substances are passing through the combustor at the same time. One of the main reasons for this happening is refueling with wood containing some form of moisture. This can be wood that has been exposed to snow or rain, or perhaps green wood that has not been stacked and seasoned for at least one year. The thermal shock comes when the moist smoke comes in contact with the combustor running at temperatures in excess of 1000°F (540 C). The cell walls will develop hairline cracks and eventually pieces will start to fall off the combustor. This loss of surface area means there will be less catalytic surface space and less efficiency of the combustor.
In regards to a steel catalyst, they may not crumble, but they are still susceptible to flame impingement. The impingement could lead to the destruction of the palladium coating.
Our Cedar Fire Starters are currently featuring Amazon's coveted "Amazon's Choice" badge. Amazon's Choice recommends highly rated, well-priced products available to ship immediately. We are happy to see such a high satisfaction rate. These starters really do perform well. They start up immediately and burn HOT to get that campfire, fire pit, grill, or wood stove going in record time. Individually wrapped, they are also perfect to shove in a backpack or survival kit when you are out camping or hiking.
If you are looking for a great fire starter, please give these a try! Thanks again to all of our valued customers who are using and enjoying these - we appreciate you!