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tips-for-safe-use-of-outdoor-grills-reston-vaDue to the fact that they’re used so much, it’s very easy for someone to get comfortable when they are using their barbecue grill and therefore stop taking precautions when it comes to safety. Fires can be caused by grills, as can serious injuries if the grill is used improperly. The following safety precautions should be followed constantly when you use a grill.

The Great Outdoors

These grills are made to be used outdoors only.  They are not designed to be used in tents, garages, or other spaces that are enclosed, even if the space is ventilated well.

Hoses

The hoses of the grill should always be checked for holes, leaks, and cracks before you start to barbecue.  This is something that is really important when you are using it for the first time after the winter.

Gas Containers

It’s a good idea to store your spare tanks of gas outside, but don’t store them near your grill. They are meant to be stored in an upright position and never lay it on their back.

Location

A recommendation from fire departments is to use a barbecue grill a minimum of ten feet from trees and buildings. You don't want the heat to damage your building or even possibly ignite something you don't want ignited. The best way to avoid these disasters is to keep a safe distance.

Burns

To avoid the risk of serious burns, grills should not be moved while it’s still hot.  You should also use utensils that have the extra long handles to avoid being burnt.

We are always trying to provide our customers with information about safely using outdoor grills. We have many products to use outside, not just grills. Please contact us if you want to know more or if you have any questions for us.

 

tips-for-cooking-on-outdoor-grills-leesburg-vaGrilling your meat on a barbecue is a tradition for the summertime in America.  When you take proper precautions, you are able to safely barbecue on your backyard grill. And the results are going to be even better than cooking your barbecue in your oven.

Backyard Grill Tip 1: Use Proper Utensils

Use some utensils that are made for grilling – in other words, they should have handles that are extra long. You need to have tongs so you can grab your meat, as well as turn the meat over and put it where the meat should be on your grill. Spatulas work well for meat pieces which are wide and thin, like fish. A grilling fork lets you spear your meat to see the inside of it and check juice color to see if it's cooked.  Another essential item is a brush for basting.

Backyard Grill Tip 2: Keep It Juicy

Due to the dry and high heat of a barbecue, you want to make sure that the meat doesn’t dry out. This is done by basting or marinating, or both. When you marinate you soak meat that is raw in a liquid which is flavorful for anywhere from 2 – 12 hours. If you find yourself without a recipe for marinade, there are lots of marinades that you can buy at the store.  Meat cuts that are low-fat get a lot of benefits from a marinade.

When you baste, it means that you are brushing a sauce or liquid that is flavorful onto your meat while it cooks. This is also going to keep your meat juicy as well as adding flavor to its exterior. Even if the meat’s been marinated, basting is still important. Put aside some of the marinade for basting or use a favorite sauce, such as teriyaki or barbecue sauce.

When your meat is almost done, put it your meat to the side and keep it away from the direct heat.  You can also put it on your platter and cover it loosely with some tin foil before putting it in a place that is warm. It should sit there for anywhere from 5 – 30 minutes, depending on big the meat is. This is going to allow the juices and the heat to have even distribution.

Backyard Grill Tip 3: Lighting the Charcoal

If you’re barbecuing with charcoal, it’s often very hard to light. A lot of brands available are now self-lighting, so all you need is a lighter or a match.  You can use a charcoal lighter that uses electricity or a good propane torch.  Pile your briquettes like a pyramid before you light them. When you have a big pile, you are going to have a lot of heat.

It’s also possible to use some lighter fluid. It makes lighting your briquettes very easy, but it also may give your meat a taste of petroleum.

You can also use the charcoal chimney, which is a cylinder which is tall and made for helping you light charcoal.  Put some crumpled paper in the chimney’s lower section and your briquettes in the upper part of the chimney, then light your paper. When your briquettes are ready for cooking, then you rearrange them in your grill.

If you wish your food to have a flavor that is smoky, add hickory or mesquite chips. Before you put them in your charcoal, soak your chips in some water for at least 30 minutes.

Backyard Grill Tip 4: Adjust the Gas

Lighting as well as adjusting temperature is easy when you use a gas grill, but your food isn’t going to have as much flavor as it does with charcoal. It’s possible to add some wood chips to give it that smoky flavor, but it’s going to be required that you put them in a smoker box made of metal before you put them down into the heat.

These are some tips that you can use when you are cooking on your grill. If you would like to get a grill for your home or to upgrade your current one, we have plenty of outdoor grills from which to choose. Just contact us to find out what we offer.

3rd Annual Grill Fest

Join us at Lawn & Leisure for our 3rd Annual Grill Fest this coming Saturday, May 14th, 2016 in Sterling, VA.

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 What You Need to Know

- Event begins at 11 AM and goes until 3 PM.

- Will be prizes, music, food, special offers, cooking tips, and factory representatives at the Grill Fest!

Come check out the event and get grilling this summer season. Hope to see you there!

top 5 outdoor grills for the holidays

If you still haven't found the perfect gift for that special someone, don't panic. There is still time to order the gift that keeps on giving - an outdoor grill. Outdoor grills make perfect gifts for the members of your family who can't get enough of the outdoors and good food. Plus, as the giver of one of our top 5 outdoor grills, you get to enjoy home grilled goodness year round.

1. American Outdoor Grill 30 PCL

Perfect for the backyard, patio, or deck, this portable gas grill manufactured by American Outdoor Grill is part of their new "L" series. It features an electronic ignition system, warming rack, and 4-prong adjustable rotisserie meat holder. Constructed with high-quality stainless steel, this grill lasts for years of use. The user-friendly drip collector helps prevent spills and stains, and the grill even comes with halogen lights to make late night grilling easy and safe.

The polished bezel thermometer is attractive and accurate, and the valves are made of solid brass. This ensures accurate temperate readings and precise control to prolong the life of your grill.

2. Primo Oval LG 300 Ceramic Grill

The gourmet chef in your life could not ask for more than a Primo Ceramic grill this holiday season. Ceramic does not radiate heat like metal grills. Food grilled in a ceramic grill retains its natural juices, and the ceramic exterior stays cooler than hot metal, preventing injury.

Ceramic grills do more than just grill the best tasting steaks around - they also act as ovens and smokers, allowing you to grill, bake, roast, and smoke for all of your outdoor cooking needs.

This grill has enough space to grill 15-25 steaks on its multiple racks. 300 square inches of cooking space means there is plenty of room for all of your favorites from hot dogs to shishkabobs.

If your special someone craves a charcoal grill that provides a superior taste, then this Primo product is the grill of choice.

3. Big Green Egg

It is hard to know what to expect from a company with a name like Big Green Egg, but those familiar with grills know the name is synonymous with quality. 

These ceramic grills come in a variety of sizes. All have the same distinctive egg shape, perfected for quality and efficiency. Their XXLarge EGG easily handles family gatherings, catering events and cookouts with taste and style, boasting 672 square inches of cooking space. For an ultra-portable gift option, try the Mini Egg. With 79 square inches of cooking space, this little grill still cooks 2 pork chops or breasts at a time.

Let your loved ones decide if they prefer grilling, baking, or smoking on their new Big Green Egg grill - if nothing else, grilling accessories make excellent stocking stuffers.

4. Weber Original Kettle Series

Nothing says summer like a Weber Original Kettle grill. Available in 18, 22, and 26-inches, these charcoal fired grills are portable, light, and perfect for the backyard. The wheeled base makes moving the grill simple, and Weber grills last for years.

Lovers of the standard charcoal grill appreciate the simplicity of the Weber Original. The three sizes offer small and large families a portable charcoal grill perfect for their needs.

5. Weber Genesis Series

Weber makes both charcoal and gas grills. Serious grill aficionados prefer the Genesis series for their convenient size and superior construction. Each of the 4 grills in this series boasts 637 square inches of grilling space, and the grill comes with a solid welded frame on wheels for easy maneuvering. 

The Genesis E-310 and E-330 come equipped with porcelain-enameled Flavorizer bars, and both the Genesis S-310 and S-330 have stainless steel Flavorizer bars. All 4 grills offer 3 stainless steel burners, and the E-330 and S-330 come with a Sear Station burner.

Finding The Perfect Grill 

Once you decide which grill to gift, contact us to get your order shipped before the holidays.

keep your pets safe around charcoal grills with these handy tips leesburg vaEnjoying charcoal grills during the summer can be a fantastic way to cook up fresh food and spend time with friends and family outdoors, but safety precautions are always important to consider. If you have pets such as dogs or cats that enjoy going outside with you, it’s important that you make sure to get the grill pet-proofed for their own safety with the following tips.

Set Up a Blockade Around the Grill

The easiest way to combat your pets natural curiosity around the grill is to set up a blockade. This can be done in a number of ways, but the result should always be making it more difficult for your pets to reach the grill. Some good options include typing up your dog far away from the grill or using fencing around your patio area where the grill is being used.

Make Sure a Screen is Set Up

If you don’t want to use a blockade, but are still worried about your dog or cat becoming burned from flying embers, it’s important you use a screen. While you won’t be using the screen while actively cooking, it can come in handy when the grill is cooling down or in between uses.

Avoid Feeding Your Pet From the Grill

One of the most common reasons why pets get too close to the grill is because they’ve gotten used to being fed scraps from the grill. In order to keep the grill free of being touched by your pet, make sure not to feed them from the grill so they won’t associate it with treats.

For more helpful safety advice on using your grill, feel free to contact us.

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Outdoor grilling season is here. If you're thinking this is the year to purchase your first outdoor grill, that's super exciting! But with such a variety of features and brands, it can also be overwhelming. Here are a few tips on getting started. 

Gas or Charcoal

One isn't better than the other, though committed grillers will likely side with one over the other depending on what they use. 

Think about your priorities. If you are currently career-focused with little free time, go with a gas grill. It's easier to use and to clean. If taste is more important than efficiency, consider a charcoal grill for that classic barbecue flavor. 

In general, gas grills are often a better option for the grilling novice because of its ease and consistency. 

Know your budget

Grills range in price from the teens to thousands. At every price point, you can find a great grill or a total ripoff, so know that any price point you choose is okay. Once you set your budget, you'll have a more manageable selection of grills to work with. 

Know your space 

You want your grill to look good and fit well. If you get a grill that's too big for the space, you'll be uncomfortable cooking, which means you won't use it as often. If you're working with a small outdoor space, you don't want to feel cramped or allow the grill to visually overwhelm everything else. Big spaces have more flexibility, but consider what your grill is next to and how the space will look as a whole. 

Focus on these three elements as you begin your grill search and it won't feel so overwhelming. Here at Lawn & Leisure, we can help you find the right grill for you. Contact us to get started. 

 

 

 

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Grill Fest 2014 is coming this Saturday, September, 20th, 2014 to Sterling, VA at Lawn & Leisure. Michael J and the 98.7 WMZQ team will be here for this great event!

 What You Need to Know

-Event begins at 10 AM and goes Until 3 PM.

-There will be cooking demos & food samples from all companies whose grills we represent.

-Gas Grills that we sell: Weber & DCS.

-Charcoal Grills that we sell: Weber, Big Green Egg, Primo, and Black Olive.

-Refreshments and samplings of grilling sauces and seasonings.

-Corn Hole Game contest with prizes. 

-Drawing to win Free Big Green Egg Grill.

-Free Assembly of Any Grill Purchased During Grill Fest

-Special Discounts for any fireplace accessories purchased with a set of gas logs on Saturday.

-Excellent selection of Outdoor Casual Furniture available for Saturday----for in stock items! Great Buys on Floor models and special packages.

-Great selection of outdoor propane, wood burning firepits, and patio heaters.

 We hope to see you there!  

ceramic-charcoal-grills-potomac-vaCeramic or as they are sometimes called Kamado charcoal grills is a popular new addition to the appliances designed to cook with fire in the backyard. They are modern versions of an ancient Japanese model and are generally more egg shaped than conventional charcoal grills. They are made of ceramics, terra cotta, cement, lava rock, and other refractory materials, the same stuff that pottery kilns are made of.

Because of the material, ceramic grills are better at radiating and retaining heat than more conventional grills. They can therefore be used for cooking pizza, baking bread, or for tandoori, an Indian style of barbeque that involves sticking skewers of marinated meat into a hot oven. They are great for more conventional grilling and smoking as well. For the latter, most ceramic grills come with a deflector plate that shields the meat from the direct heat of the burning charcoal.

Controlling the heat can be kind of tricky, though the grills come with intake and outflow dampers that, when you get the hang of it, work very well. Because the grills retain heat better, they take less charcoal to cook. However one should not use lighter fluid as an aid to starting the charcoal.

One caveat needs to be mentioned about ceramic grills. While it is less susceptible to flare ups, there is a danger of a similar phenomenon called a flashover. The grills are nearly air tight, so that sometimes become starved of oxygen. If you lift the lid unwarily the oxygen rushes in and can cause a fireball, so have a care,

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The Case for Charcoal Grills

In the eternal debate of gas vs charcoal grilling, Joe Brown, the New York Editor of Wired, comes down decidedly on the side of using glowing hot coals. His rationale involves the unique aroma that he says that charcoal imparts to the meat. In other words, heat is just not enough. There is a chemical process that changes the nature of the meat and makes it better when charcoal is involved. It involves something called guaiacol.

Gualacol results when lignin, the resin that holds together strands of cellulose that form wood. This in turn imparts a bacon-like taste to the meat that is being grilled. The smoky, bacony aroma that is imparted by using charcoal grills enhances the taste of anything that is cooked on them.

This is the key to what Brown says is the superiority of charcoal over gas grilling. Food is cooked the same way no matter what the heat, whether it is gas, charcoal, or whatever. But taste is only one of our five senses. That is one reason why executive chefs put an emphasis on presentation so that a dish is visually appealing, which actually enhances the taste.

We east with more than just our senses of taste. We use our sense of smell as well, so that if a dish smells pleasing then it tastes better as well. If charcoal imparts a pleasing, smoky, bacony flavor, then it follows that a cut of meat cooked on a charcoal grill is better than the equivalent meat cooked on a gas grill.

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Annual Grill Out Spectacular 2015!

Our Annual Grill Out Spectacular 2015 is coming Saturday, April 25th, 2015 to Sterling, VA at Lawn & Leisure.

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 What You Need to Know

-Event begins at 10 AM and goes Until 3 PM.

-Gas Grills at event: Weber, DCS, Napoleon, & Fire Magic.

-Ceramic Grills/Smokers at Event: Big Green Egg, Primo, & Black Olive.                   

-Chicago Brick Oven Pizza Oven (Dedicated Pizza Oven)

-Free Food, Prizes and Giveaways, and Corn Hole Competition.

-FREE ASSEMBLY FOR ANY GRILL PURCHASED THE DAY OF THE EVENT!

-Excellent selection of Outdoor Casual Furniture available for Saturday----for in stock items! Great Buys on Floor models and special packages. 

 Hope to see you at the event!

3 Tips to Help Winterize Your Outdoor Grill| Northern Virginia

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Outdoor grills are fun items to have for outdoor entertaining during the summer. But what should you do with it when inclement weather starts during late fall and through the winter? You have the option of storing it inside or just leaving it outside until it's time to fire up the barbecue again next summer.

Considering how heavy it is, your better option is leaving it outside for the entire winter. This means you have some things to do in preparing your grill so it withstands any chance of wicked weather.

Before Anything Else, Clean Your Grill

You may still have food particles and grease on your grill from barbecues this last summer. Before preparation for winter, take a half hour to clean it thoroughly to prevent any dangers when turning it on next summer. Food particles could possibly catch fire or just create an unpleasant sight when turning on your grill again.

Taking Care of the Gas Line

Once your grill is clean, you need to turn the gas line off before you forget. That's important to avoid any fire hazards during the winter or next barbecue season. As far as removing the gas tubes, it's going to be up to you. Some sites say you should leave them connected through the winter. If you do remove the gas tubes, be sure to read your manual carefully to do this carefully. Every grill model is going to be different, and you don't want to cause damage to your gas line to avoid hazards.

Removing the Burner and Preparing it for Winter

As you take care of the gas line, you should lift out the burner on your grill and inspect it. You should also bring out some cooking oil and spray it on the burner to provide a protective coating so you'll avoid rust during the winter. Any other metal parts around the grill should also be sprayed to prevent the buildup of moisture.

Wrapping Up Removed Parts of Your Grill

Wrapping things in durable plastic is common when preparing things for winter. It's no different with your grill. If this is the first winter your grill will be outside, you need to wrap the burner thoroughly in a plastic bag if you're going to store it outdoors. This prevents any insects from getting into the gas tubes that could potentially cause a fire when reconnected.

As far as the gas tank, you can remove it and wrap it in plastic. You should keep it outdoors for safety due to the fire hazard of storing it in a garage or other indoor storage space. Be sure to place a protective covering over the body of the grill so that next monstrous winter storm doesn't turn your grill into a pile of rust come June.

If you're still looking for an outdoor grill to use next summer, come visit us here at Lawn & Leisure. We sell everything related to outdoor living as well as servicing those items when it's necessary.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you already bought an outdoor grill from us and it needs servicing before next summer. Representing Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., we're here to help make outdoor life more stylish and enjoyable for you year-round.

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lawn and leisure outdoor furniture company northern virginiaWell done! You've found the one stop shop for lawn equipment, outdoor patio & deck furniture, and outdoor fireplaces & grills for residents of Northern Virginia.

We've been in Virginia since 1982 providing quality service and unrivaled, dedication to our customers (both old and new). You can think of us as your suburban survival store, because with the number of products and services we offer, we’ve become your one-stop-shop for outdoor living in Northern Virginia. Our selection variety products from top-of-the-line manufactures makes doing business with us worth your time and effort. Not to mention, we always give you the best bargain by selling everything at the very lowest prices our manufacturer will allow. Furthermore, we guarantee our price at or below any competitor’s verifiable price. We go out of our way to keep your wallet fat while keeping your outside living space pristine and relaxing.

To learn more about how you can take advantage of our low process and fantastic lineup of quality lawn equipment, outdoor patio & deck furniture, custom fireplaces, and outdoor grills, click here

Your Source for the Best Lawn Equipment in Northern Virginia

lawn and leisure lawn equipment northern virginiaLawn and Leisure has been providing lawn equipment to our Northern Virginia customers for over 30 years, and we don’t plan on stopping any time soon.

The reason why we’ve been in business so long is because of our unrivaled dedication to our customers here in Northern Virginia. While other companies are snoozing, we’re here for you 7 days a week. And, because we are a family owned and operated lawn equipment business, we treat you with the same courtesy and respect we give to our own family.

When you choose to do business with Lawn and Leisure, you’re guaranteed the best selection and the best prices for lawn equipment in Northern Virginia. That’s because we sell and service the area’s largest selection of brand name power and lawn equipment. With us, you’ll also have access to the our factory-trained technicians who boast on average over 25 years of experience servicing small engines – a perfect fit for your lawn equipment needs in Northern Virginia.

To learn more about why Lawn and Leisure is your source for the best lawn equipment in Northern Virginia, click here.

Still not convinced? We invite you to take a look at our photo gallery of stunning outdoor grills in Northern Virginia. To give your eyes a taste of the burgers you could be flipping on your outdoor grill, click here

Comfortable and Stylish Outdoor Patio & Deck Furniture | Northern Virginia

lawn and leisure outdoor patio deck furniture northern virginiaAlong with quality, heavy-duty lawn equipment you can also rely on Lawn and Leisure to provide you with the best outdoor patio & deck furniture in Northern Virginia.

We offer our clients assembly and delivery service for the largest selection of outdoor patio & deck furniture in the DC area. Our customers rave about our service because they know that our outdoor patio & deck furniture is top notch. They also appreciate our extensive knowledge of outdoor patio & deck furniture. There isn’t a question we can’t answer.

Don’t just take our word for it. If you’re not satisfied with customer reviews, we invite you take a look at our photo gallery of outstanding outdoor patio & deck furniture. To see what your outdoor living space could look like after giving Lawn and Leisure a call, click here.

Still not convinced? We invite you to take a look at our photo gallery of stunning outdoor grills in Northern Virginia. To give your eyes a taste of the burgers you could be flipping on your outdoor grill, click here

Magnificent Custom Fireplaces | Northern Virginia

lawn and leisure custom fireplace northern virginiaOur outdoor fireplace professionals in Northern Virginia give expert advice and will tailor the right equipment to your individual needs.Lawn and Leisure has everything you need to see your dream for a magnificent custom fireplace come true. We’ve got:

  • Custom fireplace screens
  • Custom fireplace doors
  • Gas and wood burning products of all types

For Lawn and Leisure, the bottom line is making sure we help our Northern Virginia clients make the best choice for the design and construction of their custom fireplace.

We’re the best in custom fireplaces in Northern Virginia because we have fireplace experts who have received National Fireplace Institute (NFI) certifications, as well as multiple factory training certifications. With custom fireplaces you can never be too careful. That’s why when we design and construct your very own custom fireplace, the experts we have on hand guarantee that your project is being handled with years of experience. To learn more about our custom fireplaces in Northern Virginia, click here.

Still not convinced? We invite you to take a look at our photo gallery of stunning outdoor grills in Northern Virginia. To give your eyes a taste of the burgers you could be flipping on your outdoor grill, click here

Largest Selection of Gas and Charcoal Outdoor Grills | Northern Virginia

lawn and leisure gas charcoal outdoor grills northern virginiaLawn and Leisure offers assembly and delivery of the largest selection of gas and charcoal outdoor grills in the DC area, including Northern Virginia.

Here’s a testimonial from a satisfied customer who enjoyed our selection of outdoor grills:

“We found the store online, called and spoke with Tom, excellent knowledge on Weber's Outdoor Grills. We purchased The Summit by Weber, (luv it) they ordered and delivered unit, kept in touch with us by phone with updates, everyone we spoke with the day we visited store was friendly & helpful, they have been in business over 30 years. Also purchased weber accessories as well as individual covers for umbrellas. Tom is excellent at returning phone calls, we highly recommend this store - keep in mind the day we were there, they were very busy. We drove a little over 2 hours to visit the store, it was well worth the drive. We also purchased the Lava Heat 2G w/remote outside heater and love it. We have called customer service with Lava Heat Italia 3-4 times with questions and to order a cover. They have returned calls, they were very helpful and friendly and encouraged us to call whenever we needed anything or if we had any problems with the unit. We feel confident if we have any trouble or need assistance with the outdoor grill, Tom will be ready to solve our problem.”

Still not convinced? We invite you to take a look at our photo gallery of stunning outdoor grills in Northern Virginia. To give your eyes a taste of the burgers you could be flipping on your outdoor grill, click here

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