Grilling Vs. Barbecuing


With beautiful weather here, many homeowners are choosing to cook outside on decks or patios. Did you know, there is actually a difference between grilling and barbecuing? Most people assume grilling and barbecuing are synonymous with one another. They don’t realize there is actually a difference. It is a fairly common occurrence for the two words to be interchanged when referring to a backyard cookout. However, there is a significant difference between the two outdoor cooking methods.

The two biggest differences between these forms of cooking are time and temperature. Grilling is done over high heat for a short amount of time, while barbecuing is a much slower process in which the food is cooked at a lower temperature. When firing up the grill, gas is a typical form of heat used, but hot charcoal is also common. With a barbecue pit, smoldering charcoal and wood are usually the preferred methods.

Grilling is a great, speedy method best suited for tender cuts of meat, as well as vegetables and fruits. The high heat and short cook time keeps the meat juicy, but it’s important to watch the food closely. If meats stay on the grill too long, it will easily dry out and get tough.

When you barbecue, the process may take significantly longer, but the results are astounding. You can use tougher cuts, but by the time they are finished cooking the meat has the potential to be so tender it will melt in your mouth. The food also doesn’t have to be watched quite as closely.

The way sauce is applied differs between barbecuing and grilling, as well. On a hot grill, barbecue sauce will easily burn away, and it is best applied towards the end of cooking. With barbecuing, sauces can be applied periodically throughout the entire time the meat is over the coals, and it will soak in and create a glaze.

Whether you decide to grill or to barbecue, you will be pleased with the final results. Just remember to plan accordingly to allow enough time for whichever method you choose. It’s time to lounge around on your deck or patio with friends and family. So, enjoy!

Keeping Termites from your Deck

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As warmer weather arrives, thoughts of firing up the grill and basking in the sun may be filling your mind. Since decks tend to be the summer hub for family gatherings and outdoor fun, it is important to keep this area termite free. The last thing you want to worry about is having to deal with termites and the damage they can cause to your deck.

Keeping your yard clear of items that appeal to termites is imperative. Tree stumps and old root systems are problem areas that can attract termites, so it is a good idea to have them removed by a professional tree clearing service. It is also important to not keep firewood stacked against your home. Instead, keep wood stored on a rack as far away from the house as possible. Also, damp wood is appealing to these pesky insects, and sealing your deck with stain will keep out unwanted moisture.

Another way to keep your home, deck, and yard protected from termites is to treat the area. Chemical treatments provide a barrier against termites and other bugs, too. These treatments typically guard against pests for about five years.

There are several precautions you can take to prevent termites from eating your deck. With simple preventive measures, you can enjoy your summer and breathe easier knowing that your due diligence should keep your deck protected from termites. You definitely want to be on the defensive when it comes to termites, especially since preventing an attack is much easier than cleaning up the havoc they can wreak.

If you are currently planning a new deck, using pressure-treated lumber can reduce the chances of termites invading your deck and home. It is highly resistant to decay and insects. Through a series of pressure and vacuum cycles, wood preservative is forced deep into wood pores, forming a barrier against termites and decay. Another option would be to build a deck with composite material instead of wood. To look into your deck building options, contact us today for a free consultation.

Building a Deck with a Gazebo


As the trees bloom into life, and flowers blossom along roadsides, warmer weather is coming to stay for awhile. What better way is there to take in the beauty of spring and summer than enjoying a morning cup of coffee sitting on your beautiful deck inside your gazebo listening to birds and wildlife? Decks with gazebos are truly the perfect addition.

Gazebos are Versatile

One option for building a deck with a gazebo is to add a private one with just enough space for a bistro table or a larger one that can hold a crowd. You can choose the more traditional hexagon or octagon gazebo styles, or the larger rectangular or square ones. The six or eight sided varieties are usually what comes to mind when picturing a gazebo, but the square styles are perfect for covering hot tubs, and the rectangular structures can be built large enough to accommodate several dining tables.

A lot of options are available to customize your deck and gazebo. The material chosen for construction will allow the building to lean more modern or traditional. While red cedar tends to be a popular choice for gazebos because of its beauty and durability, they can also be constructed from metal, vinyl or composite. While it is important to note that wood provides the opportunity for you to paint or stain the structure to blend in perfectly with your home, composite materials can match just as well and provide less upkeep and lower maintenance than wood.

The Modern Gazebo

Decks with gazebos can be wired with electricity for lights, fans, and outlets to provide power. Some homeowners even add a TV to provide additional entertainment. You can also have your gazebo screened in to keep out insects and other pests.

The decision to incorporate a gazebo into your deck is a decision you will not regret. Cuddling up with a good book and listening to the wind blowing softly through the trees all while being protected from the elements are some of the many benefits of a screened in gazebo.