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Written by Appliance Dude | May 19th, 2015


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Kamado Joe grills at Curto's

Review: New DCS BGC36BQARN Grill – Hot as H–L!

Written by Appliance Dude | May 16th, 2015

I’ve owned the new DCS BGC36BQARN for about 3 weeks now and I continue to test it in a variety of ways to see if it’s up to snuff and a true leader in the premium grills category. One thing that I have observed multiple times is that this grill is HOT AS H-LL. When I used to fire up my Wolf OG36 grill, I would put it on high, close the lid and come back to it about 10 minutes and I’d be ready to cook, sear or do whatever. With the DCS, all I have to do is put it on the MED or HIGH setting (forget about SEAR!) and within 5-7 mins this grill is white hot. So much so that I’ve had some problems pulling hamburgers or chicken burgers off the back portion of the grates b/c I can’t stretch my arms over the grates, even at an elevated level. That’s lead to my next grill-related purchase.
After 4 years of grilling with a Weber Summit and the Wolf OG36, I never experienced such heat that I needed to back off the grill (or get gloves). I’m convinced that this is due to the new DCS grill design for 2015 which includes a stainless heat reflector shield built around the base of the burner. This shield will reflect any heat that is moving in a downward direction to be reflected back up towards the grates so as to improve heating efficiency. It’s my belief that this is the most significant addition to the new DCS grills in 2015, surpassing that of the hybrid IR insert burner and the griddle accessory. A hot grill is a great grill and DCS has certainly upped the heat ante with these shields.

Review: New DCS Grill – IR Sear Burner – BGC36BQAR

Written by Appliance Dude | April 30th, 2015

I’ve been playing around with the new DCS BGC36BQAR-L and it’s IR hybrid burner insert.
Not that DCS needed something like this b/c it’s been the only grill that allowed for full-surface searing but the market place
has called out for a dedicated sear component, so this is what DCS came up with. I love the fact that they still aren’t tethered to a fixed sear burner which takes up valuable grilling real estate. You can pop the sear insert over any burner and watch it glow! Watch the video and learn and any questions please visit us at the showroom or give us a call – and yes we ship DCS nationwide.
Curto’s
1966 Central Park Ave
Yonkers NY 10710
www.curtos.com

New Alfresco Grill Pics : Reviews/Ratings

Written by Appliance Dude | April 24th, 2015

Feast your eyes on some new Alfresco grill outdoor kitchen pics. The pictures probably do a better job explaining all of the possibilities with the Alfresco line of grills (which can be dizzying once you start poring though their catalog). As I’ve stated to many folks walking through the showroom doors, if you are a serious griller (or aspire to be), especially one who envisions using their grill year round, Alfresco is the way to go because of the safety features and protection it provides for the wiring and igniters (which are always the problematic parts on grills).
Enjoy and if you want to see the Alfresco built-in grill with its various accoutrements come visit the Curto’s showroom in Westchester County NY.

Alfresco's new ALXE series grill

Alfresco’s new ALXE series grill

Alfresco grill with Steamer/Fryer Insert

Alfresco grill with Steamer/Fryer Insert

Alfresco Grill Herb Smoker

The Alfresco Grill Works!

The Alfresco Grill Works!

Review: New DCS Grills for 2015 – Part 1

Written by Appliance Dude | April 21st, 2015

The new DCS “C-series” grills are out and the Appliance Dude snagged one for home use! This will be the first of a long series of posts detailing my experience with this grill – BGC36BQARL. After many years of standing pat with their grill design (why mess with perfection?!) DCS incorporated a few new features in the C-series grills including an improved smoker, drop-in infrared burner or griddle as accessories as well as some new embellishments to fit and finish.
It is my duty as an appliance Jedi to absolutely use and abuse this grill so I can report back to all of you on the good, the bad and the ugly…and I will! So watch this video to get the grill fired up and watch for a relentless stream of posts on the DCS 36″ grill.

*Editors Note: This video was not one of my A+ editing jobs and lacks the typical amount of photos and music I like to include. I’m still wrapping my hands around the new video editing software…I ask for your patience please!”

Review: Why Alfresco Makes the Best Grill – Reason #1

Written by Appliance Dude | April 15th, 2015

The Appliance Dude expresses much love for ALfresco grills and for reasons that are not so obvious. Let the review roll

Let me count the ways that I love Alfresco grills…too numerous to mention so we’re going to break this down into multiple blog posts.
I’m not going to focus on BTU output, searing zone widths or the vast array of accoutrements that the company offers. Boring. Let’s get SOMEWHAT under the hood but focus on more practical reasons, like…

1. Safety
When was the last time a salesperson or a grill company (in their marketing literature) expressed safety features offered by their grills? It seems like the narrative is always about BTU output in the burners, what alloy the burner is made of, how nicely they can sear the thickest of steaks and whether there are backlights behind the knobs.

Let’s change the narrative and talk safety.

First, Alfresco has created a unique smoker box that has a solid stainless buffer built into the front of it. That means small prying hands, who may pull it out won’t be able to access the hot materials that may be already be inside the box. ALfresco also doesn’t have holes on the bottom of the smoker box (unlike some other premium grill manufacturers) so hot residue can’t fall out and tumble onto your wood deck.

Alfresco smoker tray with built-in buffer

Alfresco smoker tray with built-in buffer

Second, the ignition button is tucked away on the top left side of the manifold (control panel). Once again this means that small prying hands won’t be able to gain easy access to it. This is a far cry from some other brands where the ignition button is placed in a spot that begs to be pressed!

Alfresco's grills have tucked their ignition buttons in safe place from small hands!

Alfresco’s grills have tucked their ignition buttons in safe place from small hands!

Third, Alfresco is known for its vented cooling system that runs on both sides of the front of their grills. While this has been explained as a convention to keep the back of the control panel cool so as not to fry the igniters and wiring inside, an added benefit is that it keeps the front control panel and knobs at the outside ambient temp so you won’t have to worry about small children (or your griller!) getting burned by brushing up against the front of the grill or touching the knobs. Remember that directly behind the manifold is the firebox which could be running at temperatures over 1000 degrees F. Hot!

Alfresco's grill side vents allow the manifold to remain at ambient outdoor temperature avoiding risk for a nasty burn.

Alfresco’s grill side vents allow the manifold to remain at ambient outdoor temperature avoiding risk for a nasty burn.

More to come….

Why Grill Hood Temperature Gauges are Useless

Written by Appliance Dude | March 31st, 2015

Last year a gentleman purchased a DCS grill from us but he was really concerned about the fact that it did not have a temperature gauge on the outside of the hood. He likened it to flying a plane or sailing a boat in fog with no navigation system. Really?
Every other premium grill manufacturer – Viking, Wolf/Twin Eagle, Alfresco, Lynx, Kalamazoo – uses a temperature gauge. So I’ll have to admit I had to question DCS’ decision not to use one.

Then I decided to dig a little further. After purchasing an infra-red temperature gun and playing around with my Wolf OG-36 grill, the answer became crystal clear – hood temperature gauges are USELESS, unless you want to know the temperature at the top of your grill.

The temperature that is critical to grillers is the surface temp of the grates. The grates are what the food is in contact with, not the top of the hood.

As you can see by these pics I took this weekend there is a huge disparity in the temperature that is read on the external gauge on the hood, and what is actually going on at grate-level.

Here’s the temp of the grill as reported by the temp gauge on the hood.
Wolf OG36 Temperature

After opening the hood and taking a read of the temp at the top of inside, you can see the temp is nearly identical (50 degrees off) to what the outside gauge read.
Wolf OG36 Grill Infrared Temp - Curto's

Now look what happens when I get a read from the grates themselves.
300 degree temp increase!
Wolf OG36 Grill Infrared Temp - Curto's

Moral of the story – the hood gauge is only going to give you the ambient temp of the grill at the hood level. This may be useful if you are using a rotisserie but for any application where you are grilling on the grates you might as well chuck those readings in your garbage pail. You want grate-level temperature!