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Review: Lynx vs Alfresco Grills – Curtos.com

Written by Appliance Dude | February 13th, 2017


Alfresco 42″ Grill

Lynx 42″ Grill

Pricing $5403 $5299

Model Number ALXE-42 L42R1
Size 42″ Wide 42″ Wide
Cooking Grate Dimensions 37.25″ x 19 39 x 21
Number of Main Burners 3 3
Main Grilling Area 770 855
Sear Zone NO NO
Cook with Wood or Charcoal YES NO
Burner Material 18-SR Brass
Burner BTUs 27,500 25,000
Hood Type Spiral Torsion Spring Assist
Rotisserie Type Integrated Outboard
Rotisserie Max Weight 120lbs n/a
Rotisserie Burner BTUs 18500 16000
Cooking System Ceramic Briquettes Ceramic Briquettes
Temperature Gauge Analog Analog
Smoker Type Integrated Box
Cutout Width 40.5″ 41″
Cutout Depth 23″ 25.5″
Cutout Height 10.25″ 10 7/8″
Made in USA YES YES


DCS Grill Review – Bitchin’ Steak Perfection – Curtos.com

Written by Appliance Dude | February 12th, 2017

The DCS BH1-36-R-L 36″ Grill Reverse-Sears a Steak to Bitchin’ Results

by Senor Smoke

I reintroduced the DCS to my grill arsenal about a month ago. I was pretty psyched to start using it again due to all of the changes DCS had made to their 36 and 48 inch grills. The grills have been advertised as still being incredibly hot YET due to their new valves they are now able to control and stabilize heat at much lower temps.
I decided to test the DCS grill’s ability to handle disparate temperature settings by cooking a thick steak with a technique I borrowed from the world of barbecue – the reverse sear.

Reverse-searing is used when you have a thick cut of meat and want to see edge-to-edge pink throughout the cut, as opposed to the bullseye effect where you go from charred on the exterior, to grey, to pink to blueish pink in the middle. With the reverse-sear you will cook the cut at a much lower temperature for an extended period of time, and it is ultimately finished off with blazing heat to get the char that locks in the juices. So in essence you are reversing the normal grilling routine where people will sear first, then switch to a lower temperature.

The test would be performed with a beautiful, thick, lusciously-marbled strip steak. I started off giving it a quick massage with extra virgin olive oil, hit it with the Jake’s Grillin coffee rub, a layer of Jacobsen’s sea salt and then she was ready for the grill.

I had preheated the DCS for about 10 minutes and had the far right burner on low while the far left burner was on medium.
The steak was placed on the LOW side for about 12 minutes (six mins per side) and I moved them at a 45 degree angle every 3 mins to get my crosshatch marks. I observed no flareups and the grill hovered around low-mid 300’s for the entire duration.

After the 12 mins were up the steak was registering an internal temp of around 70 degrees. I turned up the left burner to high and after waiting about a minute I placed the strip on there and the SIZZLE began. I immediately started seeing some flareup action so I moved the steak around a little bit in order to control the flame. Three minutes on one side and a repeat on the second side and I was registering 130 on the instead read so it was time to pull off to get my medium rare.

I let the steak sit for about 15 mins (temping) which allows the muscle and connective tissue to relax and also causes the juices to redistribute making the cut far more tender.
When it was time to cut into it I realized I had nailed my medium rare, pretty much edge to edge.

This little experiment showed me two important things about the DCS grill.

1 – it continues to handle flareups very well. The grill was red hot and that steak was well marbled so it did flare up, even with the grease management system. However after moving the steak a little bit, the flareups quickly dissipated. That’s more than I can say about some premium gas grills I have used that will continue to have a burning flare even after the meat is pulled away from it.

2 – the grill was able to operate with the burners at two very different temp setting without much carryover with the heat. It seemed as if the grill was cooking with separate temperature zones which is a very useful feature.

More DCS Grilling to come soon. Enjoy the pictures from the cook and remember that we ship DCS grill nationwide and will match any price offered to you by an authorized dealer.

Strip steak goes on the DCS BH136RL for some low temp cooking

Temperature reading on DCS 36″ Grill

Quick flareup as the steak is brought the higher temp side.

Dcs Grill

Grill Strip Steak on DCS Grill – Curtos.com

Beautiful char on DCS 36 Grill

DCS BH13648RN Grill Curtos.com

Beautiful medium rare thanks to the reverse sear technique on a DCS grill

Steak on the DCS Grill BH136RN – Curtos.com

Viking Grill Review: New Viking Grills for 2017 – Curtos.com

Written by Appliance Dude | February 7th, 2017

New Viking grills look alot like Lynx grills

After making a variety of changes to their grills over the last few years, Viking decided to take a different path with their iconic outdoor business. Let’s just say they became more…feline.

The new Viking grills looks suspiciously like Lynx grills because they are Lynx grills. Take a look at the specs on each 36″ grill

From the Lynx website:
LYNX FEATURES
Two cast brass burners and one ProSear 2™ Burner (total 73,000 BTUs)
935-sq.-in. cooking surface (640 primary, 295 secondary)
Hot surface ignition system
Control illumination with blue LEDs
Dual halogen grill surface lights
Heat stabilizing design
Temperature gauge
Fluid rotation handle
Lynx Hood Assist Kit
Premium smoker box included
Stainless steel grilling grates
Dual-position rotisserie with heavy-duty, 3-speed motor and rear infrared burner (14,000 BTUs)
Ceramic Briquettes facilitate even radiant heat distribution
Heavy-duty welded construction eliminates gaps where grease and moisture can collect

Now let’s take a look at the info sheet available for the new Viking 36 grill. Model number is VQGI5360 for 36″ grill head and VQGFS5360 for grill head and cart which no longer have to be purchased separately:

VIKING FEATURES
36”W. GRILL HEAD AND CART – VQGFS5360
x Two cast brass burners and one ProSear 2™ Burner
(73,000 BTUs)
x 935-sq.-in. cooking surface (640 primary, 295 secondary)
x Dual-position rotisserie with heavy-duty, 3-speed motor
and rear infrared burner (14,000 BTUs)
xControl illumination with blue LEDs
xHot surface ignition system
xDual halogen grill surface lights
xTemperature gauge
xPremium smoker box included
xStainless steel grilling grates
xCeramic Briquettes facilitate even radiant heat distribution
xHeavy-duty welded construction eliminates gaps where
grease and moisture can collect

Hot damn, even the verbiage is the same.
So where do you go with this? I checked out a bunch of skus and it seems that the Viking is typically about $200 higher than the direct comp from Lynx.
So not a huge difference. I was hoping to see some type of Viking consumer program but I have not heard anything at this point. I do know that the Viking undercounter refrigeration is no longer made by Perlick, instead that job is being handled by another synergistic sister company – Marvel – and the prices are lower than what Lynx offers. So even with the grill being slightly more expensive, you will probably be even in $$ or slightly lower with Viking if you are doing an outdoor kitchen.

More to come!

DCS Grill Review: Controlled Heat on the BH1-36R-N – Curtos.com

Written by Appliance Dude | February 1st, 2017

The DCS 36 Grill BH136RN is Still a Heat Missile, But Now With More Control

A reunion took place the other week as I cooked on a DCS grill for the first time in two years.
Much has changed about the DCS grill in that time.
They’ve cosmetically altered the grill. They’ve added a useless temp gauge for the canopy.
They added heat reflectors to the bottom of the firebox in order to push more heat towards the grate.
The smoker box was integrated to the front of the grill. They offered a hybrid infrared burner (whose purpose I am still questioning) as well as a cool
griddle.

The last time I cooked on a DCS with any frequency I was amazed at how HOT it was. This was partially due to the heat reflectors under the burners, but also due to the fact that the valves that controlled the temp sweep were pretty steadfast in maintaining that blistering high heat. Even if you brought the temp down with the knob to a LOW setting, you were still getting some serious heat.

That’s all changed as DCS swapped out the valves behind the knob and has tweaked so you get much better lows…45% better actually WITHOUT sacrificing the infernal heat when you crank it to HIGH or SEAR.

Check out the details below and remember, we ship DCS grills and outdoor kitchens nationwide, so call us for details.

Viking Refrigerator Review: Next Time You Read a S*#^*y Review…

Written by Appliance Dude | January 30th, 2017

…check the date on the review. Most likely it dates from the 2000’s or the early 2010’s. Those were the “Dark Years”.


Now, I can state that there may not be another built-in refrigerator brand that I have MORE confidence and trust in selling than Viking.


Wow, we have come a long way.


When I show people the Viking built-in product on our sales floor, people are typically awed by its presence.

  • The stability and robust hinges on the doors.
  • The clear, bright LED lighting scheme
  • The metal shelves

    When you open up one of the bigger units, the 42″ or 48″ it just commands your attention.


    But the important thing is that they don’t just look pretty. The offer great features. And…they work.


    Let’s examine the feature set on the Viking built-in fridges:

    1 – they offer Plasma Cluster technology which neutralize molds, spores and viruses. They work for the lifetime of the fridge, no need to replace.
    PlasmaCLuster is used on airplanes, medical facilities and military transport. They can kill 99% of viruses in 140 sq foot room.


    2- DuraHinge – I mentioned this earlier. The new hinge system is a bear. Incredibly brawny in strength. You know that this is the ONE aspect of their refrigerators that they had to get right because of all the problems they had with the old doors.


    3 – Metal bins – the metal bins on the Viking fridge doors provide long-lasting strength and creative design that allows them to secure heavy items. The metal also retains the temp better (much better than plastic!) so the fridge doesn’t have to work as hard to stay cool.


    4 – The S#&t works! Viking’s first year warranty claims on refrigerators have PLUMMETED 73% since a peak in 2012 (one year prior to Middleby purchasing them).


    If the technology and trust in the Middleby name isn’t enough to steer you towards Viking, then the last point re: the service call drops should end the questions. There, you have hard, cold fact that quantitatively say that the problems have been resolved and the company is now comfortably on the upswing.

    Buy Your Viking Refrigerator or Viking Appliance Package at Curto’s

  • DCS Grill Review: 5 Reasons to Buy a DCS Grill in 2017 – Curtos.com

    Written by Appliance Dude | January 23rd, 2017

    DCS Grill Review – 5 Reasons to Buy a DCS Grill in 2017

    What better way to pass through the eve as a nor’easter blasts through the Eastern seaboard than by discussing grills? Let’s get to it…

    DCS Grill Key Features

    • Full Surface Searing
    • Improved Valves = Better Temp Control
    • Grease Management System
    • Rock Solid Construct
    • Hottest Gas Grill on Earth

    The DCS Grill, first launched in 1989, is the grand-daddy of all premium gas grills. Yes, they predated Lynx, Viking, Twin Eagle, Alfresco…and for decades not much was changed on these grills (they did change the burners from an H-Shaped cast steel structure and eliminated an incredibly popular 27″ grill).
    However with the premium gas grill becoming more and more crowded, and the sudden encroachment of more budget-oriented grills produced in Asia, DCS began to make some changes in 2015 and 2016. The end result was that the DCS has maintained its position as the Alpha male in the premium gas category, all while still coming in at a price point below most of the competition. Let’s look at 5 reasons to buy this grill:

    1 – Full Surface Searing

    DCS Grills - Curtos.com

    DCS Grills Offer all-surface searing, an industry first.

    2 – Improved Valves = Better Temperature Control

    DCS Grills - Curtos.com

    DCS Changed Their Valves to Produce Better Response at Lower Temperatures.

    3 – Grease Management System

    DCS Grills - Curtos.com

    DCS Grills offer a grease management system to minimize flareups.

    4 – Rock Solid Construct

    DCS Grills - Curtos.com

    DCS Grills are made of 304 stainless and their carts and door drawer compartments of some of the best built in the industry.

    5 – Hottest Grill on the Planet

    In the past I complained about the brutal fury that the DCS grill unleashed when it was taken up to High or Sear.
    With the inclusion of the new valves, the sweep between Low and the highest setting is incredibly pronounced. Even between Medium and Low you will see an appreciable drop in temp and more importantly the lower, controlled temps can be maintained for extended periods of time. The precision control is a great story, but there are still folks who demand the full brunt of the seventh circle of hell coming off of their grill. Suffice to say Dante Caravaggio would have owned a DCS.


    Interested in purchasing a DCS Grill? We match all Internet pricing and offer FREE Nationwide delivery. Purchase a DCS Appliances 36″ or 48″ Grill Head and any outdoor storage product to receive a free Built in Sideburner or Single Tower Drawer.Call the Curto’s showroom today and talk to a DCS grill expert…

    DCS 36″ Grill Review – The Improved BH136RN – Curtos.com

    Written by Appliance Dude | January 22nd, 2017

    The DCS BH136RN Grill Review – Hottest Gas Grill on the Planet?

    After a nearly 2-year layoff I have reconnected with DCS (my former go-to gas grill) and had the pleasure of taking home a BH136RL the other night and proceeded to immediately kick the tires. It would be interesting to see how my view on this grill had changed since I last cooked on one. In that 2-year time period I had fallen for the Alfresco grill and all of the incredible versatility that it offers, and I had also expanded my grill arsenal to Kamado ceramic cookers as well as a variety of pellet grills from the likes of Traeger and Memphis. I had become smitten with smoking and cooking over live fire…so what would the return to a premium gas grill hold for me?

    Happy to say that even with all of these other grills on the landscape, the DCS cut through the noise and delivered. Simply put – the DCS is one helluva beast and remains Hot as Hell!

    DCS Grill Burners – Serious Heat

    About a year and a half ago I produced a video where I discussed the infernal heat that the new DCS grills produced. The heat was so intense that I had to purchase Steve Raichlen grill gloves to insulate my hands and arms from the fire. See video below:

    So a few things haven’t changed. First – the grill is still incredibly hot. I mean, infernally hot. That is something DCS has always prided themselves on their ability to turn the burners so high that there never was a need for an infrared sear burner. For many grill enthusiasts and weekend grill warriors this would be a positive. However, while it’s fun to talk about having the equivalent of a 612HP V10 engine under your grill, it would be rather inhibiting at medium and lower temperatures. The grill is actually so hot that just standing in front of it on a January evening in the Northeast where it was around 40 degrees felt a bit uncomfortable. Like I said, the grill has serious muscle.

    However to DCS’ credit they did change one thing related to temperature that completely changes the game. The valves have been upgraded so they now provide a wider spread of temperature difference when turning the knob. In the past, Sear was infernal, High was borderline infernal, Medium was hot and Low was definitely not low. Now I saw an appreciable difference between the High and Low settings. I was able to grill shrimp in a basket at a relatively mild temperature on the right burner, all while searing a tuna steak at the grill’s most wicked temperature. That would not have been possible a few years ago with the way the grill was completely turbo-charged.

    DCS Grill Build

    Not much has changed on the DCS grill in terms of how it is constructed. The canopy still has some heft to it which speaks to its heavy-duty construction, and the grates are incredibly solid. The cart is one of the best built in the premium grill industry. The sliding door (which stores my propane tank) rolls out effortlessly and the two drawers on the left side are aligned properly (a big issue with grill carts) and also roll out with ease and are not wobbly.

    Senor Smoke’s Take

    If you are looking for a gas grill that is going to hold up for years, and you don’t want to spend at the apex of gas grills, then the DCS should be the call.
    It delivers an solid build laden with design integrity, incredibly powerful burners that now have the ability to sweep downwards for lower heat, a great grease management system to minimize flareups and still comes in at a price point that should be lower than Lynx, Alfresco, Fire Magic and Twin Eagles.

    Buy a DCS Grill or Outdoor Kitchen at Curtos.com

    Curtos.com: Outdoor Kitchen Plans – Alfresco Grill

    Written by Appliance Dude | January 17th, 2017

    Outdoor Kitchen Plans

    Here is an outdoor kitchen we worked on in 2016. It features all Alfresco product including the 42″ grill, refrigerator, versa power cooker and an assortment of undercounter storage.

    Alfresco 42 grill with URS1-EXE Alfresco fridge

    Alfresco grill outdoor kitchen from Curto’s

    Memphis Pellet Grill Review: Prime Rib from Heaven!

    Written by Appliance Dude | January 10th, 2017

    Memphis Wood Fire Pellet Grill Review – Prime Rib Recipe

    It was New Year’s Day 2017 and what better to do than smoke a prime rib on the Memphis grill. It was the first time I have ever cooked a rib roast and following the instruction of Steve Raichlen, I NAILED IT. I used the reverse sear method in order to attain edge to edge medium rare and lordy did I accomplish that. Video below!

    Shop for a Memphis Grill at Curto’s – We Deliver Nationwide!

    Alfresco Grill Review: Best Chicken Ever, Indirect Roasting and the Dead – Curtos.com

    Written by Appliance Dude | December 29th, 2016

    Took another accessory home for my Alfresco ALXE42SZ grill and I ended up making the best chicken I’ve ever produced on the Alfresco.
    The indirect roasting pod is entirely legit, check it out and let me know about your results.
    It’s accessories like this that separate Alfresco from the other premium gas grills.
    Buy one for your Alfresco, load her up with a bird or roast of sorts, make sure the beer is cold and plays some Dead circa 1972!

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