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Best Outdoor Refrigerator…For the Money

Written by Appliance Dude | February 10th, 2018

What is the Best Outdoor Refrigerator?

When we are putting together an outdoor kitchen and the topic of the best outdoor refrigerator comes up, there are a few directions the conversation can go.

– Customer may want the absolute best of the best, the apex, and the dollars spent are not an obstacle. They want performance and trust/reliability in the brand. For this customer we will go right to the Perlick outdoor refrigerators.

– Customer wants a very good outdoor refrigerator, American-built, and does not want to bring it in during the winter. Stainless steel wrapped body is important as well as stainless interior shelving. For this customer we will move to the Marvel outdoor refrigerators or the U-line outdoor refrigerators. Both of these start at $1899.

– The more price-conscious customer may have been deliberating whether they even need an outdoor fridge. They are toying with leveraging the refrigerator in the kitchen due to proximity and to keep costs down on the outdoor kitchen build. This potential purchase is completely driven by value, and for that reason we go to what we call the best outdoor refrigerator for the money – the Summit SPR627 outdoor refrigerator.

Summit Outdoor Refrigerator

Best Outdoor Refrigerator for the Money – Summit SPR627

Best Outdoor Refrigerator review

The Summit SPR627 is one of the few outdoor refrigerators that is Energy Star certified, approved for outdoor use by the UL certifying board, and is wrapped in stainless steel…while costing less than $1000. The outdoor refrigerator comes with a lock, is frost free, and can be used in both a freestanding or built-in application. It has in interior light, the door swing can be reversed, and uses glass shelves which help maintain a better cool environment inside the fridge chassis. Here is the tale of the tape for the outdoor refrigerator:

Summit SPR627OS SPECIFICATIONS
Overview:
Height of Cabinet 34.0″ (86 cm)
Width 23.63″ (60 cm)
Depth 23.5″ (60 cm)
Depth with Handle 25.38″ (64 cm)
Depth with door at 90° 45.63″ (116 cm)
Capacity 4.6 cu.ft. (130 L)
Defrost Type Frost-Free
Door Stainless Steel
Cabinet Black
US Electrical Safety ETL
Canadian Electrical Safety ETL-C
Sanitation ETL-S
Energy Usage/Year 250.0kWh/year
Amps 0.8
Voltage/Frequency 115 V AC/60 Hz
Weight 95.0 lbs. (43 kg)
Shipping Weight 105.0 lbs. (48 kg)
Parts & Labor Warranty 1 Year
Compressor Warranty 5 Years
Refrigerator Features
Door Swing RHD
Reversible Yes
Shelf Type Glass
Shelf Qty 3
Adjustable Shelves Yes
Thermostat Type Digital
Fan Type Interior and Exterior
Refrigerant Type R600a
Refrigerant Amount 0.99oz.
High Side PSI 270.0
Low Side PSI 105.0
Interior Light Yes
Dimensions
Interior Height 24.0″ (61 cm)
Interior Width 19.25″ (49 cm

For more information on the Summit outdoor refrigeration series, please call the Curto’s showroom at 914-793-5600 or visit us at 1966 Central Park Ave in Yonkers NY.

Alfresco ALXE56-BFG Grill Review

Written by Appliance Dude | December 18th, 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, we bring to you the Alfresco ALXE 56 BFG grill or as we affectionately call her….THE PIANO!!

Scarsdale Outdoor Kitchen Plan – Curtos.com

Written by Appliance Dude | December 4th, 2017

Sometimes the simple approach is the right approach.
In this outdoor kitchen in Scarsdale NY, the owner decided to minimize the amount of appliances in the island and instead focus on simplicity, functionality and leveraging his nearby indoor kitchen.

For more info on planning your outdoor kitchen visit our showroom here or call us at 800-966-2878

Alfresco 56 Grill Review: The Burners

Written by Appliance Dude | October 24th, 2017

The Alfresco 56 jumbo grill dwarfs its 36″ and 42″ little brothers. So why does it use the same amount of non-sear burners as those smaller standard models? It’s all about the cooking system…watch the video below and remember we ship Alfresco grills NATIONWIDE.
Call us @ 914-793-5600 for assistance on Alfresco grills or any other other premium grill brand.

Alfresco ALXE56BFG Grill Review – Heavy Hood?

Written by Appliance Dude | October 23rd, 2017

We affectionately call the Alfresco ALXE56BFG “the Piano”. The largest premium gas grill, I have been asked numerous times if the grill’s hood would be extremely heavy, particularly for those who may be challenged in terms of their wrist or forearm strength.
Watch the below video where I address these concerns, and also show a user-created video which showcases the ease in lifting the Piano’s canopy!

Remember, we ship Alfresco grills across the USA, and yes, we ship for FREE. Call us at 1-800-966-2878 for more info.

The Best Outdoor Refrigerator? Alfresco’s URS1-XE

Written by Appliance Dude | October 20th, 2017

What is the best outdoor refrigerator?

When we look at the list of premium outdoor refrigerators, most start around $2500 in price and can easily climb over $3000.
They are all 24″ wide, winterization is simple (they don’t need to be pulled inside during the colder months of the year) and usually offer a plastic white interior.

However when you look at the Alfresco outdoor refrigerator, model number URS1-XE, you see sizeable differences.
The first glaring difference is that the URS1-XE is 28″ wide instead of the standard 24″.

The Alfresco outdoor fridge can be converted into a kegerator – Alfreco-built keg dispensing tower inserts into rear of refrigerator leaving top center free of obstruction. Beer Dispensing kit includes a stainless steel tower with faucet, a CO2 tank, beer lines with quick disconnect, pressure gauges and a drip tray with anti-splash grate.

All stainless steel construction inside and out
1,000 BTU all-weather refrigeration system for deep cooling, This powerful compressor does maintain temps better and will also allow you to recover quickly after opening the door.
Certified to NSF standards (National Sanitation Foundation)
Temperatures uniquely adjustable from 27 to 56 º F
Commercial fan-driven fin evaporator cooling inside
Fully front breathing
Commercial polyurethane shot-in-place foam insulation
User-friendly digital control with lighted display
Door-activated internal lighting

31 Days of Traeger – Rocking Beef Ribs

Written by Appliance Dude | October 3rd, 2017

We’re celebrating the re-launch of the Traeger Timberline this October with month long coverage on all things Traeger.
If you have any questions about Traeger products, especially the Timberline 850 and 1300, call us at 1-800-966-2878…we are Timberline experts!

Nothing like it when a member of the Brotherhood of Smoke sends in some photos from a Traeger cook…thanks to Anthony from Harrison in Westchester County, we have some Traeger smoked beef short ribs.

Anthony’s key is to keep it simple.

Start with the beef.

Add tabasco or hot sauce for a wet base.

Add the rub (in this case he used Meat Church’s Holy Cow rub.)

On to the Traeger for 5-6 hour smoke at 250 degrees

Periodically spray apple juice on to the ribs for added moisture

Pull them off the Traeger and rest for one hour…then dig in!

Beef RIbs Traeger Timberline - Curtos.com

Beef RIbs Traeger Timberline – Curtos.com

Holy Cow rub from Meat Church

AFTER SMOKING FOR 5 HOURS…..

Beef Ribs - Traeger Timberline - Curtos.com

Beef Ribs – Traeger Timberline – Curtos.com

Beef Ribs on Traeger Timberline - Curtos.com

Beef Ribs - Traeger Timberline - Curtos.com

Look at that Smoke Ring!

31 Days of Traeger Timberline – Pellets Rock

Written by Appliance Dude | October 3rd, 2017

We’re featuring the Traeger Timberline pellet grill all month here on the blog. If you have any questions about this incredible product call us at 1-800-966-2878 or check out our numerous postings online here and here.

I’ve used my Traeger Timberline 850 a ton since last April and one of the things that I’m always asked is whether we need to use Traeger pellets with it. The simple answer is no, but I would turn that around and ask why would you bother using another pellet brand? Traeger’s pellets are readily accessible (we offer them here at Curto’s year round), they are reasonably priced compared to more boutique brands, and the Timberline (and other Traeger grills) have been created to handle Traeger’s larger pellets.

Then there is the subject of product quality and trust. Traeger is one of the few pellet smoker manufacturers who not only create their own pellets, but they do it in-house in the USA. There is no fear of getting pellets that have chemical residue on them as Traeger only uses 100% natural hardwood – so that means no fillers or additives.

Traeger has always taken great measures to ensure that the pellet quality is also there not only from a food stand point, but also in the way that they perform. In order to get the holy grail of blue smoke, your wood needs the correct moisture ratio which Traeger’s pellets offer.

Traeger is so confident in their pellets that they have produced a web page devoted to Traeger pellets that will give you all the information that you need to make an educated decision as to whether they are the right choice for your smoker. Check it out and let us know if you have any questions.

31 Days of Traeger Timberline: It’s Back

Written by Appliance Dude | October 2nd, 2017

We’re featuring the Traeger Timberline pellet grill all month here on the blog. If you have any questions about this incredible product call us at 1-800-966-2878 or check out our numerous postings online here and here.

First smoke was Sunday October 1, when we made beef short ribs on our Timberline 850.
Traeger has made a few teaks to the Timberline since they first released it in March. I’ll get into the tweaks in a future post, but the most important
one is that they have cleaned up the software so the wi-fi works better. Production bottlenecks have also been cleaned up so more grills will be available.

Now, as for the short ribs….

I simply hit them with with olive oil, a little Jacobsen’s salt and Jake’s Grillin Coffee Rub.

I loaded the Timberline 850 with Cherry pellets, set the Timberline at 225F and then let them cook for 5 hours. At the 3rd hour I wrapped each short rib in foil, a technique I have never employed with ribs. The results were excellent – incredibly moist and loaded with tons of flavor thanks to the sinfully marbled interior. These were the best beef ribs I have ever smoked.

Traeger Timberline 850

Beef Ribs Smoked on Traeger Timberline

Beef rib smoked on our Traeger Timberline 850

Beef rib smoked on our Traeger Timberline 850

Traeger Timberline - Beef Ribs - Curtos.com

Beef rib smoked on our Traeger Timberline 850

Alfresco Grill Review: Perfect Burgers on the FireGriddle

Written by Appliance Dude | September 25th, 2017

Perfect burgers = Alfresco ALXE-42 Grill + Alfresco Solid Fuel Insert to cook with wood n fire + new tool.

Or as I like to call it….FIREGRIDDLING.

Watch the video for the details!