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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!

Capital MCR486G Range in Westchester County Home

Written by Appliance Dude | March 23rd, 2015

It’s one thing to see a beautiful Capital 48″ Gas range in a showroom, but how about the view inside a recently delivered customer’s home?
This is a somewhat rare sight – a sealed burner in 48″. The vast majority of our Capital sales are for the open burner Culinarian series, especially in the 48″ size. Nevertheless, she’s a beaut!

The sealed burner 48" gas range from Capital sitting pretty in a home in Westchester County.

The sealed burner 48″ gas range from Capital sitting pretty in a home in Westchester County.

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Capital Duel Fuel Range Has Landed – Review

Written by Appliance Dude | March 22nd, 2015

A Capital Dual Fuel Range Lands at Curto’s Showroom, and it looks NICE

The eagle has landed…I’m happy to add this 36″ Capital Connosseurian dual fuel range to our extensive display of Capital cooking products.
Last May I brought one of these home. I had heard about its vaunted open burners, the slamming infrared glass broiler, the rotisserie, the moist-assist function in the oven…so I had to kick the tires and see if this was worth the hype. I also wanted to make sure I was cool with it from a performance standpoint so I would be comfortable recommending it to customers. So after using the range this entire winter where many soul-stirring, tummy-warming, love-laden meals were made by the Appliance Dudess, I’m happy to report that it has met the high expectations that were set for it. We sell what we believe in, and in this case, what I use at home!
Here’s our new Connosseurian on display at the showroom. They got the color wrong but I lucked out b/c I think this looks better than the one I ordered!

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Capital Connoisseurian 36 Range - Curto's

Capital Connoisseurian 36 Range – Curto’s

capital dual fuel

capital dual fuel 36

capital open burner

capital dual fuel control panel

Alfresco Grill – Pizza Oven – 2015 Review Intro

Written by Appliance Dude | March 10th, 2015

The Appliance Dude Starts His Review of Alfresco Grills and Pizza Ovens

Alfresco Pizza Oven Plus - Westhester County

We’ve finally hit 50 degrees here in NY for a few days running…the snow is melting, daylight savings has kicked in, the crocus are starting to peek through the soil…all I need to do is catch my first sight of a Robin and I’ll be fully afflicted with Spring Fever!

And with the onset of Spring we welcome outdoor grill season here at Curto’s (which has actually become a year-round thing for us). We’re starting to get phone calls about Weber’s, DCS, etc…

From a product standpoint what I am most excited about this season is our commitment to the Alfresco outdoor culinary system line. Huh? Let’s avoid the marketing gobbledy gook and call it as it is – Alfresco makes absolutely kick-ass outdoor grills and their gas-fired pizza oven has received rave reviews from customers.

I wasn’t sold on Alfresco for the last few seasons as they were being distributed by Viking, who, aside from having their own set of internal issues, couldn’t seem to decide whether to promote Alfresco or their own lineup of Viking outdoor product. So the end result was that we sold a bunch of DCS grills!

However Alfresco is now being distributed by the pros at Almo Premium Appliances and they took the time to sit down with the Appliance Dude and some of my grill dudes and walk us through why this grill system is simply better than the competition. And you know what? I buy it..so much so that I’m sending a 42″ over to my parent’s for this summer, which is the site of most of my family’s grilling shindigs.

I’ll spend some time in a future post talking details about the Alfresco grill and Pizza Plus oven system. For now, feast your eyes on some desperately needed photos that us folks in the Northeast can savor as we wait to ignite our grills for the first time. The snow is melting folks, the time is nigh!

Alfresco 42" Grill - Outdoor Kitchen Westchester County

Alfresco Grill Herb Smoker

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