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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

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!

How I Nearly Blew up My Alfresco Grill – Part 2

Written by Appliance Dude | August 20th, 2017

In Part 1 of this Alfresco Grill Review series I discussed how a mistake I made with the Alfresco rotisserie nearly set the grill on fire.
In Part 2 I detail another incendiary instance with the Alfresco grill, this time at the hands of the solid fuel insert SFI-POD. This accessory is amazing but MUST be used carefully.

Alfresco Grill Review – To Sear or Not To Sear

Written by Appliance Dude | August 18th, 2017

Do you need an inline sear zone burner in your premium gas grill? The industry upsells them as a sexy feature and I drank the KoolAid for a bit myself, but I’m changing my mind.
Especially if you own a grill that has a dedicated sear burner that cannot be removed. I’d rather have more normal grilling real estate. Watch the vid, hope it helps

Westchester County / Bedford Outdoor Kitchen Pics

Written by Appliance Dude | August 11th, 2017

A Westchester County Outdoor Kitchen that Screams VALUE

Here is an outdoor kitchen in Bedford Westchester County that uses an Artisan by Alfresco 36″ grill head with 32″ access doors and a Marvel MO24RAS1RS 24″ refrigerator. The couple did not want to spend a fortune on the outdoor kitchen grill equipment. Instead they bypassed an Alfresco and Lynx and decided upon Alfresco’s “little brother”, the 36″ Artisan. The Artisan grill – ARTP36 – shares some features with the Alfresco. These include the same briquette cooking system and igniters/wires that are encased in heat-resistant silicone. The grill is also made in the same California factory as the Alfresco.

For the kitchen masonry they used natural stone veneer in Mosaic pattern. For the countertops they used polished and sealed Bluestone. Many people love the way Bluestone looks but they shy away from using it as an outdoor kitchen counter top b/c of its propensity to stain. In this case the Bluestsone is sealed which will protect it from the elements as well as potential spillages.

If you want to learn more about the Artisan grill line or design an outdoor space contact us at Curto’s at 1-800-966-2878 or visit at 1966 Central Park Ave in Yonkers.

Artisan 36 grill

Artisan 36″ Grill in Westchester County outdoor kitchen

Artisan ARTP-36 Grill

Artisan 36″ Grill and 32″ Access doors

Artisan ARTP36

Artp36 Grill in outdoor kitchen

5 Reasons Why the Alfresco Grill Solid Fuel Insert Kicks A@&

Written by Appliance Dude | August 3rd, 2017

The other day I hosted a customer who had seen my videos and wanted to take the Alfresco 42 ALXE-42SZ for a spin. He was intrigued by the power that the grill generated through the 28.5K btu burners and was focused on the Alfresco Hellfire sear zone. If you have not read or seen my other blog postings / videos, the Alfresco sear zone may be the hottest of all the premium gas grills, reaching an infernal temperature of 1800F. Do you really need to sear a steak at a temperature that you could probably forge steel at? No, but it certainly is cool talking about that number : )

What he did not realize was that the Alfresco solid fuel insert, which is the drop-in accessory that allows you to cook with wood or charcoal, is the BEST way to sear your food on an Alfresco grill. He brought a well-marbled 2.5″ thick ribeye to my house, rubbed it with kosher salt and pepper and we ran a test where one side was seared on the Hellfire sear zone and the other side was cooked on the solid fuel insert. Results – the solid fuel insert did a better job as we developed more of a bark on the side of beef and it imparted a tasty, woodsy flavor profile that was multi-dimensional. Picture biting into a piece and the first sensation is a little bit of char and grit that suddenly hits you with some wood / smoke and then suddenly you get the sanguine lusciousness of the medium rare interior. It was off the charts!

So the Alfresco solid fuel insert is an ABSOLUTE must have accessory with any Alfresco grill as it will fit every size. Here are my top 5 reasons why you need it:

1 – It sears better than the infrared sear zone

2 – Food tastes better when you cook over a live fire!

3 – It does more than sear – customers have taught me how to do 2-zone cooking with it where you bank your coals in the front or back. This will leave enough room to sear two large steaks and have a sufficient area in the front for a different temp zone

4 – It’s portable – if you don’t want to use it, pull it out. You can’t do that with a sear zone burner that is taking up 33% of the grill surface

5 – It’s easy clean – just take a shop vac to the solid fuel insert and you’re done. Or, lift the solid fuel box out of the grill, dump put the ash, and you’re good to go.


BONUS – if you cook with lump charcoal you can reuse your coal for your next cook, so you prolong the life of your fuel and save $$.

Alfresco Grill Review: Gotta Love ‘Dem Flareups! – Curtos.com

Written by Appliance Dude | June 24th, 2017

Why the Alfresco ALXE Series of grills handles flareups better than anyone else

If you are shopping for a grill and the salesperson tries to sell you on said grill’s ability to completely negate flareups, then my advice is to walk your ass out of that store or off the phone PRONTO.

There is a silly misconception that flareups are the bane (not this Bane) of every backyard griller .
I wholeheartedly disagree. Especially if you are using a gas grill.

What is a flareup?

It’s fat, juice, marinade or some other cooking byproduct that is hitting a very hot surface on your grill. The result is smoke, or flame that rises, WITH FLAVOR, sending it back to the food. Since a gas grill does not impart any flavor to food (gas = colorless, odorless, tasteless), then the flare up or FLAVOR BOMB/FLAME KISS, is actually a positive thing.
The problem is when your grill is too hot, or filthy, and you can’t harness the inherent beauty of the flare up, and it becomes sustained, and ultimately burns the shit out of your food.
It’s like any other cooking fire, it delivers the goods (man,is there anything better than cooking over live fire?) but it needs to be harnessed or that beauty it delivers to our olfactory senses can go sideways real fast.

So what you need is the tool or toolkit to be able to handle this heat/fire and channel it for the good as you cook on your limited (taste-wise) gas grill. That’s why the Alfresco is the way to go – the ceramic briquette system it uses is off the charts good. Watch the video for the details, but if you want a vehicle that will allow you to cook at a high temp yet control the inevitable flareups, the Alfresco ALXE series delivers.