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Review: Kamado Joe vs Memphis Pellet Grill

Written by Appliance Dude | August 16th, 2017

The Memphis Grill vs Kamado Joe
Pellets vs Lump Charcoal
Set it and Forget It vs Manual Controls
Stainless vs Ceramic
Pelletheads vs Joe-Freaks

I would simply say….buy them both, but nothing in life is simple…save for Aaron Franklin’s brisket ingredients (beef, salt/pepper, smoke)
Watch the video as I dig into the topic..and remember, if you want more info or want to buy a Memphis Wood Fire Grill or a Kamado Joe, call us at 1-800-966-2878 or visit curtos.com

ButtercreamBlondie Thanks Curto’s

Written by Appliance Dude | August 16th, 2017

The owner of ButtercreamBlondie visited the showroom today bearing gifts…a beautiful package of cupcakes for our Janice. Yelp and Google reviews are great, but when someone bakes you cupcakes and delivers as a Thank You, now that means something! We promise to take care of all of our customers, whether we receive cupcakes or not!

Traeger Timberline 850 1300 – Release Launch Event 4/2!

Written by Appliance Dude | March 26th, 2017

5/4/17 – Update – Watch me “Double-Fist” with a Traeger Timberline 850 and Alfresco ALXE42 grill as I smoke n’ sear a steak to perfection!

Visit Curto’s on Sunday April 2 from 12-4 as Senor Smoke and Traeger’s “Big Wave” Berg will be hosting a Timberline launch event from the Curto’s lot. We will have a Timberline 850 live and smoking for your viewing and testing pleasure. Please call us at 1-800-966-2878 or email jonathan@curtos.com to RSVP. Bring your questions and PLEASE get ready to place pre-orders as the Timberline is in limited quantity and distribution. Once we sell out of our allotment, that’s all folks!
Senor Smoke

Traeger Timberline Release April 1

After a long, LONG wait of one year+, the Traeger Timberline is (almost) here.
Within the next week Traeger will release their best grill ever, a Wifi-enabled, robustly-constructed beast that will smoke, grill and legitimately sear.

Curto’s will be one of the few retailers authorized to carry the Timberline series for Traeger. I am anticipating our first batch will be rolling in around March 30-April 1.

Never one to succumb to the hype, I did cook on one about one month ago. This was not a prototype model. No, no, no..it was actually a production model, one of the first to roll off the line after extensive multi-year testing. My early verdict was the grill is absolutely legit. While we did not do a long smoke due to time constraints, we did sear a steak. This was actually a more important test for me b/c the Traeger Pro series that costs $799 and $999 can smoke. So I never doubted that the Timberline could handle that. My question was whether it would be able to grill and sear at higher temperatures, and with better results than the Pro series which maxes out at around 400 degrees. We tested a ribeye (about 1.5″ thick) and some broccoli di rabe sausage and it handled both with smoke, grace and aplomb. Construction definitely shamed the Pro series. The wifi was…mixed. My rep had some difficulty running it off of his phone but eventually got it to work. Wifi capability really isn’t a pressing issue for me. I’ve seen the Memphis grill’s wifi ability hiccup for the better part of a year but that doesn’t detract from the complete studliness of the grill.

So, if you want to see the Timberline and want to take advantage of early season deals, please call or visit Curto’s this week!

check out the trailer:

Outdoor Icemakers: Why Perlick is the Best – Curtos.com

Written by Appliance Dude | March 8th, 2017

Outdoor icemakers are gaining in popularity and Perlick is perched at the top

Whenever I have a question on outdoor product, I call this guy who I call “the Encyclopedia”. I would be hard-pressed to think there is another human being who has more knowledge on outdoor product than him.

SO when I asked him who makes the best outdoor icemaker, the answer was immediate and decisive.

“Perlick. And I don’t even sell them”.

For a sales rep to say that a direct competitor was not only a better product, but the BEST product, that speaks volumes.

By nature, icemakers are troublesome creatures. They have a lot of moving parts. They are noisy. They are doing something that is incredibly taxing on a machine made by man. So with all of these things working against icemakers, my advice would be as follows:

Buy a Perlick. Because they are the best.

Perlick has one icemaker (make that two if you want to add the ADA compliant model) – the H50IMS

In 24 hours it creates up to 55 lbs.
It has storage capacity of 22 lbs.
The ice is clear, top hat. This is important because people take the shape of their ice seriously!
Perlick likes to call their top hat shaped ice the “perfect ice”. It prevents clumping, is tasteless and odorless and will maintain its shape longer than crescent ice, so your expensive ice won’t water dowm

The shape of your ice has something to say about its ability to hold form and not melt in your Hendricks and tonic. If it melts quickly, your cocktail takes on more water and then said drink is ruined.

We Now Carry Yoder Smokers – Curtos.com

Written by Appliance Dude | March 6th, 2017

So happy to announce that we are now carrying Yoder smokers.

We will be focusing on the YS480 and YS640 pellet smokers, but you can also order any Yoder “stick burner” pit through us as well.

I am absolutely stoked about this addition to our portfolio. The inclusion of Yoder alongside our current pellet grill offerings from Memphis and Traeger gives us a broad selection of price points for customers interested in grilling with wood…which I have learned through experience is the BEST way to cook food!

Why go with a Yoder? Easy enough…you can spend over $6000 on a gas premium grill on a cart that will provide hot burners but nothing in the way of flavor enhancement nor the ability to smoke with any semblance of legitimacy. Or you can spend a tick below/above $2000 and get product that is built like an M1A1 tank, will allow you to smoke your best Louie Mueller impersonation in your backyard, or will also give you the option to grill over open fire with the purchase of the direct grill grate accessory. The versatility is simply unmatched.

Much, much, more to come.

New Memphis Grills 2016

Written by Appliance Dude | April 2nd, 2016

The new and improved Memphis Grills are about to be released. Looks like Rick, Eric and the crew really nailed it.
Come visit us in mid-April to see this incredible product.

Review: Memphis Wood Fire Grill – Curto’s

Written by Appliance Dude | November 1st, 2015

I’ve been using a Memphis Wood Fire Grill for the past few months back at the Yonkers smoke lab.
Thanks to Steve Raichlen for bringing this appliance to my attention. What a grill. Wait, did I call the Memphis a grill?
Strike that. This beauty is that and so much more. Raichlen calls it the “Tesla of pellet grills”.
Yes it’s a grill…and a smoker…and an oven.
Want to smoke a brisket? Check.
Sear a ribeye? Check. Bake an apple pie? Yes, you can do it all
and unlike the Kamado, there is no annoying extended start-up time and no messy charcoal cleanup.
Now that I’ve played with the Memphis for an extended
Period of time, I’m going to spend the next week blogging about its virtues(many), its negatives (just a few). Stay tuned….

Memphis Wood Fire Grill


Blue Star French Door Wall Oven BWO30AGD – Review

Written by Appliance Dude | January 8th, 2015

I brought the BlueStar French Door Wall oven, model BWO30AGD in for display around a year ago and following my reps advice, floored it in a cobalt blue color.


The piece sat in its wall space for a year, untouched and unsold, as if it was waiting for King Moonracer to take it to the Island of Misfit Appliances.

Then a funny thing happened.

I requested a color swap to stainless (while maintaining the blue knob which matches up well with the BlueStar logo) and this thing POPS now. In just a matter of days it has received more floor attention and it looks like it could now be a stud piece.

The Blue Star in its new suit of stainless!

The Blue Star in its new suit of stainless!

While I’m still not thrilled with the way the door mechanism works (it will only open and close if you pull from the left side, unlike the Viking French Door oven which opens and closes either way and without must exertion), this is certainly a piece worth considering if you A) need a gas wall oven B)have 30″ in width C) and want the ability to access the oven cavity in a completely unencumbered fashion.

I’d also give a thumbs up to the aesthetics on the BlueStar. It’s nicer looking than the American oven, prob not as nice as the Viking. From what I understand they are making some tweaks to it (no more speckled interior) and more importantly the mechanism driving the doors is going to change soon. And that could then move this from a cool piece to a stud.