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Review: Alfresco ALXE Grill – Cooking with Wood-Fire!

Written by Appliance Dude | April 9th, 2016

What sets the Alfresco ALXE grill series apart from other premium gas grills is its ability to allow you to cook with solid, natural fuel such as lump hardwood charcoal or wood.
Using wood or hardwood charcoal is a game changer as the Alfresco’s gas ignition system allows for easy lighting (usually 5 minutes unlike 15-30 for a kamado) and once the fuel it lit, you can turn the gas off and just cook with fire.

The insert is called a SFI-POD and sells for $575. It is 12″ across and 19″ deep.
My only beef is that I would have liked to have seen more headroom between the grates and the fuel source but b/c of Alfresco’s design the insert simply cannot drop down any further within the firebox.

This is a must-have for Alfresco owners. If you need one, please email or call me and I will facilitate for you!

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: Capital Dual Fuel Range Video Part 2 – Searing a Steak!

Written by Appliance Dude | February 24th, 2016

Wanted to sear a ribeye but with the frigid weather here in NY I couldn’t use one of my outdoor grills. Solution: Hit the Capital COB304 30″ dual fuel range.
This cook was truly in the spirit of teamwork. I combined the hot open burners to get a great sear on the 2.5″ thick ribeye (from Mini’s Prime Meats in Bronxville NY) and then finished off with the nasty hot glass broiler in the oven. Fantastic results, watch the vid.
And if you are interested in shopping for Capital ranges please visit our showroom, call us (800-966-2878) or go to curtos.com!

Memphis Wood Fired Grill – Outdoor Kitchen

Written by Appliance Dude | February 3rd, 2016

Most pictures we’ve seen of the Memphis wood-fired grill has shown it in a freestanding application.

Now you can feast your eyes on a Memphis grill built into an outdoor kitchen. Impressive.
Please call or visit Curto’s to learn more about Memphis wood-fired grills.

Here we have the Memphis  Elite built-in grill sitting comfortably in this outdoor kitchen. What time is dinner served?

Here we have the Memphis Elite built-in grill sitting comfortably in this outdoor kitchen. What time is dinner served?

Kamado Joe Joetisserie Review – Curto’s Westchester NY

Written by Appliance Dude | January 23rd, 2016

Yesterday we received our shipment of Joetisseries (Kamado Joe rotisserie system).
Even with a massive winter storm about to bear down on us, I raced home after work, set up the Joetiss, seasoned up a Bell & Evans bird and let the
JoeTiss go to work.


Keep in mind that I barely seasoned the bird because I was strapped for time. I used some coarse sea salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil and Pixie Dust.
As for the fire, I used KJ lump hardwood charcoal and soaked apple wood chips.

The results were absolutely off the charts and probably better than anything I have produced on the Kamado Joe or Memphis Grill.
I can only imagine what the results are going to be if I properly season the bird – how about stuffing the cavity with some aromatics, juniper berries, grapes, rosemary/sage twigs tied together. What about if I brined it? The possibilities are endless!

Closeup Kamado Joe JoeTisserie in Action - Curto's Westchester NY

Kamado Joe Joetisserie  - Curto's Westchester NY

Kamado Joe JoeTisserie - Curto's Westchester NY

The final results. Check out  that skin

The final results. Check out that skin

Holy S&#$, I Sold A 48″ Viking VCSB5483SS Refrigerator…By Itself!

Written by Appliance Dude | January 20th, 2016

(Ed. Note: Please excuse my absence the last few weeks. My family and I have been recovering from colds/ear infections/zombie plague. Thank God for ZPack!)

No I am not about to start slogging on Viking refrigeration. Far from it.
I’m a big fan of their revamped refrigeration line. BIG FAN.

But there’s still a torrent of negativity on the web about Viking fridges dating from the 2000’s.
I’ve been telling people you need to move past those old reviews, which are about an old company, an old owner and an old product. But because of that negativity, I never see folks walking into the showroom and asking to see Viking fridges. I even find it to be a struggle to get them to consider using Viking built-in refrigeration in a FULL VIKING PACKAGE. I kid you not…lately I’ve written numerous sales where Viking cooking is placed along with the free dishwasher…and Sub-Zero refrigeration.

What’s Not to Love About this 48″ Viking Refrigerator?

So I was pretty surprised when a woman called up and after chatting for a bit, decided to plunk down nearly $11k on a Viking 48″ refrigerator.

And that’s all she needed.

No range.
No dishwasher.
No wall oven.
No kitchen renovation.

Just a kick-ass fridge.

So this transaction inspired me to crack open the Chromebook and start talking about the Viking fridges. I’ve been planning an epic video (likely a series) to dispel the fear / contempt surrounding Viking fridges. These are great products which are now manufactured to the highest quality assurance standards and they also offer very cool (NPI) and unique innovations that you won’t find in many other built-fridges.

The public needs to consider Viking refrigeration again. Just as this woman did.

Video series to come…