Get Ready For Barbeque Season – But Keep It Healthy

bbqI love a good barbecue just as much as the next person, and now is the time to get working on your backyard and grill to get ready for the summer.

The tips below are here to help you to quickly and safely do just that, but I also want to remind everyone to avoid any non biologically friendly cleaners, not to use firelighters or fuel and use compressed newspaper instead, and to always avoid burnt food, which can be carcinogenic.

Always let your coals go grey to lose their initial high heat before grilling any food, which will minimise the chances of burning the outside, which is dangerous, and not cooking the inside properly, which is also dangerous.

Summertime and grilling go hand in hand. Whether you left your grill exposed to all elements or you mothballed it, chances are that it still needs clean up and maintenance. Before you start grilling this summer, it is important to get the grill ready first. The following tips will help you get ready for the barbecue season.

· Spider patrol

You should ensure that the barbecue grill has no spiders or any other insects trapped in the manifolds, below the burner knobs or even in the burner tubes. Also clear all the cobwebs before you start using the grill.

· Check for leaks

Carefully inspect the hoses and replace those that look damaged, cracked or crimped. You can easily detect the leaks by making a solution using equal amounts of water and dish soap then brush the mixture on the connectors and hoses.

Open the shut off valve and if you notice any bubbling, then there is a leak at that particular point. When you notice this, turn off the gas immediately and do not attempt to light it up until the leak is repaired.

Though leaks are rare, they can be very risky when they occur.

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· Lubricate before lighting

In case the moving parts of the grill such as the burner knobs do not turn freely, lubricate them using silicone spray or WD-40. If you are using a charcoal grill, ensure that the vents close and open easily if not, lubricate them then twist them to and fro until they do.

· Ignition suspicion

You should ensure that the igniter switch is operating properly. If there is a spark and a click, consider replacing the battery by unscrewing the lock nut located in front of button or just after the control panel. Most people do not know that grill igniter uses a battery and it requires regular replacing.

· Clean the grill

You certainly cleaned the entire grill after the previous season but you will need to clean it again for this season. Clean the drip pan then line it with new aluminum foil. Using a garden trowel, scrap the firebox out on the charcoal grill then empty the ash trays.

To clean the grill gate, after lighting the grill, preheat the grill to extremely hot then use wire grill brush to brush it clean. You can use oiled paper towel to wipe it.

The most recommended way of cleaning a unclean grill is to burn it at high intensity.

· Rank the tank

Inspect the LP tank for any signs of bulging, rust, separation of the seams or any other distress, and if there is anything that is not airtight, have it repaired and tightened.

· Light it properly

To do this, open the lid of the grill, it should stay open throughout the process, then open propane cylinder valve so that the gas can start flowing and switch on the burner by pushing the igniter button several times.

The grill will light after a number of tries, wait until the propane clears and try again.

· Think safetydeck

Always check the outside areas for safety too before inviting hoards of friends round to party. Having been the recipient of a nasty wound myself due to a neglected wooden deck, it is adviseable to always inspect and maintain your outdoor furniture and landscaping.

If necessary, your local handyman is only a phone call away, and for a minimal call out charge you can have peace of mind that your guests will all go home in one piece!




Do We Really Need Supplements?

This problem is something that I wrestle with all the time. If you listen to the so called experts, we need to take all kinds of supplements for our diet. But with a good and comprehensive diet I am not really sure that supplements are necessary at all.

While doing some research into this problem I found the video above, which has had almost 60,000 views, so it must be worth a watch. Let me know your thoughts through our contact page.

Healthy Food Swaps

I saw this image and it made me smile! My wife is always trying to find new ways to make healthier food, mainly because she is allergic to gluten and has an auto immune problem, so for our dinner we often get grated cauliflower instead of rice, and strips of courgette in place of pasta.

It always tastes good though, and often we seem to do things just because we always have. Try some of the ideas below, you may well be surprised. As always send me your comments or ideas from the contact page.

Why Install A Wood Burning Stove in your Home

healthy wood fireI was prompted to write this article about wood burning stoves on a health and fitness website for a couple of reasons. The first is that I have just installed one in my house and I just love it! It is romantic, warm, cosy, efficient, inexpensive, and more. But also, it seems that there is a health benefit to using a wood burning stove.

We all know that breathing in wood smoke is not good for you, however when using the newer CPA approved stoves that isn’t a problem any more, and if you can smell smoke then you are breathing in impurities which are not good for you, so always go for one of the newer sealed pollution free stoves, but also one study has shown that using a wood burning stove is good for your skin, much better than the skin problems caused by central heating systems and oil fired heating systems… who knew? These newer scientifically designed stoves are perfectly safe, and I could not now live without mine I’m sure.

To be safe and stay healthy, you should always have your stove installed by a certified HETAS engineer. This way you can be sure that your new stove is installed correctly and will be safe and enjoyable without any of the potential health risks.

Wood burning stoves have gained a lot of popularity among many home owners. This is because they offer a lot of benefits that you might not get from other types of stoves. Unlike those found in the past times, new technologies have come up. The new technologies have made the wood burning stove more energy efficient and cleaner. Therefore, you can use them in your home without a lot of problems. If you are considering to have the stove ion your home, you do not have to worry because you will gain a lot of benefits. Here are some of the reasons you should install a wood burning stove.

Cost effectiveness

Studies have shown that a wood burning stove can help you save a lot of money. The modern wooden stoves can help you save up to 80 percent of energy cost in your home. It can help in reduction of your heating costs because wood cost less compared to oil, electricity and natural gas. However, in order to get the best results, it is good to make use of your wooden stove to supplement another source of heat such as gas furnace or electricity. You can save a lot of money that you can use for other important home projects.

Offer more warmth in your home

While you might have a heating system that is supposed to warm your house, at times it might not provide the amount of heat that you might require. A wooden burning stove coming from a wooden stove will make your family more comfortable because it will give more heat especially during the winter months when it is extremely cold.

More environmental friendly

By installing wood burning stove in your home, you will be contributing to many initiatives geared towards environmental conservation. Wood is one of the green fuel alternative simply because trees can be sustained and are also renewable. While there are some people who restrict the use of wood heating appliances due to low quality air levels, this does not occur when you use the modern wooden burning stove. The modern wooden stoves have low emission technologies clean exhaust gases. This means that they produce less smoke that has low levels of particle emissions.

Provide heat when there is power outage

When there is power outages, you can use the wooden burning stove to provide heat in your home. With this type of stove, you do not have to worry of not having enough heat, when natural gas or electricity goes off during the cold season. It is also possible to cook using your stove, so it offers wide range of benefits in such situations.

Add beauty to your home

Wood burning stoves add beauty to your home. During the cold evenings, a wood burning fire makes your room more appealing. The wooden stoves come in wide range of shapes, colors, sizes and styles. This means that you will get a stove that will fit your home décor, thus making your home have a better look.

You could always cheat

If after all my excited postulating you decide that a log fire is not for you, you could always cheat and put an app on your phone or mobile device that looks like a real fire, and I am sure that it makes you feel warmer to. Check it out in the video below.