Archive for February, 2010

The New Wood Stove The Pellet Stove

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

A wood stove is a device, which is normally used in the kitchens for the heating of food, keeping it warm and making it palatable. Some antique wooden stoves can be used for the purpose of heating and cooking even today. Wood stoves are used for household cooking needs as well as for heating purposes.

One of the purposes of a wood burning stove was to enclose the fire so to generate more heat and make the heating more efficient. A wood stove is often used for heating rooms or cooking food.

They are made up of cast iron and other strong metals and are sturdy enough to handle the amount of heat generated. A stove uses other sources of fuel to burn and make heat, many use wood or pellets. Wood stoves are also used to heat homes apart from their cooking function. Some come with glass panes that can handle the heat but adds a nice touch when you see the flame.

It is important to know what types of fuel your particular type of burning stove can use and what cannot be used safely. When purchasing a pellet stove or a wood burning stove, there are many factors to consider before making the purchase. There are a few things to think about before purchasing and installing a wood burning stove in your home. After calculating the installation space understanding how to keep all the combustible items safe you need to hook up the chimney so the smoke is directed to the outside.

Want something different than carrying in wood, cutting wood and storing it, then try out the new pellet stoves, you can store the pellet easily, there is no cutting, no mess, but it gives you the feel of a wood burning stove. When looking at wood stoves and pellet stoves the pellet stoves are a little more expensive but the plus side is that they come ready to use, they are cleaner and easier to use. This is 20% less efficient than wood pellet or corn stoves. Pellet stoves are very easy to use, you don’t need to cut wood all you need to do is open the bag of pellets and poor them in, the auger will move the pellets as needed to be burned. Pellet stoves have a mechanical part that feeds the fire when needed; you do not have to go near the hot flame. You can get the pellets anywhere today, most of the major hardware stores carry the easily to carry bags. Stove are cheaper and you can use them with a cheaper fuel source such as pellets, firewood or any other type of materials.

Antique wood stoves are collectors items that are very valuable to some people. There are many different types of antique wood stoves available. Today you can find the stoves in local household stores, furniture stores and many stores that sell antiques.

Some of the older wood stoves are considered antiques, and many people use these pieces as decoration purposes only. Many antique pieces from the past are available for sale today in different antique shops and on the Internet.

David Fishman
http://www.articlesbase.com/home-and-family-articles/the-new-wood-stove-the-pellet-stove-129181.html

Set the Table, Set the Mood

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Whether you are having a cosy Christmas meal with the family this year or planning Yule Tide party for all of your friends, remembering to set a festively themed table will really help set the correct mood whilst giving proceedings a natural centrepiece to gather around. With the help of the guide below, setting a beautiful Christmas table couldn’t be simpler, quicker or cheaper so let’s not hear any humbugs, Christmas begins here!

Firstly, you need to decide on a colour scheme for your table. For a traditional look, pairing two of the following- red, gold, green and white, in any combination will result in a very warm and traditional finish. Alternatively, you could go for a winter wonderland theme by using blue, purple, white or silver in any pairing, though if you do choose such a look, be sure to include lots of candles and warm lighting to avoid a “cold” feel. If planning a party with a little more sophistication, match your table décor to your existing furniture, soft furnishings, curtain fabric or colour scheme for grown up subtlety and elegance that won’t overpower your room. Whatever you decide on, limit yourself to just two colours to avoid an overly busy table top.

When it comes to choosing decorations, start with your centrepiece and build around it with matching details. A Christmas wreath laid in the centre of the table can be the beginning of a perfect centrepiece for your table arrangement. It can be decorated with any object you may want to use as a theme. If you’re a little busy or short on creativity then ribbons and bows provide a failsafe option. Inside the wreath, place a large candle or several tapers. For added decorative effect, vary the height of the tapers. Another great centrepiece is a festively coloured table runner. Add a modern touch by lining the runner with evenly spaced tea lights in decorative glass holders.

Further your theme by carefully selecting and preparing your napkins. Use two napkins of different colours for each place setting. Place one napkin on top of the other. You can roll them separately or roll them together, but the important thing is to tie them together. Tie them with a beautiful wired ribbon and attach a decorative bell or piece of holly or mistletoe bell attached to the ribbon. With your napkins inside your ribbon napkin holder, artfully arrange them and place them in the centre of each plate. If you want to continue the theme of bells or holly, tie them to the backs of chairs, or hang them from the chandelier to create an apt continuous theme.

Make sure your cutlery matches! It sounds obvious but mismatched cutlery can really spoil the theme you have spent so long deciding on. The cutlery you use does not have to be expensive; just make sure it is all the same type.

Once your table is set, light your candles- after all, that’s what they’re for. Always keep a handy stash of spare ones in a nearby cupboard to maintain the ambient glow throughout the whole holiday.

Terry Henman
http://www.articlesbase.com/home-improvement-articles/set-the-table-set-the-mood-707288.html

cuisinart stainless steel cookware set

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Although cuisinart stainless steel cookware set has been considered a safe alternative, it does have one drawback. Stainless steel cookware is made with a combination of stainless steel, chromium and nickel. None of these are harmful in small doses, but many people are allergic to nickel. If you are allergic to nickel, you should refrain from using stainless steel cookware.

Another concern that many people are not aware of is that some glazes used on crock pots have small amount of lead. The recommendation is to use terra cotta crock pots without the lead glaze.

The best cookware which is healthy and non toxic is anodized aluminum cookware. The process used in making the hard anodized aluminum seals the aluminum with an extremely hard surface coating which is non-reactive and prevents any aluminum from leaching into the food we are cooking.

The following three companies have excellent hard anodized aluminum cookware sets that are healthy and non toxic:

Calphalon is the leading manufacturer but many other companies are now producing cookware sets made with the hard anodized aluminum. Calphalon cookware cooks evenly on lower heat and is stick-resistant. They have stainless steel handles which will stay cool during stovetop cooking. The pans and lids can be used in the oven and broiler.

Cuisinart has introduced a line of non-stick cookware called Cuisinart Green Gourmet Hard Anodized Cookware. They work just like the Teflon cookware, except they don’t emit any of the toxic fumes that Teflon pans do. Just like the Teflon pans, they allow you to cook with less oil and they are also energy efficient and eco-friendly. This Green Gourmet cookware set is oven and broiler safe.

KitchenAid has their own set of non-stick anodized aluminum cookware called KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials. This cookware set features stainless steel handles coated with silicone grips. The lids are break resistant glass which makes it nice to see what you are cooking. These pots and pans are oven safe up to 400 degrees.

All three of these companies cookware sets are highly recommended healthy non toxic sets. I use the Kitchen Aid Gourmet Essentials cookware in my kitchen. It is the best value out of the three.

thesolarhome

Can I connect insulated stove pipe directly to the wood stove?

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

I am hooking up a wood stove and was wondering if it’s possible to connect the insulated pipe directly to the wood stove.

You need to use the insulated pipe from the ceiling box up. You DON’T necessarily have to settle for single wall pipe down to the stove. There is a pipe called "close clearance" stove pipe which is double wall but not insulated. We heat our store with wood and the pipe stays cool enough that it won’t burn you on contact. If you’re using a good air tight EPA stove you shouldn’t be losing enough heat up the pipe to help "heat" the house with. If you can post what brand of insulated pipe you’re using I can send you all of the part numbers that you need. Hope this helps! I hate seeing so much bad information on here!!

Where can I find cutlery cabinet pulls?

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Where can I find (or how do I make) cabinet or drawer pulls that look like tiny cutlery? I’ve seen them before in someone’s house and a couple of magazines but I can’t find any – or any instructions on how to make my own.

Thanks!

ebay!

http://cgi.ebay.com/30-NEW-SILVER-KNIFE-FORK-SPOON-CABINET-HANDLES-PULLS_W0QQitemZ170096824786QQcategoryZ85891QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

What type of cookware is best for gas stoves?

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

I’ve recently switched to gas and my cookware gets really gummy at the bottom of my skillets and really burned. I’m not sure why this is happening. I didnt have the problem with electric, but I hate electric stoves.

What is the best cookware for gas. Mainly I have these problems with my wok and skillets. I already have T-fal and Faberware. Any suggestions would be great.

I love cast iron. Add some to your collection. They are great and not that hard to keep up.

Warm Up Your Home With A Wood Stove

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

A wood stove is a device, which is normally used in the kitchens for the heating of food, keeping it warm and making it palatable. Some antique wooden stoves can be used for the purpose of heating and cooking even today. Wood stoves are used for household cooking needs as well as for heating purposes.

One of the purposes of a wood burning stove was to enclose the fire so to generate more heat and make the heating more efficient. A wood stove is often used for heating rooms or cooking food.

They are made up of cast iron and other strong metals and are sturdy enough to handle the amount of heat generated. A stove uses other sources of fuel to burn and make heat, many use wood or pellets. Wood stoves are also used to heat homes apart from their cooking function. Some come with glass panes that can handle the heat but adds a nice touch when you see the flame.

It is important to know what types of fuel your particular type of burning stove can use and what cannot be used safely. When purchasing a pellet stove or a wood burning stove, there are many factors to consider before making the purchase. There are a few things to think about before purchasing and installing a wood burning stove in your home. After calculating the installation space understanding how to keep all the combustible items safe you need to hook up the chimney so the smoke is directed to the outside.

Want something different than carrying in wood, cutting wood and storing it, then try out the new pellet stoves, you can store the pellet easily, there is no cutting, no mess, but it gives you the feel of a wood burning stove. When looking at wood stoves and pellet stoves the pellet stoves are a little more expensive but the plus side is that they come ready to use, they are cleaner and easier to use. This is 20% less efficient than wood pellet or corn stoves. Pellet stoves are very easy to use, you don’t need to cut wood all you need to do is open the bag of pellets and poor them in, the auger will move the pellets as needed to be burned. Pellet stoves have a mechanical part that feeds the fire when needed; you do not have to go near the hot flame. You can get the pellets anywhere today, most of the major hardware stores carry the easily to carry bags. Stove are cheaper and you can use them with a cheaper fuel source such as pellets, firewood or any other type of materials.

Antique wood stoves are collector’s items that are very valuable to some people. There are many different types of antique wood stoves available. Today you can find the stoves in local household stores, furniture stores and many stores that sell antiques.

Some of the older wood stoves are considered antiques, and many people use these pieces as decoration purposes only. Many antique pieces from the past are available for sale today in different antique shops and on the Internet.

David Fishman
http://www.articlesbase.com/home-improvement-articles/warm-up-your-home-with-a-wood-stove-131338.html

Tramontina: Top of the Line Professional Cutlery Sets

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Tramontina is currently one of the world’s leading manufacturers of houseware and cutlery products. Tramontina products represent a high-level of quality, craftsmanship and reasonable value to its consumers. The company continues to emerge a wide range professional cutlery sets, along with unparalleled efficiency and functionality.

Tramontina USA, Inc is a leading manufacturer of cutlery which was founded over 90 years ago by an Italian immigrant. Tramontina products offer European designs and the finest materials for everyday usage. The Tramontina professional series cutlery is considered as top of the line cutlery sets. Their knives are traditionally designed and are most preferred by chefs worldwide. Their products ensure ease, comfort and maximum performance.
Tramontina cutlery blades possess satin finish and are made from high carbon chrome molybdenum steel. These stain-free blades have been hot-dropped forged. Their components are reliable and are solidly joined through the use of the so-called “micro welding technology”. It also provides maximum performance and durability, especially when used under tremendous conditions.
Moreover, an advanced ice-hardening process can contribute onto the cutting edge performance and sharpening durability of cutlery products. Each piece of knife is honed to create a long lasting edge and then securing a blocked wood. Its handles are ergonomically designed and molded with nylon injects onto its tang which is around stainless steel rivets. This creates a perfect balance in handling cutting jobs. Then again, the permanent bonding system can intercept any gaps and even discourage the accumulation of bacteria. All cutlery sets are specially formulated in order to meet the hygienic requirements of food processing.
Below are some of the professional knife sets.
Professional Forged Cutlery
o Professional Chef’s Knives
? Chef’s Knife 8 in.
? Chef’s Knife 6 in.
? Chef’s Knife 10 in.

o Professional Paring Knives
? Chef’s Paring Knife 4 in.
? Paring Knife 3 in.
? Peeling Knife 3 in.
Professional Series- Forged Stainless Steel Cutlery Block Sets
o Tramontina Professional Cutlery 4-Piece Steak Knife Set
Price range: $99.95
Set includes:
? (4) 5 inches Serrated Steak Knives
? Solid Oak Counter Block
o Tramontina Professional 5 pc. Knife Set (clear window gift box)
Price range: $95-$130
Set includes:
? 6 in. boning knife
? 10 in. slicer
? 4 in. chef’s paring knife
? 8 in. carving knife
? 8 in. cook’s knife

o Tramontina 5 pc. Cutlery Set with Block TRA-M-400-05
Price: $119
Set Includes:
? Solid oak counter block
? 6 in. utility knife
? 4 in. chef’s paring
? 8 in. cook’s knife
? 8 in. sharpening steel

o Tramontina 7 pc. Cutlery Set TRA-M-400-07
Price: $199
Set includes:
? One Solid Oak Counter Block.
? One 4 in. Chef’s Paring
? One 6 in. Utility Knife
? One 8 in. Cook’s Knife
? One 8 in. Carving Knife
? One 10 in. Serrated Slicer
? One 10 in. Sharpening Steel

Product Dimensions: 8.6 pounds
Size: 11.125 by 4.875 by 15.75 in.
Warranty: 25 years limited
o Tramontina Professional Cutlery 9-Piece Block Set
Price range: $209- $249
Set includes:
? 4 in. Chef’s Paring Knife
? 6 in. Utility Knife
? 6 in. Boning Knife
? 8 in. Carving Knife
? 10 in. Serrated Slicer
? 10 in. Sharpening Steel
? 8 in. Chef’s Knife
? Solid Oak Counter Block
? Kitchen Shears

o Tramontina Colorado Professional 13 pc. Cutlery Set TRA-80019-06
Price: $59.95
Features:
§ Attractive red polywood handle
§ Dishwasher safe
§ Precise grinding technique – double edge serration
§ Heavy-gauge
§ Special mirror finish
§ Break proof
§ Resistant to food acid
§ Have a full taper ground

Set includes:
? six 5 in. steak knives
? 3 in. paring knife
? 8 in. roast slicer
? six 5 in. steak knives
? 8 in. cook’s knife
? 6 in. utility knife
? 8 in. sharpening steel
? 6 in. boning knife
? Kitchen shears
? Hardwood counter block

o Tramontina Professional 15 pc. Cutlery Set TRA-M-400-15
Price: $329.95
Set includes:
? Six 5 in. Steak Knives
? One 6 in. Boning Knife
? One 4 in. Chef’s Paring Knife
? Six 5 in. Steak Knives
? One 8 in. Carving Knife
? One 6 in. Utility Knife
? One 8 in. Cook’s Knife
? One 10 in. Serrated Slicer
? One Kitchen Shears
? One 10 in. Sharpening Steel
? One Solid Oak Counter Block

David H. Urmann
http://www.articlesbase.com/home-improvement-articles/tramontina-top-of-the-line-professional-cutlery-sets-678783.html

Pros and Cons of Using Copper Cookware

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Copper cookware is basically made with copper, usually being combined with stainless steel. It has the best conductivity which most professional cooks are really impressed about. Having copper cookware entails some pros and cons due to its structure and functionality.

Copper cookware is widely used by most professional cooks, especially with regards to heat conductivity. It is usually in line with nickel, tin, stainless steel or a combination of these three metals.

Copper is used on the outside and stainless steel is on the cooking surface. To distinguish its effectiveness in kitchen cooking, below are some pros and cons of having copper cookware:
Pros
It is widely used by certain industries. Copper is malleable and ductile. This is the reason why many companies chose copper to be used in kitchen wares.

It is popular among chefs and culinary experts. Copper cookware has gained popularity amongst professionals because of its stylish look. Pots and pans have a distinct appeal of elegance.

Its silvery white and pinkish luster enhances the cooking experience of most cooks in various parts of the world. Most French use copper cookware in their traditional French cuisine.

Excellent heat conductivity. Copper distributes heat better than aluminum. Its conductivity is ten times higher than glass or stainless steel. It quickly responds to temperature changes as compared to other metals.

The heat and cooking time is being reduced when using copper cookware. From this, copper cookware prevents burnt spots which show that the cooking equipments are sub standardized.

Saves on polishing. There are models that come up with a brushed texture. Cooper cookware does not need to be shiny. Some prefer their cookware to be bruised or scratched. It gives an antique and classy look. However, shining may prevent a copper cookware from developing a patina or green look.

Easy to clean and maintain. The smooth structure of a copper cookware helps easily remove small pieces of food from the pan’s surface.

It is in lined with other metals for protection. High quality copper cookware is usually in line with other metals like stainless steel. The lining protects the food, avoiding copper to react with it. The combination also allows precise cooking time for food to become cooked evenly.

Thus, copper cookware also has its downside. Some features may not be adequate enough for most cooks, in which, manufacturers tend to get up with a solution for these shortcomings. Here are some of the cons of copper cookware:

Cons
Easily scratched and is naturally soft. Copper, when combined with other metals, make it more durable. Its sandwich layers of metals such as tin and nickel are not as strong as stainless steel. Nickel may be reactive because it is hard and ductile, while Tin may become unstable at 45 degrees Fahrenheit or more.

Heavy. Copper cookware possesses the heaviest metal among all cook wares. It is more prone to dents.

Changes in color and appearance. A copper cookware may change its color, especially when cooking in deep pink, orange or purple colors. Hence, heat and humidity can alter the appearance of copper cookware, especially when it is not cleaned properly.

Prone to tarnishing. Acidic foods may lead to the tarnishing of copper. The metal may leach into foods and can cause illnesses.

More cost. Copper is much more expensive as compared to other metals. Copper cookware collections cost several hundreds of dollars per piece.

Used with thorough care. Copper is sensitive to acidic foods. The pan cannot be used again when foods are cooked on the surface or the tin on the top has worn-out through the mentioned copper base. It can lead to toxicities.

There are people who can fix the polishing and even repair worn out copper cookware. A copper cookware requires proper maintenance in order to keep it looking like brand new.

Despite a copper cooker’s downsides, most gourmet chefs still prefer this kind of cookware. This is due to their great features such as its heat distribution system that are unmatched. Aside from this, copper cookware is an investment, offering very effective functionality for kitchen owners.

David H. Urmann
http://www.articlesbase.com/cooking-tips-articles/pros-and-cons-of-using-copper-cookware-670825.html

What type of cookware should I purchase?

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

I am looking to buy some cookware. I want it to be long-lasting and great quality, but I am not sure where to start. I heard that Kitchen Aid, T-Fal, and Faberware has great cookware but even if this is so, I am not sure rather I should get stainless steel, copper, hard anodized, cast iron, or whatever else is availble. Does anyone have any recommendations?
I heard that caphalon was decent too. I need something that is dishwasher safe.

I would go with a kitchenAid. its great, long lasting and does a great job on all your foods. I’ve never used Farberware, but T-Fal I dont like because it does poor jobs on almost everything