Events · grilling · Things I Want

Choose the best grill for your personality.

Our Grill Expo is this Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20, and Warners’ Stellian is offering the lowest prices of the year. We have cooking demos and samples to taste the distinct flavor results from the latest gas grills, charcoal grills, pellet grills and smokers to help you find the perfect grill.

Each grill has its own characteristics that work well for different personality types, but we’ll go over your custom needs when you stop by this weekend. In the meantime, consider some traits that would describe you and see if our suggested match is a fit.

 

Adventurous – Big Green Egg

You’d prefer traveling to Naples for authentic wood fire pizza, but you can make your own version at home with Big Green Egg. This slow BBQ grill needs minimal supervision so you can multi-task.

Like you, not even subzero weather can keep this grill indoors. Big Green Egg’s ceramic shell and unique kamado shape stay insulated so it can heat up over 700 degrees. If you want to smoke a brisket overnight in the middle of January, the Big Green Egg is for you.

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Techy – Napoleon 44″ Prestige PRO

You’re smart with many skills to offer, so no one’s surprised you’re a grilling genius too. For you, the Napoleon Prestige PRO is as wonderfully nerdy as it gets without breaking the bank.

Get inventive with infrared burners, LED control knobs, and powerful JetFire ignition. Along with gadgets for numerous cooking variations, you’ll get a Bluetooth thermometer for temperature accuracy. Bonus: add a charcoal tray insert and cook over coals powered by the electric ignition when you feel like mixing it up.

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Artistic – Primo Oval XL Ceramic Smoker and Grill

While others think grills are just for burgers, you see the potential for culinary splendor. The American-made Primo Oval is a ceramic grill that offers more space and versatility than a kamado.

You have complete control over heat and consistency with opportunity for both direct and indirect heat zones. The Primo Grill’s adaptability means only your creativity limits your ability. You can roast, smoke, flambé, fricasse, carmelize…

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Chill – Traeger Wood Pellet Smoker

You’re easy going and you get along with everyone because you’re open-minded and laid back. You appreciate activities that match your no-fuss, no-muss style.

Try a Traeger wood pellet smoker. Pellets come in various flavors for getting creative with your smoked salmon and avocado salsa. If your mellow ever becomes a bit lazy, it’s OK since Traegers require little effort. Simply add flavored wood pellets, plug in the grill to electrical power, set the temperature and your meat probe – if desired – and delicious results will arrive.

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Traditional – Weber Summit

You’re traditionally classy and you’re proud of your roots. You never have to change because you improve with age. Maybe you love charcoal grilling, but you want to kick it up a notch.

The Weber Summit is the porcelain Cadillac of charcoal grills, and it has a spacious 452 square inches of cooking area with weather resistant storage space. Also enjoy the One-Touch cleaning system, gas ignition, and slow cook and smoke settings. If charcoal isn’t your preference, there is gas version of the Summit with different features.

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Social – Weber Genesis II

You’re the life of the party, and the nucleus of your social circle. It doesn’t matter what you do, because you make it fun.

The Weber Genesis II is perfect for a social griller. This high-powered gas grill gives you everything you need plus a Flavorizer bar for improving taste on the simplest foods. There’s also storage and a warming rack for serving big groups.

If you’d like to step away to mingle, it’s ready to connect the iGrill Bluetooth thermometer. This will alert your phone once your food reaches your set temperature.

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Flashy – DCS by Fisher & Paykel

You beam with sophistication and style, and you aren’t afraid of luxury brands and state-of-the-art features. With as hard as you work, you deserve them. You need an advanced system for browning rotisserie chicken and simmering your coveted BBQ sauce.

DCS provides premium standalone and built-in grills for your custom designed outdoor space. Go for long-term quality and flexibility while enjoying high-tech features such as stadium-style hood lights and bezel lit control dials.

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Remember to swing by your nearest store this Saturday (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM) and Sunday (noon – 4:00 PM). See our Grill Expo page for details.

 

 

 

 

Air conditioning · Budget-wise · Energy Efficiency

Save energy while running AC. Here’s how.

You need an air conditioning unit to save your own energy, but how do you save consumable energy?

Heat burns us out. We have to stay cool to maintain physical and mental health, but it’s hard to be comfortable when you’re stressing about energy usage.

Warners’ Stellian is an expert in heating and cooling, and we know some tricks to prevent energy bills from racking up. Now, we’re going to share them with you.

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Before the season starts.

First of all, have your unit inspected and ensure it gets its maintenance each year. If it needs cleaning out, it will work 10 times harder to produce normal results. This is especially important if you live around trees.

You should also check your ducts to be sure the areas they cool are well insulated.

 

While your AC unit is running.

  • Close the vents in the lower portions of your home. Colder air naturally accumulates in these areas. So when vents are closed, AC air flows down and pushes up the cold layer of air below. This allows cool air to circulate more effectively throughout the house.

 

  • Sunlight gives direct heat when it beats in through the windows. Keep the drapes closed so the AC can do its job. This also encourages you to go outside more!

 

  • Misplacement of furniture can block the pathways for which cool air travels through. Rearrange your furniture so that it’s not in the way of any vents.

 

  • Remember that electric lights create heat. Try to keep them off unless they are needed. Another suggestion would be to switch to LED lights. 

 

  • Don’t underestimate fans. Fans will support your unit and help regulate air so it fills the room better. Fans do produce a cooling effect as well, so they can make an impact when your unit is running low or turned off.

 

  • Learn to use the “sleep mode” properly. Some of us get hot in our sleep, but your unit should be turned down at some point to prevent overuse. It’s best to adjust to a cycle where the unit runs low when there’s no natural sunlight. If you currently don’t have this feature, you can contact your energy company to install a saver switch that will cycle your unit.

 

The heat is coming.

Warners’ Stellian is offering a pre-summer special for maintenance and inspection. We want you to be comfortable this summer, so we will make sure your air conditioning unit is running at peak performance levels. 

Fill out this short form to set up an appointment today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community · Events · Food · grilling

What is GrillFest?

Featured Photo Credit of Minnesota Monthly and TJ Turner

 

What is better than opening the gate to summer with an outdoor food fest?  How about a food fest, a beer fest, an expo and a gathering of people grilling out and enjoying festivities. Together, over 4,000 attendees and 100 vendors will make up the most popular grilling themed event in the Twin Cities.

#GrillFest is a weekend long event that celebrates grilling and chilling with awesome food, drinks and fun. It’s essentially “Grill Disney Land” for enthusiasts and food fanatics alike.

One expected highlight is when seven critically-acclaimed restaurants will team up with seven unique craft beer breweries to battle it out. They will compete for the title of taste as they serve up the best pairs for attendees to taste and vote on.

An additional competition will consist of Bloody Mary mix companies going head-to-head to serve their signature drinks, using Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Attendees will again get to vote on who gets to be crowned Grillfest’s Bloody Mary Champion.

Rain or shine, it’s grillin’ time.

Warners’ Stellian is going to be there to serve up some goodies, and we’re bringing our friends, No Name Premium Meats & Seafood and Flat Earth Brewing.

We will also have experts on-site from WeberTraegerNapoleonDCSPrimo, and Broil King to showcase some of the best grill brands available, and we will help you find the perfect pairing for your backyard.

After you fill up on salmon and steak from No Name, you’ll find a sweet ending as you roast-your-own s’mores over our Big Green Egg smoker grills.

In honor of GrillFest, we would like to invite you to enter to win a top-of-the line Traeger Timberline, worth $2,000. Learn more about the Traeger Timberline here.

For more information and ticket purchasing, visit Minnesota Monthly’s event page.

 

Appliance Design · Innovative Features · Refrigerator

GE came up with the absolute laziest way to make coffee — and you’re going to love it

As a recent bride, I observed single-serve coffee brewers gaining ubiquity among peers’ registry lists. Nearly all my friends now enjoy the convenient pick-me-up afforded by the Buick of a coffeemaker parked in a space formerly reserved for kitchen prep.

According to a 2014 National Coffee Association coffee drinking trends survey, 29 percent of respondents who drank coffee said they used a single-cup brewer, up nearly 50 percent from the previous year.

Per usual, I bucked the trend because how convenient can a Keurig be when you still have the same amount of steps?

  1. Add coffee
  2. Add water
  3. Brew

(but seriously, we all know the real reason is I’m just too cheap to shell out for K-cups)

So imagine my distaste for crow when GE Cafe announced its Keurig-integrated refrigerator (available fall 2015.

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IT’S PLUMBED, PEOPLE! Inserting a K-Cup become the only step of your morning coffee routine, as the refrigerator’s dispenser supplies fresh, filtered water for every cup with no need to refill. One-step coffee. Game-changer.

Better yet, using your refrigerator as your coffeemaker means you can reclaim your coveted counter space.

Perhaps for this.
Perhaps for this.

 

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Or this.

The partnership evolved from the GE Café French-door refrigerator with a hot water dispenser (also cool for tea drinkers or baby bottle preparers) after current owners saw coffee brewing as the refrigerator’s natural progression and suggested it to GE.

If you want to talk about really fancy, your mobile device connects to the fridge so you can preset your brew time so the water in the reservoir heats up in anticipation of your groggy self impatiently pushing the button the next morning.

Genius.

Side note: Miele began selling a built-in coffee system years ago that had the ability to work with coffee pods

Appliance Design · Dryer · Energy Efficiency · Energy Star

Dryers become the next Energy Star

energystarsappliancesThe Environmental  Protection Agency announced this spring the first-ever Energy Star dryer label.

I know what you’re thinking:

“Wait, you mean there wasn’t an Energy Star label for dryers before?”

I know, right? However, the popular thinking was that dryers couldn’t vary much among each other in energy use therefore, there was no reason to call them out.

But about three years ago, the EPA began to take steps to expand the program and reported on ways that clothes dryer efficiency could be improved.

The new label will recognize highly efficient gas and electric dryers that use about 20% less energy than required by 2015 federal standards.

Over 80% of U.S. homes have a clothes dryer, and these appliances account for approximately 6 percent of residential electricity consumption.

So far, one brand has already jumped on the new category. Whirlpool announced an Energy Star rated Duet steam dryer.

Whirlpool brand Duet® model WED87HED steam dryer
Whirlpool brand Duet® model WED87HED steam dryer

Many of today’s dryers already use temperature or moisture sensors to shut off the dryer once clothes are dry and cease using energy past its usefulness. Dryer models that meet the new Energy Star requirements are likely to improve upon these “auto termination cycles.”

From Energy Star:

Among the more efficient gas and electric dryers that will earn the Energy Star, consumers should expect to encounter a promising new technology. Heat pump dryers recapture the hot air used by the dryer and pump it back into the drum to dry more clothes. By re-using most of the heat, it creates a heat pump dryer that is more efficient and avoids the need for ducts leading heat out of the laundry room.

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Custom home trends: Butler’s Pantry and upper-level laundry room

In honor of the Parade of Homes, I asked fellow blogger Nina Lindquist of Homes by Tradition — a custom home builder in the Twin Cities metro area — to share with me a couple of the new home design trends related to appliances that she’s seeing.

Butler’s Pantry 

You know when you’re a guest at someone’s home and they say, “Help yourself” to you? Well, butler’s pantries are the physical manifestation of this familiar phrase.

For those of us (myself included) who want our guests to just enjoy themselves and stop meddling in the kitchen, a butler’s pantry is genius.

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Butler’s pantries are designed to be an extension of the kitchen but are areas mostly for food and beverage serving and servingware storage. I love this example from Homes By Tradition because it incorporates a refrigerator for beverage self-service that can also be used for overflow food when entertaining. Who couldn’t use this around the holidays?

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In this luxury home, the wooden floors continue and a soft arch is used to marry the butler’s pantry to the kitchen instead of closing it off with a door. Not only is this pretty, but it keeps access to the pantry convenient.

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Ceiling-height cabinets make a dramatic statement while squeezing every last drop of storage out of this room.

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See the empty wine rack? That’s about all that my kitchen and this amazing butler’s pantry have in common.

Also (don’t get me wrong, granite’s great, but) the dark stained wood countertop makes me drool. It’s just exactly how you would want to wow your guests, complete with warm, under-cabinet lighting to say, “Hello! Look at our gorgeous and distinctive custom countertops.”

Upper-Level Laundry Room 

You have two cars, so why wouldn’t you have two laundry rooms? OK, so maybe that’s a stretch (but try it on your significant other anyways). But when designing their dream home, many families create spaces that maximize their time and ultimately, happiness — which is why upper-level laundry rooms have become a must-have in new home construction.

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The rolling laundry carts, cabinet storage and super-capacity laundry pair heighten the convenience factor of this laundry room  by Homes by Tradition, which is more beautiful and spacious than my bedroom, by the way. Can I move in?

This is clearly not your standard, dank utility laundry room. The neutral colors really pop against the cheerful wall color, and it’s roomy enough to give a place for everything (and keep everything in its place!).

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The Parade of Homes runs through March 30, 2014 so hurry over to learn more info on Homes By Tradition‘s Spring 2014 home, which Nina blogged about this week.

Appliance Design · Dryer · laundry · Washer

50 Shades of Gray Laundry Pairs

The appliance world has been rocked by gray this year, especially in the laundry room.

But it’s never “gray.”

These washers and dryers — whether front-load or top-load — are called pretty much every other name but looking just as sweet and trendy.

Here are the 12 iterations I could find.

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Sia, eat your heart out. I am (Electrolux) Titanium.
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Asko gray-colored washer, also monikered Titanium.
Maytag changed the name of this finish to Graphite after initial testing showed low response to "Pencil Lead."
Perhaps Maytag changed the name of this finish to Graphite after initial testing showed low response to “Pencil Lead.”
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LG’s lead pencil + metal, aka Graphite Steel.
samsung dark colored washer and dryer
Samsung’s Onyx, which also features WiFi controls through a smartphone app.
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Perhaps to match the countertops in your kitchen comes Maytag’s Granite. Nevermind that true Granite comes in a huge variety of colors.
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Not to be confused with Silver is Samsung’s Stainless Platinum. If I’ve learned anything from being engaged, this shade will be more expensive.
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Now this one gets REALLY interesting. It’s the Whirlpool Cabrio Platinum Edition but the color is Chrome, not Platinum.
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Also Whirlpool Chrome, but this version is front loading.
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GE’s Metallic Carbon, shown here in the Right Height model, looks oddly reminiscent of GE’s Slate for the kitchen.
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Let’s just call a spade a spade with Electrolux Stainless Steel.
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Miele’s Stainless Steel washer