The Benefits of Having an Electric Awning

Over the years, people have utilized awnings to protect them from the harmful effects of sunlight as well as to cool a particular area in their homes. Moreover, these things come in handy every time it rains and you have a scheduled party or activity outdoors. While in the past there were only manual awnings, today, technological advancements have paved the way for a more efficient version- an electrical awning.

Here are the advantages you can get if you have an electrical awning:

1. It is very easy to use. You only need to push a button to get it to work.
2. It can make any area 20 degrees cooler even during the hottest summer days.
3. It is durable and can last several years without needing any repair.
4. It has a considerably more powerful motor that allows it to extend quickly and easily with just a mere push of a button. To retract it, you just need to push the button and it will retract just as quickly as it extends.

Electrical awnings have become the most popular choice among homeowners because of the fact that it can give any buyer more value for their money. The design is simple and straightforward, and the owner can install it himself. Although note that it is always recommended to avail the services of a professional installer to make sure everything is done correctly. You see, if the awning is improperly installed, this could result to malfunctions on the machinery and when this happens, you would have to send it in for servicing.

Who should buy electrical awnings?

Homeowners who do not have trees in their yard can very well enjoy the benefits of an awning. As mentioned, this will keep the area cool and protected from harmful UV rays. Patios and decks can be sufficiently shaded using this machinery all year round. Additionally, people who like to stay outdoors can very well take advantage of awnings to ensure that they do not have to stay in the house all day during the rainy days.

Consider this situation. You have prepared a nice get-together dinner with friends in your house one summer evening. The patio is set, the table outside is laden with food and drinks, and the grill is getting ready for some juicy steaks and barbecue. You check the skies and all of a sudden the clouds look heavy. Is it going to rain? But you checked the weather forecast and there is not supposed to be any rain tonight. Your guests will start arriving in 10 minutes and you notice rain starting to pour. What do you do now?

Well, if you have an electric awning you would not have to worry about these kinds of situations. When it starts to rain, you can simply open and within minutes, you can already enjoy a lovely dinner with your friends.

These things do not come in cheap and are understandably more expensive than their manual counterparts. But with all the advantages it can give, an electric awning is definitely worth buying.

Fun At The Whistle-Stop Barbecue Festival!

This year’s Whistle-Stop Barbeque Festival was great fun. I love great barbeque and the many different grills and smokers on parade almost made me want to buy one and hit the barbeque circuit. Some were painted black, some all stainless steel and there was one that looked like a big egg on wheels that was painted blue.

One thing all these fantastic grills had in common was that the cooks all used either wood or charcoal to cook their meat! None of the sissy electric grills or gas grills was allowed at this competition. These were real men and women who toured the country with their meat cookers hooked behind their trucks. I’ll bet their ancestors worked the cattle drives on the old Chisholm Trail out west and cooked their meals on a campfire built out of old buffalo chips.

I had visions of entering one cook-off after another until I discovered how much those steel monsters cost! Most of these started as low as $5,000 and went up from there! Way Up! That doesn’t take into consideration the vehicles it takes to haul one of these grills around the country; color coordinated and everything!

Grills of all size and description lined the spur line of N & L Railroad tracks in downtown Huntsville, Alabama. This area is now designated as a historic site and was host to some of the most beautiful barbeque grills in creation. I was almost salivating from the sight of all the unusual grills and smokers, not mention the wonderful aromas of the four categories being judged, barbequed ribs, chickens, pork and beef brisket, that were sizzling in their own juices.

There were competitors from Texas, Tennessee, California and North Carolina, in addition to eleven other states. These were folks who follow the barbeque tour, piling up points to be considered for the national title later in the year.

For back yard grillers like myself, there was a “backyard” division made up of amateurs who just love to cook meat in the open air. I didn’t enter this year because even at the non-professional level, it takes a lot of preparation to be ready for this event and by nature I’m a lazy man, not given to anything that appears to be too much like work.

Since most of these professional barbeque chefs came from other states, they had the “big rigs” of barbequing. There was one that was so beautiful it almost made tears come to your eyes.

There before me was a huge 12 foot long black grill shaped like a propane tank, resting on a black steel meshed bed attached to a dual axel trailer that had chrome fender wells. There were dual chrome pipes possibly stolen from a Peterbilt or Mack truck that graced either side of the grill itself. It was a wonderful sight to see clouds of hickory smoke boiling out of these four smokestacks as its truck driver owner fired up the logs in the pit.

All gauges, handles and trim work were of polished chrome, matching the smokestacks and wheel wells of the trailer, which perfectly matched the large black, dual wheel pickup truck that hauled it to various competitions around the country. The glittering chrome on ever accessory is what really sold me on this rig.

All around me were elaborate barbeque grills and smokers which had to have cost their owners a bundle of money. One toy that caught my eye was an actual log cabin built on a trailer with a grill on the end of the porch. The cabin itself was a concession stand where they sold barbeque condiments. Practically every contestant had their own spices to make their sauces or barbeque rubs, making each booth a little more special than the last.

Some of the barbeque rigs had sponsors for their roaming barbecue cookers displayed in banners overhead or even painted on the truck and trailer. There were familiar logos of some of the most well known outdoor companies, selling ever thing from charcoal to camping equipment.

By the end of the day I had seen enough to know that I’ll probably not be joining those barbeque geniuses on the road to the next competition. I left the cook-off smelling of barbeque smoking and with a tummy full of satisfaction.

Electric Grill BBQ Review: The Zojirushi EB-CC15

The Zojirushi EB-CC15 electric grill is an indoor unit made for barbecuing year round. Your family won’t know the difference between food grilled on the Zojirushi and an outdoor grill. It consists of a 12.25×18.12-inch heavy plastic base that stays cool to the touch, a 9.5x 2.75-inch grilling surface that is amazingly non-stick, a shallow stainless steel drip pan, and a removable power cord with variable heat control dial. 1300 watts of heat is what Zojoriushi can deliver and that is a lot of heat!

The grill is easily prepared for use by inserting the drip pan into the base and then placing the grill plate on top and affixing the temperature prove. This unit has the heaviest grill plate I have seen; the competitors models are no where near as heavy duty. Assembled, the grill is 3″ tall and feels very rugged.

This grill will heat up to maximum temps in just 10-15 minutes. A temperature indicator light cycles on and off during use. The variable control dial has three settings: low, medium and high, with temperatures ranging between 176 and 410 degrees Fahrenheit. Although it’s not possible to set an exact temperature, the highest setting works well for most grilling chores, from chicken or steak to hamburger patties, and delivers the much desired customary sear marks as it cooks foods to impeccability. The high setting proved a little too hot for grilling delicate seafood and vegetables, as well as any foods coated in a thick barbecue sauce. So make sure you leave the heat around 3/4 throttle to cook foods like this and turn them on the grill frequently to avoid charring.

The grill cooked with little to no smoke and the nonstick cooking surface released foods with nary a stick. The resulting meals are lower in fat and healthier. The aluminum cooking plate delivers heat to every inch of the grill so there are no hot spots, which can result in uneven cooking, a common problem with lesser quality electric grills.

We were quite pleased with the fast, efficient cooking delivered by the Zojirushi EB-CC15. The size of this grill means that you can cook four to six hamburgers, chicken breasts or pork chops. Although the EB-CC15 is a little smaller than some competitors models, you’ll find the quick, uniform heating ideal for smaller batches. The grill contains about 121 square inches of available cooking space.

Cleaning this grill is wonderfully easy because of the non-stick surface. Just brush or wipe with a damp cloth and your grill is clean. The drip tray and plastic base are dishwasher safe, but also clean easily in hot, soapy water if you prefer.

Overall, we are extremely impressed with the Zojirushi EB-CC15 electric grill. We give it 4.5 out of 5 starts, with a half-point deducted only because of the minor con that the grilling surface is not a little larger. This is one fantastic grill!