• HPBA Expo – March 4-6 in Nashville!

    January 23, 2015 by , Filed Under: Uncategorized

    Its that time of year again! Time for the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association Expo. Last year, we were excited and grateful to win the Best-in-Category and Best-in-Show Vesta Awards for our Ablaze product line (our only product line at that point). This year, we have two products entered:…

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  • Thanksgiving Dinner Over the Fire

    January 14, 2015 by , Filed Under: rethinking GRILLING, rethinking Off Grid

    This past thanksgiving, my wife and I decided to attempt making Thanksgiving Dinner with the Double Flame fire pit, using wood gathered from the forest. Location: Elk State Forest, Penslvannia Date: Thanksgiving Day, 2014 Menu: Turkey, Stuffing, Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, and Apple Crisp Desert First, I got a good…

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  • “ABLAZE” BAKED BEANS

    January 13, 2015 by , Filed Under: rethinking GRILLING

    This delicious baked bean recipe can be made in a cast iron kettle using the Ablaze kettle winch. Baked beans are the perfect addition to an evening of grilling, and they taste incredible over the open fire. It is also simple and easy to grill the main course of…

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  • MAKING A HOT BED OF COALS

    January 13, 2015 by , Filed Under: rethinking FIRE

    Sometimes a good, solid, hot bed of coals is exactly what is needed for a campfire. Perhaps it is because you would like to make a cobbler or maybe baked potatoes in tinfoil. Or, perhaps you just want to gaze into the hot, flickering depths of a solid bed…

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  • Off Grid Fire Cooking

    January 13, 2015 by , Filed Under: rethinking GRILLING, rethinking LANDSCAPE

    How is it possible to prepare meals COMPLETELY off the grid? Wood fires. No gas, propane or charcoal are needed to create fantastic meals in the great outdoors. A heavy duty fire pit and wood stove create a literally unending supply of heat, cooking, and enjoyment for the backwoods…

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  • Fruit Cobbler

    January 13, 2015 by , Filed Under: rethinking GRILLING

    Who is to say that an open fire is only good for s’mores and hot dogs? We beg to differ. The Ablaze grill makes anything possible, and it’s even heat works just as good (or dare we say, better?) than that old oven back inside the confines of the…

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  • Steak on a Fire

    January 13, 2015 by , Filed Under: rethinking GRILLING, rethinking Off Grid

    Cooking a fresh steak over the coals of a wood fire is one of the most tantalizing experiences in the world of outdoor cuisine. Whether it be a sirloin or ribeye, a real fire will add a certain zest that your guests will love. Here are some things to…

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  • Campfire Songs

    January 13, 2015 by , Filed Under: rethinking FIRE

    Nothing beats some sweet acoustic tunes on guitar around the campfire.  Singers and strummers of all ages can join in.  Here are some songs to enjoy around the campfire with guitar tutorials by YouTube guitar teacher Marty Schwartz. I’ve never met Marty, but he’s sure taught me a lot about…

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  • Mountain Pies

    January 13, 2015 by , Filed Under: rethinking FIRE, rethinking GRILLING

    Making Mountain Pies on Ablaze All you need is a pie iron. You can find various options here. Whether you prefer eggs, meat, pizza, or dessert, you can use almost any ingredients to make a mountain pie. 1. Butter two slices of bread. Tuck the first slice into one…

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  • Off Grid Fire Pit

    January 13, 2015 by , Filed Under: rethinking LANDSCAPE, rethinking Off Grid

    These days, the uncertain economic times and political instability have caused many people to ponder the concept of off-the-grid living. Being able to subsist comfortably without any rent, property tax, or utilities is a fantasy that is becoming increasingly enticing. Plus, off-the-grid living has the advantage of being just…

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