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What is a Gas Insert?

What is a Gas Insert?

Many customers come into our store looking for a ” gas insert “. Three main types of products could fall into this category. This article will help differentiate these three options.

Direct Vent Gas Inserts

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Direct Vent Gas Inserts are complete fireplace units that slide into an existing masonry or prefabricated factory built fireplace. These inserts typically feature valve systems for simple ignition, remote controls, blowers, interior lighting, sealed ceramic glass windows and variable flame/ heat controls. Inserts also have several options to choose from. Including, decorative face plates, logs styles, and backgrounds.

The major benefit of direct vent gas inserts is the fact that the insert will pull outside air through a pipe lining the chimney and then exhausting outside through a second pipe in the chimney. The insert does not take any air from the home, it only provides heat.

Whereas, traditional open fireplaces can have efficiency ratings as low as 15% and can actually draw the heat from your furnace right out of your home, gas inserts can achieve efficiency ratings as high as 86%.

Direct vent inserts are the only true “inserts” in the fireplace industry. However, vent free gas logs and vented gas logs are also often called inserts.

Manufacturers of direct vent gas inserts include: Ambiance Fireplace, Fireplace Xtrordinair and Napoleon.

Gas Insert Diagram
How a direct vent insert works.

Vent-Free Gas Logssaratoga vent free gas logs american hearth

A vent-free gas log system uses room air for combustion and delivers 99.9% of the available heat energy directly to the room. Vent-Free systems have an unmatched safety record, thanks in part to their clean-burning technology and their Oxygen Depletion Sensor, which instantly shuts off the valve if oxygen in the room drops to an unsafe level. Vent Free logs can be installed into a UL listed and approved vent free rated fireplace or in a fully functioning masonry fireplace or in some factory built prefabricated fireplaces, according to the manufacturers directions.

Vent-Free systems are limited to 40,000 Btu and must be operated as supplemental heating sources in conjunction with a central furnace that circulates air. Vent-free log sets are not designed to burn as a sole heat source.

Advantages of Vent Free Logs:

  • Unmatched efficiency – 99.9%
  • Offers the most installation versatility
  • Usually less expensive to buy and to install
  • Can operate with a remote or thermostat

Quality vent-free gas insert manufacturers include: American Hearth & Ambiance Fireplaces.

Vented Gas Logs

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Vented gas logs are the ideal product for people who are looking for the most realistic looking fire without the mess and hassle of burning wood. Vented gas logs are more realistic looking than vent free gas logs but are much less efficient. A majority of the heat vented gas logs product will go up the chimney similar to burning wood in an open fireplace.

Log placement is more flexible with vented gas logs where vent-free logs must be set up according to the manufacturer’s specific directions.

A second type of vented gas logs are Radiant Vented Gas Logs. Radiant vented gas logs provide the same realistic flame pattern as standard vented gas logs, but provide as much heat as vent-free gas logs into your home.

Vented Gas Log manufacturers include: Ambiance Fireplace, Best Fire, & Hargrove

Fill out our measurement chart & take pictures to show our salesmen your fireplace and they will help you determine what fireplace product is best suited for your home and needs.

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10 Ways To Make Your Fireplace More Comfortable

10 Ways To Make Your Fireplace More Comfortable

Winter weather is here!


Many people use a fireplace for both ambiance and warmth. Especially, since winter has finally reared its ugly head in Cleveland, Ohio. This past week we have seen below freezing and subzero temperatures and plenty of snow.

When the weather gets this cold, there is very little else I like to do than stay home and sit by my high efficiency wood burning fireplace insert. I’m sure I’m not alone. In light of that, here are several products from Country Stove and Patio that can make your home more comfortable for the remainder of winter 2016.

Here are some options to consider:


Heat Grate – The quickest way to turn your masonry fireplace into a larger heat source is a grate heater. A grate heater is for wood burning fireplaces only. It has a 90/125 CFM variable speed blower with a thermostatic on/off fan control so the unit will turn off and on by itself. A grate heater will send approximately 40,000 BTUs of heat back into your room instead of losing that heat through the chimney. 5 year warranty. 3 sizes available.

Fireplace Heat Grate

Fireplace Glass Doors – Did you know that when you aren’t burning a fire in your fireplace, you may be losing heat from your furnace up your chimney? Properly installed glass doors can reduce air flow through the fireplace opening up to 99%! Glass doors are even available with gasket seals to prevent cold air infiltration down the flue in tightly insulated homes. Many styles, colors, and designs are available to fit your home decor.

Fireplace Glass Doors

Fireplace Inserts – Fireplace inserts come in many shapes and sizes. They can be gas or wood fired, have fan systems and accent lights. These units are designed to heat up to 2,000 square feet and are a supurb secondary heat source in an emergency situation. Leading manufacturers include Lopi, Fireplace Xtrordinair, Mendota, and Ambiance Fireplace inserts.

Fireplace Gas Insert

Tool sets – Fireplace tools are a necessity for a safe burning experience. Tool sets come in many colors and designs. Typically the tools included in a tool set are a broom, a poker, a steel shovel, and a log grabber. These are important to have to stoke your fire, clean up any ash on your hearth and be able to move a burning log if it rolls towards the front of your fireplace.

Fireplace Tool Set

Fireplace Screen – We all love the crackle and pop of a real wood fire. Free standing and curtain screens are important to stop any sparks or embers from popping out of your fireplace and onto a combustible surface like carpet or wood flooring. They also act as a great barrier for children and pets.


Log Holder – Log holders add a decorative and practical aspect to your hearth. They allow for several pieces of wood to be in your house with easy access for when you want to add more wood to your fire. They are also decorative because they add the look and feel of a real fireplace.

Fireplace Log Holder

Fire Resistant Gloves Hands down, gloves are the most important tool for your fireplace, wood stove, or wood insert. They allow you to safely add more wood to your fire without burns or having to throw the wood in. They are also important in the case you need to move or remove a log in your fire.

Fireplace Gloves

Gas Logs – Gas logs come in two styles: vented or non-vented. Vented gas logs provide the ambiance of a traditional fireplace with the ease of turning a valve or hitting a button. Vent free provide ambiance and are a zonal heating option as well. Log styles and options vary.

Vent Free Gas Logs

Heat Champions – Heat Champions are a hybrid option between the beauty of glass doors and the heat of wood burning inserts. These units have unique features like optional stainless steel grill and standard pry-ceramic glass, 8 gauge steel faces, 50/200 CFM fans, thermostatic fan control, gasketed doors, and cabinet mesh doors.


Non Combustible Rug – All fireplaces, stoves and inserts need an area around and in front for spark protection. This means that if a spark does come out, it won’t cause a fire. The simplest way to increase the spark protected area is with a non-combustible hearth rug. Many colors, styles, designs and shapes are available.

Hearth Rug


There are many more options to make your fireplace provide more heat and nicer ambiance. Country Stove and Patio’s has been in business for 35 years and has trained and knowledgeable salesmen that can help you find the right solution for your home and our employed technicians and installation crews will make sure your fireplace runs efficiently and safely for many years.

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2015-2019 Universal Studios Christmas O scale Train Display

2015-2019 Universal Studios Christmas O scale Train Display

Universal Studios was founded in 1912 and has made and endless amount of movies that is adored by millions from the Universal Studios Monsters to Jurassic World. The Universal Studios Christmas 0 scale train display is in tribute to the Theme park, the Studio, and the Christmas Holiday. There have already been many rides retired and there are attractions, characters, and movie cars to commerate those once cherished rides. Everything in the display is a universal property or related to the Christmas Holiday. All buildings were handmade and detailed to look like the actual building in the park or how it appeared in the movie. We are now going to take a tour around the Universal Studios O scale Train Display. One of the first attractions just like in the theme park is the entrance way to Universal Studios.

Entrance way to Universal Studios

The display lights up on the sides and the the Universal Studios Florida sign lights up.  Watch out for characters roaming around the gate for pictures. You might encounter the Gremlins and the terminator.

After you walk through the entrance way Harry Potter will greet you and take you on the Hogwarts Express to begin your tour of the Universal Studios Florida Theme Park.

Transformers 3D Ride

After you enter the entrance way at the beginning of the park, You will see the Transformers 3-D ride. BumbleBee, Optimus Prime, and Grimlock will take on an adventerous journey battling Megatron and the Decepticons.

Ghostbusters house

After your 3-D ride with the Transformers, You will see the Lagoon on your right. While you are walking near the lagoon be careful because there are rumors from other visitors that Jaws was sighted. On your left you will see the Ghostbusters house. Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz, and Winston Zeddemore as your tour their new containment chamber with ghosts. Watch out for Zuul, Gozer and Slimer as they try to break out of the chamber!

Despicable Me 3D Ride

After the Ghostbusters tour, Gru and minions Paul, Stuart, Kevin, and Dave will take you on a fun filled adventourous tour through their house. Be careful Gru and the minions have a devious plan of turning you into a minion.

Simpson 3D Ride

The next attraction you will see is the simpsons house. You will meet Marge, Bart, Lisa, Homer and little Maggie as you take an adventourous ride through Springfield. You will meet Grandpa Simpson, Krusty the Clown and Willie.

Jurassic Park

The next stop is taking a frightful and terrifying ride with John Hammond, Ian Malcom and Alan Grant through Jurassic Park. They will greet you at the visitors center and tour the DNA chamber with Dr. Henry Wu. Something goes wrong while on your tour with security and have to find Dennis Nedry head of Jurassic Park security. They will take you on a mission to finding Dennis Nedry but you will have to go past the T-Rex cage! The Jurassic Park gate was made by Stan Starry Jr. from the Great Lakes Woodcarvers Club.

New Attractions for 2015

Mt. Crumpit

Take a journey to Whoville to save Christmas from the Grinch. As you ride up Mt. Crumpit, Beware of the Grinch he doesn’t like visitors. Mt. Crumpit is the Grinch’s lair and he will do anything to get rid of unwanted visitors even if it means pushing you off a 325ft.  cliff. You will also encounter Cindy Lou who who will be your guide as you go up Mt. Crumpit.

Shrek Castle

Shrek will take you on a 4-D adventure through his castle with his friends Donkey and Princess Fiona.  While on tour, Lord Farquaad has broken into the castle and has captured the Gingerbread man. Lord Farquaad has threatened to eat him. You have to save the Gingerbread man while on tour with Shrek.

Universal Studios Lagoon

Universal Studios Lagoon is located around some of the Universal Studios attractions. There are also some past and present movie props along Universal Studios Lagoon. While you are walking near the lagoon be careful because there are rumors from other visitors that Jaws was sighted.

 Jaws Ride

Join Sheriff Martin Brody on his boat in Amity Island as he searches for a Shark called Jaws. Jaws is attacking beach goers and Jaws needs to be stopped. You will encounter Mayor Larry Vaughn, Quint, Brody, and Matt Hooper from the Oceanic Institute on this wet and wild adventure to find Jaws.

Night Time At Universal Studios O Scale Train Display Theme Park

Thank You for Visiting Universal Studios O Scale Christmas Train Display Theme Park.  Come Back in 2019!

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Home Is Where The Hearth Is

Home Is Where The Hearth Is

NORTH ROYALTON – Home is where the hearth is, and the hearth has been the heart of family owned Country Stove Patio and Spa for 34 years.

Warmth is what they sell, and with warmth is how they operate.

“Our heart and soul is the stove and fireplace heating products. Our dad, Dominic, founded the store in 1981 during the energy crisis of the late 70s and early 80s,” said Matt Federico. “We care about our customers, and our community.”

With more than just stoves and fireplaces, the store has everything to create the perfect backyard ambiance with products to fit all seasons – patio furniture, grills, fire pits and hot tubs.

“We enjoy helping design the ideal backyard, and also being creative and being able to help them with their heating needs too,” Matt said. “We like taking the guesswork out of it and them being able to rely on our expertise to make their vision a reality.”

Fall in love with cozy heating products

Leaves are changing and temps are cooling, but it’s a hot time to think about heating needs.

This happens to be the busiest season of the year for the store. Fall’s popular seasonal products heading into winter are wood stoves and inserts, gas fireplaces and inserts, gas logs, wood and gas fire pits.

Don’t have a fireplace and feeling left out in the cold?

“We specialize in new construction, remodeling and retrofitting homes for higher efficiency fireplaces. We’re the ‘Home of the Anyplace Fireplace.’ That’s what we are known for,” Matt’s brother, Nick, said.

“We can install them in bedrooms, bathrooms, basements, great rooms, kitchens. Any place you want a fireplace, we can help you put one in, whether it’s new construction or a home built 50 years ago,” Matt added.

“We can also replace them if someone has a fireplace but doesn’t like how it heats or looks. We can remodel it and change it up,” Nick added.

Fall is the perfect time to address these projects because heat is still more of a preparation than a necessity yet.

The last two winters have been brutally cold, leaving people wanting to add more heat to their homes but maybe postponing it until the “next season.”

“We have heard of customers wearing hats and scarves in their homes. That’s not the ideal picture living in the cold environment we have,” Matt said. “It’s much more enjoyable to come home from work and have a toasty fireplace to sit around and be warm.”

The store’s offerings are lifetime products.

“The sooner you buy, the longer you can enjoy the benefits,” Nick said, “and the bigger bang for your buck.”

The zonal heat many of the products afford is more affordable than conventional heat in many instances.

“It is less expensive to zonally heat the room you are spending time in instead of turning up the thermostat and heating the whole house – the basement, the bedroom you aren’t in upstairs,” Matt explained.

But these features can also heat entire homes, not just a room. Their parents heat their home with a gas insert, and Nick uses a gas fireplace. Gas products have come a long way, they said.

“They are really realistic. Many times, you wouldn’t know it’s not a wood fire,” Matt said.

More than simply warmth, fire is also about ambiance.

“We create an experience with our products,” Nick said. “There’s the benefit of staying warm, but fire is mesmerizing and draws people in. A fireplace is a great centerpiece of the home and can bring a family together, and that happens naturally without forcing it. People gravitate to the heat of the fire and want to stay together, watch TV together and play games rather than spreading out into the cooler areas of the home.”

Fireplaces have evolved, too, and are very artistic and decorative today. Some can fit into a wall, much like an aquarium, and there are even three-sided fireplaces, maximizing the view.

The store’s pricing is competitive, with products starting at entry pricing points and moving up to the more high-end, but they stand behind them all.

“We have something for everybody. Even with our entry-point products, we don’t skimp on quality. Customers can expect to enjoy them for many, many years,” Matt said.

Fall is a great time for a fire pit or grill for tailgating or clambakes. Hot tubs are another hot item this time of year.

“We have wood and gas pits, we still have grills in stock, the Big Green Egg,” he said. “A lot of people like using their hot tub more in the winter and fall than in the spring and summer, myself included. It’s a nice way to be outside and relax when it may be too cold to be outside.”

Safety first

Several stores sell fireplaces, grills, patio furniture and spas, but what sets Country Stove apart from the rest is its knowledgeable staff.

They’ve seen it all over the past 34 years, and they undergo certification and yearly continuing education to stay well-informed on their products.

“We service all the products we sell and have our own installers that work for us. We don’t subcontract. All of our sales people, service technicians and installers go through the certification process through The National Fireplace Institute. We know our products through background and certification. Our lead installer has been with us 16 years. Dominic has been here 34 years. Between everybody, there is very little we haven’t seen or done or experienced,” Matt said.

His brother seconds that.

This is the store’s third location, all three times staying within North Royalton. Country Stove Patio and Spa is vested in the community and plans to stay put for the long haul.

“Our attention to detail, everything we do is very thorough because we want to ensure every installation is a safe installation,” Nick said. “We are full service, family owned and operated, are second generation and plan on being here another 35 years, easily. We see ourselves as being part of the community long term. We grew up at the store. Our first memories are here. We want to continue our family’s legacy.”

The store is located at 6669 Royalton Road in North Royalton. For more information about the store and its products, visit

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Home Is Where The Hearth Is

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Wood Fireplace Inserts Upgrade Your Fireplace!

Wood Fireplace Inserts Upgrade Your Fireplace!

I feel by now most Clevelander’s should be well adapted to the Northeast Ohio climate. We start the year with a bitter cold January and February, which slowly turns into a rainy Spring. Then the Summer gives us a glimmer of hope to enjoy picnics and pool parties, but are then dashed by a cool rainy fall and a subsequent frigid October, November and December. Our eternal wishes of tropical weather most of the year and a short winter season are nixed year after year after year. If we can almost bet on Cleveland’s weather roller coaster ride, why don’t we properly prepare to better enjoy the coldest 6 months out of the year?

In a 2011 Hearth Industry Report conducted by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), it was reported that “There were approximately 1.2 fireplaces per American home in 2010, with 80 percent of the homes having at least one fireplace or stove, and 21 percent having two or more.” It is safe to say that a majority of homes have a fireplace; however, how many people actually use their fireplace? The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) revealed, “Fireplace owners report that they typically use their fireplaces 52 times per year, most often in the winter (average 34 times) and fall (average 10 times).” At first glance, it may seem like wood fireplaces are adding a lot of heat to the average home as a secondary heat source. The Consumer Energy Center states “On the average, an operating open-masonry fireplace can have efficiencies ranging up to 15 percent, depending upon its type and operation.” In actuality up to 85% of the heat produced from a wood fire is lost up your chimney. The rest of the story may be even more shocking: “if there is no fire and the damper is left open, a fireplace can actually have a “negative efficiency” as warm air from the house escapes through the chimney!” In our experience as a specialty hearth retailer, even with your damper closed your home may still be losing heat all winter long!

Ok, so we recognized that most homes in Cleveland have a serious heating problem. Heat produced from your furnace is escaping up your chimney whether or not your fireplace is in use and regardless of your damper being open or closed. So how do we fix this problem? You could always start by continuing to pay inflated electric bills and gas bills! But, who really wants to do that? The best alternative to correct the problem would be to close off the fireplace opening and add a high efficiency wood burning fireplace insert.  Unlike a traditional open burning fireplace, a wood fireplace insert will be 70-80% efficient. So in simple numbers, wood burned in an open fireplace produces 15% of heat into your home and wood burned in a fireplace insert produces 70-80% of heat into your home. Essentially a wood insert produces 5 times as much heat from the same number of logs as an open fireplace. Since the wood being burned in a fireplace insert is much more efficient, wood burn times can increase ten fold over an open wood burning fireplace. An open burning fireplace may burn a load of wood for one to two hours. It is common to achieve 8 to 10 and even 12 hour burn times per load of wood in a wood burning insert.

Outside of being a phenomenal heat source, there are also other benefits to owning and operating a wood burning fireplace insert. Proper installation of a wood burning insert requires a top plate being placed on top of the chimney sealing off the extra space around your chimney liner. This prevents unwanted cold air from blowing and circulating down your chimney. Additionally, the wood fireplace insert panel that covers the opening of your fireplace is sealed with fiberglass insulation to further prevent cold air from entering your home, but more importantly the panel prevents heated air from your furnace escaping up your chimney. This means that when you burn in a wood fireplace insert you are producing 5 times as much heat (70-80% efficient) and eliminating heat loss resulting in higher home heating efficiency. Compare that   with the the 85% heat loss while burning and negative efficiency of an open burning fireplace when not in use.

On a strictly aesthetic note, wood burning fireplace inserts offer many design options to match or compliment any home decor. Wood fireplace inserts span from traditional designs to contemporary designs. For traditional homes a hearth stove or bay design may fit best, while modern or contemporary homes may look best with a flush mounted unit with either an arch or rectangular door. Wood stove insert manufacturer’s have focused their efforts on increasing the glass viewing area for more ambiance and a better view of the fire. A large roaring fire means your current fireplace can transform from an outdated eye soar to an updated centerpiece in your main living space.

I believe all of the bases have been covered to give good reason to make an investment into both form and function. Wood fireplace inserts allow up to 5 times as much heat and 10 times less wood usage compared to open burning fireplaces. Wood fireplace inserts are the best alternative to seal off your cold drafty fireplace from both top and bottom and prevent heat loss up your chimney. This results in a higher heating efficiency from even your current furnace. Top the new found energy savings off with an attractive roaring fire and new face design and you have succeeded in upgrading your current fireplace with both heat and ambiance!

Wood Fireplace Inserts Upgrade Your Fireplace!


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Broilmaster Infrared Grill R3B Wins Top Rating

Broilmaster Infrared Grill R3B Review


This super-durable Broilmaster Infrared grill has the best warranty in our review.


You must purchase the stand separately, which makes the grill more expensive.

Verdict 9.83

The Broilmaster R3B offers an excellent grilling experience, thanks to even heating and a solid design. This makes it one of the best infrared grills in our review.


Broilmaster is an American manufacturer of premium grill products. Its Broilmaster R3B is one of the best infrared grills in our review. The R3B produced a solid performance in our heat consistency and durability tests, which contributed to an excellent grilling experience. Aside from performance, the grill’s features, construction and warranty give this grill many advantages over the competition. The Broilmaster R3B is our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award winner for infrared grills.

The Broilmaster R3B comes with two 20,000-BTU burners that each take up half of the grill. The right burner is a large ceramic sear burner. The left burner is a U-shaped blue flame burner that doesn’t produce as much heat, but offers versatility for delicate foods. The blue flame burner pairs with briquettes, similar to those of charcoal grills, but made of a ceramic material. If you prefer two infrared burners in the grill, Broilmaster’s R3 model has the option.

The Broilmaster R3B scored 95 percent on our heat consistency tests. This means you can use the grill for a variety of grilling tasks, such as slow roasting and searing, without ruining your food. Part of the reason for this score is the Broilmaster R3B’s extra space between its burners and its cooking grates, more than any other grill in our review, which allows the grill’s heat more room to diffuse before coming in contact with your food.

To evaluate the Broilmaster R3B for hot and cold spots across the cooking area, we tested the burners separately by placing slices of bread on the cooking grates. The infrared burner created even sear marks on the bread in one minute. The traditional burner took four minutes to preheat, because of the ceramic briquettes, and produced a similar result. This compares well with other infrared grills.

We then looked at how well the grill maintains lower temperatures over 20 minutes. The grill took 10 minutes to preheat to around 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The grill’s temperature only rose slightly during the rest of the test. Although this grill doesn’t preheat as quickly as others in our review, its performance makes up for that.

Grill Features:

Throughout our testing process, this grill provided a well-rounded grilling experience. The distance between the cooking grates and the burners makes it difficult to burn food, making this a very forgiving grill if you are new to the infrared BBQ. The grill produced excellent results with the four meats we cooked for our review including steak, chicken, salmon and hamburgers. The warming rack on the Broilmaster R3B is 253 square inches, making it the largest warming rack in our review. The primary cooking area was slightly smaller than the other freestanding grills in our review at 442 square inches.

The grill comes with a built-in temperature gauge to help you know if you have the right amount of heat for your cooking. However, we learned some things that might not detract from the experience but are useful to know. First, we could only get the grill to light properly with both burners on high. This is different from most grills, which allow you to light the burners one at a time. Second, it is easier to connect the propane tank when the drip tray is not in place.

The Broilmaster R3B is natural gas capable, which lets you connect the infrared gas grill to your home’s natural gas supply instead of using a propane tank. A conversion kit is required for this functionality and you must purchase it separately. This unit’s self-cleaning feature allows you to turn the burners on high after cooking to burn off any cooking residue. This feature is only found on half of the grills in our review.

Grill Construction:

The cast-aluminum construction of the unit’s cookbox is rock solid. It doesn’t feel flimsy in any way, making it the most durable infrared grill in our review. The Broilmaster R3B’s stainless-steel cooking grates are easy to clean and have the same heavy-duty construction as the rest of the grill.

Unlike other freestanding models in our review, the Broilmaster R3B grill head doesn’t initially come with a stand. Because of this, you can choose from a variety of stands, including a built-in option, making it the only grill in our review that you can permanently mount in an outdoor kitchen. You can also add side burners and shelves. This modular customization is unique to Broilmaster in our review and is a great advantage. Unfortunately, each of these features costs extra and may not be as convenient as buying a complete grill.

Warranty & Support:

Broilmaster offers the best warranty in our review. The company guarantees the stainless-steel burner for 10 years and the infrared burner for five years. The burner warranty is better than those found on the majority of grills in the industry. Additionally, Broilmaster covers the cooking grates, cookbox and lid with a lifetime warranty. Only one other company in our review offers a similar level of warranty protection on those three components. The other parts on this unit are protected by a one-year warranty, which is average among infrared grills.

If you need help with the grill, you can contact Broilmaster by email, but the company doesn’t offer a phone number. Instead, the company relies on local dealers for most support queries. The Broilmaster website offers a FAQs section in the form of a “Getting Started” page.


The Broilmaster R3B infrared grill has many advantages and few disadvantages. It provides consistent heating and a dynamic grilling experience. This, coupled with a well-engineered design and comprehensive warranty, makes the Broilmaster R3B one of the best infrared grills in our review. The modular nature of this grill’s accessories makes it less convenient than a ready-to-go grill, but it offers great flexibility. Overall, this grill is about as good as infrared BBQ gets.


Editor’s Note: This information was taken directly from the manufacturer’s website.

Infrared Grilling

Get restaurant results with steak, chops, fish, chicken pieces and more. Infrared grilling sears foods quickly to lock in juice and flavor. After the initial sear, the infrared energy cooks foods to perfection in minutes.

Unlike other IR models, these versatile Broilmaster grills allow up to 30-percent turndown on each independent burner for indirect cooking, slow-roasting, baking, pizza making, and warming.

Super-duty stainless steel cooking grids offer three levels of adjustability, plus a separate warming rack offer even greater control over cooking temperatures. The multi-position lid stop adds yet another level of temperature control.


  • 695 Sq. In. of Total Cooking Area (26 3/4 W x 18 3/4 D x 19 H)
  • Heavy-Duty Cast Aluminum Construction (Limited Lifetime Warranty)
  • V-Channel Cooking Grids (Standard on all 2014 R3 Series Grills)
  • Stainless Steel Control Panel
  • Stainless Steel Warming Rack (Limited Lifetime Warranty)
  • Choose Propane or Natural Gas
  • Broilmaster R3 and R3B Gas Grills are made in USA.

V-Channel Cooking Grids

  • Capture up to 60 percent of the drippings released from foods
  • Channels hold these juices just beneath the food, where heat from the infrared burner converts it into steam and smoke – adding flavor and moisture to everything you grill.
  • Grids clean up easily with a regular grill bush.

R3B Infrared and Blue Flame Grill

  • One Infrared Burner and One Blue Flame Burner – up to 40,000 total Btu
  • Right side – 20,000 Btu Infrared Burner
  • Left Side – 20,000 Btu Blue Flame Burner (18,000 Btu on LP)



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A Cure for the Common Cold?

A Cure for the Common Cold

Hot Tubs: A Cure for the Common Cold?

Have a cold? Here are 6 ways a hot tub can help the common cold:

  1. Heat, elevating your body temperature can help your body to combat the quickly spreading cold virus.
  2. Frequent hot tub use, every few hours for 20 minutes at a time can help to elevate your body temperature allowing you to sweat out the cold.
  3. Relieve those aches and pains. Heat therapy can do wonders on those body aches.
  4. Clear your nasal passages. put a tiny bit of salve under your nose, combined with the steam from the hot tub your nasal passages will open right up.
  5. Clear your nose. The heat and steam from the hot tub will open you up allowing you to blow your nose much easier.
  6. Get plenty of rest. When you soak in the hot tub your temperature will increase, after getting out your temperature will start to decrease which will cause you to get drowsy.

All of these can help be a cure for the common cold this winter!

Country Stove Patio & Spa is proud to carry and service the high-quality PDC Spas. Contact us today for more information about the health benefits that spas can provide you!



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2014 Universal Studios Train Display-Stuart the Minion by his Statue Cartoon

2014 Universal Studios Train Display-Stuart the Minion by his Statue

 Stuart admiring his statue pic 1


Stuart the minion from despicable me is admiring a statue of himself at Gru’s house in the 2014 Universal train display at Country Stove and Patio in North Royalton, Ohio

Stuart: Aah! Aah! Banana!


 Stuart admiring his statue pic 2

 Gru: Stuart! What are you doing?

Stop admiring your statue!

We have a lot of work to do to get ready for the Universal Studios Theme park Christmas Train display at Country Stove and Patio

Come and visit Country Stove Patio and Spa to see the Universal Studios O Scale Christmas train display!

Display will be complete by Thanksgiving.

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EGGceptional North Coast EGGfest 2014

Eggheads, Wannabes have EGGceptional Time at EGGFest

Country Stove Patio and Spa hosted the second ever North Coast EGGfest 2014 locally May 17


By JAIME ANTON The Post staff writer

NORTH ROYALTON – Marilyn Sessions readied her flank steak, which had been marinating for two days, for the grill.

Her husband Brian put a few pieces of apple wood in the grill and they waited patiently for the temperature to read 450-500 degrees.

The sizzle, the smell as she carefully laid the steak on the fire was heavenly.

Ward 4 Councilman Paul Marnecheck happened by their grill and was stopped in his tracks by the aroma.

“I’d like to try it,” he said to Brian Sessions.

When it was the right temperature, they handed him over a few slices. Once the fork hit his lips, Marnecheck was hooked.

“Wow. That is excellent. Wow. How long until that one’s done?” he said, gesturing at another flank steak sizzling away. “I don’t want to be greedy and get seconds, but wow. That was really, really good.”

Marnecheck happily accepted the seconds the Sessions were more than willing to dish out.

“Oh man, this is so good,” he smiled.

The Sessions aren’t your average grillers, they’re Eggheads.

Eggheads are those who know the ins and outs of the unique Big Green Egg grill and swear by them, preferring this unique grill to traditional charcoal and gas grills.

The Sessions are by no means rookies. They’re seasoned Egg vets with close to 15 years of experience logged on their Eggs. They own three, because one’s just not enough for an Egghead.

“And I think we need another one,” Marilyn Sessions laughs.

She lifted the Egg’s lid and takes a quick peek at their steak. This very same recipe earned her second place a few years ago in the national EGGFest in Atlanta, which is attended by thousands and thousands of Eggers every year.

The Sessions, who hail from Kent, were grilling up not only steak, but a chicken recipe next to 16 other teams at the local North Coast EGGFest 2014 hosted by Country Stove Patio and Spa in North Royalton May 17.

Marnecheck loved their steak, but he was also impressed with the turducken that Tom Bender, of North Royalton, was grilling up on his Egg. The councilman didn’t get a chance to try it, but just seeing this legendary dish – turkey stuffed with duck stuffed with chicken – being attempted, let alone on a grill, was a sight to behold.

“Everybody seems pretty excited about it,” Bender said. “Nobody did a turkey last year, so I thought I would this time. It’s great because you can really get a lot of flavor into a reasonably priced meat with the Egg.”

Big Green Egg enthusiasts boast about the grill’s design that melds an ancient cooking technique with modern ingenuity to create a unique cooking style. This cooking style imparts distinctive flavors and aromas derived from organic wood charcoal and chips all in a fraction of the time as conventional charcoal grills.

These grills are celebrated because they are easy to start, can maintain an exact temperature thanks to the ceramic design, are grill ready in minutes, are safe to use and simple to clean.

The charcoal or chips ignite quickly and reach cook-ready temperatures within minutes, as opposed to the tradition charcoal grill that can take up to an hour. Users can grill, smoke and bake at exact temperatures thanks to the air flow design. And, accuracy can be maintained within a few degrees up to 750 degrees and as low as 170.

Eggs aren’t simply for grilling, experts said they’re great for baking too – pies, bread, cookies and more.

Magdalena Chmura, of North Royalton, and her friend Mark Wells, of Dayton, teamed up to cook lamb and bacon shish kabobs followed by chocolate chip cookies on the grill.

Another Egghead baked loaf bread and a cornbread. Someone else was making quesadillas.

Country Stove Patio and Spa features the largest full-line, in-stock selection of Big Green Egg accessories in northeast Ohio and is very plugged in to the Big Egg movement, so much so that they brought the nationwide EGGFest to North Royalton last year.

It was very successful with between 200-250 people attending. There were 12 grills in use last year. This year, there were 17, but the cold, wet weather dampened attendance a bit. About the same amount of people attended this year.

Matt Federico, whose parents Dominic and Gloria own the store, works alongside his brothers Nick and Joe. He said he’s hopeful for next year.

“Hopefully this will continue to grow, and we start pulling in more people. Last year’s event, it was a beautiful day. Even with the weather, we had a good-sized crowd. I’m excited about next year,” he said.

The weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of The Post Newspapers’ very own Karl Gerhard, account executive. Gerhard, admittedly, is an Egghead. He was serving up his famous Atomic Buffalo Turds and debuting his newly concocted culinary masterpiece, Luau Logs, a recipe his son Jake, 10, and his wife, Yvette, helped craft the night before the Fest.

The logs were sweet peppers stuffed with pineapple and cream cheese, wrapped in bacon, seasoned with Dizzy Pig Pineapple Head seasoning and brown sugar and then smoked on the grill for an hour at 350 degrees.

Atomic Buffalo Turds are very similar, but are the spicy, non-fruity cousin to the logs. They are jalapenos stuffed with smoked sausage and cream cheese, wrapped with bacon, seasoned with Dizzy Pig Dizzy Dust and smoked on the Egg at 350 degrees for an hour.

Tammy and Jon Lillie, of Olmsted Falls, anxiously waited in line for a bite.

They have their own Egg, but haven’t really ventured out into the world of unique recipes just yet.

“We’ve never thought of making bread, so this is a learning experience. And these Luau Logs are such a unique idea. This is giving us more ideas, which we need. I’m really impressed,” Tammy Lillie said.

“We’ve done duck and roast beef. I definitely want to try pizza. I’m really glad we invested in the Egg,” Jon Lillie added.

Ron and Sher Morse traveled all the way from Kane, Pa., to attend the Fest. They do not have an Egg, but were eying them closely after the fare they sampled and the words of wisdom from the Eggers.

“Everyone here has been so friendly. We would definitely come back,” Sher Morse said.

“They’re all giving me tips on things to try, but they won’t give me secrets on the sauce. That’s top secret,” Ron Morse chuckled.

Marilyn Sessions said this is the beauty of EGGFest, not just amazing food, but the camaraderie and the sharing of techniques and ideas, even recipes.

“We like the flavor, the ease of use. You can do so many things, a variety of foods, but we also love the camaraderie, all the Eggers sharing recipes, teaching people. Some of the people here, this is their first EGGFest experience. We do these all over the country and this is by far our favorite,” she said. “They spoil us here. We want for nothing.”

She was flipping a steak when the tune “We are Family” came over the speakers at the event.

“It’s the perfect song for this,” she smiled.

North Coast EGGfest 2014

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2013 North Coast EGGfest Video

2013 North Coast EGGfest Video

As the 2014 North Coast EGGfest is almost upon us, we thought we would reflect on what a succes the 2013 North Coast EGGfest was. The 2013 North Coast EGGfest video below shows the EGGheads who attended, what they cooked, the awesome bands that played, and how much fun everyone was having. If you’re looking for a fun outdoor festival in Cleveland this Saturday (May 17), this is it!

Things to look forward to at the 2014 North Coast EGGfest:

  • Live Music
  • Lots of amazing BBQ
  • Increase your BBQ skills
  • Raffles & door prizes
  • Nice Weather (fingers crossed)!

You can pre-register here or at the event.

Still not sure what an EGGfest is? Check out this blog post for more details!


2013 North Coast EGGfest Video

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How Unheralded Wood Stoves Could Save The World

How Unheralded Wood Stoves Could Save the World

Have you weighed the environmental impact of a wood stove before purchasing one? There is a false impression out there that a woodstove is a dirty pollution-making machine. While that might have been true 40 years ago, wood stove technology has increased by leaps and bounds since then. Today, woodstoves are a clean-burning carbon-neutral cost-saving way to heat your home.

The folks at Popular Mechanics have the proof to back that claim up. They have written a very interesting article about these new clean burning woodstoves and how maybe, just maybe a return to wood burning stoves and inserts might be the best option for your households heating needs during the terribly cold Cleveland winters.

One example of a very efficient and clean-burning wood stove is the Lopi Cape Cod. One load of wood in the Lopi Cape Cod will burn for 12 hours in the 3 cubic feet firebox. The unit is the cleanest burning stove in the industry at 80.5% efficiency and only emits .45 grams per hour. It has a large glass viewing area that will stay clean due to Lopi’s advanced air wash system so you can really enjoy the fire.

The Lopi Cape Cod is available exclusively in the Cleveland area at Country Stove Patio & Spa.

Lopi Cape Cod Wood Stove
Lopi Cape Cod

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Cleveland New Construction Fireplaces: Home Buyers Beware!

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Cleveland New Construction Fireplaces: Home Buyers Beware!

It is time new construction home buyers become educated about one of the most important elements of their home: The Fireplace. When building a home, countless hours are spent choosing the home layout, hard wood flooring, carpeting, counter tops, kitchen cabinets, paint color, landscaping etc. However, it is a sad state of affairs that more time is spent picking hearth brick or hearth stone colors than deciding on the correct fireplace heating option for your new home.

The fireplace is the heart of your home. The focal centerpiece for your family and friends. Have you ever been to a house without a fireplace? If you have, it simply does not feel like a home. Every true home has a fireplace and it is the most over looked element when building a new home. Home builders will likely tell you that the fireplace unit is just a detail and that they will “take care of it” with a “high efficiency unit.” The uneducated home buyer trusts their builder’s judgement and simply says, “OK!” If you were to buy a car, would you entrust the salesman to choose the make, model, engine size, safety features and trim package for you as long as he let you pick the car color? So then why would you let your home builder decide the make, model, heat output, face option and trim package on your fireplace as long as he lets you choose the hearth color? In the fireplace industry, we witness homeowners paying attention only to the aesthetics of their new construction fireplaces without considering the actual performance of their unit. This happens time and time again on low budget builds, as well as high end custom homes and it always results in the same outcome: Home Owners Are Not Happy!

So if home buyers are not happy long term with the new construction fireplaces built into their home, why do home builders install these cheap direct vent units? Great question, and the answer lies in simple economics. Your home builder has the price of your new construction direct vent gas fireplace worked out to make a profit. He knows how much the wood framing costs, how much the finished stone costs and how much the labor will cost. He also knows that there is a considerably high preconceived value for how much a fireplace “should” cost. More than twenty years ago, almost all homes were built with an all masonry fireplace. Homes have been built with a masonry fireplace as their heat source in America since our country was settled. Masonry fireplaces can cost anywhere from $5,000-$15,000 for a master mason to build.

Today, there are better heating options for your home than building a masonry fireplace. Home builders have been building new construction homes with direct vent gas fireplaces, which are easier to install and can provide you with a more efficient heat output. The down side is that the number one place home builders will save themselves money, will be with the direct vent gas unit they install. Often, larger home builders exclusively use new construction fireplaces from a single manufacturer since they receive discounts, as well as cash bonuses and incentives for brand loyalty. Home builders can purchase direct vent gas new construction fireplaces anywhere from $500 to $6,000 and the home owner will never know the difference.

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Beautiful & Efficient New Construction Fireplaces
Beautiful & Efficient New Construction Specialty Fireplaces

That is until they turn on their gas fireplace and begin asking questions.

          “Is the flame supposed to be that small?”

          “Does this look like a natural wood fire to you?”

          “Does it feel like the room is heating up?”

          “Why does it feel like the room is getting colder?”

          “Isn’t there supposed to be a blower on our fireplace?”

However, as you are asking question your home builder is at the bank cashing your check. It can get to the point that you may even feel embarrassed to turn your fireplace on when friends and family visit.

The proper homework and due diligence can prevent a $10,000 new construction fireplace headache. If a quality unit is installed, you will experience years of enjoyment and memories around your fireplace. If an $500 unit is installed and you are dissatisfied in 2 years, you will be looking at another $8,000 – $10,000 investment for a new unit, demolition of your existing hearth, new framing and new stone for your hearth and facing. This is not a “weekend warrior” project to say the least. So why buy twice?

Here is my expert advice coming from 33 years in the hearth and home industry: seek help from a qualified, professional fireplace store. Ask your builder for the make and model numbers of the new construction fireplace he will be installing.  Prior to you visiting the fireplace store, search on the internet for pictures and videos of the unit your builder will be installing. Take all of the information to a trusted fireplace shop and ask for advice. Then, compare what you have seen online to the models in store and highlight their differences. Fireplace shops are specialists in the home building and reconstruction industry. Here at Country Stove Patio & Spa we believe in helping you select a customizable fireplace that will increase the value of your home and keep you warm on the coldest days. Rely on our experience to help you find both a stunning and high performing direct vent gas fireplace for your beautiful new home.

This has been a public service announcement.

Country Stove Patio & Spa is located at:

6669 Royalton Rd. North Royalton, OH 44133

Cleveland New Construction Fireplaces: Home Buyers Beware!

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Stop Grilling In The Dark!

Stop Grilling In The Dark!

Stop Grilling in the darkLets face it: you are sick and tired of grilling in the dark. However, you tend to only think about how much of a pain it is to grill in the dark when you are actually ‘grilling in the dark.’ Once those steaks are off the grill you’re lighting issues are out of sight out of mind. I can picture it now: you come home from work, steaks are marinated and tenderized, the plate with a stack of steaks in your left hand, grill tongs in your right, one look at the grill and you start thinking “How the heck am I going to know when these beautiful cuts are cooked to perfection?”

Most times you’ll try and use what’s most readily available… the cell phone flash light. Keep in mind it only takes one drop on those grates to sear the cover on your iPhone. Maybe you’ll get resourceful and grab a flashlight from the junk drawer. Congratulations, you are now effectively grilling one handed. Do you tie your shoes one handed? Do swing a golf club one handed? Do you change a tire one handed? So why would you attempt to grill with only one hand?

BBQ and grill experts understand that it only takes a few extra degrees or a few extra minutes to ruin an otherwise perfect cut of meat. Chances are your mentality of “I’ll know its done when its done” won’t keep you from getting ridiculed when you just spent $18.99 a pound for burnt porter houses.

Ok, Ok I have to confess. I was once a grilling novice and thought I could just get by when grilling also. But let me tell you, once I started using a proper grill light my eyes were opened. Since I converted, I have never burned a meal while grilling at night. Having the clarity of LED bulbs illuminating my work station and being able to see every sizzle and sear mark has enhanced my grilling experience. With a flip of a switch I am no longer handicapped by the dark.

Do yourself a favor and invest in a quality LED Grill Light. The money you will save by no longer ruining your dinners will pay for the grill light in no time. Take your grilling experience to the next level with a BBQ Grill Light and stop grilling in the dark!

Stop Grilling In The Dark!

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Hybrid Fyre Wins Big At International Wood Stove Design Challenge

Hybrid Fyre Wins Big At International Wood Stove Design Challenge

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Accepting the People's Choice Award

Travis Industries’ Lopi Cape Cod Hybrid Fyre was one of 14 finalists at the first ever International Wood Stove Design Challenge hosted by the Alliance for Green Heat and sponsored by Popular Mechanics Magazine. First, a huge THANK YOU to each of you who voted for the Cape Cod in the Popular Mechanics’ People’s Choice Award. There were over 15,000 total votes, and WE WON! We couldn’t have done it without you! THANK YOU!

Christian Hale, Travis Sales Rep, and Russ McBrien, Research & Development Wood Manager, receive the People’s Choice Award. They spent 4 days representing Travis Industries in Washington D.C. educating judges, visitors, congressmen, and even some European ambassadors about Hybrid Fyre technology and the future of wood burning appliances.

This competition was bred from the need for consumer awareness on the “next generation” of high-efficiency, clean burning wood stoves. in 2011 Travis’ Hyrbid Fyre technology rocked the wood burning world, earned 3 Vesta Awards, and the Cape Cod, our rising star, officially became the planet’s cleanest burning large wood stove. This year in D.C. the technology was recognized with three mo0re first place awards and a $5,000 prize, which we donated back to the Alliance for Green Heat for their mission.

Travis’ Hybrid Fyre took First place in:

  • Popular Mechanic’s People’s Choice
  • Lowest CO (Carbon Monoxide) Emissions
  • Market Appeal

The best part…we didn’t design anything new. No prototypes or fancy re-engineered models were submitted to the competition. We entered with an amazing technology that’s been on the market for almost 2 years. Hybrid Fyre changed the way we think about wood stoves. It started a revolution and created a new standard in wood stove design, efficiency, and technology.

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What Are Gas Logs?

What Are Gas Logs?

Gas logs are a gas fueled appliance for your fireplace. They are easy to install, and can provide heat and beauty to your home. They are especially nice because they are so simple to operate. It is just a matter of flipping a switch and they are lit.  There are two types of gas logs available and the deciding what type is best for you is based on what your goal is.

What Are Gas Logs? Vented
What Are Gas Logs? Vented

Vented Gas Logs

Vented gas logs are the most beautiful gas log option available if your main goal is ambiance. Most people who enjoy the look and feel of a wood burning fire in a fireplace may choose vented gas logs. These types of gas logs can be operated by lighting the fireplace from a valve, on a standing pilot, or by pressing a button on a remote control.

Before using a vented gas log set, the damper in your fireplace must be open. This ensures that the unit is burning safely. The vented gas logs available at Country Stove and Patio are made of a masonry material that absorbs heat and radiates it into your room. Also, these logs are hand painted and can be placed in any customized position to achieve the look that you desire.

What Are Gas Logs? Vent Free
What Are Gas Logs? Vent Free

Vent Free Gas Logs

Vent free gas logs are designed with the goal of being a secondary heat source to your home. Vent free gas logs are perfect for a zonal heating plan in your home. The idea behind zonal heating is to heat the room that you spend the most time in, instead of raising the thermostat on your furnace and heating every room in your home inefficiently.

Vent free gas logs can save you money on your heating bills. They are 99% efficient and are as safe to use as a gas cooking range. You can operate the unit with your fireplace damper closed resulting in all of the heat remaining in your home. They have a natural looking flame, for a 24” set of gas logs, can give off roughly 39,000 Btus. Vent free gas logs give you plenty of heat to warm your family room on the coldest December day. To give you a frame of reference, most furnaces are 80,000-90,000 Btus.

There are many other available features and functions on both types of gas logs. Call a friendly salesman at Country Stove Patio and Spa to help you determine what type of gas logs will work best for your home.

What Are Gas Logs?

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Chili Cook-Off Raises Money for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research

Country Stove Patio Spa Chili Cook Off 2013

Chili Cook-Off Raises Money for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research

On Saturday November 2, 2013, Country Stove Patio and Spa hosted their Second Annual Chili Cook-off. All the money raised was donated to John Owen’s Adventure, Inc.

John Owen’s Adventure Inc. is dedicated to discovering a treatment, improving research and establishing education and awareness programs about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy for all individuals who are affected by this disease. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a fatal progressive disorder that causes loss of muscle function and independence. JOA is also committed to raising awareness and research dollars to treat juvenile diabetes, a chronic disease affecting nearly 26 million Americans.

Country Stove Patio and Spa is a local specialty retail shop in North Royalton, Ohio. They have been in business for 32 years. Country Stove offers high quality, American Made products in the hearth, home, and patio industry.


The 2013 Country Stove & Patio chili cook-off had 17 chili entrants from all age groups. These chili chefs brought their ‘A’ game with a large variety of chilis. There was chicken chili, sausage chili, even a jalapeno popper chili.


At the end of the day, Brian Flannagan of the Parma Fire Department took first place, Woody from the North Royalton Fire Department took second place, and Tommy Margevicius, an 8th grader at St. Albert The Great School had a strong showing in third place.


Country Stove is please to announce that 200 people attended the event and the chili cook-off raised $2,000 for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research.


We had a blast! Stay tuned for information about the 2014 Chili Cookoff!