Easter Ham on the Grill

SAlmost any kind of ham can be cooked on the grill. It is recommended that cooks use a pre-cooked, boneless ham on the grill because it only needs to be heated and browned.

Before putting the ham on the grill, season it. A mixture of brown sugar and honey can make an excellent coating for your ham, leaving it with a nice crust.

An Easter Ham should be cooked on indirect heat and the grill lid closed. On average, a ham should cook on the grill for 90 minutes or until heated through. To make sure your ham remains moist while cooking, occasionally spritz every 20 minutes on lemon-lime soda or apple juice.

Happy Easter!

The Most Hated Grilling Tips

The most important thing to do to keep your gas grill operating well and operating safely is something that most people hate to do. In fact, many people do not know just how important this is until they have a massive grease fire. Or some simply dispose of their grill because it does not run any more.

Spring is the time most people begin to use their grill again. So, it’s the perfect time to do what all grill manufacturers strongly recommend; thoroughly clean your grill. Admittedly, it’s a miserable job, but when you’re done, you will feel confident using your grill. Grills that are not thoroughly cleaned at least once a year become huge fire hazards because they accumulate a lot of thick, greasy residue that cannot be cleaned until the grill is taken apart. Grills that are not well cleaned also become hard to start and can add a bitter taste to food.

We have compiled some tips on how to best accomplish this messy job and minimize your misery. You may need to have a glass of wine handy:

  1. Put on old clothes, old shoes, an old apron and some rubber gloves.
  2. Have the following available: owner’s manual (download one and print if necessary), a couple of screwdrivers, pliers, a wide putty knife, a small putty knife, a small cardboard box, a stack of newspaper, paper towels, a set of small drill bits and a steel bristled wire brush.
  3. Make sure all gas valves are off.
  4. Use the wire brush to completely clean both sides of the cooking grids.
  5. Spread out the newspaper, remove your grill’s upper rack, grids and flame tamers, and the grease tray and place them on the newspaper.
  6. Remove the burner(s). You may need to consult your manual, but it’s fairly easy to do.
  7. Use your putty knife and scrape and clean the goop off the inside bottom and sides of the grill body. Wipe the goopy putty knife off of the edge of the cardboard box and put all the scrapings in the box. Use paper towels as needed to clean the putty knife.
  8. Scrape your grease tray clean. Remove and replace the foil grease catch if you do not have a grease tray.
  9. Select the largest drill bit that will go in the burner holes and manually clean out each hole in the burner(s). If there is stubborn build up, you may need to use a drill motor very gently.
  10. Reassemble the grill. (consult your manual if necessary)
  11. Turn on the main supply valve and one at a time start each burner. Close the lid and heat the grill to 500F for about 15 minutes. If your grill will not start, it either needs a new igniter battery, a new piezo igniter or its igniter needs cleaning. (consult your manual)
  12. Your grill is now ready for use; it’s clean, safe and will operate the way it was designed to.
  13. If your grill has an electronic igniter, be sure to always replace the igniter battery.
  14. Put the dirty newspaper, used paper towels in the cardboard box and dispose of it.
  15. Use a degreasing cleaner to clean to outside of your grill.

Now your grill is clean and ready to fire up – happy grilling!

One Day Sale

Our Big Sale is Coming Saturday April 12 at Fireside!

You’ve probably seen too many “sales” that are really not sales with discounts so large that they seem unbelievable. Those “sales” are probably not believable. At Fireside we have real honest sales – not only that – you get the best after sale service to make sure that you are happy with your purchase.

Twice a year at Fireside we have a huge one day, store wide, real honest to goodness sale. Everything is at least 10% off and many items are 25% to 40% off. Even our latest and most popular products are all on sale! Whether you’re in the market for a new stove, fireplace, a beautiful new hot tub, comfortable outdoor furniture, or a great new BBQ grill, our one day sale is for you! We even have a special financing program for you to take advantage of.

So, be sure to visit us at our big one day sale coming Saturday April 12. We will even have freshly grilled and freshly slow smoked snacks to enjoy while you’re here.

Author Roger Sanders is the Owner of Bend Fireside. Connect with him on Google+.

Hoover’s World


This winter has been kind of crazy, even if you’re a 35 lb. dog like me with a dog’s version of ADD. I even got to swim and chase balls at my secret swimming hole this Christmas down on the Deschutes. The water was a little cold, but a couple of leaping belly flops and you get used to it. It’s still nice to come home to that warm fireplace!

I haven’t been in the store very much lately. They say I get too excited with people (my ADD), but I just like to have fun. Speaking of fun, I’d love to dive into that Marquis hot tub with MicroSilk®. Those micro-bubbles sound great and who doesn’t want beautiful skin. If I did dive in, I know I would be in big trouble!

There’s nothing like Sunday afternoons at home. Sunday is usually chicken on the BBQ grill day. The chicken always smells good coming off the grill. The best part is that I get all the giblets and neck, cut up and sautéed for my dinner. It’s my best meal of the week!

Author Roger Sanders is the Owner of Bend Fireside. Connect with him on Google+.

Announcing MicroSilk Skincare Hydrotherapy System


MicroSilk® delivers benefits unlike any other form of hydrotherapy. Natural and non-invasive, tiny microbubbles gently envelop the body’s largest organ to relieve irritation, encourage metabolism, fight free radicals, and promote wellness.

MicroSilk® hydrotherapy oxygenates bath water up to 70% more than regular tap water with microbubbles approximately 50 microns in diameter. At such a small size, these microbubbles are able to enter the skin’s pores, removing impurities, carrying oxygen for improved metabolism, lightly caressing skin for exfoliation, and improving hydration for dry skin.

MicroSilk® is a very interesting technology that’s been recently developed and extensively used in the bathtub industry. Marquis has spent two years integrating MicroSilk® into their hot tubs. The Marquis MicroSilk® system is now available on selected models.

Using a Marquis hot tub with MicroSilk® is like giving your entire body an oxygen facial, moisturizing and hydrating at the same time making your skin feel luxuriously silky as well as reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Micro-bubbles literally envelope your body in a soothing, effervescent cloud of oxygen. Yes, oxygen is good for your skin. Increased oxygen levels result in better circulation and cellular respiration, which in turn leaves the skin glowing and radiant due to rapid skin cell regeneration.

• Increased skin metabolism
• Enhanced skin cell growth
• Deeper cleansing of the pores to remove impurities
• Reduced fine lines and wrinkles
• Increased hydration
• Therapeutic levels of anions
• Neutralization of free radicals
• Relief from the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.


Author Roger Sanders is the Owner of Bend Fireside. Connect with him on Google+.

What Do Wood Stoves & Computers Have in Common?

A lot has been written recently about Apple because it’s been 30 years since their amazing Super Bowl ad that made personal computer users look like zombies in their blind following of IBM. That ad motivated many consumers to look at and buy a new Apple Macintosh 128, instead of just buying an IBM.

It’s interesting to compare the personal computer industry of 30 years ago to the wood stove industry, as both are similar priced consumer products that had their modern beginnings during the same decade.


30 years ago, IBM AT computers required that you memorize programming code to even get them to start, they had no mouse, were difficult to use and they made consumers frustrated.

The then new Macintosh 128, on the other hand, had a Graphical User Interface (mouse and cursor) and was easy to use. More importantly, Macintosh computers made consumers happy to use them. The Macintosh 128 literally came out of nowhere. Eventually IBM and other brands caught up.

25 years ago the stove industry was all about wood stoves. Wood burning stoves had been around for a long time, but not the modern wood stove industry. Wood stoves were basically black boxes of steel or cast iron and had just been redesigned to meet Oregon DEQ requirements. Because of that, they were generally frustrating for consumers to use. The then new QuadraFire 3000 came out of nowhere and broke the frustrating wood stove mold. They made consumers happy because they were easy to start, had a spectacular burn and reliably operated over a wide heat range. Other brands eventually caught up.

Today when you go into a computer store, you’re blown away by their incredible features and performance. There’s also an amazing choice of shapes and sizes from laptops to desktops to tablets. Apple computers still seem to have the lead in making consumers happy.

Today when you go into a stove store and look at wood stoves, they look about the same as they did 25 years ago in part because they are a traditional product. They’re also cleaner burning and definitely more efficient and easier to operate.

A woman from California, shopping in a Northwest stove store for the first time, recently stated that when she walked in, the stoves looked “scary” to her. Why would she say that she was scared of what she saw? Her experience would be like me walking into a computer store today and seeing a sea of IBM AT and Macintosh 128 computers. I would be scared too.

So, the takeaway is that perception is reality to many consumers. While current wood stoves are truly amazing and provide the most enjoyable kind of residential heating, many consumers think that they are just the old black box that their parents had, much like a Macintosh 128, or an IBM AT would look to all of us today.


Author Roger Sanders is the Owner of Bend Fireside. Connect with him on .