Upgrade Your Backyard Experience with the Right Outdoor Grills

an outdoor grill installed in a grassy backyard with an array of food atop it Here in El Paso, we are spoiled with beautiful sunsets. From the comfort of our backyards, we can witness breathtaking views every single evening. If your backyard needs an upgrade, you should consider outdoor grills. You may have been considering getting your own for years but always decided against it. At K.D Scholten, we know the value in a great new outdoor grill. There’s no need to wait for your friend to invite you over, make your backyard the go-to place to experience good food and grand sunsets.

Choosing Your Grill Type

There’s a lot to consider before purchasing your first outdoor grill for your El Paso home. Charcoal grills are handy because of their versatility and deep BBQ flavors. The Big Green Egg is actually a great choice for lump charcoal outdoor grills. A natural-gas outdoor grill will give you the convenience of being connected to your home’s gas system. It’s definitely an initial investment. Propane gas grills are also a very common option for people who want the convenience of a gas grill without the gas line costs. Pellet grills, gaining quickly in popularity, offer the possibility of even controlled heat plus enhanced flavors from the wood pellets.

The Size of Your Next Grill

After you’ve decided what you kind of grill you want, size is the next important factor. While every chef is different, they can all agree that a comfortable working s pace is important. If you want to keep all of your cooking utensils outdoors, be sure your grill has plenty of compartment space for them. Whether you are expecting a lot of friends or just grilling for close family, cooking space within your outdoor grill is vital. If you like to cook vegetables and meat at the same time, consider a grill with multiple compartments.three outdoor grills next to each other in a backyard

The Benefits of the Right Outdoor Grills

Having the right outdoor grill in your lawn is one the most important choices you can make. At K.D Scholten, our friendly staff can help you make the right grill choice. Let’s make your backyard experience as memorable as possible!

Flagpole Installation —  A Brief History of Flags

american flag in a home's front lawnThe United States is an incredibly patriotic country. Why not express your patriotism during this upcoming election season by getting flagpole installation in your front or backyard? There is a fascinating history to flagpoles that many of us have forgotten over time. Not only has there been a wide variety of traditions concerning flagpoles, but even the technology has changed drastically over time. At K.D. Scholten, we believe that the history of our flagpole is just as important as the history of our country. Our flagpole installation services are of the highest quality.

A Wooden Past

While the industry standard today for flagpoles is to use aluminum, they were originally made out of wood. While this is not surprising, few know that there were few alterations to the trees to fit flags. Individuals would find a straight narrow tree and have the bark and branches removed. This would typically suffice as they simply unearthed that tree and replanted it closer to home.  Over time, these flagpoles begin to rot at the base since they suffered complete exposure to the harsh dirt. In the early 20th century, steel replaced wood as it would last longer than wood.

Modern History of Flagpoles

Today, there is typically a concrete base where a flagpole is planted to protect it from corrosion. Aluminum is also an option because it has a higher stress level which is great for extreme climates and weather. The most advanced flagpole, though, is currently on the moon. This design of the flagpole had to be telescopic to reduce its weight on the ship. It also has a telescopic horizontal arm that keeps the flag straight in a nearly non-existent atmosphere.

Get Flagpole Installation Services, Today!arranged flags of different countries waving in the wind all atop their own flagpole

When it comes to flags and flagpole installation,  the flag typically gets the most attention in history books. At K.D. Scholten, we believe that the role of a flagpole is just as important as the flag it carries. For this reason, we offer our expert services to those in the city of El Paso. We can install the perfect flagpole on your property and you will see just how beautiful having a flagpole can be. Simply give us a call to find out more about our flags and flagpole installation services. With this in mind, if you are looking for a flagpole in El Paso, contact K.D. Scholten to see how you can display your flag.

Tips on Keeping Your Hearth Clean

the feet of a child and a parent in front of a roaring fireIf you are in El Paso, your hearth products have likely gotten filthy over time. It is easy to forget that even the hearth requires a good cleaning from time to time. The task can be so daunting, that you might not even know where to begin. K.D. Scholten Co. sells and installs brand new hearths. Here are a few things you can do to keeping your hearth looking new.

Preparing the Hearth

One of the first things you will want to do when cleaning hearth products is to place newspapers in the area surrounding the hearth. This will keep your floors from getting dirty while you clean. Next, you will want to clear your hearth of any soot and dirt. You can accomplish this with either a hand held brush and dust pan or a vacuum cleaner.

Homemade Cleaning Solution

If you do not want to go out and purchase a cleaning solution for your hearth, you can always make one yourself. By mixing three tablespoons of salt and one cup of detergent into 3 quarts of water, you will be sure to take out tough stains.

Hearth Products to Stay Cleana roaring fire around a hearth

In this step, you will want to scrub the entirety of the hearth with a sponge and the cleaning solution you made. Let this solution sit for ten to fifteen minutes before returning with a plastic wire scrub. Once the solution has settled into the grime, you can begin to scrub it out with the brush.  Repeat this process until you are satisfied that the dirt has been removed from the walls. With a soft sponge and water, you will then want to clear the hearth of any remaining detergent left behind by the solution.

Cleaning your hearth products should have to be a difficult chore. A little planning and active chemicals will go a long way into making the job easier for you. Here at K.D. Scholten, we understand the importance of having a good clean Hearth. Contact K.D. Scholten today!

5 Safety Tips for Your Residential Fireplace

close-up of stone residential fireplace in log cabin with blazing fireGas fireplaces are a joy to have in your home, especially when the always-changing El Paso weather creeps up on you. If you have a residential fireplace or are considering getting one, it’s important to know be aware of precautions. Here are 5 tips to keep your gas fireplace safe.

Hire a Professional

You should not install a residential fireplace yourself. As important as your home is to you and as dangerous as fire can be, you want to make sure that a professional installs your residential fireplace.

Install Detectors

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are important. Equip your home with these detectors. Gas fireplaces do not increase carbon monoxide levels. That is unless something is operated improperly. So it’s smart to have a detector if you have any gas appliances in your home.

Protect Your Residential Fireplace

Especially if you have children, you will want to make sure that you purchase a barrier to keep small kids from touching the fireplace when it’s emitting heat. You’ll also want to keep pets away from when it’s not in use.

Keep it Clean

Make sure you stay on top of the upkeep. You should be aware if your fireplace is not being properly clean or if it has obstructed vents. Debris may build up over time and can cause expensive damage.

Never Leave a Fire Unattended

Although residential fireplaces are safe and controlled, it is not a good idea to leave one unattended. The whole point of a fireplace is for you to enjoy its beauty and its warmth. So, make sure not to waste heat in an

feet in colorful socks near fireplace

empty room.

At K.D. Scholten Co., we specialize in residential fireplaces in El Paso. We currently have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We definitely know safety when it comes to fireplace installation. With this in mind, give K.D. Scholten Co. a call today.

Do I Need Specific Gas Logs for My Fireplace?

 a couple in front of the fire with glasses of wineWhen choosing gas logs in El Paso, you might be wondering if you can pick just any particular one. There are a few factors to take into consideration before making your choice in logs. Even though gas logs require less attention than a burning wood log, it is important to be cautious when initially purchasing them. KD Scholten familiar with this process as they install a variety of fireplaces with gas logs. Here are some things that you should know before making any purchase.

Vented vs. Vent-Free Gas Logs

One of the most important factors that separate gas logs is the difference between vent or vent-free logs. Vented logs need to be lit with the flue of your chimney left open. This log is great as a decoration piece because the flame will burn high and look great. The downside is that many log sets will not emit much heat.You will need to shop carefully to make sure you have  the right material.

If you are looking for a heat source that will keep you warm, then you can also purchase a vent free log set. With a closed flue, the fire will not burn as high as a vented log, but it will help keep you warm. However there are certain restrictions on where they are permitted.

Propane vs. Natural Gasa fireplace and a roaring fire and gas logs

Even before choosing a vented or vent-free log, you must also know whether your fireplace uses natural gas or liquid propane. A fireplace that uses liquid propane burns fuel at three times the temperature than regular gas. On the other hand, Natural gas is cheaper, but it burns away faster than liquid propane. Find out which option is available to you so you can choose the right log for your home.  This way, you can avoid any fire hazards.

When purchasing your gas logs, it is important to choose the correct one. While comfort is definitely a factor, gas logs can be dangerous if you choose the wrong one. Here at KD Scholten, we believe that gas fireplaces are a great addition to any home. Contact KD Scholten today!

 

Electric Fireplaces vs. Traditional Fireplaces

a couple with their feet up against fireplacesThere are three primary types of fireplaces that you can consider for your home: wood burning or traditional; gas; and electric. There are substantial differences between these three kinds of fireplaces. You will need to make informed choices about which is the right one for use in your El Paso home. K.D. Scholten Co. carries different kinds of fireplaces so you can see them in action. We can also help you to understand what is involved with the installation process and what kinds of ongoing maintenance will be required.

Differences Between Electric and Traditional Fireplaces

When most people think of traditional fireplaces, they think of wood burning fireplaces. These wood burning options have long been the gold standard, and they can produce a truly natural fire which smells amazing and which makes wonderful crackling sounds. Unfortunately, the wood variety can also be the most expensive. They require a full chimney and are also messy and difficult to use.  a fancy fireplace

A gas fireplace can give you a traditional look, but venting is usually required and installation can also be more expensive. Electric fireplaces are a simpler solution which usually costs less to install and which do not require venting. You can plug in or turn on an electric fireplace. They can provide heat, and they provide a simulated fire rather than a real one. They have come a long way and the simulated fire can look really good, so many people choose this option for their El Paso homes. 

Finding Your Fireplace

Choosing the right fireplace for your home will be highly beneficial, especially with the weather getting colder. When you are ready to find the right fireplace for your space, visit K.D. Scholten Co. to see our vast selection of different options and to shop for the perfect fireplace within your budget.

Sweet, Hot, or Smokey — The Best Barbecue Products for You

charcoal grill with a variety of food getting grilled by a man holding prongs Barbecue products can allow you to grill to perfection in your very own home. You may want to entertain or simply cook for yourself and for your family at your El Paso home. For this, you are going to need the right equipment. K.D. Scholten Co. can help you to create a perfect barbecue space. We accomplish this with the barbecue products that provide the tools you need.

What Barbecue Products Do You Need for Your Home?  

When deciding what barbecue products you need, you should think about how you cook. Do you want a smoker so you can smoke your own meats and cheeses? Are you interested in a charcoal grill or would you prefer to use a gas grill instead? Both can give you very different flavors on your meats so think about the type of taste that your family tends to prefer. K.D. Scholten Co. carries many different products by some of the top names in barbecue equipment. For example, our products include grills and outdoor equipment made by American Outdoor Grill, Big Green Egg, Broilmaster, and Fire Magic, among many others.  We can help you to decide which products will work best in your El Paso home to achieve your desired outdoor cooking experience.

Shop Today for Barbecue Productsraw steak with seasoning on top and other barbecue products and vegetables on a table

Don’t compromise when it comes to barbecue products as having the right equipment can help make you into the grill master. The world is full of incredible products that can help you achieve your dream of barbecue. From smokers and charcoal to different types of grills, we have everything you need to achieve your goals. So come in to K.D. Scholten Co. to find out about the different equipment we have available and to create your perfect outdoor barbecue setup in your very own home.  You’ll finally be cooking outside. Contact K.D. Scholten Co. today!

Outdoor Grills: Gas, Electric or Charcoal?

 


an array of different steaks, sausages and vegetables being cooked on a outdoor grill
Since there are many outdoor grills from which to choose, deciding on the perfect one to buy this summer can be a tricky task. All outdoor grills have their own sets of pros and cons. Some are more convenient and easier to use while others offer better flavor but are harder to master. Let K.D. Scholten help you choose the best grill to suit your needs.

Common Outdoor Grills

Gas Grills

  • Gas grills are the most common choice that most people buy. For anyone wanting to cook on short notice, gas grills are perfect. They are some of the easiest grills to master, since they are easy to turn on, adjust, and cook on. Gas grills run on propane, which means you will have to invest in a tank and the refills. However, being able to host a spontaneous summer cookout is made easy with this option.

Wood Pellet Grills

  • Wood pellet grills look almost identical to gas grills but they’re fueled by electricity and food-grade pellets instead of gas. The wood pellets are what will give grilled food that smoky flavor people love. This type of grill can be a challenge for beginners, since it can be difficult to gauge the heat the pellets give off. We recommend this type of grill for the more experienced grill enthusiast.

Electric Grills

  • Electric grills are the easiest and safest to use.  All they require to work is electricity. These grills are very convenient for people who perhaps don’t have as much outdoor space available. Electric grills may be the safest option, but they take very long to heat up. Since they do not produce a flame, food cooked on an electric grill will not have the same flavor as that cooked on a wood or even gas grill.

The Classic Outdoor Grill

Charcoal grills offer the most intense flavor. Since they use more heat than gas, the grilled flavor of food will increase. It is also easier to smoke food over charcoal. These grills also cost less than their gas and wood pellet counterparts. The major downside of charcoal grills how difficult they might be to use, especially for beginners.charcoal grill with charcoal burning a small flame

Any variety of outdoor grill can offer something unique that can please even the pickiest eater. At K.D. Scholten, we carry a variety of high end grills for anyone looking to add some flavor this summer. Our friendly staff is ready to help you choose the perfect outdoor grill for your needs. Contact us today!

 

Get the Perfect Char on Your Steak this Summer

A hand grilling chicken and vegetable on an outside BBQ grillWe’re lucky to have the weather that we do in El Paso. Since any month is a great month to grill outside. If you don’t already own a BBQ grill, you’re truly missing out. K.D. Scholten Co., can help you out with an outside BBQ grill for your home! Here are a few things that outside BBQ grills do to your steak that an indoor stove wishes it could do.

Improves the Texture…  

Whether you like your steak charred black or still moving, there is no doubt that the best cooking method for a steak is to throw it on the grill. Outside BBQ grills allow for real burning to take place. When a direct flame cooks your steak, you don’t have to add a bunch of calorie-heavy ingredients to help thoroughly cook it. So, a flame alone will cook it just the way you like it. Tip: Flip your steak after 3-5 minutes, later if you want a tougher texture.

 Improves the Taste…

A steak should taste like a steak, not iron or a bunch of ingredients that you throw on a cast iron skillet. Great steaks have a hint of smoke and hint of marinade but are not overpowered by either. Tip: Use a simple acidic marinade like vinegar or citrus to add a bit of flavor to your steak.

Improves the Experience…  

Don’t you agree that using outside BBQ grills instead of cooking inside feels a lot more relaxing? If you cook outside, it’s not only about eating a meal, but about getting to enjoy an experience. So, go outside and enjoy the fresh air. Tip: Throw on some green onions with your steak. The smell is amazing!

…With Outside BBQ GrillsA group of people in the background enjoying dinner that was cooked on an outside BBQ grills

If you have a yard, outside BBQ grills are a must for your El Paso home. At K.D. Scholten Co., BBQ grills are our specialty. With this in mind,let us answer your questions about getting a BBQ grill for your home. Contact K.D. Scholten Co., today and get grilling!

 

Spend Time Enjoying Your Yard with an Outdoor Fireplace

Detail of burning logs of an outdoor fireplaceSummertime is here, which means it is a great time to make those yard improvements that have been put off during the cold months. Fall will soon be here, and there is nothing quite like a cool and crisp El Paso night. Your summer upgrades should include a quality outdoor fireplace to really amp up your yard and make nights out there memorable. Here are four ways that an outdoor fireplace can make El Paso nights in your backyard all the more special.  

Ambiance

There’s just something about the ambiance that a fireplace creates. A fireplace inside of a home makes a home more inviting and cozy. The same works for an outside one. Not only is an outdoor fireplace a source of heat and light, but it can also gather people together. Think about how neat it would be for you and your guests to gather around a fireplace on a fresh El Paso night.

Warmth

Fireplaces are beautiful, but they are also great for their utility. An outdoor fireplace works to warm your yard when the fall temps drop down. It can get very cool at night as fall replaces summer in El Paso. Don’t let a night out end just because it gets cold.

Increase Real Estate Valuea stand alone circular stone outdoor fireplace or fire pit

If you ever plan to sell your home, an outdoor fireplace can actually add to the property value. Outdoor fireplaces have recently become a top seller in the real estate market.

An Outdoor Fireplace Adds Style

Adding an outdoor fireplace to your backyard adds style. These fireplaces can be customized and range in size, so you can be sure that you’ll find one to suit your backyard vibe.

Whether you are looking to jazz up the look and feel of your backyard, or you want to be able to spend more time outdoors despite the drop in temperature, outdoor fireplaces could be just the thing you need. Servicing the El Paso area for years, we at K.D. Scholten Co., would be happy to help with any of your outdoor fireplace needs. Contact us today