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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.

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!