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October 2013
First things first: a few of our readers informed us that last month's Hot Line newsletter (the classic "Grilling Chickpeas") was blocked by a handful of spam filters. It turns out that the words 'Hot Line Chick' were noticed, flagged, and considered sketchy by those nosy 'ol spam filters. Oops – not intentional we assure you. We had no idea that chickpeas would cause us so much trouble. One thing's for sure, our spring issue of "Chicken Battle: Breasts vs. Thighs!" is out. A potential classic tossed on the digital scrapheap.For this month's Hot Line, the title is 'Time to Buy a Fireplace'. Yawn. Stretch. Yawn again. Oh sure, it's true. It IS time to buy a new fireplace. But still... With September behind us and October here, it's officially time to board up the doors and windows, crawl under a blimp-sized blanket fort, and remain in the fetal position for the entire dreary, dark, frost-bitten, cabin fever inducing, scurvy-ridden winter. Or something like that.
That's right, it's about to get cold – damn cold – brass monkey cold - so maybe instead of choosing a spooky life of solitude (we hear that ghosts, goblins, vampires, and children in adorable costumes roam the streets looking to loot homes for candy toward the end of the month), you could just get a fireplace. It's probably easier, and will keep your home nice and toasty.We've got wood fireplaces, electric fireplaces, and gas fireplaces, plus wood and gas stoves and outdoor fireplaces – in other words, we've got you covered for all of your fireplace needs, no matter what they may be. Our specialty is fireplace inserts: If you already have a wood-burning fireplace and it's not behaving like it should, or you just don't like the look of it (ugh... some fireplaces are so 1970s), we can turn it into a beautiful, efficient gas fireplace in only a day or two.
Lucky for you, there's still time to take advantage of our (nowhere near) legendary 'Brass Monkey Sale'. This year the brass monkey says that any in-home fireplace installation that we schedule before October 15th qualifies the customer to a free Broil King Signet 70 barbecue. Nice one! What's that you say, you already have a beautiful barbecue purchased from Barbecues Galore? No problem; in that case the monkey will give you a $550 gift card you can use to buy anything from our exhaustively stocked stores (well, anything except your initial fireplace purchase). For more details come into one of our stores or check out this flyer on Facebook for more details.

Barbecue Tipster 
If your old wood burning fireplace just isn't performing like it used to, it might be time to get a gas insert. They're easy to install, will help heat your home during the ice-age that lies ahead, and are a hell of a lot more efficient than many of the dinosaurs out there today. Plus, our inserts are installed by trained, experienced, and ruggedly handsome technicians; it's a win-win situation.

Gotta Have It
We have lots of customers asking why their gas fireplace looks hazy. They're concerned that the fireplace is defective. In general, it's just dirty glass. When natural gas burns it produces moisture (even in a closed environment like a fireplace). That moisture being released has some minerals and, uh, 'scuzz' (industry term – look it up) in it. When the moisture settles on your fireplace glass and evaporates, it leaves the scuzz behind. Thus, a dirty, hazy looking fireplace.Getting rid of this haze is easy: just use specifically formulated fireplace glass cleaner. It's manufactured with powerful anti-scuzz properties that quickly clears your glass. You can try conventional glass cleaners on your fireplace if you like but... I guarantee you will say some very bad words and then end up using the proper product in the end. After you're finished, I can guarantee that you will notice hazy, scuzz-covered fireplaces in need of simple cleaning ALL over the place. Hotel and restaurant lobbies are notorious for letting things go too long between cleanings. It makes my fireplace OCD flare up just thinking about it. Fireplace glass cleaner is, of course, available at Woods Fireplaces/Barbecues Galore.

Recipe of the MonthWe're keeping it simple and spicy this month, and making sure you're just as warm on the inside as you are on the outside. The more chilies you add, the warmer you'll be – you might not even need a fireplace after all (some Pepto Bismol on the other hand...). Spicy Chili Chicken Lettuce Wraps Serves 2 Ingredients:
  • CHICKEN - 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced thinly
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced thinly
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
  • ½ inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 3 small red chili peppers, grated
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Chili flakes, if desired
To Finish:
  • 1 of each: red, orange, yellow bell pepper
  • 1 small head of iceberg lettuce
  • 2 green onions
  • Chopped peanuts, sweet chili sauce, to finish (optional)
Step 1: Preheat grill to low-medium heat, and oil a grilling pan or line a grilling basket with foil and oil it up. Assemble your ingredients.
Step 2: In a medium bowl, whisk garlic, ginger, chili peppers, soy sauce, lime juice, and chili flakes (if using); add the chicken and stir to coat. At this point, you can cook the chicken right away or marinate for up to 12 hours.
Step 3: Transfer the chicken and sauce to the prepared grilling pan and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until it is almost completely cooked through.
Step 4: While the chicken is cooking, slice the peppers, separate and wash the lettuce leaves, and slice the green onions.
Step 5: When the chicken is almost cooked through, add the peppers and stir. Cook until the peppers become tender, about 4-5 minutes.
Step 6: Scoop the chicken and peppers into one or two leaves of lettuce to make a wrap. Top with green onions, peanuts, and sweet chili sauce, if desired.

Ask Dr. McGrillemupQuestion: Dear Dr. McG, I live in a condo and really want a fireplace to inject about 1,000 cc's of high-octane romance into my life, but I'm thinking that getting a chimney installed might be a bit of an issue with the people who live above me. Is there any way that I can have a fireplace without smoking out my neighbours? Sincerely, Autumn S. Chilly Answer: Dear Autumn, You're right to think that installing a chimney is a bad idea – it really, really is. Your best bet would be to get yourself an electric fireplace; you can put it anywhere in your home, it can function as a heater, and requires very little maintenance. All you have to do is pick a spot for it to go and plug it in. Best of all, your neighbours won't have to feel like they're living in a giant smoker. We carry electric fireplaces from Dimplex and Amantii. Stay warm, Doctor McGrillemup

The World of Barbecue
Dave-The-Red from Ontario sent us this picture of him and his outdoor kitchen.
In the old days you had to get your head right up close to the flame to get warm. These days, fireplaces are much more efficient!
Send us a picture of you using your barbecue and we'll send you a gift certificate for $25 that you can use in any of the stores in our massive, world dominating retail chain. That's like... free money. And, since, it's fireplace season, we're also accepting submissions of you and your fireplace. Send us a picture of you and your fireplace (with, maybe a little story too), and we'll get you a gift certificate.

This Month's Winners 
Every single month, we randomly draw four winning names (one per store) from our newsletter mailing list. We only post the winning names below so you've got to keep your eyes peeled each month. If you win, you can claim your prize by stopping by the Barbecues Galore in your area with your photo identification.Congratulations to this month's winners of a fireplace tool set valued at $150: Garry Miller (Calgary South) Aaron McKee (Calgary North) Kevin Mead (Burlington) Vicky Gibson (Oakville)

Next Month's Issue 
Next month we’re talking about grilling 'comfort food'. So, the recipe for barbecued cactus is out. Swordfish – also out. Not sure if people grill porcupine or hedgehog but I can guarantee you that those items are definitely not going to show up in next month's newsletter. Check us out in a month to see what does makes the cut...

Contact Us 
We're in the service business and we genuinely want to hear your experiences so we can continue to improve. If you've got a problem or concern please contact us at query@barbecuesgalore.ca. If you've had a positive experience and want to tell others about it please tell others using this Google page (this stuff is important to us Canadian retailers in the digital age as we battle the big, bad, box stores). Remember, an archive of our past newsletters can be found at www.barbecuesgalore.ca

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