How to Measure

During our day to day here at Classic Accessories, we have so many touch points from our end users to the products we develop that have to do with one word – FIT.

Our (stellar) customer service team takes calls from our end users, answers questions from our other retailers’ websites and sit through product training with our development and design teams just to be able to answer any question that may come up. When it comes to fit, we always start with how to measure. Taking the proper measurement is key to finding the right fit for your furniture, grill, RV, boat, vehicle, etc. Here’s a fun look on how to measure your patio pieces to find the right cover for your outdoor space:

       

If you have a question about how to properly measure your furniture that isn’t showcased above, please leave a comment below and we’ll be happy to help.

Here’s to a great weekend!

 

How to Measure

Spring Patio Protection

Spring Protection Seems that this Spring in particular has come in like a lion for all of us.
With small bursts of blue sky between showers, it may feel a little early to be thinking about warm afternoons outdoors. It’s not too early to be thinking about protecting your patios though. With Spring Specials popping up all over the internet and at your local retailers, reminders are everywhere that Patio Season is right around the corner.

With the warming weather and unpredictable rain squalls, protection should be top of mind after your initial deep clean of your patio’s furniture and grills.

Spring Time Patios
Our friends over at The Home Depot just posted a How-To get your patio ready for Spring:

“Patio furniture provides more than just a place to eat or relax outside—it’s also an extension of your indoor decorating style. The right outdoor furniture should be comfortable and durable and add beauty to your exterior space.

Here’s how to find outdoor patio furniture that you and your family can enjoy:

•  Assess Your Space. An expansive deck can be broken up into sections. Try an outdoor sectional on one end and a picnic table on the other. Break up a large lawn with a cozy nook complete with a fire-pit and a comfy conversation set. For a small deck or patio, consider a bistro set, porch swing or rocking chair. Even the most compact outdoor space can be turned into a gathering place with small patio furniture.
• Think About Style. Continue the vibe of your indoor decor outside. A wooden patio table and chairs bring that rustic look outdoors. Add a splash of color with vibrant cushions. For a modern style, select metal outdoor lounge chairs with clean lines and neutral accents. Consider a patio set with coordinating pieces to take the guesswork out of designing the space.
• Consider Comfort. Look for patio chairs and sofas with outdoor cushions made from fade- and mildew-resistant fabric. Adirondack chairs have classic style and offer comfortable seating to admire a beautiful backyard view. Hammocks are a family favorite and provide the ultimate summer relaxation.
• Be Ready for Day and Night, Rain and Shine. A large patio umbrella will provide plenty of shade on those hot, sunny days. For areas with chilly nights, add an outdoor heater to your seating area to maximize its use.

Caring for Outdoor Furniture

Patio furniture sets made from aluminum, all-weather wicker, teak or resin are tough and easy to care for. For a rainy region, resin furniture holds up well and comes in multiple designs to match any style. Wrought iron is also low-maintenance and can withstand a hot, humid climate.

To extend the life of your outdoor furniture set, use patio furniture covers.”

The need for protection doesn’t stop at our patio furniture covers only. We also recommend any cover from our collection for your grill as well as Brad Dorcik blogged about in our Grill series of blog posts: http://blog.classicaccessories.com/rust-is-actually-a-lot-like-fire-but-with-metal/Rust on grills
and a look at grills by climate in our regional look:
http://blog.classicaccessories.com/why-cover-your-grill/
Grilling Climates
NEW to our site is our SALE section with Patio and Grill Covers that will take 30% OFF all items at checkout. (no code needed)

Have a great weekend!

Spring Patio Protection

Snow Sale Forecast

If last week wasn’t enough of a blow … we are still pushing our Snow Thrower Cab and Cover Sale through March 20th with discount code: MarchSnow at checkout on clasicaccessories.com Hopefully our East Coast friends won’t need it much longer than that! The new threat comes after the second nor’easter in a week bringing another round of freezing temperatures and snowfall to the region.

1.  Deluxe Snow Thrower Cab  |  2. Snow Thrower Cab  |  3. Snow Thrower Cover

Our roomy and rugged snow thrower cabs protect against the worst weather and snow blow-back. Our Weather-X fabrics are designed to not shrink or stretch and resist both water and snow with freeze resistant SUPER clear vinyl windows.

The cabs easily install with simple hand tools (no drilling required) and come with quick-release springs that allow the cab to be easily removed for transport and/or storage.

End the snow season with our snow thrower covers that provide excellent protection against any mood mother nature is in. Heavy duty weather protected fabric provides all season protection. The fabric is coated for water resistance, repellency and mildew protection. The cover will not shrink, stretch, or crack in the cold.

For best off-season storage tips, here is what Nearsay suggests:

1. Add Fuel Stabilizer

Before filling up your blower with gas, add a fuel stabilizer. This prevents the fuel from degrading with time, keeping it fresh and clean. Without this stabilizer, the gas can degrade, allowing dirt, debris, and other contaminants to damage the engine. After adding the stabilizer, run the engine for a few minutes to ensure it circulates throughout the internal components.

2. Tighten Loose Ends

Throughout its seasonal use, some parts of the snowblower may become loose or worn. To prevent such a small issue from causing major problems, perform minor maintenance at the end of the season. Before storing the equipment, tighten any loose nuts, bolts, and fasteners. Replace worn-out parts and mechanisms, as they may corrode or degrade during the off-season.

3. Limit Exposure

Store your blower in a secure location free from exposure to the elements. Sunlight, rain, wind, and other types of weather can cause damage to your power tool. We suggest placing  a specialized cover over it, which will further prevent moisture from accumulating in the machine.

Stay warm, and stay safe friends.

Sources:
nearsay.com
www.clickondetroit.com
www.cnn.com
abcnews.go.com

 

Snow Sale Forecast

Turkey Tips

Turkey Tips with Dorik Downing

We have asked our resident Kamado Joe griller, Dorik, for his Turkey Tips this season and he quickly gave us the rundown on how he preps his poultry each Thanksgiving.

1. Brine your turkey! There really isn’t an if/and/or statement when you ask him about the way a turkey should be cooked. It all starts with the brine. Dorik recommends 4 cups kosher salt dissolved in 2 gallons of water. Bring it down to “refrigerator cool” before submerging your turkey. The Spruce.com recommends brining your bird for an hour per pound. So a 12 pound turkey would need 12 hour of brine time. Dorik brines his overnight in the refrigerator and says even if you don’t have that much time, 4-6 hours will make a difference in helping your turkey retain the moisture and juices during cooking.

IMPORTANT: Always use a safe plastic to brine in. We recommend this brining bag kit from Amazon. When in question, always look for the food safe symbol on any plastic container you are looking to use. See below for reference:

Bringing Safely

2. After your hours of brining are up, rinse both the cavity and skin under cool running water for a few minutes to ensure all traces of salt are gone. Pat dry inside and out with paper towels.Rinsing and Drying

3. Place turkey on meat rack set over rimmed sheet pan in refrigerator overnight, uncovered
and air dry for at least 8 hours or overnight. (this helps the skin become crispy)

4. Before heading over to his grill, Dorik injects the bird meat all over with a mixture of 4 sticks melted butter and 1 beer. Talk about a butter beer from the Wizarding World! He recommends our local Red Hook’s ESB for it’s caramel malt sweetness and subtle spice and fruit hop flavors. He rubs outside with salt, pepper, dried thyme, rosemary, sage and garlic powder.

Dorik's Butter Beer

Need an injector? Check out Amazon’s Bayou Classic 5011.

5. After finishing the outside of  the turkey, Dorik then quarters an onion, fresh garlic and thyme and loosely places into the turkeys cavity. Packing the turkey too tightly with stuffing will prevent turkey from cooking evenly.

6. Hands down, Dorik’s cooking method of choice is his Kamado Joe Grill loaded with lump charcoal and a few oak chunks from bourbon barrels (obtained from Makers Mark in KY. Where he is a Maker’s Mark ambassador!)

Dorik's Kamado Joe Grill
His next steps at the grill are as follows:

I will use a heat deflector plate, grill grate, drip pan and wait for temp to get up to 325°. Once up to temp, I just place the Turkey in the middle of grill, place “in-oven” thermometer in thickest part of leg, close the lid and crack a cold one. (I will not open lid until turkey is up to temp) It is so great to cook the Turkey on the grill outside because it frees up the kitchen oven for other favorite items. Cooking time takes about 2.5-3 hours. Remove and let rest. Carve and Serve.

Dorik also recommends leftovers (my personal favorite!) and to always save the turkey carcass for making turkey broth. Bring to boil in large pot, reduce heat to simmer for about an hour, strain and freeze for next year. I like to use the turkey broth from the previous year for my giblet gravy. Its delicious! And for Cyber Monday … turkey sandwiches for lunch!

Cooking turkeys brings on great food debates, but that’s for another time, and another post.

Turkey Tips

Back at the grill with Dorik

We are kicking off our Vlog series with Dorik Downing. You remember him from his earlier blog spotlight Grilling with Dorik.

Well we just had a Summer Potluck here at Classic Accessories with our Business Development team that consists of our Product Design, Development, Creative, E-Commerce and Marketing Teams and that day he made us his famous D’s Burgers.
We decided to get his process in our first Vlog. Check it out below:

Sources:
Dorik Downing
Heather Thomas
Brad Dorcik

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Back at the grill with Dorik

Rust is Actually a lot like Fire, but with Metal

Rust on grills

In last week’s post, Why Cover Your Grill?, we talked about how Mother Nature dishes out a wide variety of weather across the U.S. Humid and coastal climates become highly rust-prone due to paint corrosion from salt, high levels of moisture in the air and rapid changes in temperature. Put simply, warmer climates, rather than cool ones, are where rust likes to kick things into high gear.  Especially unique to coastal residents, salt water brings an additional threat to the finish of your metal furniture, grills and other outdoor accessories. Salt solution acts as an electrolyte, increasing the rate material rusts, much like how water molecules speed up the reaction, transforming your beloved barbecue into a rust bucket.

Damaging rust to your grill

Some metal objects, when exposed to oxygen in the air, combine very slowly and create iron oxide, or rust. Leah Raeder, author and self-proclaimed “unabashed nerd” of Good Reads explains, “This is the same oxidation process as fire believe it or not. Isn’t that weird? So really, rust is the slowest fire ever.”2

If someone told you, ‘water causes something to burn2,‘ you would think they’re crazy.  But that is not far from the truth in describing water’s impact on accelerating the oxidation of your outdoor metal pieces and implements.  The more you can do to keep water from resting and accumulating on your items, the better.

In addition to keeping water from standing on your outdoor items, it’s important to clean them periodically.  Cleaning can remove rust that may accumulate over time and accelerate the oxidation of perfectly functional portions of metal.   Remember to regularly inspect and maintain the exterior as well as interior sections of your grill. Check out Consumer Reports Video for a quick guide to cleaning your grill:

Look for any signs of rusting so proper steps can be taken to delay or prevent the process from happening. Rust prevention methods can vary. The metal can be coated with a number of ‘ailments’ to help deter rust or rejuvenate the metal much like how grease or oil helps draw out moisture. Even zinc is a viable choice when rust-proofing. In fact, nearly one half of all zinc produced is used in zinc galvanizing processes to protect steel and iron from rusting3. Zinc is commonly known as the ‘sacrificial metal.’ – for reasons you can see below:
Barbecue grills left un-maintained and uncovered against the elements can create quite the eye sore in your yard. We recommend the use of a grill cover and regular inspections and cleanings to prolong the life of your grill and keep it performing at a high level.

We are taking 20% OFF our grill covers on classicaccessories.com until August 31st, 2017
with discount code: RUST at checkout.

Keep the “fires” to your fire-pit this season with a grill cover from Classic Accessories.

Sources:
Leah Raeder, Cam Girl of Good Reads
sharrettsplating.com

Photos:  fluoramics /  struckdumb  /  Rustic Farms  /  Nei Corporation

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Rust is Actually a lot like Fire, but with Metal

August Check Lists

Laura Gaskill, a Houzz contributor, posted this August checklist for a late Summer reminder that when seasons start to come to an end – we can do simple tasks around our homes to welcome Fall the moment the first cold morning comes.

Laura goes on to say:

Stretch out these last days of summer by squeezing in a few more home projects, savoring simple pleasures and, when the time comes, cleaning up the beach toys and preparing the house for a busy fall. Pick from these to-dos to create your perfect August plan.

Truro Cape Cod beach-style-exterior
Finish up outdoor projects. Make use of the long August days to finish up any outdoor projects you started (or intended to start) over the summer

Check your home for signs of pests. It’s not a pleasant subject, but being proactive when it comes to pests in and around your home is much better than trying to solve a pest problem that has gotten out of hand.

Surf Shack beach-style-living-room

Clean and store summer gear. Toss out cracked or broken toys, and shop end-of-season sales to replace items if needed.

Organize family photos. Have a bunch of new photos from your summer adventures? Take this opportunity to sort and organize them — back up digital photos with cloud-based storage, and make an album or a book of recent photos.

Get organized for back to school (and work). Consider what would make this fall run more smoothly for your family: a few extra hooks in the entryway to handle coats and bags.

Houzz Photo

Organize closets before fall shopping. Before making any new purchases, spend some time assessing what you already have in the closet.

Manhattan Beach Home closet

Clean out the garage. If you haven’t cleaned out your garage in a while, it’s likely this project will take an entire weekend (or more), so plan accordingly.

9 Howard Street - Nantucket beach-style-garage

Schedule some do-nothing time on your patio. It can be surprisingly hard to relax and simply do nothing, even when you do have a pocket of free time. It’s the last few long days of summer – enjoy your outdoor rooms and spaces that you have spent the Summer tending to. This weekend sounds like the perfect time for that. Don’t you agree?

Schoolhouse Electric Fall '15 Catalog

Read more by Laura Gaskill here and visit Houzz.com for more design inspiration for your corner of the world, your home.

Source: Houzz.com for blog post and photos

 

August Check Lists

Grilling with Dorik

Dorik Downing is one of our Senior Graphic Designers here at Classic Accessories. He has been an amazing leader within our creative department and has helped to establish our current branding. He uses his expertise to develop a vast majority of our packaging displays, design for in store retailers, catalogs, and much much more. So the next time you see one of our packages, it’s more than likely it started out as a sketch on Dorik’s desk. Not only is he a HUGE talent for Classic, Dorik is also an amazing artist and an impressive griller … just ask him for his favorite recipe and he’ll tell you:
“Anything that’s on my grill!”

{Dorik at his Kamado Joe grilling up burgers}
Here’s his recipe:

D’s Burgers

The burger part:

  • 1 lb 80/20 Beef
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 12 oz cooked spinach
  • 6 oz queso fresco
  • 1TB Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and Pepper.

Mix all that and make about 3” size meatballs.
(I like pressing my pattys down with a large spatula and a hot grill)
Grill to your liking and top with Montery jack cheese and little more queso fresco.
Let melt of course and layer on sautéed onions

OK, now assembly:

Toasted Preztle Buns
Layer of Mayo and SOB hot sauce mix**
Layer of Homemade Guacamole
A few Blue Corn chips
Place burger on the chips
Top with nitrate free bacon and your favorite greens.
Finish by smashing down the top bun and go for it.

Dorik also makes his very own hot sauce called S.O.B – Son of Butch:
SOB
This guy LOVES his hot sauce. After many flavors and brands, he really figured out that he loves the smoky flavor of chipotle peppers as they balance out the other spices in the sauce. His favorite sauce, aside from his own would be Moon Shine Madness. He affectionately named his hot sauce with his dad’s old high school nickname: Butch. That’s his artwork on the label (told ya he’s a man of many talents!) I personally own some and really like it on fried razor clams, and it’s just the right amount of HOT with a smoky finish that really rounds out the flavors.

 

He recommends Shoe String Sweet Potatoes seasoned with Old Bay for sides:
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… And of course for dessert … he moved over to the fire pit for s’mores
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Dorik grills on his Kamado Joe at home. Here’s what Kamado Joe says about their grills:

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“An ancient, Asian-style grill, the kamado is a thick-walled cooker that imparts rich, smoky flavor to meats, fish and vegetables. Relatively unchanged for centuries, air flows through the grill’s ceramic body and out its vented dome, chunk charcoal comes to life as smoke and heat. Kamado Joe is proud to draw on that tradition, modernizing the grill’s classic style with unparalleled craftsmanship, innovative accessories and a range of flexible cooking surfaces.”  Find more of their own recipes here.

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We are celebrating Memorial Weekend on classicaccessoris.com with 20% off our NEW Montlake Patio Furniture Covers and 20% off ALL Grill Covers with discount codes: Montlake20 and Grilling20 at checkout.

Have a great long weekend!

  Image Credits:
  Kamado Joe.com
  Shoe String Sweets: www.idratherbeachef.com
  Smores: kevinandamanda.com

 

Grilling with Dorik

Fall to Winter Patios

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Our friends over at The Home Depot Garden Club have a few tips for our patios as we head into these colder months.

Furniture and grills can be damaged by the cold, as well as by rain, ice, or snow. Follow our tips to your safeguard your patio so it will be ready to use again next spring.

Lynn Coulter goes onto explain some general care information on prepping your patio and the importance of quality covers:

Use a weather resistant cover to protect your grill from the elements. Universal covers fit a range of sizes and shapes, if you can’t find one designed for your model. A good cover should resist cracking and fading and drop down far enough to cover the legs of the grill. Choose a cover that fits snugly, or one with adjustable closures, so it won’t blow off.

Luckily we have over eight different collections of patio covers fit for any style, budget and outdoor space. Don’t let your patio fall behind in care this season or the next.

 

Source: Home Depot’s Garden Club  |  Lynn Coulter
Photo: http://www.digsdigs.com  |  Kate

 

Fall to Winter Patios

Grilling Tom

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Take Tom out of the kitchen this year and throw him outside! On the grill of course before your neighbors think 2014 was the year you lost it.

From the Food Network’s show Cooking Live – the chefs bring you the basics on how to cook your turkey on your grill. They even go through cooking with Charcoal Kettle Grills and the varying briquette guides to the size of your grill to cooking your Tom Turkey on your gas BBQs.

Many professional to backyard chefs advise you to really go with the basics for your oven ready turkey – simple olive oil or vegetable oil and quality salt and pepper. Whether or not to stuff your bird is another argument all together. It is recommended that you save your stuffing for a separate pan or crock-pot and let the turkey come to its safe temperature on its own. {180° F in the thickest part of the thigh}

For some of the best advice … from the owners and operators of the Turkey Help Line {yes, it’s a real thing: 1-800-Butterball} we can also turn to our friends over at Butterball. They do advise to NOT use lighter fluid infused briquettes when cooking their Butterballs.

We’ve been on a BBQ and Grill kick for the past few weeks and maybe it’s due to the final letting go of the thoughts of Summer and going head first into the Holidays, but more so because of our Loyalty Program here at Classic Accessories. We’re giving away a Weber Genesis® E-310™ on the 1st to a lucky winner along with second place winner of $250 to our site and third place winner of a free BBQ Cover of their choice. We have monthly winners of our free program but it’s not about the prizes friends. It’s about our customers who make our Loyalty Program what it stands for and what keeps it going.

So on this Thanksgiving Eve, we wanted to also tell you how thankful we are for you. You are the reason why we do what we do every day. Whether it’s protecting your patio over the week so you’re ready for game days, providing peace of mind of your covered RV in storage so you’re care-free when it comes time to take that next trip or if it’s fishing along side your best friend with screaming reels in your hands, we wanted to say thank you for taking us along and letting us be apart of making memories. It’s the little things.

Here’s wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Your friends at Classic Accessories

-Cheers-

*Photo Credits
http://www.baybreezepatio.com
http://www.baybreezepatio.com
http://www.seriouseats.com

Grilling Tom