Archive for June, 2013
Party On The Patio
It’s summer, and the living is easy. Or at least it should be.
Those of us who live in states with multiple seasons look forward to spending time outdoors when a warm breeze beckons. And while a camping trip or resort vacation may be part of the plan, most of us will spend the majority of the summer season in our own backyard.
Today, backyard living and entertaining are easier and more enjoyable than ever thanks to a wide range of products designed specifically for the home patio.
A Shady Spot of Your Own
The Pagoda recreational shelter can lend a bit of style to any backyard, while providing a place to cool off in the shade. The shelter’s 13 ft. x 13 ft. canopy (shown above) features a double-pyramid pagoda roof in two tones. The peak is vented to promote airflow and fabric sheaths hide the powder-coated brown steel legs. It’s available at Dunham’s.
You’re not going to want to stand around all summer, so your backyard living space will need furniture. A huge variety of out-door furniture is available in a wide range of prices and styles.
Among the most interesting products are zero gravity chairs. Flexible and customizable, the chairs are meant to make you feel as though you’re floating. The chair tilts back at a slant that takes most of the weight off your back, creating that weightless sen-sation.
Dunham’s offers a range of gravity chair choices, including standard and oversized models, as well as oversized chairs with a canopy that provides shade.
A screen house with mesh walls can make sitting outside more comfortable in the evenings when the mosquitos attack! Check out the Montana 12’x12’ screen house. It keeps you cool while keeping the bugs out.
A big part of our love affair with the outdoors is focused on food. Meals that are cooked and eaten outdoors just taste better. And because the outdoors offers a ventilation system that no kitchen can match, you can prepare meals in your backyard in ways that just won’t work in the confines of your house.
One of the best outdoor cooking tools is a smoker like the one pictured at left. Whether you’re into pulled pork, brisket, ribs, or even hot-smoked salmon, a backyard smoker can satisfy your craving for authentic barbecue. A wide range of smokers are avail-able, including classic types that require careful monitoring of temperature and stoking of a wood fire along with electric units that allow control of the smoking temperature.
While a smoker is great for outdoor cooking, the serious backyard chef will want a grill as well. Because a grill can generate lots of heat with direct flame or charcoal, it’s great for burgers, steaks, sausages and fish. A 4-burner gas grill can generate tem-peratures your broiler can only dream of, allowing you to sear that steak with intense heat just like a New York steak house, without worrying about setting off your smoke alarm.
The Coleman Road Trip Grill is perfect for the patio, yet portable enough to take tailgating. Your Dunham’s sales consultant can help you find a grill that’s right for you.
When the Cool Air Rolls In
The best backyard living spaces can be used day and night. And while you might want that Pagoda to provide shade in the heat of the day, you may also opt for a fire pit to keep you warm when cool night air rolls in.
The Boulder Creek portable gas fire pit (shown at right) utilizes a propane-fueled flame to heat lava rocks. The rocks then radi-ate heat, providing a large circle of warm air that blankets the surrounding area. It can also be used to toast marshmallows or roast hot dogs. It doesn’t get much better than that.
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