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Big Green Egg, the Ultimate Outdoor Accessory

Families across the country are gearing up for holiday gatherings, family reunions, and cookouts. Summer is the prime time for people to get outside to grill. When you chose a new Big Green Egg to replace your old grill, you summer will be never be the same.

Safety and Efficiency

When you invest in a Big Green Egg, you will get a grill that is safe, hazard-free, and long-lasting. You will spend less money on fuel, less time standing over a hot grill in the heat, and you’ll surely be the Barbecue Master of the neighborhood.


You don’t have to be a meat-eater to enjoy a Big Green Egg. In fact, a pizza baked in a Big Green Egg is comparable in taste and quality to a pizza baked in a wood-fired oven. Whether you’re grilling steaks, baking casseroles, smoking fish, or roasting vegetables, the Big Green Egg can make all your food taste so much better.

The Size to Fit Your Need

The Big Green Egg may have started as one simple “kamado” cooker, but it has now evolved into a line of seven sizes to fit every need.

  • Mini – Picnics and tailgate parties will never be the same when you have this little EGG. It’s safe and perfectly sized for boats, balconies, and campgrounds.
  • MiniMax – This is perfect for camping, poolside cookouts, and parties. This EGG comes with a convenient carrying case so you can take it wherever. It also features a slightly larger cooking area than the Mini, but it is super easy to pack and take it wherever.
  • Small – With the same grill surface as the MiniMax, this EGG can cook a 12 pound turkey, 4 burgers, 1 chicken, 2 steaks, or 1 rack of ribs. And it has the ability to cook them to perfection. This EGG is not designed to travel, but it doesn’t come with a carrying case.
  • Medium – Sized for a small family or couple, this is a great addition to a home or backyard patio. This EGG can accommodate an 18-pound turkey, 6 burgers, 3 chickens (vertically), 4 steaks, or 4 racks of ribs (vertically). So go ahead and invite the neighbors, you’ll have plenty of room on your grill to cook for a crowd.
  • Large – The most popular size and is able to cook enough for a large group. The Large EGG allows you to bake, roast, or smoke, it can do all the job so there’s no need to make a mess on your kitchen stove.
  • XLarge – Cook for a crowd or multiple meals at once, this EGG is not just great for summer get-togethers, but it also offers all the space you need to prepare holiday meals as well.
  • XXLarge – The biggest EGG is capable of cooking for a large group, restaurant, or catering. This EGG will fit and cook a suckling pig to perfection. Don’t believe us. See for yourself!

You can see the Big Green Egg in action at our showroom. Or you can call us at 203-283-4459 to learn more before barbecue season is in full-swing!

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Three Quick Tips to Clean Your Grill for Summer

It’s Summertime!

Warm weather has arrived, and in many regions, it already feels like summer. If you enjoy to barbecue and host parties at your home, you are probably already thinking about your grill. Maybe you’ve already brought it out of the garage and completed some test runs. Before you have that big Memorial Day BBQ you should make sure the grill is properly cleaned so that you don’t have an embarrassing grease fire or foul tasting meats.

At The Cozy Flame, we love to sell our favorite products. The Big Green Egg and MHP Grills rival others on the market by leaps and bounds. Besides having the best product around, you need to understand how to keep this product in its’ prime condition.  You also have to properly maintain your products to get the best use out of them.

Grill Tips

  1. Clean it from the grates to the ground.You should be sure to clean it properly for the type of fuel it burns. Charcoal grills will have more residue to remove and often have more grates to clean. The peeling residue at the bottom of your charcoal grill is not peeling paint. It’s carbonized grease, and it needs to be scraped and brushed away. Once you have cleaned the inside of the grill, rub the grate down with olive oil, and then clean the exterior of debris, dust, and grease.

    Required Tools: stainless steel grill brush, rubber gloves, paint scraper, soap, water, bucket, cloth

  2. Cover the heating elements with aluminum foil (gas grills).Before you begin cleaning, use aluminum foil to tightly cover the heat elements. When you’re finished with the scrubbing and cleaning, you can remove this aluminum foil and discard it. All of the debris that falls onto the elements will be contained.

    Extra Tip: Using aluminum foil while grilling helps reduce the amount of residue left behind on the grill.

  3. Fire it up.Once the cleaning is complete, turn on your gas grill, or light your charcoal grill and let it burn for an hour to simulate the amount of time you would grill a small meal. This tests the grill to ensure it’s safe before you use it with guests and family nearby. It also will burn off any residue left behind by your cleaning solution. A natural cleaner that works well and isn’t toxic however, is vinegar.

    Extra Tip: Place a thin layer of vinegar on a cookie sheet, stainless steel pan, or aluminum foil on the grate and cook on high heat with grill closed to help remove stubborn residue.

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Remember, even if you purchased the best grill on the market, it won’t continue to work for you if it’s not properly maintained. The best way to maintain it is to clean it before you start grilling for the summer, and again before storing it for winter. When you clean it you can check your gas grill for safety (fuel connections, valves, and burners), and check hinges and fasteners on your charcoal grill.

It’s our goal at The Cozy Flame that all of our customers get the best products and service as well as the best experience possible. For questions regarding cleaning, operating, repairing your grill, and more, call one of our experts today!

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