Grill Selection – Construction

Grill Selection,
Making the Right Choice
Construction  

When purchasing a new grill, we consumers, first search for the grills that seem to be affordable or the grill that looks most appealing.  The internet is a great place to begin researching grills but with such huge selections to choose, the task can be overwhelming.   When thinking about purchasing a new gas grill, an appliance that will stand up to the rigors of cooking, the elements, and provide years of trouble free service, we are concerned about getting the most for each dollar spent, especially in these economic times.  Below are some pointers to use when making a decision on which gas grill to purchase.
 First, let us consider what we are purchasing. What type of cooking are we going to perform?  Will it be a stand-alone unit or part of an outdoor kitchen?  Think of the grill as another kitchen appliance, although it will stay outside. Even more reason the grill should be safer and more durable than the appliances used inside the home. Correct?
Let us start with the construction of the most important part of a gas grill, the burners.
 Two types of gases, propane and natural gas fuel gas grills.  These gasses burn at relatively high temperatures and an inexpensively made burner will break down rapidly causing a multitude of problems, including being that of a fire hazard.  The following, taken from a recent news release-
“Barbecue grill fires and domestic propane tank explosions are a major source of personal injury in the United States each year. According to recent statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration, a division of FEMA, some 6,500-barbecue grill fires injure Americans accounting for property loss of over $27 million annually.”

Grills fired by natural gas are not mentioned, only because there are more propane gas grills sold in the US annually.  Natural gas grills require the same attention to safety and quality of materials used.  Either type of gas fired grill is safe as long as the units are used according to the manufactures instructions, maintained, and the consumer makes a conscience effort to educate themselves on the quality of equipment they are purchasing.
When researching a new gas grill, look for manufactures that offer a lifetime warranty on the gas burners.  Then check, to see what materials are used in their construction.  The two types of materials commonly found in higher-end burners are cast iron with a heat resistant coating and 304 stainless steel.  The cast iron is fairly durable until the coating wears out.  The 304 stainless wears longer and is a better choice.
 
Remember, we are not just purchasing a new gas grill, but a new appliance for our homes. This new gas grill should bring family and friends together to have a good time, not an accident.
Controlling the flame on a gas grill is the difference between a delicious well-prepared meal and a charred hockey puck. Most quality gas grills will have a drip pan or sear grates just above the gas burner and just below the cooking grates. These sear grates or drip pans help distribute the heat evenly across the cooking area. This will help to prevent flame- up and lessen the likelihood of hot spots. The sear grates or drip pan components are made from stainless steel or aluminum. Again, for the longevity of these components and easy clean up, stainless steel is the best material to use.
The firebox on a gas grill, what is it? The firebox is the lower portion of the grill housing in which the gas burners, the sear grates or drip pan and cooking gates are placed.  It is important that the firebox be insulated by the use of thicker metals such as cast aluminum or stainless steel. This will help with the cooking efficiency by using less gas and shortening the cooking times
Last, the grill hood, which is the upper portion of the grill housing that, is hinged, should seal or mesh tightly with the firebox. This will allow better convection during cooking.
Ventilation is important for gas grills. Some gas grills allow for adjustable ventilation in the grill hood, while other grills have fixed ventilation in the grill hood.  In addition, there is some ventilation adjustment at the flute cover, which is the front on the gas burner just outside of the firebox. However, with too little ventilation, the gas burner will go out and there is a potentially dangerous raw gas situation to deal with. If this ever occurs, cut the gas supply off at the main valve, raise the grill hood and wait at least 30 minutes before attempting to reignite the gas grill. Most of the gas grill manufacturers have ventilation already build in the hoods.
The metal materials used for grill hoods are steel or cast aluminum with a high temperature powder coating. For a more commercial look, some grill manufacturers use various types of stainless steel, but be aware that some cheaper stainless will develop surface rust in time, such as 400 series stainless steel. Therefore, if you want stainless steel and the grill is going to be exposed to the elements, ask for 304 stainless in the grill hood. While most of the other powder coated grill hoods and lesser grade stainless steel look good when new, oxidation over time will discolor them and surface rust will occur.
This article is the first installment of a multi- part series on “Grill Selection, Making the Right Choice”. Please check out our website for more featured articles like this one and other product information

-Todd Smith
W.P. Law, Inc

Water Features Add a Unique Feel to Any Home or Business

There are a variety of water features to choose from to add a unique piece of art to any home or commercial establishment, including large scale fountains, small ponds, architectural fountains and waterfalls.

Water always catches our eye. It doesn’t matter if it’s a calm river, a flowing brook, a large lake, the roaring ocean or a beautiful fountain; we often stop and look at the beauty that comes from the water that’s part of our daily lives. Water brings on a peaceful feeling when we’re around it, and it can be due to its calming flow when it’s an indoor fountain, or it can be due to the roaring sound of a large waterfall with its beauty in nature. Whether it’s simple or big, loud or quiet, water has a similar, peaceful and calming effect on many of us, so it’s no wonder we often want to bring the look and feel of water into our lives by making it a part of our homes and businesses.

Types of Water Features

Water features can range anywhere from fountains to man-made streams to small fish ponds, but no matter what type of water feature you’re looking at, it’s a piece of modern art that is unique and attention grabbing.

Large scale fountains may be an option for a commercial building, whereas a small scale fountain may be better suited for a home. If you own a spa, you may choose a medium-sized, calming fountain for your business.

For outdoor lovers, a small pond with some nice stones may be an option whereas a home owner may choose to have a man-made stream or pondless water feature to add to the ambiance of the location. A small fish pond may be suitable for either a home or an outdoor commercial establishment, as well.

Architectural fountains and floating fountains are a nice touch to any commercial dwelling, or if you already have a fountain at home, you may opt for adding some fountain décor and accessories to change or spruce things up a bit.

Purchasing Water Features

Water features may be easy to install on your own depending on the size of the feature you choose. However, it’s always good to get some expert advice when purchasing water features. Look for businesses that have a large variety so you have options and can rest well knowing you chose the right water feature for your home or business.

If you do choose to go the ‘do-it-yourself’ route, get as much detail and information from the company as you can so your installation goes as smoothly as possible, and make sure you have all of the parts you need for correct installation. Parts and products may include pumps, liners, filters, jets, nozzles, piping, stones or chemicals to sanitize your water if needed. In addition, look for an establishment with good customer support in the event that you need to call and ask questions during installation or down the road if an issue arises.

Water features are a nice touch to add a good energy to the esthetics of a residential or commercial dwelling, and there are several options to choose from to add beauty, peacefulness and uniqueness to any location.

W. P. Law, Inc. is one of the Southeast’s leading suppliers of fluid handling equipment for farmers, contractors, and industries. Founded in 1970 in Lexington, South Carolina, the company has six locations throughout the state.  W. P. Law, Inc.’s reputation is built upon the experience and expertise to find economical solutions to customer’s needs. The company is currently providing a free residential irrigation design redeemable at any W. P. Law, Inc. branch. For more information, visit HTTP://WWW.WPLAWINC.COM or call toll-free 877-835-0893.

 

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Designing Irrigation Systems…Planning Ahead

Designing Irrigation Systems…Planning Ahead

When the decision is made to add an irrigation system to your landscape or farm, there is no doubt that it pays to have an irrigation design done.  Having a complete irrigation design will maximize the effectiveness of the irrigation system, providing cost savings over the “buy-it-and-try-it” method, which usually leads to malfunctions and re-workings. While most would-be irrigation system owners would admit the need for an irrigation design, it is surprising how few take the time to plan-ahead.  When the design process is delayed until the last minute, the procrastination could lead to inflated costs when compared to the same irrigation system planned in advance.

By planning ahead, you are able to take advantage of several money saving opportunities.  We can make sure that all necessary parts for the irrigation system are in stock for the complete job, often eliminating freight charges that show up when trying to obtain parts at the last-minute.  Additionally, we can pair jobs together, allowing us to obtain better pricing for you on the larger quantities.  You can see additional cost-savings if an estimate is obtained ahead of time, as we can avoid some price increases by having a prior quote honored.  

In addition to the cost-savings, we will all obtain a greater peace of mind by having more time to work out the details of a particular job.  Just like fingerprints, no two systems are identical.  As more information is taken into consideration, we can fine-tune and personalize any given irrigation design to meet your specific needs.

Pump Stations – An Overview

Pump stations are a necessity for many types of businesses and may be used for sewage, wastewater, irrigation water, drainage and dust suppression.

Pump stations, or pumping stations, are used for different infrastructure systems typically in the industrial arena to pump liquids from one location to another. Applications for pump stations include wash-down operations, wastewater and sewage lift, dust suppression, irrigation, drainage of low-lying land, and supplying water to canals, and the name of each system—a few common ones being described within the contents of this article–is typically indicative of its application.

How Pump Stations Work

Pump stations are comprised of pumps, motors, a pump control system, manifolds and valves. Given their hydraulics and electrical controls, pump stations are very technical, but in a nutshell, to work correctly and efficiently, they are set up to provide a specified flow of liquid at a specified pressure to deliver the fluid from the starting point to all targeted areas.

Pump stations can be set up in a variety of ways to work correctly. For example, a pump station may have a main pump and a standby pump or 2 main pumps and a single standby pump or 3 main pumps and no standby pump. Of course, the size of the system, cost and acceptable downtime without fluid flow are all factors to take into account when determining the proper set-up for each system.

Within any given system, you may have a variety of different types of pumps, as well. End suction, submersible, vertical turbine and vertical multi-stage centrifugal pumps are some of the different types of pumps you may find when looking at pump stations.

Common Types of Pump Stations

•   Irrigation Pump Stations: Irrigation pump stations are very common and can be used for many types of businesses and landscapes, including farms, golf courses and low-lying areas where flooding may be a risk. The irrigation pump station is typically the most expensive component in an irrigation system.

•   Sewage Pump Stations: Another common pump station is a sewage pump station, or lift station, that is a key part of any sewage collection system designed to handle raw sewage coming through gravity pipelines found underground. They’re typically designed with end-suction centrifugal pumps that have a large opening to avoid any debris clogging the system.

Purchasing Pump Stations

When looking to purchase a pump station, it’s important to choose a company that 1) takes the time to listen to the customer to provide a station that’s engineered to the customer’s specifications and 2) has high quality, technically advanced pump stations to support the needs of the business for which it’s being purchased. It’s also important that the company selling the pump stations test the pump before it ever leaves the store or warehouse property to ensure it’s in good working order prior to installation.

Though not the most interesting subject for many, pump stations are a necessity for many industries in both the private and public sector, and ensuring that they work efficiently and effectively is critical. When a pump station fails, it can be as simple as a little bit of inconvenience when the water backs up in a community and needs to be shut off for a bit, or could be very damaging to the point of causing flooding due to water not being pumped out as it needs to be from low-lying areas.


W. P. Law, Inc. is one of the Southeast’s leading suppliers of fluid handling equipment for farmers, contractors, and industries. Founded in 1970 in Lexington, South Carolina, the company has six locations throughout the state. W.P. Law, Inc.’s reputation is built upon the experience and expertise to find economical solutions to customer’s needs. The company is currently providing a free residential irrigation design redeemable at any W.P. Law, Inc. branch. For more information, visit http://www.wplawinc.com or call toll-free 877-835-0893.

 

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Outdoor Living Possibilities & Approach

The options are endless when looking to develop an improved outdoor living experience for your home, including a patio, grill, outdoor kitchen, ponds, landscaping, various water features and pools.

Do you love the outdoors? Have you often dreamed about having an outdoor area suitable for entertaining family and friends? Outdoor living lovers typically want to spend as much time outdoors as possible, and would like to do as much as they can to make their homes suitable for outdoor activities. Unfortunately, they often put a stop to this type of dreaming when they start thinking of the time and effort it will take to have their dream of outdoor living become a reality, and they often get ‘stuck’ on what exactly they want to do to upgrade. However, there are several companies out there that can help you have the outdoor living space and lifestyle you desire so you don’t have to do all the work yourself, and the possibilities are endless.

Outdoor Living Possibilities

The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating a home conducive to being outdoors as much as possible during the summer months, or all year long for those fortunate enough to live in warmer climates. If you like to entertain, then you may go all out with a pool and outdoor kitchen equipped with a bar, grill, sink and fridge. Or you may simply want all of it for entertaining you and your family.

If swimming’s not your thing, then you may choose to just go with the outdoor kitchen, or if you want to go simpler, look at putting in a nice patio with a nice gas grill that’s screened in to avoid pesky critters.

Or maybe you just want to enjoy the view when you sit outside and opt to have nice landscaping with shrubs and flowers. Lighting is always a nice addition to landscaping that can extend your outdoor time on any given day. Fountains and small ponds can add a nice serene feel and look to any environment, as well.

You can be as creative as you want to be. You can keep it simple or go elaborate. The sky’s the limit, but if it’s your dream of spending more time outdoors, then don’t let anything hold you back!

Selecting the Right Company

Once you’ve decided that you are going to go forward with upgrading your home for a better outdoor living experience, you want to be sure to select the right company that will enable you to enjoy the fruits of your labor as soon as possible. Some key factors to consider are customer service, how long the company’s been in business, areas of expertise, product options and pricing. Do your homework so you can rest assured that you’ve made the right decision for your home. Also, if you’re debating on what types of upgrades are right for you and your home, take the time to speak with a store representative. A good company will have knowledgeable, trained employees who can help you make the right decision for you and will walk you through the ins and outs of the upgrade possibilities and process.

If you’re dream is to have a home that supports your love of outdoor living, then go for it. Think about all the possibilities you have to consider and select the right company for you by doing your homework as suggested here. You’ll be glad you did when you’re sitting outside your home admiring the view.

W. P. Law, Inc. is one of the Southeast’s leading suppliers of fluid handling equipment for farmers, contractors, and industries. Founded in 1970 in Lexington, South Carolina, the company has six locations throughout the state. W. P. Law, Inc.’s reputation is built upon the experience and expertise to find economical solutions to customer’s needs. The company is currently providing a free residential irrigation design redeemable at any W. P. Law, Inc. branch. For more information, visit http://www.wplawinc.com or call toll-free 877-835-0893.

 

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Choosing the Right Company for Your Agricultural Irrigation System – 5 Tips

If you’re looking at installing an agricultural irrigation system, you’ll want to ensure you can trust the company you choose to help with selecting and installing the system that meets your needs. To ensure you’re selecting the right company for you, considering the following questions and tips.

Do they have a wide variety of options? If you’re not sure what system works best for your needs, and you’re shopping around, having options is typically considered a good thing. Look for a company with a large and extensive stock of conventional and drip irrigation equipment to meet your needs. You may also want to consider if they have other outdoor living products and services to meet your needs down the road. It’s often nice to have a one-stop-shop for your outdoor needs once you find a company you like.

Are they irrigation specialists? It’s best to look at companies that have agricultural engineering designers with lots of experience when looking at installing an agricultural irrigation system. The systems can be large and complex, and you don’t want to leave installation to chance with a company that doesn’t have the expertise to ensure both 1) that they’re helping you select the right system for your needs and 2) that they are installing the system you select correctly.

Do they keep parts in stock? There are a lot of parts that go into an irrigation system, including filters, valves, pumps, fittings, piping and sprinklers. You want to make sure the company you choose carries all the parts for the systems they install so you won’t have the hassle of having to switch companies down the road if you would happen to need a part for the agricultural irrigation system you choose.

What’s their customer support like? When selecting the right company to help with your agricultural irrigation needs, it’s good to think long term, so if something were to happen with the system you install, will the company you choose be able to fix it? Are they there for the long-term to partner with you, or do they simply install and that’s it? It’s nice to know that you’re in good hands should you need help with your agricultural irrigation system down the road.

What’s their track record? This is typically common sense for a consumer, but be sure to do your homework on company’s you’re considering for help with your agricultural irrigation needs. How long has the company been in business? Do they have any major complaints against then with the Better Business Bureau?  Do you know others who have used them?   Ask yourself these types of questions when reviewing agricultural irrigation companies, and even ask for referrals from the companies.

Agricultural irrigation is an important necessity for a variety of reasons, and working with a company you know you can trust to help you choose and install an agricultural irrigation system is critical for its success in both the short term and long run.

W. P. Law, Inc. is one of the Southeast’s leading suppliers of fluid handling equipment for farmers, contractors, and industries. Founded in 1970 in Lexington, South Carolina, the company has six locations throughout the state.  W. P. Law, Inc.’s reputation is built upon the experience and expertise to find economical solutions to customer’s needs. The company is currently providing a free residential irrigation design redeemable at any W. P. Law, Inc. branch. For more information, visit http://www.wplawinc.com or call toll-free 877-835-0893.

 

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Irrigation System Winter Wonderland

Irrigation System Winter Wonderland

 

John Boazman


It’s that time of the year again when we all start to getting ready for the holidays.  In South Carolina we don’t get much frozen precipitation that makes for the perfect post card picture commonly associated with this time of the year.  For that reason, many people must feel the need to keep their automatic irrigation systems turned on during freezing conditions. 

As an irrigation designer and distributor, I often get the question “How do I keep my automatic irrigation system from running and laying a sheet of ice on the sidewalk and street during freezing weather?”

This is a very common problem throughout the country. I live in a warmer part of South Carolina, but this morning temperatures were in the teen as I made my way to work. Along the way, I encountered four irrigation ice patches on the road. The culprit of these icy patches stemmed from sprinklers throwing onto the highway during freezing temperatures. These irrigation ice patches ranged from a few feet into the first lane to a 20 foot section running across four lanes of traffic.  I also noticed another irrigation system spraying across a sidewalk and into the road near a school.

So many questions come to mind when I see irrigation ice. How can these property owners and managers be so uncaring about the danger they are causing to others? Why doesn’t our state and county safety divisions enact laws and serve fines for these public hazards? Aren’t these people concerned about law suits from accident victims?

As an irrigation designer and distributor, I can’t believe these people are so willing to buy potable water just to throw it into the highway. Ok, so they don’t care about anybody else or our environment, surely they care about they own wallets. First and foremost they need to adjust or move their sprinklers.  They’ll never need to grow anything in the highway and water on the road is a hazard in any weather. I did see one area that the sprinklers did not throw into the road, but because they were operating at too much pressure, a light mist was drifting onto the road causing a thin layer of ice.

After your sprinklers are properly adjusted and your pressure regulated, there are easy preventative measures you can take to eliminate irrigation ice. There are simple add on devices known as rain and freeze sensors that can be added to your irrigation controller.  These simple devices will turn off your irrigation during freezing conditions or during a rainfall event. When temperatures fall below 37° F, freeze sensors will prevent the irrigation controller from turning on any valves.  Rain sensors work in the same way and prevent irrigation systems from running once a predetermined amount of rainfall is recorded.  These types of sensors save money and limit possible lawsuits from irrigation ice causing unwanted accidents. 

Every automatic irrigation system should have a combination rain and freeze sensor for the reasons mentioned above.  Another way to conserve irrigation water and limit unnecessary watering is by using a smart irrigation controller.  These types of irrigation controllers use weather stations and soil moisture sensors to apply the proper amount of water to your landscape.  Typical water savings are between 20-50%.  These types of irrigation controllers include a rain and freeze sensor, but also determine how much water needs to be applied to the landscape.  Because they are “smart” irrigation controllers,  they receive feedback from either a weather station or soil moisture sensor.

These types of irrigation controllers save time, money and water by only applying water when needed.  Click below to learn more about various components available to make your irrigation system smarter.

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