Thinking About a Ceramic Grill…Now’s the BEST Time to Buy a Primo!

As you may or may not be aware, we have added a Retail Grill and Smoker shop to our lineup of Grilling and BBQ business activities!  Why would we venture into the ‘sharkBBQ tank’ that is retail sales?  Easy…we’ve got LOTS of Experience and Knowledge that can help us listen to your needs and identify the RIGHT product for YOU.  Then, after the sale, we’re still here to help you learn to burn!  We firmly believe that you can educate yourself about all things BBQ and Grilling online…there is TONS of information out there and Education does indeed teach one the RULES, BUT…EXPERIENCE teaches the EXCEPTIONS!  We think each is equally important in life and especially in BBQ!

We’ve got two brands of Grills/Smokers that we currently sell and we’re evaluating Primo OVAL XL Grillmore.  First up, we offer the full line of (Made in the USA) Primo Ceramics which boast their famous Oval design and Extended Cooking Rack system that can deliver nearly 700sq. in. of cooking surface in an amazingly small footprint.  In addition to the versatility of space, it offers you true multi-zone heating so you can cook veg AND do a reverse sear on your steaks ALL on the SAME Grill!  Ceramics provide AWESOME thermal insulation and wind blocking, not to mention nice, even heat which is great for cooking real deal BBQ ‘Low & Slow’ too!  With a 20 year Warranty you can expect a lifetime of service from your Primo Grill/Smoker.

Additionally, we have the revolutionary Myron Mixon Pitmaster Q3 Pellet Grill/Smoker!  It’s easy to use, well designed and built and could LITERALLY replace that cobweb MM Q3filled, rusting gas grill you’ve got outside your back door!  With the ease of use that pellets offer and incredibly innovative features such as a water pan option, firebox burn out and easy ash removal…it’s hard to beat thePitmaster Q3!  Priced lower than most Big Box Store Gas Grills it’s the perfect option to add a whole new dimension to your outdoor cooking and LOTS of wood fired flavor to every dish you cook!

Why is now the BEST time to buy?  Well, until July 7th, the Primo All American Sales Event is happening!  Buy any qualifying Primo Promo 714Primo Grill and Table and get up to $400+ in FREE Accessories to make your purchase complete!  You’ll have the complete outdoor cooking system that stands above all other Ceramics and save BIG BUCKS!  Additionally, we’ve got the Pitmaster Q3 at our lowest price EVER and will toss in a FREE Bag of Pellets to boot!  In fact, buy ANY Grill/Smoker from us and we’ll toss in a T-Shirt and Bottle of BBQ Sauce too!

SO…what are you waiting for, we’re conveniently located at 105 Texaco Road in Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 and can be found on FaceBook & Twitter!  Call Jim at 717-254-1937 x1 or e-mail: for more information or stop by the shop!  We don’t sell hardware, outdoor furniture or home heating products…we ONLY sell BBQ and Grilling products and services and we provide service before, during and AFTER the sale!  For more info online, visit us at



What kind of smoker should I get???

Boy, we hear this question pretty frequently when we are at competitions or doing demos/classes for folks and the problem is…there’s no one right answer!  My smart-alek immediate response typically is; ‘One that you’re gonna’ use!’, which besides being vague is pretty accurate!  Again, this is a question that I would suggest doing some research about before pulling the trigger.  Our choice are Traeger grills which are pellet smokers.  We made this choice for several reasons, some of which are the fact that they WERE made in USA, out in the great Pacific Northwest. (Sadly, I’m told that in order to meet an increased demand for national distribution, they have sent production off shore on their residential products, but then again…who hasn’t these days?)  Other reasons for choosing the pellet smokers were the fact that temperature control is a bit easier.  I know LOTS of folks who will go on and on about the fact that if they set their temperature selector to 225, it doesn’t stay at 225…but it IS a live fire that we’re talking about and just because it’s got a thermostat doesn’t mean that you can set it and forget it…that’s not what smoking BBQ is all about!  In our experience, once you learn a few tricks they are pretty easy to keep an even temp in.  In fact our COM-200, which is the big trailer that can cook 4 hogs at a time if you place them right, once it’s up to temp it has more even heat than the fancy schmancy commercial oven in our home!  Another reason for the Traeger’s is that the way their fire pots work creates a natural convection in the oven, again….more even heat.  Finally, a big consideration for us is that we can get the same smoke EVERY time…4 scoops Hickory/2 scoops Apple – 3 scoops hickory/2 scoops Mesquite/1 scoop oak…etc.  Pellets are all ‘food grade’ and contain 100% wood….no fillers or glue or any of that other crap that non-pellet people will tell you is in there!  BUT, this is what’s right for US…what’s righ for YOU might be something entirely different.

Think first about what you’d like to do with you smoker?  How often are you going to use it?  What are you planning on cooking on it?  How much room have you got?  Do you have a strong back?  (Some of them are pretty darned heavy!)  Can you get a reliable supply of split wood or do you prefer charcoal?  If you’re looking to ‘cold smoke’ fish, cheese, jerky and stuff like that…you’ll need an entirely different kind of smoker!  There are some GREAT manufacturers out there and all of them will be happy to tell you how good their products would look in your yard, you just need to pick something that won’t intimidate you and that you’ll use!  After all the only way to get REALLY good at BBQ is to cook BBQ!  It’ll make you friends and put smiles on your family’s faces…not to mention it’s fun!  Like fishing, it can be learned pretty quickly, but takes a lifetime to master!

I would suggest doing some online homework, attending a BBQ competition and asking folks about their smokers, if you’ve got a local BBQ shop…stop by and have lunch, then ask them!  Use as many resources as you can so that you wind up with the right smoker for the kind of cooking that you’d like to do!  You can always call us at 717-254-1937 and we’ll be happy to help…Lunchtime and Dinner are a bit busy, but morning and mid-afternoon are good times to call!  Meanwhile, here are a few resources for different types of smokers for you to peruse:

Wood Fired: ; (my favorite, and Dave KNOWS smokers!) ;

Pellet Smokers: (disappointing move to offshore production aside…good smokers!) ; (incredibly knowledgable about all things pellet)

Charcoal Smokers: ; 

Hope you find these helpful!  Stay warm and keep on smokin’! – jak