Living in a small town with young kids (one of which despises the car seat), you often resort to online shopping as a way of life. I am ALWAYS looking for great sites and alternatives to braving the roads and weather on my own.
I’ll admit that I had not heard of Hayneedle and its all-encompassing stores, but as soon as I landed on their website, I was blown away. There are a plethora of items to choose from with competitive prices, free shipping, a PayPal option, great customer service, and VERY organized categories (I’m a sucker for things like that). I was immediately hooked! In fact, I can’t stop browsing through their 220 shops almost daily.
Did I mention Hayneedle has EVERYTHING? And not just one thing in every category, but variety and lots of it. They really do. Their products are all grouped into specialty stores that feature one specific type of product to make it easy to navigate with a single click of a button. Looking for a jukebox? Find it at their Jukeboxes.com store. How about this marvelous loft bed?
Or this kids activity table?
A playhouse? A book display and shelf (both of which I’ve been eyeing for my Montessori-style homeschool)? Perhaps something for your dog? Oh, and there’s more. Way more. Don’t believe me? Check them out and you’ll be amazed.
In a sea of retail sameness, Hayneedle provides true variety and real selection. At hayneedle.com we don’t believe in limits. We believe in giving you options, selection, and an incredibly easy way to shop all of our stores with one shopping cart. We’re here to make sure you find what you love and love what you find… for home, work and play.
With the summer at an end and Labor Day approaching, I thought this would be an excellent opportunity for the hubs to review a grill from Hayneedle’s GrillsDirect.com. (Isn’t Labor Day the last unofficial day for grilling?) Which did we receive? The Char Griller Pro Deluxe Charcoal Smoker Grill:
- Lifting handles on grate
- 580-square-inch main grill
- Smoke stack
- Heavy duty steel construction
- Cast iron grate
- Easy dumping ash pan
- Vary temps with grill height
- Four shelves for service and preparation
Here’s what he had to say about his new grill:
I’ve been grilling for over 15 years. I feel that I have become somewhat of an expert when it comes to open flames. OK, I’m not a fireman, but I play one in my back yard.
I’ve had the small hibachi grills. I’ve had a couple of different types of gas grills. I’ve cooked over small camping stoves. I’ve cooked trout over wood fires, with nothing but aluminum foil, garlic, lemon and salt. But when it comes to doing my first review, I wanted to start with the basic need in a man, “Cooking over charcoals on an open flame.” What better way to write the first “Dad” post in the “Garage” section of The Village of Moms.
We received our barrel style, smoke-stack Char-grill in a box the other day from hayneedle.com. Finally, something for dad! We have been without a grill for almost a year, and I was going crazy thinking about all of that time spent not cooking on the patio. I wanted to go the charcoal route simply for the smell and taste of it.
Make sure you put aside an afternoon to set up this grill. This is needed not only to assemble but also to cure the grill with oil. I need a grill cover but do not have one, so I want to make sure I protect this grill so it lasts to a ripe, old age. The instructions say that you need 2 people to put the thing together, so I grabbed my 3 year old son, a 7/16 socket wrench, a flat-head, a pair of pliers and an old rag. My son was a huge help. It would’ve taken about one and a half hours to put the thing together without him. But, with his help, I was fortunate enough to speed the process up to about 4 hours.
I went ahead and waited until the next day to cure the grill. I took my time in the curing process, as I wanted to do it right the first time. I used vegetable oil to cure the inside and out, and all of the grill surfaces. I used olive oil on the wood portions. My son did his best to drink all of my soda. I started a fire with wood, and charcoal, and newspapers, and cardboard…, and gasoline (OK, it was so windy that I couldn’t get the thing started). I suggest buying one of the charcoal chimney starters to get the coals going. I let it cook at around 200 degrees for about one hour, and 250-300 degrees for a couple more hours.
I cooked chicken on the grill the second day, went right to burgers a couple days later and then a sirloin on the fourth day. Though I can’t wait to try one out, I didn’t go with the side smoker quite yet. I figure that I’ll master this thing first then move to the smoker. (I heard you can smoke a huge Thanksgiving turkey in it. Can’t wait.)
My favorite thing about this grill: It’s got a smoke stack!
Notice the hubs in the background warming his hand on the grill? Not recommended. He is also sporting our baby in the backpack carrier (that’s just how we roll).
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