Grills spark growth

  • Article by: TODD NELSON , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 28, 2011 - 9:53 PM

Looking for growth and diversification, contract manufacturer Dalsin Industries has launched a new, high-end line of wood-fired grills.

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whadjawantAug. 29, 11 8:58 AM

Wood fired ? Really ? one the single most persistent problems in the Metro area is air quality. Burning wood liberates signiifcant ammounts of undesireable volatiles and particulates into the atmosphere. At a minimum - they should optimize the design for complete combustion of the wood, provide a guide for types of wood, a means for assessing general quality of wood and finally a web-source for maintaining the grills and possible improvements. Am I over-blowing a simple entertainment issue. NOPE - I am hoping that a company making a product that may be impacted by city/county codes and laws is proactively keeping its customers - and its business plan - ahead of the curve.

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honeydo11Aug. 29, 11 9:26 AM

whadjawant - you should do your homework before posting. From their website: "Cooking with 100% natural wood pellets is safer and more environmentally conscientious than using more traditional products. Unlike such fossil fuels as natural gas and propane that contribute to climate change, our pellets are always made from renewable resources." The pellets are completely combustable upon burn.

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wakeupmplsAug. 29, 11 9:26 AM

whadjawant, it is NOT "single most persistent problem in the Metro area is air quality". Leave it to an environmentalist to turn the simple act of enjoying a fire into a an overly complicated procedure requiring a "Recreational Fire" Czar. People with grass lawns will be on the hit list next. As for me, I'm going to burn an extra log tonight for whadjawant.

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oftencorrectAug. 29, 1110:50 AM

The single biggest problem in the Metro is air quality. Of course it is the second biggest problem, traffic, that is the cause of low air quality. My guess would be that people idling their cars while waiting at drive-thru windows causes 10 times the pollution as every wood-fired grill in Minnesota.

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mannyminotAug. 29, 1111:12 AM

You'd think an article about grills would show us what such high-end grill looks like. Gosh, seeing the top part of the lid sure makes me want to go right out ...

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doughboy12Aug. 29, 1112:58 PM

AND...It's not their first product as alluded to in the article. Look at those nice ornate fire rings with the detail of deer and pine trees. That was theirs too.

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iswaynebradyAug. 29, 1112:59 PM

Wish I could justify $2200 on a new grill. It would be nice to support a company that actually feels that the community it operates in is important.

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hughkaresAug. 29, 11 2:04 PM

Traeger has been building and selling wood pellet grills for years. Paid $699 for mine five years ago, use it all year and completely happy with it. Tough to justify $2200 when others out there do the same thing and burn the same pellets. I'm going to keep mine fired up a bit longer tonight just for whadjawant.

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whadjawantAug. 29, 11 2:13 PM

dear honeydo11 - if that's how you read marketing brochures - I've got some land in Florida- bout 4 miles east of Miami. The company's envrionmental claim is that they are made from a renewable resource - not that they are cleaner burning. In the long run - burning wood always generates more volatiles and chemical compounds. Maybe you want to tell the folks at Minnegasco that buring wood is cleaner than natural gas and a more efficient generator of heat. Here's another fact for you - completly buring the wood pellets simply releases MORE of the harmful materials. Clean buring in the "pellet industry" refers to less materail left over - not the ability to actually burn its by products ( chemical, volities, gasses, particulates). you just have less to ash pull out of the hopper after a burn. Go ahead , call them , but please record it and post to you tube ... we'd all like to hear that one.

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whadjawantAug. 29, 11 2:42 PM

oftencorrect - "My guess would be that people idling their cars while waiting at drive-thru windows causes 10 times the pollution as every wood-fired grill in Minnesota." =================================================================== hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm since nearly household owns a car, drives it every day and idles in numberous - the pure number of incidences does generate a substantially larger volume of occurences and tonnage of output. HOWEVER, when you burn wood - you generate a whole series of emissions that are , pound for pound, about 100- 10,000 times as damaging to the atmosphere as the emissions from the average auto. Now if you take off the catalytic converter - that math chages a bit. ...... I also hope you weren't considering converting your car to a wood burner.

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