Heating Oil Prices Outlook For 2014-2015

Posted on: September 6th, 2014 by RF Ohl

This interview is a discussion regarding heating oil prices and the pricing outlook for the upcoming 2014-2015 heating system.


Backyard BBQ: What Is A Pellet Grill?

Posted on: August 26th, 2014 by RF Ohl

Pellet GrillThe current housing market trend is to ditch the quiet life in the suburbs in favor of urban opportunities. While this means a culturally enhanced and generally more vibrant lifestyle, it also means sacrificing private outdoor space. If you’re the type who loves meat, barbeque and grilled seafood, choosing a grill can pose a bit of a conundrum.

There are so may options to choose from when it comes to barbeque grills. There are slow-cooking grills like smokers, which are great for rib or pork shoulders. Smokers can be used as wood or coal-smoking kettle grills for an authentic barbecue flavor. Grilling can be as simple as throwing hamburgers and vegetables over an open flame to as meticulous as choosing hickory or mesquite wood chips for enhanced flavor. It’s common for avid lovers of outdoor cooking, who also happen to have the necessary space, to have multiple grills which suit multiple purposes.

For those who like simplicity, favor ease of use and have little room to spare over a porch or balcony, getting a pellet grill is a great idea. This kind of barbeque grill is compact and relies on the use of small hardwood pellets. The wood pellets can be bought in a variety of flavors for enhanced taste. These are easily available in the market and are quick to ignite with an electronic igniter. New pellets can simply be thrown on top of the old ones. Want to grill like a “pit master”? Our grills have an “indirect oven” feature that allows for “low and slow” cooking that produces amazing results!

For those who love the idea of barbeques because the cooking is fast, easy and simple, the pellet grill is a must-have. For barbeque connoisseurs, their use is not the fun challenge that they may be crave. For the rest of us, idiot-proof cooking is actually a good thing.

A pellet grill allows you to cook food with restaurant-level flavor and the compactness and ease of use of a much smaller grill. The pellets are less expensive than charcoal and are responsible for much of the superior taste. Another reason pellet grills can so easily replace other types or even multiple grills is because it’s possible to cook just about anything on one. From burgers to steaks to seafood to vegetables – they can handle it all.

Stop by our showroom to see the line of pellet grills that we have available as well as all of the other grills and accessories.

RF Ohl
400 Interchange Rd
Lehighton PA 18235

What To Know When Converting From Heating Oil To Gas

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by RF Ohl

Thinking about converting your heating system’s fuel source from heating oil to natural gas or propane? This video discusses the elements that you should really consider when making a decision to convert your fuel source of the heating system.

In this interview, Christopher Hardy discusses:

  • Items that a homeowner should consider when making a decision to convert their heating system’s fuel source
  • The advantages and disadvantages of converting form heating oil to natural gas or propane.
  • What to do with the oil tank
  • The math and metrics of a conversion

To learn more about converting your home’s heating system from oil to gas, call the professionals: R.F. Ohl

Call Today: (610) 377-1098

Video Transcript:
Brett: Hey guys, how are you? This is Brett Lewis from L4 Group and today I have Chris Hardy from R.F. Ohl joining us.

Chris: Good morning, how are you? Doing great thank you so much.

Brett: Awesome. So, Chris is a home comfort specialist at R.F. Ohl. And R. F. Ohl is a company located in Lehighton, Pennsylvania that provides heating, oil, propane, kerosene. They install and service heating and cooling systems and they also have a whole showroom with an outdoor line of patio furniture, awnings, grills, barbecues, anything else to add to that Chris?

Chris: Really we do every hearth, full hearth. So keep in mind your fireplaces both vented and unvented. And we also [sell and service water] heaters as well, so we do quite a bit.

Brett: Right, awesome. So basically a full line energy company that you know provides…I think Steve [Steve Ohl, President of R.F. Ohl] phrases it comfort in the home and comfort outdoors? Do you know the tagline on that?

Chris: Indeed I do, it’s indoor comfort and outdoor fun. Continue Reading

Best Grilling Tips For Flavorful Food

Posted on: August 21st, 2014 by RF Ohl

Here are some great tips for grilling and how to make the best of barbeque cooking. Some of the topics that we discuss are:

  • How do I get a smoky flavor into food when using a gas grill? [2:07]
  • What types of wood chip flavors are available? [4:42]
  • What meats are best for smoking? [5:20]
  • New to grilling and want to grill a perfect steak. What’s the secret? [7:50]
  • How do I deal with Flare-ups? [11:15]
  • What is the best way to clean a grill? [14:38]

Here are some recipes to try out when using your smoking meats on your barbeque grill:

Smoked Flank Steak
Smoked Brisket
Smoked Salmon
Smoked Baby Back Ribs
Smoked Pork Loin
Smoked Trout
Smoked Eel


Video Transcription
Brett: Hi, everybody, this is Brett Lewis with L4 Group and today I have Steve Ohl with us from RF Ohl, how’s it going, Steve?

Steve: Good, how are you?

Brett: Good, good. I thought that we would do something a little fun today. It’s the middle of the summertime, a lot of people are grilling and I figured let’s talk a little bit about grilling tips or grilling—a lot of frequently asked questions regarding grilling and barbequing. Steve operates a local business in Lehighton where part of his business is he sells outdoor furniture and cooking accessories. He has a Hearth and Patio showroom and he has a line of grills that he sells. So Steve, you want to expand a little bit on that?

Steve: Yeah. We do all kinds of outdoor products and fire pits, retractable awnings, patio furniture, like you had mentioned, everything is available in our Hearth and Patio showroom, you can come in and see and touch them and feel them. We have all kinds of barbeque grills, charcoal grills, wood pellet grills, accessories, spices, rubs, items for smoking and wood chips and all kinds of different things. So yeah, if you want to stop in and check it out, there’s a lot of stuff. It’s a lot of fun, too.

Brett: Awesome, I know I use my grill year round, I think a lot of people do, so this isn’t just a summertime thing, but I figured it is summer season, so let’s get into some of the questions that I’ve come across as far as grilling goes.

One that I’m actually interested in myself personally as well is how do I get a good, smoky flavor infused into the food that I’m cooking, using a gas grill?

Steve: I think this is good for anyone getting into smoking meats and different things is I had that desire for the wood fire flavor, but I still wanted the convenience of a propane or gas grill. One of the best things that I ever bought—and we sell a lot of these—is a wood smoker box. You basically have a stainless steel box and then what you do is you buy some wood chips, you soak these in water, and there are holes in this box, you set this in there on the barbeque grill and it will start smoldering the wood. So it’s a great way, it’s pretty inexpensive to get into as a starting the flavor of smoking and it’s fun and it adds a lot of different flavor to your meat, there’s all kind of different kinds of wood chips you can get. Weber makes a nice package here, if you can see that, it’s called like a variety pack, it’s the trial sized Fire Spice Kit, and if you can see all the little—this is for the person that doesn’t want to really mess around pouring the wood chips into their thing. The box is prepackaged and you just soak those in water and put them on your grill and there’s all different flavors in there. It even has a guide as to what wood tastes best with what meats, so it’s a great way to get started. If anybody ever has any questions about that, then they’re welcome to give us a call or stop in. We get a lot of questions about how to add that wood flavor in a barbeque grill that’s propane or natural gas and that’s really the easiest way to do it and it’s pretty simple.

One other method, you can always try tin foil and wood chips, you know, poke some holes in it. That’s probably the least expensive way to get started because your only investment is a bag of wood chips. But be aware that the tin foil will break down and get into your grill, so there’s a little more clean up involved, but it really will still work the same way. Continue Reading

Is Your Propane Grill a Ticking Time Bomb?

Posted on: August 18th, 2014 by RF Ohl

Gas Grill DangersIt happens more than you may think. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, here are 7,000 fires due to gas barbecue grills every year. Many of those fires are due to leaking propane gas.

This news clip from the NBC Today Show talks about how damaging these fires can be. Byron Fuchs, featured in this news clip, sustained 2nd degree burns on his arms while lighting a gas grill at a 4th of July party.

NBC News reporter, Jeff Rossen, worked with firefighters from Minnesota to demonstrate exactly how dangerous a propane leak in a gas grill can be. Here is the full news clip:

Some safety takeaways are:

  • Make sure that you light your gas grill immediately. Do not allow the gas to build up prior to lighting – that is what causes these explosions during the lighting process.
  • Be sure to check for gas leaks with the soapy water test. Mix up a solution of water and soap, creating a sudsy solution that you can spray on all the gas hoses and connections. If you see air bubbles forming, you potentially have a gas leak that needs to be fixed.
  • Keep the grill far enough away from your house to prevent the house from catching on fire. Firefighters recommend at least three feet from the house.

If your grill is old it may be unsafe to operate for many reasons. Stop by our showroom to take a look at all of the barbecue grill replacement options that we have to offer.