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When times are tough, don’t skimp on fun.

3rd January 2009

When times are tough, don’t skimp on fun.

Listen, with all the talk in the press lately about the impending financial crisis, talk of the best performing Japanese companies reducing their profit forecast or operating at a loss, everyone is forgetting that life is not all about work, work & work.

I’m not making light if the current situation but on weekends everyone wants and needs to enjoy their free time and have some fun. Clearing your mind on the weekend makes it easier to find solutions to problems during the workweek. When times were good, you could afford to take the family on a overseas trip or to an amusement park. But in light of the current times, everyone is holding back on spending, even me!


One way to keep up the fun and not break the bank is to have a BBQ party with family and friends. It’s easy to do and you probably already know the basic steps but now it’s easier and more convenient with a gas BBQ grill from California Patio.

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3rd January 2009

BBQ Crab

It’s New Year’s day and we’re having crab legs for dinner.  The crab is precooked but according to the preparation notes included in the box, you should grill the crab to make it taste better.  But how are we going to fit the crab legs inside of our normal kitchen broiler? We tried, look at the picture below, they just don’t fit.

BBQ Crab does not fit on the brolier

It’s time to use our BBQ grill again. In the middle of winter!

Just heat up the grill for a few minutes and throw on the legs. They fit just right on the gas BBQ grill. Grill for five minutes on each side and you’re done. BBQ crab legs… Delicious.

BBQ Crab fits on a gas BBQ grill

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22nd December 2008

Using a gas BBQ grill and propane tank purchased in a foreign country.

You might be able to use the gas grill in Japan. Here are some tips but this is not inclusive because every gas grill maker is different. Check with the manufacturer of the grill to see if the propane gas pressure the burner was designed for is suitable for the gas pressure produced by a Japanese propane gas regulator. If it’s not suitable, you will need to replace the burner. You’ll also need to replace the hose and regulator to bring your grill up to code in Japan. We sell the propane gas hose and regulator of you require them.

Also a note about the propane tanks. You can only refill propane tanks that are purchased in Japan. We sell propane tanks if you need one.

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22nd December 2008

Buying Propane Gas in Japan

Japan has over 20,000 propane gas shops and the easiest way I have found to find
one is to use the Yahoo! Japan Propane Gas Shop directory or GasNavi. Both sites are in Japanese but it’s  broken down by prefecture so it’s easy to find a shop near you. Also note that the gas shop owner is required by law to fill out an informed consent form like this sample. California Patio gas grills include a Japanese made regulator when you buy the grill. Take the regulator with you when you buy the gas because the shop owner may need to confirm you have one for safety measures.

We also sell the propane gas tank, propane gas regulator and gas hose.

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1st December 2008

Winter Grilling Safety Tips

The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) offers these suggestions for general grilling safety.Following a few basic steps can help ensure safe, reliable operation of your outdoor cooking appliance, regardless of what type you use. The following safety tips are designed to guide you through the grilling process. Remember, anytime you work with fire, there’s a chance of getting burned. So, take precautions. Common sense and planning will prevent injuries.

RECIPE FOR SAFETY: FIRST, BE SMART AND INFORMED
The main ‘ingredient’ for safety in outdoor cooking is common sense. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for assembling and using your grill, and contact the manufacturer if you have a problem or a question.

Read the owners manual.
Always read the owners manual before using your grill and follow specific usage, assembly, and safety procedures. Contact the grill manufacturer if you have specific questions. (Be sure to locate your model number and the manufacturer’s consumer inquiry phone number and write them on the front page of your manual.)

Grills are for outside, only!
Barbecue grills are designed for outdoor use, only. Never barbecue in your trailer, tent, house, garage, or any enclosed area because carbon monoxide may accumulate and kill you.

Use in well-ventilated area.
Set up your grill in an open area that is away from buildings, overhead combustible surfaces, dry leaves, or brush. Be sure to avoid high traffic areas and always barbecue in a well-ventilated area. Be aware of wind-blown sparks.

Keep grill stable.
When using a barbecue grill, be sure that all parts of the unit are firmly in place and that the grill is stable (can’t be tipped over).

Use long-handled utensils.
Use barbecue utensils with long handles (forks, tongs, etc.) to avoid burns and splatters.

Wear safe clothing.
Wear clothing that does not have hanging shirt tails, frills, or apron strings that can catch fire, and use flame-retardant mitts when adjusting hot vents.

Keep fire under control.
To put out flare-ups, either raise the grid that the food is on, spread the coals out evenly, or adjust the controls to lower the temperature. If you must douse the flames with a light spritz of water, first remove the food from the grill.

Be ready to extinguish flames.
Use baking soda to control a grease fire and have a fire extinguisher handy. A bucket of sand or a garden hose should be near if you don’t have a commercial extinguisher.

Consider placing a grill pad or splatter mat beneath your grill.
These naturally heat resistant pads are usually made of lightweight composite cement or plastic and will protect your deck or patio from any grease that misses the drip pan.

Prior to lighting a gas grill, be sure to open the lid to prevent a buildup of gas.

Stay away from hot grill.
Don’t allow anyone to conduct activity near the grill when in use or immediately following its use. The grill body remains hot up to an hour after being used.

Don’t move a hot grill.
Never attempt to move a hot grill. It’s easy to stumble or drop it and serious burns could result.

Never leave a grill unattended once lit.
When cooking is completed, be sure to turn off the fuel supply and then turn the burners to ‘off.’

Inspect Your Grill – Often
Check your grill regularly for signs of wear and tear, particularly for hose cracks and possible leaks; also keep burners clear of dirt and insects that can block hoses or venturi tubes

Store Propane Tanks Properly
If you have an LP gas grill, always store your propane tanks outside and in an upright position.

Check Propane Tanks
Never use an LP cylinder if it shows signs of dents, gouges, bulges, fire damage, corrosion, leakage, excessive rust or other forms of visual external damage. It may be hazardous and should be checked by a liquid propane supplier

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はじめまして。カリフォルニアパティオCEOのエリック・ハラデレックと申します。私の母国アメリカでは、日本のみなさまと同じようにBBQが親しまれています。アメリカでは20年前にガスBBQが私たちのライフスタイルの一部になり、今では一家に一台、みんなが好んで使っています。ガスBBQは簡単で便利です。私は日本にガスBBQの料理をはじめ、その楽しみ方を紹介していきたいと考えています。きっと、日本のみなさまにも楽しんでいただけると確信しています。