Outdoor fabrics differ from indoor fabrics in that they are made to be more durable, and they undergo a chemical treatment process during manufacturing that ensures they will resist stains and mildew. Outdoor fabrics are woven fibers that differ in strength and durability. The primary difference between each type of the most commonly used outdoor fabric lies in the manufacturing process and the fibers that they are made from.
Solution-dyed acrylics are fabrics that are dyed before the yarn is created. Most fabrics begin colorless, and then the fibers are woven into yarn, and the yarn is dyed before it is woven into a fabric. With solution-dyed acrylic, a liquid acrylic solution is mixed with the dye, and then it is formed into a fiber so it already has color before it is spun into a yarn. This process makes it color-fast and water-resistant. Solution-dyed acrylics are soft and breathable like canvas and are commonly used in awnings and patio umbrellas, but a softer, more porous version is also used for outdoor pillows and cushions.
Acrylic is used as a base for many outdoor fabrics because of its durability and resistance to wrinkling, fading, and mildew growth. Polyester shares may of these properties, and the use of both fabrics in one material makes a durable outdoor fabric. To make acrylic-coated polyester, the fabric threads are woven first and then the material is dipped into an acrylic coating to color it. This fabric is also available in cotton-polyester blends, which typically have a more appealing appearance. Acrylic-coated polyester and cotton-polyester blends are typically used to make boat and car protectors but may also be used as patio umbrellas and awnings.
Vinyl-Coated Synthetic Fiber Mesh
Vinyl-coated synthetic fiber mesh is also referred to as PVC mesh or slingable fabric. It is often used for sling-type outdoor chairs, whose fabric — not the frame — supports your weight. This fabric is strong and does not stretch. Other fabrics, such as solution-dyed acrylic, printed polyester and printed acrylic outdoor fabrics, are not strong enough to cover these types of chairs. Most PVC mesh fabrics are made of vinyl-coated polyester or acrylic yarns, as well as other synthetics such as olefin and PVC, but the composition of materials varies depending on the manufacturer. They make a durable, easy-to-clean, colorfast and strong outdoor fabric that doesn’t promote mildew growth.
Olefin is a manmade fiber that is typically used along with other fibers to create outdoor fabric blends. It is often used in outdoor furniture and for a variety of other applications, including house wrap, marine coverings and clothing. Depending on its chemical structure, olefin may also be referred to as polyethylene or polypropylene. It is manufactured in a similar manner as polyester and nylon. The chemicals used are melted and fed through a shower-head-like device called a spinneret head to form long fibers. Olefin typically has a smooth texture and is usually solution-dyed. It is a durable fabric that dries quickly and resistant to weathering, chemicals, stains and mildew.
Canvas is a strong, heavy-duty outdoor fabric used to make sails, tents, backpacks, tarps and even canoes. Modern canvas fabrics may be made from a variety of materials but are usually made using cotton or linen. Canvas is also a generic terms used to describe a variety of outdoor fabrics, including polyester, acrylics and blends of these materials. Mold and mildew are a major drawback of cotton or linen-based canvas fabrics because many true canvas materials are made of natural fibers.
Written By Renee Miller
A hearty and savory blend of beef and vegetables that’s sure to fill you and warm you up on a chilly day.
For 12 Person(s)
- 3 lb chuck roast (cut in bite size chunks)
- 1 large white onion (chopped)
- 6 whole carrots (chopped)
- 6 celery stalks (chopped)
- 3 cups kernel corn
- 12 large white mushrooms (chopped)
- 6 medium baking potatoes (chopped)
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 package brown gravy mix
- 1 package au jus mix
- 2.5 cups water
- 3 Tbsp corn starch
- Salt and Pepper
Slow Cooked Beef Stew Directions
Set up the grill for indirect cooking and heat to 275°F (135°C).
In the 7 quart Dutch oven, add 2 cups of water, stir in the gravy and au jus mixes.
Add all the ingredients (except the corn starch). Salt and pepper to taste. Fold with a large spoon to mix the ingredients.
Place the Dutch oven uncovered in the grill and allow to cook for 30 minutes (to add smokey flavor).
Cover and allow to simmer for 3 hours.
Mix the corn starch with 1/2 cup of water and whisk until thoroughly blended.
Add to Dutch oven and fold ingredients.
Allow stew to simmer for another 30 minutes. Serve immediately.
Recipe Provided By Primo Grills
Super Bowl Sunday is almost here, get your recipes ready to smoke something on your primo grill.
Maple Glazed Chicken Wings
For 4 Person(s)
- 4 lbs. Chicken Wings
- 1.5 cups Pure Maple Syrup
- 1 lemon (fresh squeezed juice)
- 1.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Additional olive oil for brushing
- 7 tsp Kosher Salt
- 7 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
- 1 tbsp Cayenne Pepper or Crushed Red Pepper * For spicy wings
Whisk the ingredients thoroughly, place in a pot, and allow it to come to a boil.
Simmer until the salt is dissolved. Allow it to cool to room temperature.
Place the marinade and chicken in a resealable plastic bag. Marinate for 1-4 hours.
Set aside a portion of the marinade to brush on the wings while roasting.
Rinse the chicken pieces and pat dry. Lightly brush with olive oil to prevent sticking.
Build a mound of charcoal on one half of the grill. Heat the grill to 325°F.
Place the chicken on the indirect side (opposite charcoal).
Roast 20 minutes. Brush with marinade.
Turn the chicken wings over, brush with marinade.
Roast an additional 20 minutes.
Move the wings to the direct side for 5 minutes to crisp up the skin. Turn frequently.
Written By Primo Ceramic Grills
It was an ice storm of epic proportions. Trees looked like glass sculptures. Every surface was gilded in icicles. Cars were entombed in a layer of ice that seemed impenetrable. The city was in darkness. It was eerie driving through an unlit town with no one out in the streets. My husband and I arrived home to complete darkness. We weren’t prepared for a sudden power grid emergency, but thankfully we had Napoleon to help keep us warm and fed. Do you know what to do during a power outage?
You’ve probably heard our slogan “No Power, No Problem”. It’s true and will definitely be a great help in a power outage during colder weather.
Napoleon Gas Fireplaces/Stoves/Inserts come with a battery backup or a millivolt system so that in the event of a loss of power, your fireplace will still light and keep you warm. There is no danger to continuously running a gas fireplace during a power outage. It will just heat less square footage because it is only producing radiant heat. The blower that would normally turn on with the fireplace needs electricity to work. You can run your gas fireplace as long as needed to ensure you are warm and content without worry of overheating the unit.
Those with Wood Fireplaces/Stoves/Inserts are in great shape when an emergency situation comes along, as long as they’re well stocked with wood for the season. Better still, wood stoves like the Napoleon Banff 1400C or the Huntsville 1400, can even be used as a cooktop.
Napoleon makes a Hybrid Furnace that burns wood for heat. This is great when there is a power outage because your home will still be heated. The furnace fan may not be working, but hot air rises, and will filter up through the vents of your home that way, keeping your home a lot warmer than a home without power.
Don’t forget your grill! Your Napoleon grill, be it charcoal, natural gas, or propane, is invaluable when there’s no power. You can use it to cook food, boil water, and generally eat well while there is no power. Get creative. Anything you would make in the kitchen can be done on your Napoleon grill.
To make sure that you’re good when trouble hits, remember to have an extra tank of propane, or bag of charcoal. If you live in a northern climate that experiences snow and ice, make sure that there is a clear path to the grill. Try to ensure that your grill is always in good working order and in a slightly sheltered, but not covered, space where you will have little trouble extricating it from snow and ice. Please, never grill indoors or in your garage – that is dangerous.
What To Do?
When an emergency happens, like a power outage or severe weather there are things you can do that will help keep you safe.
- Be prepared with an emergency kit, and keep it in a space that is easy to get to and find in the case of an emergency.
- Listen to the radio for information
- In the event of a power failure, turn off all electronic equipment in case of power surge when power is restored
- Keep the fridge and freezer closed as much as possible to prevent spoilage – freezer food is good for 24 to 36 hours if left alone. If the weather is below 4°C/39°F you can store food outdoors, but remember to monitor the outside temperature, cover the food, and be aware of local wildlife.
- Remember not to use gas or charcoal powered camping and heating equipment indoors
- Never leave a lit flame or candle unattended
It always pays to have an emergency kit in the house, no matter what. Just a few items that you should keep on hand in case there is an emergency. You don’t need to go crazy with a bag for every person, but these essential items will keep you comfy while you wait for the power to come back on.
These things are for a short-term emergency lasting a few hours to a few days, not an evacuation emergency.
- Hand crank or battery radio
- Extra batteries – for radio, flashlight, and fireplace battery backup
- First aid kit
- Emergency cash
- Pen and Paper
- Bottled water – enough for 1 gallon per person/day
- Non-perishable, easy to prepare, shelf stable foods
- Non-electric phone for emergency calls
- Non-electronic entertainment
- Chemical light sticks – glow sticks
Keeping spirits up is essential. Remember to try to keep things fun while waiting. Card games, board games, and reading are all fantastic ways to pass the time. If you are enjoying the glow of your fireplace, indoor camping with the family can make for a good time.
I may have been caught off guard by a recent power failure, but thanks to Napoleon, things were definitely not as bad as they could have been. Do you have an emergency kit, in case of a situation like this? Comment with your thoughts on kit content. For more inspiration on cooking, home heating, décor and everything else, watch our Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
Written By Napoleon Fireplaces