Consumer interest in new fireplaces, barbecue grills, and outdoor furnishings is on the rise nationwide, and the industry’s manufacturers are unveiling new products that are trending equal parts retro, eco-friendly, and technologically advanced. Here are our Top Fireplace, Barbecue & Patio Trends: Retro-Colors and Creative Designs:
Pellet Grills: In terms of ownership, wood pellet grills are among the fastest rising. Pellet grills are versatile and will grill, roast, and smoke. They hearken back to our earliest cooking technique, while creating great flavor with convenience. Because of their small size, wood pellets burn cleanly and quickly to a fine ash to create the ultimate wood-burning fire.
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Retro Colors: Retro is the new neutral. This year, brightly colored grills are replacing the typical black and stainless-steel grills. Colors are also a big trend when it comes to the patio.
Overall, outdoor spaces are becoming more vibrant and colorful in 2018.
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Outdoor Fireplaces: According to industry research, outdoor fireplaces are gaining popularity. One in 10 consumers are planning to add fireplaces and heaters to outdoor kitchens. Even indoor fireplaces are starting to mimic the outdoors. A trending fireplace design is including media that mimics nature, such as rocks and branches.
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Digital Monitoring: Technological advances continue to surge. Grills have had smart capabilities for the past few years, but most controllers have only worked locally while the user remains in range. This year, new technologies allow monitoring grill and hearth temperatures from farther distances.
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hpba.org Edited by YourVilla Staff - The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), based in Arlington, Va., is the North American industry association for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, representatives, service firms and allied associates for all types of barbecue, patio and hearth appliances, fuels and accessories. The association provides professional member services and industry support in education, statistics, government relations, marketing, advertising and consumer education.