Monthly Archives: June 2012

Los Angeles 4th of July Junk Removal

The best way to describe Los Angeles 4th of July fireworks celebrations is “controlled.” The summer weather in the City of Angels can be summed up in one word: dry. As a result, there is always the danger of a spark setting off a raging inferno in the hills and valleys that ring the city. That’s why the fireworks in Los Angeles are always well coordinated and selective. One of the largest fireworks displays put on anywhere in Southern California happens at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. This is such a big event that the parking lot opens at 10:00 a.m. on the 4th and you can bet there will be people lining up for the official opening of the gates at 6:30 that night.

At the opposite end of the Los Angeles you’ll find the Palisades Americanism Parade. This is an all day event featuring an old fashioned parade, sky divers and all sorts of other entertainment leading up to the big fireworks show at Palisades Charter High School.

In between those two geographical points would be the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Fireworks. Although technically these fireworks aren’t going off at the Coliseum they can still be viewed at many downtown areas like Exposition Park. This is when having one of those skyscraper apartments in downtown LA would be a huge benefit. Finally, there also happens to be the ultimate in patriotic convergences when the LA Dodgers will play the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium followed by a fireworks display.

There are a handful of smaller fireworks displays that go on around town. For those annual events, folks know whether or not their backyard is a good vantage point. If so, then it stands to reason they should be throwing a 4th of July bash. Do you have one of those lucky homes? Has it been a few years since you opened up the gates for a 4th of July party? Maybe you can change all that. All you really need is a good grill, some burgers and hot dogs and cooler fool of ice. Your friends should be able to pitch in the rest.

If you’re going to throw a bash on the 4th then you’ll need to get the yard in shape and that might require a little assistance from a team of professional junk haulers like Junk King Los Angeles. These hard working crews will show up at your home when you make a scheduled appointment. They won’t keep you waiting. In less than an hour they can probably sweep through your backyard and remove any unsightly piece of junk that needs to be tossed out. Yes, that fountain once looked nice but it has long since stopped working. And that birdbath? Way beyond attractiveness. Leave all that for the junk crew to cart away. With this help you’ll be able to open up plenty of room in your backyard for tables and chairs. What could be better than spending the 4th surrounded by friends and family in a clean backyard?

Los Angeles Grill Disposal and Recycling

When it’s done right, nothing tastes better than food slow cooked over a grill. Getting the job done right is key. You don’t want to leave some tasty piece of marinated chicken or gourmet sausage cooking until its charred. This might have less to do with your own cooking skills and more to do with the even distribution of heat coming from your grill. Simply put, if you don’t have the right grill you might as well send for take-out! Shopping for a new grill doesn’t have to be complicated. Instead of diving in and buying the biggest, shiniest model you come across take a moment to consider the following:

Construction:

A decent grill will have three major construction components: the hood, the cook body and the grease collector. The hood is needed to keep the heat trapped and circulate all that rich smoky flavor. The cook body or cookbox is where your heat source and grates will be. Ideally there should be an even dispersal of heat that you can control especially if you’re looking at a propane fueled grill. A for the grease, make sure there is a collection point that will allow the drippings to flow out without creating a clog or fire hazard.

Stability:

When you’re checking out a grill, give it the shake test. How much does it wiggle when you give it a good shake? If it’s wobbly, it’s not for you. You should also be testing out the hood by opening and closing it. Does it feel too heavy or just right? Is that handle sturdy and weather resistant? Is there ample space between the handle and the hood surface to avoid burns?

Grates:

As mentioned, controlled grilling is the key. Check out the grates on your new grill. Are they easy to take out and put back in? They should so that you can keep them clean. On a full-sized grill you should have separate heating zones which allows you to keep one side of the grate over an open flame while another side is merely staying warm. You’ll need those two zones to move around what you’re cooking.

BTU:

The British Thermal Unit or BTU is the measurement of how much heat you’ll be generating. The more BTUs the more heat. For instance, a gas grill that covers 600 square inches of cooking space needs to fire up 35,000 BTUs for premium cooking heat.

After you’ve “kicked the tires” on your new grill, you’ll probably be fired up to get it fired up. First you need to get rid of the old grill. You can clear that clunker out by hiring the team of professional junk haulers at Junk King Los Angeles to handle the job. They’ll get rid of your old grill and anything else you deemed destined for the junk pile. It’s the perfect way to kick-off the summer: A new grill and no junk!