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Larry DollThis past Sunday one of Lakes Gas’ own was honored during the Minnesota Vikings game.

Larry Doll said he was thrilled to be a part of the Veterans Day ceremony during the game, in which the Vikings beat the St. Louis Rams 21-18.

“It felt very good to be honored by the Minnesota Vikings,” Doll said. “This is a memory I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

Doll has worked at Lakes Gas in Miltona, Minnesota for the past 7 years. He served 8 years in the U.S. Army and said he most enjoyed his time serving in Germany.

Thanks to Larry and all veterans for your service!

Grilling a ThanksgivingDitch the oven. Forget the dangerous deep fryer. Try using a propane-powered grill to cook your turkey this year.

Blogger G. Stephan Jones of The Reluctant Gourmet said he tried the technique and loved the smoky flavor and juicy meat it produced – not to mention the oven space it freed up for various side dishes.

Here’s some tips he recommends to get the best out of your propane-grilled bird.

Thaw it: Obviously you don’t want to grill a frozen turkey. Thaw it completely before you put it on the grill. Because this could take several days, you’ll want to keep in in the fridge to avoid food poisoning.

Rotate it: Jones recommends using indirect heat. Light one side of the grill and put the turkey on the other side. Be sure to turn it often as you cook. Start with the breast up and the legs pointing to the back of the grill and flip it so the breast is up but the legs point to the front. Keep rotating to avoid a burnt bird.

How frequently you flip depends on the weight of your bird. Jones has a handy formula to follow.

(The weight of the turkey X 12 minutes per pound ) / 3.

So if you have a 12-pound turkey: 12 lbs x 12 min./lb = 144 minutes divided by 3 = 48 minutes per rotation. So be prepared to flip every 48 minutes. Though Jones recommends cutting that time in half in the later stages of cooking.

Keep the door closed: Just as you’d keep the oven door closed when you’re roasting a turkey, you’ll want to close the top of the grill so the heat doesn’t escape.

Have the right equipment: You’ll need a shallow roasting pan to catch the drippings for gravy and a meat thermometer so you can test for doneness. You’ll want an internal temperature of 165 degrees for the breast meat. Don’t depend on the pop-up thermometer inside the turkey- unless you like your turkey extra dry. And don’t forget oven mitts to protect your hands while you turn the turkey.

For more tips, read The Reluctant Gourmet blog post.

fiberglow vent free 300x300A propane fireplace can keep you cozy in the winter. But there’s more to it than just deciding to buy one. You also need to decide which kind is best for you. Here are some questions you’ll want to ask yourself before you settle on a fireplace.

Do I have an existing fireplace?
If you’re replacing an existing wood-burning fireplace, you’ll want to stick with an insert. It slips in where your existing fireplace was. No fireplace? No problem. A stand-alone unit can give you the look and warmth of a traditional fireplace, no chimney required.

Is this unit safe?
Laurie Reeves, writer for syndicated wire service Demand Media, recommends a few steps to make sure your unit is safe before you buy. First, make sure you have all the required fittings and piping to connect the fireplace to the propane fuel source. Then, confirm the unit has met the national gas safety standards. There should be an Underwriter’s Laboratory gas-fired mark noting that. Then, check with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure no issues have been reported with the model you are considering.

How much space do you want to heat?
The size of the room you’re heating will determine how efficient your fireplace will need to be. The higher the rating, the more heat it will provide. So larger rooms will require a higher-rated unit.

Does it have the features I want?
Some units feature adjustable temperature and flame heights. Others have a fan to help spread the heat around the room. When it comes to design, you have even more options. You can choose a model with or without fake logs for an authentic look. You can start the fire with a switch, or light a pilot light. Look for features and designs that fit your needs.

Need propane for your new propane fireplace? Contact Lakes Gas.

Heating Outdoor Living SpaceIt may be October, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying the outdoors. Here are some ways you can have backyard fun well into fall.

Propane Heaters
Propane heaters are easy to use, portable, and can keep your outdoor area toasty. No need to hide inside because of a little chill. And since propane heaters require ventilation, outdoors is the perfect place to use them.

Propane Fire Pits
Tired of shifting seats to avoid the billows of smoke that come from a bonfire? Propane fire pits produce less smoke, so you don’t need to play musical chairs. They’re also safer to light than traditional wood-burning fire pits.

Propane Pool Heaters
If you really want to show Mother Nature who’s boss, do it with a heated pool. What says “I’ll do what I want” more than enjoying an outdoor pool during a chilly November? Plus, the tanks are portable and heat the water quickly, so you can take the plunge at a moment’s notice.

Want to find out other ways to use propane? Contact Lakes Gas.

Fall Propane TipsFall isn’t just about football and falling leaves. It also means winter is just around the corner. So it’s a perfect time to make sure you’re ready for the season. Here are some things to do before the first cold snap.

Check your propane levels
The first thing you’ll need to do is make sure you have enough propane to get through the fall and winter. If you don’t, now’s a great time to schedule a delivery.

Check Your Heating System
You haven’t turned on your heat since last winter, so who knows what could have happened to your heating system? It’s a great time to get your heating system checked by a professional to ensure it’s clean and working properly.

Review Propane Safely
Mae sure everyone in your house knows what propane smells like and has a plan in case of a leak. If you don’t have an emergency response plan, you can find one based on your living situation at

Need to stock up on propane? Contact Lakes Gas.

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