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Trusted Saskatoon Hot Tub experts at Backyard Living Center explain what you should consider BEFORE buying a hot tub.

Backyard Living Center is a locally owned and operated Saskatoon hot tub storeThey offer an exclusive line of high-quality Canadian-built hot tubs that are perfectly suited to the Saskatchewan climate. With a variety of design choices, they have a spa that will suit every lifestyle! Service means everything to owners Sheryl and Matthew! Whether it's finding the perfect spa,  hot tub servicing or repair, water testing, or helping find or deliver parts for your hot tub, they're here to help. In this hot tub tip, they explain what you should consider BEFORE buying a hot tub. Backyard Living Center Is Your Trusted Saskatoon Hot Tub Store!




Does the company that you’re considering buying a hot tub from offer service, maintenance and repairs in-house? What are their fees to repair or service?

We recommend shopping local from a company that services what they sell. Some companies will charge significantly more for parts, their hourly rate, and service call-out fee, ask before you buy so there are no surprises.


What is included in the hot tub start-up kit? How long will the start-up kit last? Is there anything that you’ll have to buy in the first 1-3 months?

Chances are you’ll want and need a second filter so that you have a backup when you’re doing a deep clean of the filter. You’ll also need products to raise and lower alkalinity, PH, etc. If the start-up kit doesn’t include those items you might want to budget or at least be aware that they are products you will need.


How does the company support you after you’ve received the hot tub? Do they offer water testing? How do they support you with your water balancing?

Look for a company that cares about its customers and offers support after the sale. There is a bit of a learning curve, especially in the first month of owning your first hot tub. It’s nice to be able to call, email or text a water care specialist if you have any questions. Even better is having someone reach out to you to see if everything is going well.

Does the hot tub have a circulation pump? Why is this important?

-Having a circulation pump is very energy efficient (it also saves you money).

-It circulates and filters the water 24/7 cleaning the water constantly (cleaner water means easier water care).

-It is whisper quiet. We had our last hot tub about 6 feet from the foot of our bed and couldn’t hear it.
Do they offer a free site inspection before delivery? Before the installation date, will a technician come out and take a look at your yard, make recommendations of where to place the hot tub, go over what options you could consider for the base, make sure they can safely get the tub in place, and answer any questions you have?


What does the hot tub delivery include? 

Do they drop the hot tub off at your curbside and leave you to deal with getting the 800-pound hot tub into place in your yard? Or do they put the hot tub in place, fill the hot tub and give you an orientation so that you know how the hot tub works and how to balance the water?


Are there proprietary parts used in the hot tub? Is this a good or bad thing?

If proprietary parts are used you are tied to that store to buy parts. Proprietary parts are usually much higher in price than parts that can be purchased from any pool and spa store. What happens if the store is closed for a long weekend, or they don’t answer their phone in the evening and you have a leak? You could call us to fix it, but if it’s a proprietary part we wouldn’t have it, and chances are, we wouldn’t be able to order it.


See their selection of in-stock H2O Canadian-made premium spas at their showroom on Brodsky Avenue, or visit their website for more choices and information on hot tub supplies, hot tub care and maintenance and service. Take it from us… you will not be disappointed!!!

Your Backyard Oasis is Waiting For You!

You can read more amazing client testimonials and see all products and services they offer by checking out the Backyard Living Center’s listing by clicking on the link below. 

Backyard Living Center is Your Trusted Saskatoon Hot Tub and Outdoor Furniture Store!



Trusted Team Brags About Backyard Living Center, Your Trusted Saskatoon Hot Tub Store!

The Trusted Saskatoon team is thrilled to brag about our newest Trusted Saskatoon outdoor living and recreation partner, Backyard Living Center, your Trusted Saskatoon Hot Tub Store!


Sheryl and Matthew Harras are the proud owners of Backyard Living Center, a local, family-owned and operated Saskatoon hot tub store. They are passionate about helping citizens of Saskatoon and the surrounding area find the best hot tub, or outdoor furniture to meet their needs without the high-pressure sales tactics. They really do care and go the extra mile to find out what will work best for you and your family, whether it’s a new hot tub, supplies or chemicals, or just honest advice and tips. They also have amazing customer service, as many of their customers have raved about their personable attitude and dependability. When dealing with Backyard Living Center, you’re not dealing with just any staff members… you’re personally dealing with the owners… and they are owners who care!


Sheryl suffered from painful back issues after several unfortunate vehicle accidents. After seeking relief in many places, much to her surprise, she found that hot tub hydrotherapy really helped! She was never interested in hot tubs, but when one came with a new house the family purchased she decided to give it a try, and here she is years later a hot tub convert who has excellent advice to share!   


This couple is striving to be the best in the hot tub industry. So after gaining years of knowledge and expertise with a few other companies, and noting both the good and bad of the industry, they feel confident that they can provide unparalleled service and professionalism along with friendly and honest advice, to those looking to purchase a hot tub. Not only do they have a great selection of Canadian-made hot tubs and spas, but they can also look after your service and repair needs, hot tub and pool water care, and even hot tub and pool financing. In addition, they are introducing luxury outdoor furniture this coming spring!! 


“Remember, they don’t just sell hot tubs and spas, they are here to help you with Emotional Wellness, Physical Wellness and Relational Wellness. Did you know that hot tubs are hydrotherapy for your entire body, and can help with headaches, sports injuries, back pain, knee pain, tight muscles and sciatica?"


We are so fortunate that Sheryl, Matthew, and their daughter Sara moved to Saskatoon to establish and grow their business, and we are thrilled about their decision to join our Trusted Saskatoon community. They saw Saskatoon as the perfect place, with the right demographics, the right economy, and the right people to create their dream business. But no matter where you live in Saskatchewan, the team at Backyard Living Center will try their best to assist you.


Community Support Is Important


Making a difference in our community in various charitable ways is a real heartfelt mission of Backyard Living Center. Above is a recent photo of owners Matthew and Sheryl, and below is a photo of a local hero Owen and his Mom. Thanks to their customers for shopping local, the company was able to give back to this young local hero by donating funds so that Owen could get a fin for his amputation and enjoy some swimming lessons.



As part of our Unique Trusted verification process, where we speak to real customers and suppliers, we continually heard the same positive comments about Sheryl and Matthew and the feedback was nothing short of excellent. 


“I heard about Sheryl and Matthew from someone else, and when she had mentioned they were going to open up their own store I waited to deal with them, and I’m so happy I did! They have gone above and beyond my expectations, from purchasing, to installation to solving my water and ph problems, I have not experienced any problems whatsoever. I would definitely rate them a 10/10 and have already referred them to friends and family.” - Ryan McIntyre, Rural SK


“I first met Sheryl Harras when she was employed as the Sales manager for a very successful and long established Pool and Spa company based in BC. I myself have been associated with the Pool and Spa industry for 30 years, so I was surprised that after just one meeting I was immediately impressed with her level of professionalism and knowledge. For the next 2 years we developed a mutually beneficial relationship. Her enthusiasm and salesmanship ensured that her store soon became one of my largest customers and still is to this day. More recently, when Sheryl advised me that she was planning to move to Saskatoon and start her own Hot Tub retail store, I was fully committed to help in any way possible. I know with her track record, it will only be a matter of time before Backyard Living Center becomes one of the most successful Hot Tub stores, not just within Saskatoon but within all of Western Canada. H2O Spas is proud to partner with Sheryl and Matt Harras and they can be assured of our support as they continue to grow their business.” 
Sincerely, Mark Owen, H2O Spas


See their selection of in-stock H2O Canadian-made premium spas at their showroom on Brodsky Avenue, or visit their website for more choices and information on hot tub supplies, hot tub care and maintenance and service. Take it from us… you will not be disappointed!!!

Your Backyard Oasis is Waiting For You!

You can read more amazing client testimonials and see all products and services they offer by checking out the Backyard Living Center’s listing by clicking on the link below. 

Backyard Living Center is Your Trusted Saskatoon Hot Tub and Outdoor Furniture Store!

Wheatland Fireplace your Trusted Saskatoon Outdoor Living experts share 5 Tips For Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen

Your first step into the beautiful Wheatland Fireplace showroom will help you understand why Wheatland Fireplace has been given the Thumbs up by Trusted Saskatoon.

This really is where your Saskatoon Outdoor living and Fireplace dreams meet in spectacular surroundings! Wheatland Fireplace Saskatoon is a TRUSTED Saskatchewan company that sells products that make your life better. Wheatland Fireplace services and installs their high-quality fireplaces, barbecues (bbq), grills and smokers from industry leading manufacturers. They love their customers and as a result,their customers love and TRUST them. Wheatland Fireplace are your Exclusive Trusted SASKATOON FIREPLACE store and they are Trusted SASKATOON OUTDOOR LIVING & RECREATION Experts

Here they share 5 Tips For Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen:

Designing the perfect outdoor kitchen is a lot like designing the perfect indoor kitchen. There are, however, a few additional thoughts that need to be considered before the putting your design into construction.

 

 

Where is the smoke going to go?

Saber Grills, as with most grills today, vent out the back of the grill when the lid is closed. Not all grilling is done with the lid closed, but enough is done that it is important to consider the placement of the grill. In what direction does the wind blow? This just might be one of the most overlooked variables in outdoor kitchen designs by both professional and DIYers. Try to figure out which direction the wind blows, most often, to avoid having your guests move because they are being smoked out. Or, will the smoke from the grill blow towards open windows in your house? You cannot always avoid the smoke, but with a little careful consideration you can limit the discomfort the smoke can cause. Also, if your outdoor kitchen is under a patio roof or other solid cover do your best to push the back of the grill as close as possible to the edge of the roof line to allow the smoke to escape. 

One alternative is an outdoor kitchen venting or hood system. If your design just will not allow for the best case grill placement, there are great outdoor venting systems, just as there are in your house, to help make the smoke go away. 

Side Burners 

The side burner just might be one of the most under-utilized appliances in your outdoor kitchen. Choosing the right side burner for your outdoor kitchen will make your outdoor cooking experience even more enjoyable than it already is. When deciding if a side burner is a necessary addition to your outdoor kitchen, don’t just think about what you’ve cooked on the side burner in the past, instead think about what you can cook on it that you don’t. A good side burner will allow you stir-fry your veggies in a wok, or how about some fajitas on a cast iron griddle?

The side burner isn’t just for warming up the beans or cooking ears of corn. How about breakfast outdoors? The side burner is perfect for cooking bacon, eggs and pancakes outside. During the summer months, why not take more meal preparation outside? The side-burner will allow you to do that. Or the next time you’re planning fried chicken or catfish, do the smelly frying outside in your outdoor kitchen and save everyone from knowing what your cooked two days earlier.

 

 

Stay Out Of My Space 

Bigger isn’t always better. But when designing your outdoor kitchen, the amount of space needed to keep the guests, host/hostess and most importantly, the grill master, comfortable and happy is critical. Where you place the outdoor cooking appliances will make all the difference in the world. 

For example, as discussed above, why you included an outdoor refrigerator to your kitchen is an important consideration. If the main purpose is to hold drinks for your guests, then make sure the refrigerator is placed towards the ends of the island and not directly next to the grill. Not having the refrigerator near the grill will help keep the active hands of children away from the hot grill. Proper placement of the appliances will also help to keep the grill master in control of his/her space.

Refrigerators

When deciding if a built-in refrigerator is necessary in your outdoor kitchen think about what, exactly, you are planning to use it for. If you are planning on keeping a few drinks for both kids and adults as its main use, maybe using a decorative patio ice cooler makes more sense. A slide out insulated drawer is an option, as is a counter top ice cooler. If the plan is to use the refrigerator to store perishable foods or side dishes before serving, then the refrigerator makes sense.

Outdoor kitchen refrigerators can vary in price from a couple of hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. The purpose of having an outdoor kitchen refrigerator needs to be one of the major considerations when thinking about outdoor kitchen design. Pay close attention to whether your refrigerator is outdoor rated.

 

Trash and Recycling 

Consider a slide out for both trash and recyclables. Having built-in containers makes for a cleaner look and keeps stand-alone trash cans from cluttering up walk ways and the space inside the kitchen. 

 

Visit the Wheatland Fireplace' showroom at 625 1st Ave North or see their listing in the SASKATOON OUTDOOR LIVING & RECREATION category. they are your Trusted SASKATOON FIREPLACE Experts!  

 

 

 

 

Wheatland Fireplace a Trusted Saskatoon Hot Tub & Outdoor Living expert share a tip on Bullfrog's Environmentally Responsible Hot Tubs

Your first step into the beautiful Wheatland Fireplace showroom will help you understand why Wheatland Fireplace has been given the Thumbs up by Trusted Saskatoon.

This really is where your Saskatoon Outdoor living and Fireplace dreams meet in spectacular surroundings! Wheatland Fireplace Saskatoon is a TRUSTED Saskatchewan company that sells products that make your life better. Wheatland Fireplace services and installs their high-quality fireplaces, barbecues (bbq), grills and smokers from industry leading manufacturers. They love their customers and as a result,their customers love and TRUST them. Wheatland Fireplace are your Exclusive Trusted SASKATOON FIREPLACE store and they are Trusted SASKATOON OUTDOOR LIVING & RECREATION Experts

Here they share a tip on Bullfrog's Environmentally Responsible Hot Tubs: 

 

Bullfrog Spas are Earth-friendly hot tubs in every way possible. Each spa is built using systems, materials, and technologies that are energy efficient and safe for the environment.

100% Wood-Free

Bullfrog Spas are built 100% wood-free. The EnduraFrame™ spa structure and spa base are made from ABS molded composite material instead of non-renewable wood or metal. The spa is supported by injection-molded ABS EnduraBeams, and the cabinet is finished with beautiful maintenance-free synthetic EternaWood™. This spa structure is strong, durable, and long-lasting. In addition, the JetPak Therapy System makes Bullfrog Spas fully upgradable. This means that many years from now your spa will still be in use and not taking space in a landfill.

Recycled Materials

Each Bullfrog Spas is made from 25% recycled ABS plastic materials. Any excess ABS produced during manufacturing is recycled and reused.

No hazardous pollutants are released into our environment during hot tub production. The spa shell backing material is not fiberglass and is VOC-free.

California Energy Commission Efficiency Leader

Bullfrog Spas simply don't waste energy. Data compiled by the California Energy Commision shows Bullfrog Spas are the most energy efficient hot tubs in their class and are at least in the top 5 in every category in which we produce a spa model. In many categories Bullfrog Spa models are only behind other slightly more efficient Bullfrog models.

 

                        A Conventional Hot Tub on the left lets heat escape. The Bullfrog Spa on the right keeps heat inside the spa.

Energy Efficiency

Heat is locked inside each Bullfrog Spa with full-foam insulation and heat is recycled in the spa because the JetPak is actually submerged in the hot water. Every single hot tub made by Bullfrog Spas meets and exceeds the energy appliance standards of the California Energy Commission (CEC) without any modifications to our standard production spas for testing.

Put simply, your Bullfrog Spa is the greenest hot tub on the planet. Rest assured that you and your spa are environmentally responsible. 

 

Visit the Wheatland Fireplace' showroom at 625 1st Ave North or see their listing in the SASKATOON OUTDOOR LIVING & RECREATION category. they are your Trusted SASKATOON FIREPLACE Experts! 

 

 

 

Wheatland Fireplace your Trusted Saskatoon Outdoor Living experts share a tip on the Big Green Egg

Your first step into the beautiful Wheatland Fireplace showroom will help you understand why Wheatland Fireplace has been given the Thumbs up by Trusted Saskatoon.

This really is where your Saskatoon Outdoor living and Fireplace dreams meet in spectacular surroundings! Wheatland Fireplace Saskatoon is a TRUSTED Saskatchewan company that sells products that make your life better. Wheatland Fireplace services and installs their high-quality fireplaces, barbecues (bbq), grills and smokers from industry leading manufacturers. They love their customers and as a result,their customers love and TRUST them. Wheatland Fireplace are your Exclusive Trusted SASKATOON FIREPLACE store and they are Trusted SASKATOON OUTDOOR LIVING & RECREATION Experts 

Here they share a tip on the Big Green Egg:

The Egg In Canada

Canadians from coast to coast have been enjoying the Ultimate Cooking Experience for over ten years.

Regardless of the weather conditions the Big Green Egg is guaranteed to meet your expectations and provide meals for a lifetime. All Big Green Eggs and accessories are stocked in Canada and carry a Canadian service warranty. The Big Green Egg can be found at specialty shops in every province. Big Green Egg dealers love to demonstrate the benefits and features of the BGE. If you are concerned with environmental issues, efficiency and reliability the Big Green Egg is a “must have”.

Benefits of the Egg

  • The Big Green Egg offers unmatched cooking flexibility – the EGG® is a grill, a smoker and an oven.
  • Space-age ceramics and double-wall construction make the Big Green Egg durable and fuel efficient.
  • BGE Organic Natural lump charcoal gives your food amazing flavor.
  • Choice of six sizes to accommodate everyone’s needs.
  • Over 35 year history of dependable customer service makes it easy to get answers to your questions.
  • Our helpful website provides recipes, cooking tips and an active user’s forum.
  • With a lifetime warranty on ceramic parts, the EGG won’t clog the waste stream like metal grills that are discarded after a few years. Ceramics won’t rust like metal grills.
  • With the use of the Plate Setter, you can cook “indirect” without sacrificing cooking space.
  • You can cook in the EGG year around, even in rain or freezing temperatures.
  • Low, even temperature ensures moist, “Pit BBQ-tender” smoked foods.
  • The Big Green Egg cooks hotter and produces steakhouse searing temperature with ease. Meat, fish, poultry, veggies & fruit – the EGG does them all effortlessly.
  • Bakes better than a brick oven – pizza, bread and even desserts.
  • The ceramic surface stays cooler than other grills, so it is safer around children and pets.
  • The EGG is ready for you to start cooking in minutes with no lighter fluid used.
  • The EGG maintains precise temperature to within a few degrees simply by adjusting the top and bottom vents.
  • The radiant heat from all surfaces guarantees exceptional results.
  • The baked on exterior glaze maintains its good looks and readily wipes clean with a damp cloth. Cleanup is effortless; the EGG cleans itself like a self-cleaning oven.
  • Lump charcoal produces little ash, eliminating the need to empty out ash after each barbecue.
  • You can cook for hours without adding more charcoal. Unburned charcoal can be saved for the next cookout simply by closing the vents to snuff out the fire, saving you money!
  • Dozens of EGGcessories designed especially for the Big Green Egg make your cooking even more foolproof. Specialty grids and extended racks offer great versatility. Double or triple the capacity with a grill extender. To view the online "Eggcessories" catalogue click HERE!

Eggs & More:

Complete Outdoor Cooker

With its unparalleled flexibility of use, you can use your Big Green Egg for everything from grilling a steak to slow cooking a tender brisket to baking a loaf of bread. Vegetables – corn, potatoes, mushrooms, onions – and even desserts are superb. You can cook everything that you need for an entire meal at once!

Moisture Retention

The Big Green Egg is made using spaceage ceramics that were developed specifically for our product. The EGG retains heat and moisture so well that foods do not dry out! Meats and other foods undergo little or no shrinkage and are tastier because the natural juices and flavors stay locked inside.

Easy to Start

The Big Green Egg reaches cooking temperature and is ready to use in approximately 10 minutes. Lighting the natural lump charcoal is quick using a natural fire starter or an electric lighter; no lighter fluid should be used. The inventive design of the EGG draws air into the lower draft door, through the charcoal, and out of the damper top.

Easy Temperature Control

You can grill, smoke and bake at exact temperatures by adjusting the dampers. You have total control over the temperature, maintaining accuracy within a few degrees! The temperature North American made gauge in the lid gives precise temperature readings from 0ºF to 750ºF +.

Easy Clean Up

The Big Green Egg® exterior has a lifetime baked-on glaze that maintains its good looks and easily wipes clean. Inside, the heat burns off any grease build-up – like a self-cleaning oven.

Year–Round Use

The Big Green Egg is easy to use in all climates, even in freezing temperatures, snow or rain.

5 EGG options to choose from:

  • - XXL Coming Soon
  • - XLarge 205 lbs – 24” grid
  • - Large 140 lbs – 18.25” grid
  • - Medium 95 lbs – 15” grid
  • - Small 65 lbs – 13” grid
  • - Mini 30 lbs – 9.5” grid

To read more about the Big Green Egg such as "Eggceptional Qualites, "Eggvantages" and "Eggcessories" click HERE!

 

Visit the Wheatland Fireplace' showroom at 625 1st Ave North or see their listing in the SASKATOON OUTDOOR LIVING & RECREATION category. they are your Trusted SASKATOON FIREPLACE Experts! 

 

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