Qualified Remodeler Magazine

OCT 2014

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Vent-free fireplaces, burners Installation can be achieved almost anywhere with EcoSmart's bioethanol-fueled freplaces F ire has the functional purposes of creating heat and light but it also can be decora- tive, which is where EcoSmart Fire comes in. The company uses bioethanol for a clean-burning fire source. This fuel source means products are completely self-contained, require no hard connection or need to vent, and are zero clear- ance. "We often compare the installation of our products to framing in a window; it's basi- cally a slide-in and secure opera- tion," says Alexander Eburne, EcoSmart CEO. "The only restrictions we have on spaces like bathrooms is minimum square footage requirements. In terms of protecting art or electronics from heat, we do have minimum clearances but they are substantially less than wood- or gas-burning fireplaces because of ethanol fire's lower heat output." EcoSmart saw a gap in the fireplace market because both wood and gas options require ventilation, which limits design flexibility. The smoke, soot and ash byproducts of wood-burning fireplaces have caused them to be banned in some areas, Eburne explains. Also, gas-burning fireplaces are frequently not possible to add in high rise construction. EcoSmart presents BioEthanol Burners and Fireplace Inserts, which can be installed almost anywhere for seemingly limit- less application options. "We have a base set of prod- ucts, burners and fireboxes, made to a variety of sizes that can be paired with numerous materials to create a unique and specific design," Eburne says. "Our burners can also be installed independent of the fire- boxes, so a fireplace's surround material and size can be decid- ed by the designer rather than being dictated by our products." Another alternative to the typical fireplace experience is Designer Fireplaces, which are designed to be freestand- ing pieces of furniture. What makes these especially unique is that these models are portable, though Eburne does recom- mend two people do the moving for safe transport. Additionally, almost all EcoSmart products can be used indoors and out- doors, with an outdoor cover recommended in the case of rain or snow. F i r e p l a c e I n s e r t s a n d Fireplace Grates allow home- owners to convert from their existing wood or gas fireplaces if they are no longer using them. "Many people have and enjoy the look of their wood-burning fireplaces but cannot use them anymore either because of air quality regulations or structur- al issues with the chimney. We wanted to let people enjoy the beauty of traditional fireplaces with the clean-burning technol- ogy of bioethanol fuel; it's the best of both worlds," Eburne says. "Installation requirements are minimal and generally require little more than remov- ing the pre-existing gas line into the fireplace and capping it off." For more information, circle 40 or visit ecosmartfire.com. QR EcoSmart's fireplaces are lit using the provided tool called a lightning rod. The lightning rod is used to open and close the burner door, as well as light the fire, from a safe distance. 66 October 2014 QR ForResidentialPros.com PRODUCT SOLUTIONS | By Kacey Larsen

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