US20050076902A1 - Compression molded trimmable surround - Google Patents

Compression molded trimmable surround Download PDF

Info

Publication number
US20050076902A1
US20050076902A1 US10/893,159 US89315904A US2005076902A1 US 20050076902 A1 US20050076902 A1 US 20050076902A1 US 89315904 A US89315904 A US 89315904A US 2005076902 A1 US2005076902 A1 US 2005076902A1
Authority
US
United States
Prior art keywords
surround
trimmable
molded member
fireplace
heat generating
Prior art date
Legal status (The legal status is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the status listed.)
Abandoned
Application number
US10/893,159
Inventor
David Lyons
Todd Weir
Jeffrey Hanel
Current Assignee (The listed assignees may be inaccurate. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of the list.)
HNI Technologies Inc
Original Assignee
HNI Technologies Inc
Priority date (The priority date is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the date listed.)
Filing date
Publication date
Priority to US57482103P priority Critical
Application filed by HNI Technologies Inc filed Critical HNI Technologies Inc
Priority to US10/893,159 priority patent/US20050076902A1/en
Publication of US20050076902A1 publication Critical patent/US20050076902A1/en
Assigned to HNI TECHNOLOGIES INC. reassignment HNI TECHNOLOGIES INC. ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST (SEE DOCUMENT FOR DETAILS). Assignors: LYONS, DAVID CHARLES, HANEL, JEFFREY PAUL, WEIR, TODD ROBERT
Abandoned legal-status Critical Current

Links

Images

Classifications

    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
    • F24BDOMESTIC STOVES OR RANGES FOR SOLID FUELS; IMPLEMENTS FOR USE IN CONNECTION WITH STOVES OR RANGES
    • F24B1/00Stoves or ranges
    • F24B1/18Stoves with open fires, e.g. fireplaces
    • F24B1/191Component parts; Accessories
    • F24B1/198Surrounds-fronts
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
    • F24BDOMESTIC STOVES OR RANGES FOR SOLID FUELS; IMPLEMENTS FOR USE IN CONNECTION WITH STOVES OR RANGES
    • F24B1/00Stoves or ranges
    • F24B1/18Stoves with open fires, e.g. fireplaces

Abstract

A trimmable surround and methods for creating the surround for a heat generating device. The trimmable surround includes a molded portion having a ceramic fiber and a binder and an attachment portion. A portion of the molded member is removable to alter a size of the molded member. An attachment portion coupled to the molded portion allows attachment of the trimmable surround to the heat generating device.

Description

    CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • This application claims priority to U.S. Provisional patent application Ser. No. 10/620,297 filed on Jul. 15, 2003 and entitled TRIMMABLE SURROUND FOR A HEAT GENERATING DEVICE, which provisional application is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.
  • TECHNICAL FIELD
  • The present invention relates to heat generating devices. More particularly, the invention relates to a trimmable surround and a method for creating a modifyable surround for heat generating devices.
  • BACKGROUND
  • Fireplaces and other heat generating devices have become increasingly commonplace in homes, businesses, and other buildings. For example, a fireplace provides benefits including the generation of heat as well as an aesthetically-pleasing arrangement of flames, sounds, and smells. A fireplace is typically mounted in a wall of a structure and may include one or more exposed surfaces.
  • The exposed surfaces of the fireplace can pose safety issues. For example, because the fireplace produces heat, it is possible for one or more of the exposed surfaces of the fireplace to become heated. In particular, metallic exposed surfaces can become hot during fireplace use. Other surfaces of a fireplace that are typically exposed are surfaces through which the interior of the fireplace is viewed (e.g., a glass panel, door, or mesh screen) and the surround that surrounds the fireplace and provides a transition between the exposed fireplace surfaces and the wall structure.
  • The exposed surfaces of the surround may become hot and pose a risk of burns to individuals or damage to objects that come into contact with the surfaces. Current fireplace design fails to adequately provide an apparatus or method to maintain the exposed surfaces of the fireplace surround at a temperature that is safe. Also, a metallic exposed surface of the fireplace may not be as aesthetically pleasing to the consumer or blend into a room's decor.
  • Further, surrounds are often required to cover gaps that may exist between a combustion device, such as a fireplace insert, and the existing structure of the building, such as a wall or masonry. Current fireplace surrounds that are placed over the exposed surfaces of the fireplace can require custom measurement, cutting, and/or preparation by the seller or manufacturer of the surround, are difficult to modify by the consumer after purchase, and, if prepared with a finish prior to shipment to the consumer, may not match the decor surrounding the fireplace once placed over the exposed surface(s) of the fireplace unit.
  • SUMMARY
  • Generally, the present invention relates to heat generating devices. More particularly, the invention relates to a trimmable surround and a method for creating a modifyable surround for heat generating devices.
  • According to one aspect, the invention relates to a trimmable surround and methods for creating the surround for a heat generating device. The trimmable surround includes a molded portion having a ceramic fiber and a binder, and an attachment portion. The attachment portion is coupled to the molded portion to allow attachment of the trimmable surround to the heat generating device. The trimmable surround may be reduced in size by, for example, cutting or trimming portions of the surround.
  • The above summary of the present invention is not intended to describe each disclosed embodiment or every implementation of the present invention. Figures in the detailed description that follow more particularly exemplify embodiments of the invention. While certain embodiments will be illustrated and described, the invention is not limited to use in such embodiments.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • The invention may be more completely understood in consideration of the following detailed description of various embodiments of the invention in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which:
  • FIG. 1 is a front view of an example surround made in accordance with the present invention;
  • FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 2-2 of the surround shown in FIG. 1;
  • FIG. 3 is a front view of a second example surround made in accordance with the present invention;
  • FIG. 4 is a back view of the surround shown in FIG. 3;
  • FIG. 5 is front/top exploded perspective view of the surround shown in FIG. 3;
  • FIG. 6 is a front view of an example fireplace including an example embodiment of a trimmable surround made in accordance with the present invention;
  • FIG. 7 is a front/top perspective view of the fireplace and trimmable surround shown in FIG. 6;
  • FIG. 8 is a top view of the fireplace and trimmable surround shown in FIG. 6;
  • FIG. 8A is an enlarged view of a portion of the fireplace and trimmable surround shown in FIG. 8;
  • FIG. 9 is a front/top exploded perspective view of the fireplace and trimmable surround shown in FIG. 6;
  • FIG. 10 is a side view of the fireplace and trimmable surround shown in FIG. 6 installed within an opening of a wall structure; and
  • FIG. 10A is an enlarged view of a portion of the fireplace and trimmable surround shown in FIG. 10.
  • While the invention is amenable to various modifications and alternative forms, specifics thereof have been shown by way of example and the drawings and will be described in detail. It should be understood, however, that the intention is not to limit the invention to the particular embodiments described. On the contrary, the intention is to cover all modifications, equivalents, and alternatives falling within the spirit and scope of the invention.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • The present invention relates to fireplaces. More particularly, the invention relates to a surround for a fireplace that can be easily modified, installed over or adjacent to an exposed surface of a fireplace, and finished as desired by the consumer. While the present invention is not so limited, an appreciation of the various aspects of the invention will be gained through a discussion of the examples provided below.
  • Embodiments of the present invention may be used in conjunction with any system or apparatus that ignites a combustible gas to generate a gas flame or any other heat generating device. A non-exhaustive list of such heat generating devices may include fireplaces, grills, stoves, furnaces etc. Other embodiments of the present invention may also be applicable to other heat generating devices such as electric fireplaces, and be applicable to simulated fire display devices. While the example embodiments of the present invention provided below are described in conjunction with an example fireplace insert, the present invention is equally applicable to other systems or apparatuses besides a fireplace that ignite a combustible gas to generate a gas flame or that simulate a flame.
  • As used herein, the term “coupled” means any structure or method that may be used to provide connectivity between two or more elements, which may or may not include a direct physical connection between the elements. The terms “exposed panel” and “exposed surface” mean any panel or surface of the fireplace or other device that may heated by heat generated by the fireplace and that is accessible by the operator or user of the fireplace following installation. The phrase “combustion chamber enclosure” may include any enclosure in which flames and/or heat are generated or simulated. The term “surround” means any exposed structural surface that covers or is adjacent to a portion of the fireplace (e.g., “exposed surface”) or structure adjacent thereto.
  • Referring to FIGS. 1 and 2, front and cross-sectional views of an example embodiment of a trimmable surround 100 are shown. The trimmable surround 100 may be comprised of any material that provides a surface 102 that insulates a user of a fireplace from at least one exposed surface of the fireplace. The trimmable surround 100 includes a molded portion 104 that includes a top portion 106, and two side portions 108, 110.
  • Molded portion 104 can be formed from, for example, inorganic ceramic fibers and a binder. Molded portion 104 can be formed by any known molding technique, such as, for example, compression molding, vacuum forming, or casting techniques. Exemplary molding compositions and forming techniques are described in pending United States Publication No. US-2003-0049575-A1, which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety. Additional exemplary molding compositions and forming techniques are described in U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,941,237; 5,996,575; and 6,170,481, which patents are incorporated herein by reference in their entirety.
  • The top portion 106 and two side portions 108, 110 can define an opening 111 that typically corresponds to the dimensions of a glass panel that allows viewing into the fireplace. For example, opening 111 is approximately 34 inches wide along dimension W and 26 inches high along dimension X. These dimensions can correspond to the opening of a number of gas fireplace inserts. For example, the dimensions of opening 111 can be used with a Hearth & Home Technologies (Lakeville, Minn.) fireplace insert sold under the names of FB-GRAND. The side portions 108, 110 of trimmable surround 100 can have a width Y of about, for example, 3-10 inches and preferably has a width of about 7 inches. The top portion 106 can have a dimension Z of about, for example, 3-10 inches and preferably has a width Z of about 6 inches. Trimmable surround 100 can be formed in any other desired size, shape and configuration to the configuration shown in the Figures. For example, trimmable surround can be formed and sized to cover exposed surfaces of wood stoves or other combustion devices.
  • Surround 100 can be attached to a combustion device using, for example, screws, bolts, or high temperature adhesives, and may further require placing the surround in front of the combustion device, sizing the surround to press fit into an opening, or utilizing other attachment devices, such as the apparatus disclosed in FIGS. 3-5.
  • Referring to FIGS. 3-5, another embodiment of a trimmable surround 200 is shown. The trimmable surround 200 includes a molded portion 204 having a top portion 206, and two side portions 208, 210. The top portion 206 and two side portions 208, 210 can define an opening 211 having dimensions A, B (see FIG. 4), which dimensions may be similar to dimensions Y, Z for surround 100.
  • Trimmable surround 200 also includes an attachment portion 212. The attachment portion 212 includes a right bracket 214, left bracket 216, and a top bracket 218. Optionally included is a bottom bracket 217. Although shown a multiple parts, alternatively, attachment portion can be constructed as a single unit. Flanges 220, 221 extend from a bottom portion 222 of each of the right and left brackets 214, 216.
  • Top bracket 218 includes air holes 224, 225, 226, 227 that allow for the circulation of heated room air. Air holes 224, 225, 226, 227 are only one example of a construction that will allow for the return of air into the room in which a fireplace is located. Alternatively, a single air hole can be used, or if no circulation of room air is desired, the air holes can be eliminated.
  • As shown in FIG. 4, the attachment portion 212 can be screwed into a back surface 228 of the molded portion 204. Alternatively, attachment portion 212 can be coupled to the molded portion through other means, such as, for example, bolting, adhering, or forming the attachment portion into the molded portion during the molding process. The attachment portion 212 allows an installer to couple the molded portion 204 to a combustion device.
  • Trimmable surrounds 100, 200 can be manipulated in any number of ways. In one method, a standard size surround is used and can be trimmed by the consumer as desired. The consumer purchases the trimmable surround, such as surrounds 100, 200, with the intention of trimming the surround to a size that fits a particular fireplace opening or exposed surface that is to be at least partially covered with a finished surround.
  • A consumer can trim a surround to a desired size according to the following example steps. After purchasing a trimmable surround (such as 100, 200) of a desired size, shape, or dimension, the consumer can utilize a template, which is either supplied by the manufacturer or created by the consumer, to trace a combustion device opening in which a combustion device is disposed. After tracing the combustion device opening, the consumer cuts the template and verifies that the finished template fits within the combustion device opening. In some embodiments, the template may be cut to a size larger or smaller than the combustion device opening so that the trimmed surround properly overlaps or resides adjacent to the combustion device opening as desired.
  • Once a final template is created, the inside opening of the template is aligned with an opening (111, 211) of the trimmable surround (100, 200) on a front surface of the trimmable surround (100, 200). The consumer then traces around the template to mark off the size of the combustion device opening. The consumer next cuts or removes the excess portions of the trimmable surround (100, 200) off using a jig saw, skill saw, hand saw or other cutting device. Cutting may be done along, for example, inner edges 203, 205 of the side portions 208, 210, or cutting may define the edges 203, 205. The consumer can leave the template in place on the front surface (103, 203) of the trimmable surround (100, 200) during the cutting process. Alternatively, the template can be removed prior to cutting the trimmable surround (100, 200). In further embodiments, the surround may be constructed so that the size modifications to the surround can be made by breaking, bending, or otherwise removing predetermined sections, strips, or other pieces from the surround.
  • After cutting the trimmable surround (100, 200), the consumer can paint or stain the outer surface facing (e.g., surface 102) of the surround to match the surrounding decor of the room or fireplace structure. Staining a compression molded fiber material may provide a marbleized or other specific look to the trimmable surround depending on the fiber material and method of molding. After preparing the finish on the trimmable surround (100, 200), the surround can be installed onto the fireplace, insert, stove, or other heat generating device.
  • Trimmable surround can also be manipulated in other ways. For example, patterns, designs, initials, or other decorative modifications can be made to the trimmable surround (100, 200) prior to or after installation in the fireplace opening. Functional modifications can also be made. For example, holes or openings can be created in the trimmable surround (100, 200) to allow for air passage around the fireplace. These types of modifications can be made to the surround before or after the surround is installed depending of the type of modification being made.
  • Referring to FIGS. 6-9, trimmable surround 200 is shown coupled to a combustion device 250 (heat generating device), such as a fireplace insert. Combustion device 250 is illustrated including an outer enclosure 252 having a front panel 254, top panel 256, back panel 258, and two side panels 260, 262.
  • Coupling of the trimmable surround 200 to front panel 254 can cover gaps, such as gap R shown in FIG. 10, between an existing structure 264, such as a wall or masonry, and the combustion device 250 being covered. As shown in FIG. 10, the trimmable surround 200 can been sized to fit within an opening 279 in a wall 265 of the existing structure 264. For example, if a height of the trimmable surround 200 is too tall to fit within the opening of the wall 265, an upper portion 281 of the surround 200 can be trimmed to lower the surround and allow the surround to fit within the opening 279 in the wall 265. Likewise, side portions 208, 210 can be trimmed on outer side edges 207, 209 (see FIG. 9) as necessary to conform to the opening in a wall 265, or can be trimmed on inner edges 203, 205 (see FIG. 5) to properly cover the exposed surface 251 of the combustion device 250. Similar modifications can be made to the top portion 106 and side portions 108, 110 of trimmable surround 100.
  • The combustion device 250 may generally function to ignite combustible gas provided from a combustible gas source to create a gas flame. For example, a burner (not shown) can be positioned within the combustion device 250, which generates heat that increases the temperature of an exposed surface and the outer enclosure 252. Often, when a surround is formed of a metal material, the exposed surface is heated to a temperature that can cause injury to an individual who touches the surface unless all or a portion of the exposed surface is isolated from the heat to lower the temperature of the exposed surface.
  • As shown in FIGS. 6-10, utilization of trimmable surround 200 provides a barrier between the user of the combustion device 250 and the exposed surface 251 (see FIG. 9), and minimizes the amount of the exposed surface 251. This type of barrier may be particularly relevant when surface 251 includes a metal or other high heat conductive material. Trimmable surround 200 may be composed of a ceramic fiber and a binder, which is a non-metallic material. Another exemplary non-metallic material for surround 200 is fiberglass. In prior surround systems, metal is primarily used as the material for covering gaps between the combustion device 250 and the existing wall or masonry of a structure.
  • Room air may be heated as it travels around the outer enclosure 252. Optionally, a blower (not shown) can be used for moving room air into and out of an area surrounding the combustion device 250. An exhaust 266 exhausts combusted air from the combustion device 250. The combustion device 250 may also include an air intake 268 that facilitates bringing fresh combustion air into the combustion device 250 for combustion.
  • Screws, bolts, high temperature adhesives, or other attachment devices can be utilized to attach the trimmable surround 200 to the combustion device 250. For example, the trimmable surround 200 may be coupled to device 250 with mounting screws that pass through flanges 220, 221 and into lower portions 269, 270 of the combustion device 250. As shown best in FIGS. 8A and 10A, the top bracket 218 can include slots 271 that receive mounting tabs 273 of the combustion device 250.
  • FIGS. 6-10 show a combustion device in one configuration. Other configurations are also possible. For example, the present invention may be applicable to any prefabricated gas fireplace such as a direct vent, a universal vent, a B-vent, a horizontal/vertical-vent, a dual direct vent, or a multisided unit. For a multi-sided fireplace such as the one disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 5,016,609, incorporated herein by reference in its entirety, a single surround formed from a single molded piece, can be placed over the multiple exposed sides of the multi-sided unit. Alternatively, a multiple number of panels can be placed over each exposed side of the multi-sided fireplace unit. The present invention may also be applicable to free standing wood stoves and wood inserts.
  • The present invention may also be applicable to other combustible gas fireplace systems, as noted above, as well as any other fireplace or device that generates heat such as a simulated electric fireplace or solid fuel-burning fireplace. For example, the simulated electric fireplace may be constructed within the outer enclosure 252. The simulated electric fireplace can include several electrical components such as a simulated ember bed, lights, a heat source, and a blower.
  • As previously noted, the present invention is applicable for use with fireplaces of varying sizes and shapes. The surround can be trimmed and modified as needed to fit a given fireplace configuration. For example, if a fireplace includes an arch-shaped front panel, an upper portion of the opening of the surround can be cut to conform to the arch-shaped front panel. If such a fireplace is used, one or more pieces of the attachment portion, such as the top bracket, can be removed if necessary and only the right and left brackets used to couple the surround to the fireplace.
  • The example surrounds disclosed herein can be used to finish a new fireplace installation or to refinish a fireplace that has been previously installed. For example, existing fireplaces that include metallic surrounds can be refinished using surrounds 100, 200 disclosed herein. If an existing metallic surround is to be replaced, the metallic surrounds can be removed prior to installation of the new surround, or the new surround can simply be placed over the existing metallic surrounds.
  • The present invention should not be considered limited to the particular examples or materials described above, but rather should be understood to cover all aspect of the invention as fairly set out in the attached claims. Various modifications, equivalent processes, as well as numerous structures to which the present invention may be applicable will be readily apparent to those of skill in the art to which the present invention is directed upon review of the instant specification.

Claims (23)

1. A trimmable surround for a heat generating device, the trimmable surround comprising:
a molded member comprising a ceramic fiber and a binder, a portion of the molded member being removable to alter a size of the molded member; and
an attachment member coupled to the molded member and configured to couple the trimmable surround adjacent to an exposed panel of the heat generating device.
2. The trimmable surround of claim 1, wherein the attachment member comprises a top bracket, the top bracket defining a slot configured to receive a mounting tab of the heat generating device.
3. The trimmable surround of claim 1, wherein the heat generating device is a fireplace insert.
4. The trimmable surround of claim 1, wherein the molded member comprises a top member and opposing side members.
5. The trimmable surround of claim 1, wherein the size of the molded member to be altered is a height or a width of the surround outer circumference.
6. The trimmable surround of claim 1, wherein the size of the molded member to be altered is a height or a width of an inner opening sized to cover at least a portion of the exposed panel.
7. The trimmable surround of claim 1, wherein the molded member comprises an outer surface configured for forming a decorative design.
8. The trimmable surround of claim 1, wherein the molded member is formed by compression molding.
9. A gas fireplace comprising:
a front panel including an exposed portion;
a surround positioned adjacent to the front panel, the surround comprising:
a molded member comprising a ceramic fiber and a binder, a portion of the molded member being removable to alter a size of the molded member; and
an attachment member coupled to the molded member, the attachment member being configured to secure the surround adjacent to the front panel;
wherein the front panel is positioned to cover at least a portion of the exposed surface of the front panel.
10. The fireplace of claim 9, wherein the attachment member is configured to secure the surround to the front panel.
11. The fireplace of claim 9, wherein the molded member defines an opening, and a portion of the molded member adjacent the opening covers at least a portion of the exposed portion of the front panel.
12. The fireplace of claim 11, wherein the portion of the molded member that is removable alters a size of the opening of the molded member.
13. The fireplace of claim 9, wherein the size of the molded member to be altered is a height or a width of the surround outer circumference.
14. A method of sizing a surround for a heat generating device, the method comprising the steps of:
providing a trimmable surround sized greater than an opening defined by the heat generating device, the trimmable surround comprising:
a molded portion, the molded portion comprising a ceramic fiber and a binder; and
an attachment portion coupled to the molded portion, the attachment portion being configured to attach the trimmable surround in a position in front of an exposed panel of the heat generating device;
measuring a size of the heat generating device opening; and
removing a portion of the trimmable surround based on the measured size of the heat generating device opening.
15. The method of claim 14, further comprising the step of attaching the trimmable surround to the heat generating device.
16. The method of claim 14, further comprising the step of preparing a template based upon the measured size of the heat generating device opening.
17. The method of claim 16, further comprising the step of placing the template on the trimmable surround, wherein the step of removing a portion of the trimmable surround includes sizing a dimension of the surround to approximate a dimension of the template.
18. The method of claim 14, wherein removing a portion of the trimmable surround alters an outer circumference dimension of the surround.
19. The method of claim 14, wherein removing a portion of the trimmable surround alters a size of an opening defined by the molded portion, the opening having dimensions that approximate the measured size of the heat generating device opening.
20. The method of claim 14, wherein the step of removing a portion of the trimmable surround includes cutting the molded portion.
21. The method of claim 14, further comprising forming the molded member by compression molding.
22. The method of claim 14, further comprising forming the molded member by vacuum molding.
23. The method of claim 14, further comprising forming the molded member by casting.
US10/893,159 2003-07-15 2004-07-15 Compression molded trimmable surround Abandoned US20050076902A1 (en)

Priority Applications (2)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US57482103P true 2003-07-15 2003-07-15
US10/893,159 US20050076902A1 (en) 2003-07-15 2004-07-15 Compression molded trimmable surround

Applications Claiming Priority (1)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US10/893,159 US20050076902A1 (en) 2003-07-15 2004-07-15 Compression molded trimmable surround

Publications (1)

Publication Number Publication Date
US20050076902A1 true US20050076902A1 (en) 2005-04-14

Family

ID=34426350

Family Applications (1)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US10/893,159 Abandoned US20050076902A1 (en) 2003-07-15 2004-07-15 Compression molded trimmable surround

Country Status (1)

Country Link
US (1) US20050076902A1 (en)

Cited By (5)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
USD665897S1 (en) * 2011-06-20 2012-08-21 Actervis Gmbh Electric fireplace
USD925722S1 (en) * 2020-03-24 2021-07-20 Chad Dorsey Design Llc Fireplace surround
USD926307S1 (en) * 2020-03-24 2021-07-27 Chad Dorsey Design Llc Fireplace surround
USD930814S1 (en) * 2020-03-24 2021-09-14 Chad Dorsey Design, LLC Fireplace surround
USD930813S1 (en) * 2020-03-24 2021-09-14 Chad Dorsey Design Llc Fireplace surround

Citations (61)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US663811A (en) * 1900-04-21 1900-12-11 Pittsburg Stove And Range Company Gas-stove.
US2348614A (en) * 1942-10-21 1944-05-09 Johns Manville Manufacture of structural shapes and resultant product
US2737944A (en) * 1951-10-02 1956-03-13 Oscar F Person Prefabricated fireplace
US2875747A (en) * 1959-03-03 Ceramic tile fireplace
US3000846A (en) * 1957-11-19 1961-09-19 Russell Mfg Co High temperature molded fabric packing gland
US3100734A (en) * 1960-09-23 1963-08-13 Rex Roto Corp Furnace combustion chamber
US3213917A (en) * 1963-07-10 1965-10-26 Johns Manville Furnace combustion chambers
US3301249A (en) * 1964-06-03 1967-01-31 Prekast Fireplace Mfg Company Precast fireplace, methods of manufacture and erection
US3304931A (en) * 1965-01-27 1967-02-21 Dyna Mfg Co Prefabricated fireplace
US3382861A (en) * 1965-11-23 1968-05-14 Internat Products Inc Hearth log apparatus
US3388900A (en) * 1966-06-07 1968-06-18 Tifcon Company Tobacco curing and drying apparatus
US3690076A (en) * 1970-07-09 1972-09-12 Western Monolithic Concrete Pr Precast fireplace veneer
US3752679A (en) * 1971-06-01 1973-08-14 Du Pont Refractory laminate based on negative sols or silicates and polymeric lattices containing cationic surfactants
US3758317A (en) * 1971-05-20 1973-09-11 Du Pont Monolithic inorganic structures
US3990692A (en) * 1975-09-30 1976-11-09 Rca Corporation Article positioning apparatus
US4229329A (en) * 1979-02-15 1980-10-21 Herbert Bennett Fire retardant coating composition comprising fly ash and polymer emulsion binder
US4252105A (en) * 1978-11-09 1981-02-24 Johnson Richard B Ceramic fireplace
US4329973A (en) * 1979-12-26 1982-05-18 Mohawk Industries, Inc. Adapter for venting a stove through a fireplace
US4466420A (en) * 1982-02-12 1984-08-21 Ernisse Hugh W Modular masonry heating system
US4659610A (en) * 1984-03-02 1987-04-21 Subtex, Inc. Structures made using an inorganic-binder composition
US4722681A (en) * 1976-04-07 1988-02-02 Smith Thomas M Infra-red generation
US4727698A (en) * 1986-08-11 1988-03-01 Charles M. Gonder Fireplace surround assembly and method
US4737326A (en) * 1984-12-05 1988-04-12 Didier-Werke Ag Refractory shapes of ceramic fiber-containing material
US4746565A (en) * 1986-09-26 1988-05-24 United Merchants And Manufacturers, Inc. Fire barrier fabrics
US4766882A (en) * 1987-06-08 1988-08-30 Wright-Bachman, Inc. Poured flue adapter
US4839222A (en) * 1988-03-25 1989-06-13 The Reynolds Company Fiberglass insulation coated with a heat collapsible foam composition
US4838241A (en) * 1988-08-05 1989-06-13 Rieger Heinz H Fireplace natural gas and propane burner assembly
US4869664A (en) * 1986-08-20 1989-09-26 Valor Heating Limited Gas burners for gas fires
US4875464A (en) * 1988-08-18 1989-10-24 Shimek Ronald J Clean burning gas log burner system
US4890601A (en) * 1987-08-20 1990-01-02 Gas Logs (Brailsford) Ltd. Gas burner
US4945692A (en) * 1987-09-30 1990-08-07 Marges S.A.R.L. Prefabricated chimney mantel
US4950362A (en) * 1987-01-21 1990-08-21 Didier-Werke Ag Heat-insulating shaped fibrous articles and a process for producing them
US4951852A (en) * 1988-06-23 1990-08-28 Gilbert Rancoulle Insulative coating for refractory bodies
US5033721A (en) * 1987-06-26 1991-07-23 Alcan International Limited Insulating lightweight refractory materials
US5092313A (en) * 1991-04-05 1992-03-03 Vermont Castings, Inc. Gas log fireplace with high heat output
US5168862A (en) * 1991-05-29 1992-12-08 Mcgee Brothers Company, Inc. Fireplace throat and process
US5388566A (en) * 1991-07-12 1995-02-14 Valor Limited Gas fires
US5505191A (en) * 1995-02-18 1996-04-09 Brown; G. Michael Flush-mounted cabinet for free-standing fireboxes
US5518678A (en) * 1994-01-26 1996-05-21 Kawata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Adsorptive honeycomb-shaped ceramic structure and method for its production
US5647340A (en) * 1996-01-19 1997-07-15 Heat-N-Glow Convertible dual direct-vented fireplace
US5688568A (en) * 1996-09-27 1997-11-18 Heat-N-Glo Fireplace Products, Inc. Enhanced glowing logs and method
US5736109A (en) * 1995-06-30 1998-04-07 Minnesota Mining And Manufacturing Company Intumescent sheet material and paste with organic binder
US5737888A (en) * 1996-01-19 1998-04-14 Heat-N-Glo Fireplace Products Inc. Versatile surround trim structure
US5915374A (en) * 1997-04-29 1999-06-29 Susany; Edward Zero clearance non-venting fireplace
US5922157A (en) * 1997-07-31 1999-07-13 Tileze, Inc. Method for cutting rigid tile
US5931154A (en) * 1998-04-27 1999-08-03 Hussong Manufacturing Co., Inc. Gas fireplace burner plate
US5941237A (en) * 1996-01-19 1999-08-24 Heat-N-Glo Fireplace Products, Inc. Universal non-porous fiber reinforced combustion chamber fireplace
US5996575A (en) * 1998-02-17 1999-12-07 Heat-N-Glo Fireplace Products, Inc. Low cost prefabricated fireplace with fiber insulation firebox
US6004493A (en) * 1997-09-02 1999-12-21 Hussong Manufacturing Co., Inc. Method of making mineral fiber panels
US6006743A (en) * 1998-02-17 1999-12-28 Heat-N-Glo Fireplace Products, Inc. Indoor-outdoor portable gas burner
US6048195A (en) * 1996-09-27 2000-04-11 Heat-N-Glo Fireplace Products Inc. Hollow ceramic fiber burner-log element
US6077467A (en) * 1999-10-05 2000-06-20 Sinsley; Wayne Artificial fiber log process
US6090195A (en) * 1992-08-11 2000-07-18 E. Khashoggi Industries, Llc Compositions used in manufacturing articles having an inorganically filled organic polymer matrix
US6180257B1 (en) * 1996-10-29 2001-01-30 Crane Plastics Company Limited Partnership Compression molding of synthetic wood material
US6354831B1 (en) * 1998-04-20 2002-03-12 R & R Holdings, Inc. Porous gas burner
US6361725B1 (en) * 1999-05-25 2002-03-26 Edward Susany Method of molding artificial ceramic fiber construction panels
US6443726B2 (en) * 2000-02-15 2002-09-03 Travis Industries, Inc. Burner assembly for a gas-burning fireplace
US6521834B1 (en) * 2000-08-25 2003-02-18 3M Innovative Properties Company Fire stopping cover plate for fire stopping electrical outlets and switches
US20040016195A1 (en) * 2002-07-24 2004-01-29 Archuleta John Paul Foamed glass article for use as thermal energy control media
US20050050806A1 (en) * 2003-09-04 2005-03-10 Lyons David Charles Fireplace surround
US7111421B2 (en) * 2001-05-22 2006-09-26 Corry Arthur A Simulated log burning fireplace apparatus

Patent Citations (62)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US2875747A (en) * 1959-03-03 Ceramic tile fireplace
US663811A (en) * 1900-04-21 1900-12-11 Pittsburg Stove And Range Company Gas-stove.
US2348614A (en) * 1942-10-21 1944-05-09 Johns Manville Manufacture of structural shapes and resultant product
US2737944A (en) * 1951-10-02 1956-03-13 Oscar F Person Prefabricated fireplace
US3000846A (en) * 1957-11-19 1961-09-19 Russell Mfg Co High temperature molded fabric packing gland
US3100734A (en) * 1960-09-23 1963-08-13 Rex Roto Corp Furnace combustion chamber
US3213917A (en) * 1963-07-10 1965-10-26 Johns Manville Furnace combustion chambers
US3301249A (en) * 1964-06-03 1967-01-31 Prekast Fireplace Mfg Company Precast fireplace, methods of manufacture and erection
US3304931A (en) * 1965-01-27 1967-02-21 Dyna Mfg Co Prefabricated fireplace
US3382861A (en) * 1965-11-23 1968-05-14 Internat Products Inc Hearth log apparatus
US3388900A (en) * 1966-06-07 1968-06-18 Tifcon Company Tobacco curing and drying apparatus
US3690076A (en) * 1970-07-09 1972-09-12 Western Monolithic Concrete Pr Precast fireplace veneer
US3758317A (en) * 1971-05-20 1973-09-11 Du Pont Monolithic inorganic structures
US3752679A (en) * 1971-06-01 1973-08-14 Du Pont Refractory laminate based on negative sols or silicates and polymeric lattices containing cationic surfactants
US3990692A (en) * 1975-09-30 1976-11-09 Rca Corporation Article positioning apparatus
US4722681A (en) * 1976-04-07 1988-02-02 Smith Thomas M Infra-red generation
US4252105A (en) * 1978-11-09 1981-02-24 Johnson Richard B Ceramic fireplace
US4229329A (en) * 1979-02-15 1980-10-21 Herbert Bennett Fire retardant coating composition comprising fly ash and polymer emulsion binder
US4329973A (en) * 1979-12-26 1982-05-18 Mohawk Industries, Inc. Adapter for venting a stove through a fireplace
US4466420A (en) * 1982-02-12 1984-08-21 Ernisse Hugh W Modular masonry heating system
US4659610A (en) * 1984-03-02 1987-04-21 Subtex, Inc. Structures made using an inorganic-binder composition
US4737326A (en) * 1984-12-05 1988-04-12 Didier-Werke Ag Refractory shapes of ceramic fiber-containing material
US4727698A (en) * 1986-08-11 1988-03-01 Charles M. Gonder Fireplace surround assembly and method
US4869664A (en) * 1986-08-20 1989-09-26 Valor Heating Limited Gas burners for gas fires
US4746565A (en) * 1986-09-26 1988-05-24 United Merchants And Manufacturers, Inc. Fire barrier fabrics
US4950362A (en) * 1987-01-21 1990-08-21 Didier-Werke Ag Heat-insulating shaped fibrous articles and a process for producing them
US4766882A (en) * 1987-06-08 1988-08-30 Wright-Bachman, Inc. Poured flue adapter
US5033721A (en) * 1987-06-26 1991-07-23 Alcan International Limited Insulating lightweight refractory materials
US4890601A (en) * 1987-08-20 1990-01-02 Gas Logs (Brailsford) Ltd. Gas burner
US4945692A (en) * 1987-09-30 1990-08-07 Marges S.A.R.L. Prefabricated chimney mantel
US4839222A (en) * 1988-03-25 1989-06-13 The Reynolds Company Fiberglass insulation coated with a heat collapsible foam composition
US4951852A (en) * 1988-06-23 1990-08-28 Gilbert Rancoulle Insulative coating for refractory bodies
US4838241A (en) * 1988-08-05 1989-06-13 Rieger Heinz H Fireplace natural gas and propane burner assembly
US4875464A (en) * 1988-08-18 1989-10-24 Shimek Ronald J Clean burning gas log burner system
US5092313A (en) * 1991-04-05 1992-03-03 Vermont Castings, Inc. Gas log fireplace with high heat output
US5168862A (en) * 1991-05-29 1992-12-08 Mcgee Brothers Company, Inc. Fireplace throat and process
US5388566A (en) * 1991-07-12 1995-02-14 Valor Limited Gas fires
US6090195A (en) * 1992-08-11 2000-07-18 E. Khashoggi Industries, Llc Compositions used in manufacturing articles having an inorganically filled organic polymer matrix
US5518678A (en) * 1994-01-26 1996-05-21 Kawata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Adsorptive honeycomb-shaped ceramic structure and method for its production
US5505191A (en) * 1995-02-18 1996-04-09 Brown; G. Michael Flush-mounted cabinet for free-standing fireboxes
US5736109A (en) * 1995-06-30 1998-04-07 Minnesota Mining And Manufacturing Company Intumescent sheet material and paste with organic binder
US5737888A (en) * 1996-01-19 1998-04-14 Heat-N-Glo Fireplace Products Inc. Versatile surround trim structure
US5647340A (en) * 1996-01-19 1997-07-15 Heat-N-Glow Convertible dual direct-vented fireplace
US5941237A (en) * 1996-01-19 1999-08-24 Heat-N-Glo Fireplace Products, Inc. Universal non-porous fiber reinforced combustion chamber fireplace
US5688568A (en) * 1996-09-27 1997-11-18 Heat-N-Glo Fireplace Products, Inc. Enhanced glowing logs and method
US6048195A (en) * 1996-09-27 2000-04-11 Heat-N-Glo Fireplace Products Inc. Hollow ceramic fiber burner-log element
US6180257B1 (en) * 1996-10-29 2001-01-30 Crane Plastics Company Limited Partnership Compression molding of synthetic wood material
US5915374A (en) * 1997-04-29 1999-06-29 Susany; Edward Zero clearance non-venting fireplace
US5922157A (en) * 1997-07-31 1999-07-13 Tileze, Inc. Method for cutting rigid tile
US6004493A (en) * 1997-09-02 1999-12-21 Hussong Manufacturing Co., Inc. Method of making mineral fiber panels
US6006743A (en) * 1998-02-17 1999-12-28 Heat-N-Glo Fireplace Products, Inc. Indoor-outdoor portable gas burner
US5996575A (en) * 1998-02-17 1999-12-07 Heat-N-Glo Fireplace Products, Inc. Low cost prefabricated fireplace with fiber insulation firebox
US6354831B1 (en) * 1998-04-20 2002-03-12 R & R Holdings, Inc. Porous gas burner
US5931154A (en) * 1998-04-27 1999-08-03 Hussong Manufacturing Co., Inc. Gas fireplace burner plate
US6361725B1 (en) * 1999-05-25 2002-03-26 Edward Susany Method of molding artificial ceramic fiber construction panels
US6077467A (en) * 1999-10-05 2000-06-20 Sinsley; Wayne Artificial fiber log process
US6443726B2 (en) * 2000-02-15 2002-09-03 Travis Industries, Inc. Burner assembly for a gas-burning fireplace
US6602068B2 (en) * 2000-02-15 2003-08-05 Travis Industries, Inc. Burner assembly for a gas-burning fireplace
US6521834B1 (en) * 2000-08-25 2003-02-18 3M Innovative Properties Company Fire stopping cover plate for fire stopping electrical outlets and switches
US7111421B2 (en) * 2001-05-22 2006-09-26 Corry Arthur A Simulated log burning fireplace apparatus
US20040016195A1 (en) * 2002-07-24 2004-01-29 Archuleta John Paul Foamed glass article for use as thermal energy control media
US20050050806A1 (en) * 2003-09-04 2005-03-10 Lyons David Charles Fireplace surround

Cited By (7)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
USD665897S1 (en) * 2011-06-20 2012-08-21 Actervis Gmbh Electric fireplace
USD925722S1 (en) * 2020-03-24 2021-07-20 Chad Dorsey Design Llc Fireplace surround
USD926307S1 (en) * 2020-03-24 2021-07-27 Chad Dorsey Design Llc Fireplace surround
USD930814S1 (en) * 2020-03-24 2021-09-14 Chad Dorsey Design, LLC Fireplace surround
USD930813S1 (en) * 2020-03-24 2021-09-14 Chad Dorsey Design Llc Fireplace surround
USD930812S1 (en) * 2020-03-24 2021-09-14 Chad Dorsey Design Llc Fireplace surround
USD930811S1 (en) * 2020-03-24 2021-09-14 Chad Dorsey Design Llc Fireplace surround

Similar Documents

Publication Publication Date Title
CA2459905C (en) Backlighting system for a fireplace
CA2467637C (en) Reduced clearance gas fireplace
US7473074B2 (en) Exhaust fan
US6769426B2 (en) Indoor-outdoor fireplace
US6910477B1 (en) Wall mounted vented heater
US20060185664A1 (en) Burner system incorporating flame and light
US20050076902A1 (en) Compression molded trimmable surround
US20020166554A1 (en) Simulated electric glowing embers system for fireplaces
AU2005200370A1 (en) Adjustable decorative surround for a fireplace
US20050050806A1 (en) Fireplace surround
US20050050805A1 (en) Fireplace surround
US8166965B2 (en) Fireplace insert
US4191162A (en) Energy saving air-flow heater
AU2004203184A1 (en) Trimmable surround for a heat generating device
CA2427969C (en) Air circulating fireplace
US7165544B2 (en) Touch switch system for a fireplace
GB2472241A (en) Fireplace assembly
US6748942B2 (en) Touch switch system for a fireplace
GAS Installation instructions
US20210388990A1 (en) Noncombustible fireplace surround apparatus
US20100170496A1 (en) Lighting effects in a heating appliance
CA2509718A1 (en) Improved fireplace insert
GB2427462A (en) Fuel effect fire
JP3575563B2 (en) Ventilation fan mounting structure
AU728563B3 (en) Improvements in or relating to heating appliances

Legal Events

Date Code Title Description
AS Assignment

Owner name: HNI TECHNOLOGIES INC., IOWA

Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:LYONS, DAVID CHARLES;WEIR, TODD ROBERT;HANEL, JEFFREY PAUL;REEL/FRAME:016325/0919;SIGNING DATES FROM 20041216 TO 20050610

STCB Information on status: application discontinuation

Free format text: ABANDONED -- FAILURE TO RESPOND TO AN OFFICE ACTION