Fireplaces Or Accessories Patents (Class 126/500)
  • Patent number: 11022315
    Abstract: A combination outdoor ventless fireplace and brick oven system includes a main body with a framework assembly. A fireplace firebox is formed in the framework assembly. An oven firebox is formed in the framework assembly and suspended above the fireplace firebox. A chimney flue is disposed above the oven firebox in the framework assembly. The framework assembly is covered by a refractory heat resistant mortar. The fireplace firebox has an aperture. The system also has a gas line disposed in the framework assembly below the aperture. The gas line is configured to connect the aperture with a gaseous fuel source. A burner pan may be disposed in the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: ROUND GROVE PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Widmer
  • Patent number: 10989415
    Abstract: An entertainment device is disclosed herein which integrates a fire feature, a water feature, a music system, and a controlled lighting feature into a single piece of furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: BBQGUYS MANUFACTURING, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Hackley
  • Patent number: 10982164
    Abstract: A device for starting and maintaining a campfire includes an inner combustible structure formed from a plurality of inner combustible members having bottom end portions separated and secured to a top planar wall of a combustible lower support member. The device further includes an outer combustible structure formed from a plurality of outer combustible members having bottom end portions separated and secured to edge portions of the combustible lower support member. A fire accelerant is disposed in an inner portion of the inner combustible structure to promote a faster starting campfire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: John C. Molburg
  • Patent number: 10915899
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to methods, systems, and devices for replacing a token on a user device, such as a transaction card. The transaction card includes tokens representing an actual account identifier which is not visible on the transaction card. The transaction card may store a first token on a and include a digital display that displays a second token. When the first token or the second token is compromised, the compromised token is replaced without replacing the transaction card. When the second token is compromised, the compromised token is replaced with a new replacement second token using an electronic device. The replacement second token replaces the old second token on the digital display. After the second token is compromised and before the replacement second token is provisioned on the transaction card, the transaction card may still be used for transactions using other tokens provisioned on the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Eduardo Lopez, Robert Michael Yost
  • Patent number: 10634359
    Abstract: A fireplace cavity insert provides still and video images appearing to emanate from within the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Howard Birnbaum
  • Patent number: 10473334
    Abstract: The present invention includes a fire pit and a system for using the fire pit that includes distinct structures. The fire pit includes an air inlet that allows in forced air for the coursing thereof through a hollowed housing for release through an air outlet. The fire pit may include a plenum that generates a virtual chimney of forced air that directs smoke upward and away from bystanders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Paul Crosen
  • Patent number: 10443892
    Abstract: A linear fireplace system, assemblies, modular units, and related methods that can be installed in a modular fashion at a selected installation location so as to avoid drawbacks experienced in the prior art. The system can include modular linear units, corner units, and/or end units interconnectable to form a modular linear fireplace assembly. The system can include an alignment track system with a track member that receives alignment rails on the bottom of the modular units to axially align the interconnected units. The system can include a combustion air flow passage within the fireplace that maintains a relatively low exterior temperature of the assembly and that allows combustible and non-combustible building materials to be installed against or immediately adjacent to the top and base portions of the modular units of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Travis Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt W. F. Rumens, Alan R. Atemboski, William Ross Fotheringham, Nicholas Barber
  • Patent number: 10018086
    Abstract: A filter for an internal combustion engine is used to separate liquid suspended particles from a gas discharged from a crankcase of the internal combustion engine to avoid a rise in engine crankcase pressure. The filter includes at least one filter portion for coarse separation, at least one filter portion for fine separation, and at least one drainage layer arranged within the at least one filter portion for fine separation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: GE JENBACHER GMBH & CO OG
    Inventor: Guenther Wall
  • Patent number: 9631358
    Abstract: A modular building system that is all-inclusive for completing a structural project from the foundation up using unskilled labor is provided. The modular building system includes a plurality of modular sections, each modular section formed from the interconnection of floor, wall, roof, and arch panel components, wherein all panel component interconnections are brought to a locking engagement by way of the same interlocking tabs and rails assembly, so that an unskilled laborer may complete a complete structural project interconnecting various types of modular building sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Cecil Darel Trahan
  • Patent number: 9612014
    Abstract: A modular flue adapter system and method is described to accommodate a conduit for exhaust between a firebox and a firebox flue, wherein the firebox is inserted into a firebox opening, by providing an offset distance and/or direction between the exhaust of the firebox and the firebox flue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: FPI Fireplace Products International LTD.
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Richter, George H. K. Lau
  • Patent number: 9556629
    Abstract: A precast module built specifically with a dimension of 28??0?×11??8? vertical exterior walls 4? thick, horizontal walls 3? thick and a floor 4? thick. The horizontal walls are connected with attachment of rods to the vertical wall, while providing a number of openings in the horizontal and vertical walls allow access to the interior of the building unit and carrying out various plates weld in the top of the walls. The roof is constructed separately from the module, pouring concrete and is provided with through holes for locating screws and passes, and several welding plates to attach or connect to the roof and walls and have a connection to the roof and thus form an integral unit of construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventors: Benjamin Bravo, Heriberto Luis Bravo
  • Patent number: 9435542
    Abstract: A fireplace unit includes a pair of spaced apart opposite, upright sidewalls. The sidewalls define an interior compartment of the fireplace unit. The sidewalls each have a forward end and rearward end substantially aligned along lines that converge rearwardly. The sidewalls are one of (1) joined directly together at the rearward ends and (2) joined together at the rearward ends by an upright rear wall having a transverse width that is less than ¾ of the transverse width of each of the sidewalls for at least a majority of the rear wall's length. The upper end of each of the sidewall slopes upward from the forward end toward the rearward end. A floor extends between the sidewalls for closing the lower end of the interior compartment. A cover is coupled to the upper ends of the sidewalls for closing the upper end of the interior compartment. A flue is provided for directing smoke and air out of the interior compartment. A smoke diversion body is provided for forming a smoke flow area constriction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Thomas B. Goodson
  • Patent number: 9383110
    Abstract: A fireplace outer wrap configured to be located behind a mounting wall, the fireplace outer wrap having an outer-wrap opening facing outwards from an opening in the mounting wall. The fireplace comprises a flush-mounted assembly coupled to the fireplace outer wrap, including a surround structure configured to encompass a perimeter of the opening in the mounting wall and be positioned in front of the fireplace outer wrap located behind the mounting wall, and a bezel structure configured to fit within the outer surround structure. An inner edge perimeter of the surround structure and an outer edge perimeter of the bezel structure oppose each other and define a gap between the inner edge perimeter and the outer edge perimeter such that air can flow through the gap. An outside major surface of the surround structure and an outside major surface of the bezel structure are substantially co-planar with each other and with an exterior surface of the mounting wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: INNOVATIVE HEARTH PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph A. Benedetti, Amy Grella
  • Patent number: 9383109
    Abstract: A modular brick or block outdoor structure includes an outdoor structure that is constructed in modular sections. Each modular section is fabricated from a plurality of paving bricks or retaining wall blocks that match the brick or block used to construct the patio. The bricks or blocks are preferably assembled to each other with adhesive. Each modular section includes means for transporting thereof with some type of equipment, if necessary. It is preferable that each modular section include channels to receive lifting forks of an end loader or other suitable transport device, if necessary. However, other methods of transporting the modular section may also be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: OLDCASTLE APG SOUTH, INC.
    Inventor: Joseph P. Raboine
  • Patent number: 9386631
    Abstract: A television/space heater combination device for displaying image content and for heating air and method of using the same is presented. The television/space heater combination device includes a television, a space heater and, sometimes, a frame. The method of use includes activating the space heater; selecting a temperature value for the space heater; generating heat and distributing the same into a room from the space heater; activating the television; and displaying an image on a screen of the television while generating heat with the space heater. The displayed image may be an image of a wood or gas burning fireplace generated by a continuous video loop; or be images from regular television programming or images generated by data transmitted to the television by a remote computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Christopher J. Gallo
  • Patent number: 9366427
    Abstract: A solid fuel burner may include a system for electrodynamic homogenization. One or more electrodes may apply an electric field to burning solid fuel or a region proximate the burning solid fuel. The electric field causes mixing and homogenization of volatilized fractions of the solid fuel, combustion gases, and air. The improved mixing and homogenization may reduce emission of carbon monoxide (CO), reduce emission of oxides of nitrogen (NOx), reduce oxygen in flue gas, increase temperature of flue gas, and/or allow for a larger grate surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: CLEARSIGN COMBUSTION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tim W. Sonnichsen, Joseph Colannino, David B. Goodson, Tracy A. Prevo, Christopher A. Wiklof
  • Publication number: 20150107578
    Abstract: An apparatus for decorating a fireplace is provided. The apparatus includes a fireplace insert at least one insert plate. The insert is configured to exist within the environment of the fireplace. The insert creatively illustrates a decorative theme such as a small scale scene within the fireplace. The insert can include a plurality of plates providing a three dimensional scene within the fireplace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Alexander Duerr
  • Patent number: 8956155
    Abstract: A burner assembly for a fireplace, comprising a fuel-metering plate, a fuel-delivery plenum and a dividing plate. The fuel metering plate has tines that form a combed structure in an uppermost portion of the fuel-metering plate, the combed structure extending along a long dimension of the fuel-metering plate. The fuel-delivery plenum has a fuel chamber and the fuel-delivery plenum being coupled to the fuel-metering plate such that the fuel chamber extends along the long dimension of the fuel metering plate. The dividing plate is located between the fuel-metering plate and the fuel-delivery plenum. The dividing plate has a slotted opening that extends along the long dimension of the fuel metering plate, the slotted opening being in fluid communication with individual channels between the tines and with the fuel chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Innovative Hearth Products LLC
    Inventors: Joseph A. Benedetti, Kenneth D. Johns, Michael S. Pennington, Chad R. Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20150027435
    Abstract: A method for making a modular outdoor fireplace having textured exterior surfaces simulating natural stone or bricks and mortar. At least a fire-box unit and a chimney unit are cast from concrete with textured exterior surfaces. After placing the fire-box unit on a support surface, a fireplace insert is positioned in the fire-box unit and the chimney unit is supported either on the fire-box unit or on a cast concrete mantle which is first placed on the fire-box unit. The support surface may be a cast concrete hearth. A metal chimney is inserted through the chimney unit and the mantle and secured to the fireplace insert. A cast concrete cap is placed on the chimney unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Rosetta Hardscapes LLC
    Inventors: James A. Manthei, Jeremy L. Manthei
  • Patent number: 8931218
    Abstract: A modular brick or block outdoor structure includes an outdoor structure that is constructed in modular sections. Each modular section is fabricated from a plurality of paving bricks or retaining wall blocks that match the brick or block used to construct the patio. The bricks or blocks are preferably assembled to each other with adhesive. Each modular section includes means for transporting thereof with some type of equipment, if necessary. It is preferable that each modular section include channels to receive lifting forks of an end loader or other suitable transport device, if necessary. However, other methods of transporting the modular section may also be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Oldcastle Building Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph P. Raboine
  • Patent number: 8915732
    Abstract: A ventless fireplace is provided, including a protective fireplace door, a wall positioned behind the protective fireplace door, a hearth surface positioned adjacent the wall, the protective fireplace door, wall and hearth surface defining a cavity the hearth surface further defining an opening therein, and a mechanical structure for housing one or more fuel cells positioned below the hearth surface, so that when operational, one or more flames emanating from the one or more fuel cells supported by the mechanical structure pass through the opening in the hearth surface. The protective door further includes a door frame, a door bezel hingedly attached to the door frame by one or more hinges, a door screen fixed within the door bezel, and a latch assembly fixed to the door frame to selectively engage the door bezel from the door frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Bebon Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Bebon, Paul Dowd, Erol Searfoss, Philippe Putzeys
  • Patent number: 8915240
    Abstract: One aspect provides a heating device comprising a firebox having a hearth therein and first and second heat exchange chambers, and a heat exchanging plate having a first surface and a second opposing surface. The heat exchanging plate is suspended above the hearth, such that the first surface is located between the hearth and the second surface. The heat exchanging plate has lower protrusions extending from the first surface and into the first heat exchange chamber, and upper protrusions extending from the second surface and into the second heat exchange chamber. A method of manufacturing a heating device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Innovative Hearth Products LLC
    Inventors: Joseph A. Benedetti, Ryan E. Ennis, Chad R. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8910623
    Abstract: A refractory panel is formed with recesses delineating a pair of adjoining brick relief patterns. One or more depressions are formed in the recesses such that grout or the like placed in the recesses form fingers that harden into position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: FMI Acquisition, LLC
    Inventor: Martin D. Husted
  • Patent number: 8844513
    Abstract: A device, system and method for heating fluid (air) in a flue to create a draw prior to combusting a fuel in a combustion device. The device, system and method includes a housing that may be integrated about the flue. The housing may include a heat exchanger that itself may include a heating source that may be in thermal communication with the flue and a temperature differentiation driver. The heat exchanger may operate to transfer heat energy from the heating source to a fluid constrained to a path created by the flue. The result is a pressure differential created within the flue to help draw the fluid out of the combustion device. The heat exchanger may be configured such that it may cause heat transfer to the heavier, more dense fluid contained within the ventilation system prior to combusting fuel in a combustion device, thereby causing the fluid to be relatively less dense thus creating a draw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: John Stock LaMunyon, III
  • Patent number: 8823714
    Abstract: The invention provides a system for controlling flame to produce a music-reactive fire display. This system comprises a digital signal analyzer, electronically-controlled burner elements that allow variable control of fuel flow rate, an automatic ignition system, flame detection, and a means of communication between the signal analyzer and the burner elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Livespark LLC
    Inventors: Mike Thielvoldt, Brett Levine
  • Patent number: 8794228
    Abstract: A modular flue adapter system and method is described to accommodate a conduit for exhaust between a firebox and a firebox flue, wherein the firebox is inserted into a firebox opening, by providing an offset distance and/or direction between the exhaust of the firebox and the firebox flue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: FPI Fireplace Products International Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Richter, George H. K. Lau
  • Publication number: 20140130789
    Abstract: A method and system for conversion of a fireplace to an updated or different model or configuration is provided. For example, such conversion can apply to any fireplace configuration, indoor and outdoor, commercial and residential, to provide a different fireplace appearance. A converted fireplace comprises an existing firebox, an existing exhaust system, a shell and replacement firebox, and an exhaust adapter. The firebox and exhaust system typically comprise the existing structure within a residential or commercial fireplace installation. The firebox can he of various heights, widths and depths, and yet still be converted, while the exhaust system can comprise various configurations, such as B-vent, direct vent and the like, and yet coupled to the replacement fireplace unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: FPI FIREPLACE PRODUCTS INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: Melissa Oakford, Bruce Unruh, Tracy Zomar
  • Patent number: 8622054
    Abstract: Methods and systems for reducing combustion emissions generated in, or released from, a combustion chamber are provided. Systems and methods provided herein may be used to modify, for example, an existing fireplace such that combustion emissions resulting from burning a fuel combustion source are reduced. The method involves providing an emission reduction system which includes a casing assembly with at least one panel of a catalyst-coated media and a support structure supporting the casing assembly. The casing assembly is positioned between a fuel combustion source and a flue by associating the support structure with an interior surface of the firebox. The fuel combustion source is burned to create a fire, such that the catalyst-coated media reduces emissions associated with fuel combustion when contacted with combustion exhaust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Clear Skies Unlimited, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance C. Grace, R. Craig Sparling, Ronald E. Allred
  • Patent number: 8573194
    Abstract: The heat reflecting arrangement with an improved high heat resistance, e.g. 100 hours at 500° C., includes a substrate, a heat reflecting layer (A) on at least one side of the substrate, which contains indium tin oxide (ITO), and a barrier layer (B) that covers the heat reflecting layer (A), which contains a metal oxide and/or a metal nitride. A fireplace or baking oven with a viewing window having this layer system with the heat reflecting layer is also described. In addition a process for providing the heat reflecting arrangement is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Schott AG
    Inventors: Christian Henn, Wolfgang Schmidbauer, Torsten Gabelmann
  • Publication number: 20130239946
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for creating an insulated barrier within a fireplace is described. A compressible insulator may be placed in a fireplace. Within the fireplace, the compressible insulator may be placed above a lintel on the inside of a firebox opening. The compressible insulator may also be placed below a damper. The compressible insulator may be used to insulate a fireplace and increase the temperature differential between the living space and air trapped between the compressible insulator and the damper. The trapped air may also increase the temperature differential between the living space and the chimney above the damper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: James P. Devlin, JR.
  • Patent number: 8522771
    Abstract: An edge guard for use adjacent an edge. The edge guard comprises a cushion member and an edge attachment. The cushion member includes a first face, a second face, and a cushion edge portion disposed between them. Both faces have inner portions extending away from the cushion edge portion towards end portions. The inner portions are positioned adjacent surfaces surrounding the edge. The edge attachment includes an upper surface, an attached end, and a distal end. The attached end is attached to one of the end portions of the cushion member. The edge attachment is stiffer than the cushion member. The upper surface of the edge attachment is separated a distance from the surface it is positioned adjacent that tapers from a larger distance at the attached end to a smaller distance at the distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Prince Lionheart, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. McConnell, Francois P. Hacquard
  • Patent number: 8490947
    Abstract: A presettable gas valve is disclosed herein. The gas valve may have a maximum gas flow that can be adjusted to the particular requirements of the fireplace in which the gas valve is used. By way of example and not limitation, for real biomass/fuel burning fireplaces, the gas valve may be opened to its maximum level with a quarter turn of a handle. In contrast, for fake fireplaces, which require more gas flow compared to real fireplaces, the gas valve may be opened to its maximum level with a half turn of the handle. The maximum gas flow through the gas valve may be set during installation such that the user does not need to manually determine the appropriate amount of gas during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Joe Leighton & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Harsharan Grewal
  • Patent number: 8479723
    Abstract: A fireplace assembly is disclosed and includes a smoke chamber, a firebox, a throat in fluid communication with and linking the smoke chamber and the insulated firebox and a divider positioned within said throat and defining a front air channel and a rear air channel within the throat. The fireplace assembly of the present invention offers reductions in particulate emissions when compared to traditional open-burning fireplaces and has comparable particulate emissions to wood stoves and built-in wood stoves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: I.C.C. Compagnie de Cheminees Industrielles Inc.
    Inventors: André Bibaud, Louise Cléroux
  • Publication number: 20130118476
    Abstract: An outdoor fireplace is disclosed, the outdoor fireplace including a housing chamber having walls formed from a natural stone material and a metal insert disposed in the housing chamber to militate against a transfer of heat to the natural stone material and further surrounding area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventors: Richard Allen Wise, Michael Erlin Wise
  • Publication number: 20130078584
    Abstract: A fireplace assembly having a firebox, an igniter assembly coupled to the firebox and containing a heating element, a first portion of the igniter assembly extending through an aperture in a firebox wall, the igniter assembly having a first connector coupled to the heating element and coupleable to power source, and having a second connector coupleable to an air source and positioned to provide air flow through the igniter assembly over the heating element and into the firebox. A controller is operatively coupled to the igniter assembly and a temperature sensor. The controller controls operation of the heating element, the temperature sensor, and the air flow through the igniter assembly, and can activate and deactivate the igniter assembly based upon the temperature within the firebox.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Alan R. Atemboski, Kurt W.F. Rumens, Russell A. McBrian, William R. Fotheringham
  • Patent number: 8403238
    Abstract: A portable waterfall feature is provided for use on a fireplace having a mantle and a fireplace opening, and includes a water reservoir; tubing connectors and connectable tubing pieces, which may be assembled to extend upward from the water reservoir when the reservoir is placed at the bottom of the fireplace opening and around the one end of the mantle to be connected to a dispensing tubing piece connectable at the top of the mantle. A flexible curtain hangs down over the front of the mantle and in front of the fireplace opening over the water reservoir so that water that is pumped from the water reservoir flows upward through the assembled tubing pieces, is dispensed from the dispensing tubing piece along the top side of the flexible curtain; and flows down the flexible curtain and back into the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Araceli Martinez Hurtado
  • Patent number: 8360049
    Abstract: A windscreen having base positionable adjacent a fire, a first body portion removeably secured to the base in a substantially vertical orientation, and a securing member connected to the first body portion and capable of removeably securing a second body portion above or next to the first body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Blake Stephens
  • Patent number: 8333812
    Abstract: A non-combustible, synthetic fire-log is disclosed comprising a composition formed to approximate the shape of a combustible object, wherein said composition comprises a substantially non-combustible matrix and an effective amount of hollow spheres. In one embodiment, the effective amount of hollow spheres ranges from approximately 3 to 85 percent of the total composition by weight. The composition enhances the aesthetic quality of the synthetic fire-log when exposed to heat and also decreases the carbon monoxide emissions of synthetic fire-log systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Forestwood Industrial, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Fischer
  • Patent number: 8282073
    Abstract: A presettable gas valve is disclosed herein. The gas valve may have a maximum gas flow that can be adjusted to the particular requirements of the fireplace in which the gas valve is used. By way of example and not limitation, for real biomass/fuel burning fireplaces, the gas valve may be opened to its maximum level with a quarter turn of a handle. In contrast, for fake fireplaces, which require more gas flow compared to real fireplaces, the gas valve may be opened to its maximum level with a half turn of the handle. The maximum gas flow through the gas valve may be set during installation such that the user does not need to manually determine the appropriate amount of gas during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Joe Leighton & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Harsharan Grewal
  • Publication number: 20120204857
    Abstract: A fireplace unit includes a pair of spaced apart opposite, upright sidewalls defining an interior compartment of the fireplace unit. The sidewalls each have a forward end and rearward end substantially aligned along lines that converge rearwardly. The sidewalls are one of (1) joined directly together at the rearward ends and (2) joined together at the rearward ends by an upright rear wall having a transverse width that is less than ¾ of the transverse width of each of the sidewalls for at least a majority of the rear wall's length. The upper end of each of the sidewall slopes upward from the forward end toward the rearward end. A floor extends between the sidewalls for closing the lower end of the interior compartment. A cover is coupled to the upper ends of the sidewalls for closing the upper end of the interior compartment. A flue is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas B. Goodson
  • Patent number: 8235033
    Abstract: A fireplace assembly comprising a base defining a recess for receiving a fireplace, a fireplace releasably held within the recess, and wherein the base is a functional piece of furniture when the fireplace is removed. A method of removing and replacing a fireplace comprising the steps of providing a first base defining a recess, locating a fireplace within the recess, removing the fireplace from the first base to provide a functional piece of furniture, and locating the fireplace within the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Heat Surge, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Gallo, David M. Baker
  • Publication number: 20120192855
    Abstract: An improved fire grate may provide fresh oxygen rich air to a secondary combustion zone, created by the improved fire grate, of a combustion chamber where a combustion gas stream is typically oxygen starved assisting in the burning process of incompletely burned particulates and reducing other harmful emissions. A baffle plate may be introduced in the secondary combustion zone to increase a combustion chamber temperature, encourage mixing of oxygen starved air with oxygen rich air and increase a residence time of the combustion gas within the combustion chamber. These aspects of the baffle plate promote more efficient burning of the biomass/fuel. Additionally, log lighter(s) may be disposed in the secondary combustion zone to increase a temperature of the combustion chamber for the purposes of reducing harmful emissions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventor: Steve Marple
  • Publication number: 20120145654
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to pieces of furniture for housing electronic devices and that give the appearance of being permanently built into a wall. The pieces of furniture comprise panels which can easily be removed and which house and hide wires of electronic devices, giving the appearance that the wires are housed beyond the wall. Additionally, the pieces of furniture are designed to have electronic devices mounted thereon with little mounting (i.e., studs are unnecessary) or no mounting to secure the piece of furniture onto the wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventors: Kevin McGowan, Steve Wahrhafting, Cory Neudeck
  • Patent number: 8147240
    Abstract: A gas burner assembly includes a first sheet, a second sheet, and a conduit. The first sheet has an inner face, an outer face, an upper portion, and a lower portion. The second sheet also has an inner face, an outer face, an upper portion and a lower portion. The first and second sheets are secured relative to one another such that the first and second sheets are separated by a gap that defines a manifold between the inner faces of the first and second sheets with an elongate opening between the upper portions of the first and second sheets, the opening forming an outlet from the manifold. The conduit is in communication with the manifold, the conduit being adapted for connection to a source of gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: HNI Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Lyons, Travis P. Betcher, Louis L. Mead
  • Patent number: 8113825
    Abstract: A computer-controlled matrix of pixels that emit bursts of fire in a controlled manner to create moving images and text on a plane in front of the matrix. The unit houses a number of pixels in a grid array, with each pixel associated with a solenoid gas valve. The valves are supplied by a main gas bus and when actuated release gas to an individual pixel, where it flows out and over a constantly burning pilot light and combusts. The valves are connected through a main circuit box to a computer, and are controlled by software that allows the user to script and play complex graphical animations, musical compositions, scrolling text, as well as real-time graphical response to specific user inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Neal Ormond
  • Publication number: 20120006316
    Abstract: An air-intake assembly adapted for use with a fire container assembly includes a first plate and a plurality of vanes. The plurality of vanes is engaged to the first plate. Each of the vanes includes a first longitudinal side engaged to the first plate and an oppositely disposed second longitudinal side. The plurality of vanes defines a plurality of pathways. A chamber is cooperatively defined by the first plate and the plurality of vanes. The chamber extends through the first plate. The plurality of pathways swirl air about a longitudinal axis of the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventors: Daniel C. Shimek, Kent R. Shimek, Anthony L. Shimek
  • Patent number: 8082915
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the present invention, a pellet stove includes a firepot assembly with a bottom plate slideable along rails to move between a closed position during combustion in the firepot and an open position during ash removal. According to other embodiments, a firebox or combustion enclosure includes a plurality of airfoils formed on the inner and outer surfaces of the enclosure to facilitate heat exchange between exhaust gases flowing across the inner surface of the enclosure and air blown across the outer surface of the enclosure. According to some embodiments, the airfoils and enclosure are of integral unibody construction. According to yet other embodiments, a user sets parameters via a wall control unit, and a stove control unit receives the parameters and automatically controls fuel feed rate, ignition, convection blower, combustion blower, and/or firepot cleaning based on the one or more parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: HNI Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Colin J. McCormick, Daniel S. Henry, Matthew Wicks, Gordon E. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20110220090
    Abstract: A hybrid wood-burning fireplace assembly configured for burning wood-based fuel, wherein the burning generates combustion exhaust. The assembly comprising a fire box having an interior area, a baffle in the interior area defining lower and upper combustion chambers relative to the baffle. The upper combustion chamber has an upper exhaust passageway between baffle and the top portion of the firebox. A secondary combustion airway has air outlets in the firebox that direct the secondary combustion air adjacent to the baffle to mix with the exhaust for non-catalytic secondary combustion of the exhaust before the exhaust flows through the upper exhaust passageway. A catalytic combustion unit is positioned above the baffle and across the upper exhaust passageway, whereby the exhaust will pass through the catalytic combustion unit after the non-catalytic secondary combustion of the exhaust and before the exhaust exits the upper combustion chamber through the upper exhaust passageway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventors: Alan R. Atemboski, Kurt W.F. Rumens, Russell A. McBrian, Jeremy Halston
  • Patent number: 7967008
    Abstract: A fireplace system having a fireplace cavity and a secondary combustion assembly disposed adjacent to a rear wall of the fireplace cavity. The secondary combustion assembly includes a plurality of combustion chambers configured to facilitate secondary combustion. A plurality of inlets are disposed in the rear wall of the fireplace cavity. One or more of the plurality of inlets are configured to provide fluid communication between the fireplace cavity and a respective one of the plurality of combustion chambers. An exhaust gas collection chamber is in fluid communication with at least the secondary combustion assembly. The exhaust gas collection chamber includes a vent configured to release exhaust gas into a chimney. An ambient air bypass aperture is disposed in a top baffle of the fireplace cavity. The ambient air bypass aperture is configured to divert at least a portion of ambient air entering the fireplace cavity into the exhaust gas collection chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Incendia IP, LLC
    Inventors: Robert W. Ferguson, Derik K. Andors
  • Publication number: 20110088683
    Abstract: A firebox assembly having a refractory firebox and a metal hood, the walls of the metal hood having an interior sheet member and an exterior sheet member defining an interior air gap for heat insulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Carl R. Spadaro