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Not all Wood Fireplaces are Created Equal

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Not all Wood Fireplaces are Created Equal

Talking with customers looking to replace a fireplace, we commonly hear stories like, “We purchased a wood burning fireplace to save money on heating, but it seems to suck all the heated air out of the house.”

Many add, “It’s a sauna in the room with the fireplace and cold everywhere else.”

We tell them, not all wood burning fireplaces are created equal.

Back in the 1970s during the energy crisis, Acucraft founder, Roger Hansen, engineered a highly efficient wood burning fireplace that operated using two separate air flow systems. His system didn’t rob the warm air from inside the home, rather, it drew the cold air from outside, heated it and vented the warm air into the home.

Since that time Acucraft has been perfecting wood burning fireplaces and is known world-wide for manufacturing state-of-the-art fireplaces with brilliant engineering for efficient wood burning, superior craftsmanship, and beautiful design. 

Acucraft Hearthroom 36 Wood Burning Fireplace

All Acucraft wood fireplaces include:

  • Advanced Technology – Acucraft fireplace systems combine the beauty of a traditional fireplace with the latest in advanced heating concepts.
  • Firebox Lifetime Warranty – Acucraft builds every firebox one at a time by expert fabricators, welders, and finishers using seven gauge steel (3/16″ and 1/4″ thick). All major seams are double-welded. All moving parts are extra heavy-duty and pre-engineered for safe, trouble-free operation. Acucraft is so confident is its high quality materials and construction that every firebox is backed by a Lifetime Warranty.
  • High-Quality Glass and 10-gauge Steel Doors – Acucraft fireplace door construction consists of high-temperature ceramic glass set in a rugged 10-gauge steel door frames that weigh 22-pounds. The trademark door design has a dual-pin locking system (top and bottom) with center-seal flange and full-perimeter gaskets for a long-term tight seal.
  • Versatile Open Hearth Ability – Acucraft designs, engineers and builds the only wood fireplaces that allow you the option of an open hearth. You can operate your Acucraft wood fireplace with the doors open or you can remove the doors by simply lifting the them from the hangers. Other wood fireplaces will back-smoke with the doors open. Only Acucraft wood fireplaces are engineered with proper draw for open hearth operation. A specially designed one-piece firescreen can be easily inserted for added safety.
  • Outside Combustion Air System – To allow for greater burn efficiency and performance, Acucraft fireplaces are engineered to draw the combustion air from outside your home. This eliminates drafts and utilizes your heat more effectively than fireplaces that use warm indoor air for combustion. Also, if you live in a newly built home that doesn’t breathe as well as an older home, outside combustion air is necessary to maintain proper air balance.
  • Unique Combustion Air Manifold System – The Acucraft combustion air manifold system is designed to equally distribute air against the glass to keep it cooler and cleaner, as well as evenly distribute air to the firebox for burn efficiency.
  • Unique Built-in Sliding Draft & Damper Controls – Acucraft wood fireplaces are designed with easy-to-use sliding draft and damper controls to give you full control over the rate of burn through the changing seasons.
  • Firebrick Lining – The firebrick lining protects your Acucraft firebox where the temperatures are most extreme and helps maintain a more complete combustion for great efficiency.
  • Unique Accessories – Acucraft offers a number of decorative and cooking accessories to customize the look and capability of your fireplace.

Plus, when you have an Acucraft wood fireplace, power outages are no longer a heating concern. These fireplaces offer a perfect secondary heat source for whole home heating and can help greatly reduce your utility costs.

So, when you compare all of these Acucraft features with other wood burning fireplace, it’s true, not all wood burning fireplaces are created equal.

There’s more. Acucraft offers a number of unique wood burning fireplace models to meet your individual needs and tastes:

  • The Hearthroom wood fireplaces deliver a classic, rustic look that fit perfectly in a log cabin, traditional home, or even alongside modern finishes.

  • The revolutionary engineering and design of the Unity wood fireplaces offer a clean faced look with no grills above or below the fireplace doors, yet they pack the same heat as the Hearthroom.

  • The High-Technology wood fireplaces are for those who desire the ultimate in wood heating: the Z-MAXChaletChalet See-Through, and the Great Room.

  • There are even custom wood fireplaces for those who desire something specific for their personality, style and space.

If you are looking for an efficient wood burning fireplace, make sure you compare features, because not all wood fireplaces are created equal.

Request an Acucraft Wood Burning Fireplace Catalog today!

Wood Fireplace Catalog by Acucraft

Or talk with an Acucraft Fireplace Advisor toll free 888-317-6499 or info@acucraft.com.

Happy [Burning] New Year & Holiday Hours

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

When the Weather Outside is Frightful…

HR36IO Exterior

[Makes for more Happy Burning inside with your Acucraft fireplace.]

Hearthroom 36 Inside

Let it snow. Let it snow. Let is snow.

Have a Happy [Burning] New Year
from all of us at Acucraft!

Holiday Hours

Monday, New Year’s Day Eve: 8AM-5PM CST
Tuesday, New Year’s Day: Closed
Wednesday-Friday: 8AM-5PM CST

Call Acucraft toll free at 888-317-6499 or Contact Us.


Acucraft Custom Outdoor See Through Gas Fireplace Warms Starbucks Customers in Blaine, WA

Monday, December 24th, 2018

Acucraft loves working one-on-one with our customers to make their fireplace dreams come true! Equal to this is hearing how our customers are enjoying their fireplaces.

Acucraft Custom Outdoor See Through Gas Fireplace Warms Starbucks Customers in Blaine, WA

Acucraft custom outdoor see through gas fireplace at Skye Hill Station

The seaside town of Blaine, WA is located on the northwest corner of Washington State near the Pacific Ocean and Canadian border, and it is the second busiest border crossing in the United States. Blaine, WA is also the location of one of the newest Starbucks Coffee. Recently we received word from Mike Hill of Otis Investments LLC who worked with Acucraft to build his Custom Outdoor See Through Gas Fireplace residing at Skyehill Station outside the Starbucks Coffee in Blaine, WA. 

Mike said, “I was looking for something that was a game changer for the border town we live in.”

Acucraft Fireplace Advisor Mark Kennedy and one of our skilled Fireplace Designers, Adam Redberg worked one-on-one with Mike through the development, design, building, performance and safety certification testing and delivery of this huge custom outdoor see through gas fireplace with 10-foot logset.

“These guys are awesome to work with,” says Mike. “I told Mark and crew I needed a fireplace that you could actually see.”

Mike referenced his travels around the United States, Canada, and Europe. He had seen many impressive and huge fireplaces in public areas, but the logs and flames weren’t in proportion to the size of the fireplaces. “They just didn’t look correct,” Mike said.

“That’s where Mark and the team from Acucraft killed this thing!” says Mike. “Better than I could have imagined, beautiful fire, large logs, looks really unbelievable.”

The Acucraft custom outdoor see through gas fireplace built for Mike features a 10-foot long, custom built and painted driftwood logset with a total 31 logs. 

“They delivered on time, on our budget,” says Mike.

Starbucks WA Acucraft Outdoor Fireplace

People are taking their Christmas pictures in front of the Acucraft outdoor gas fireplace.

Now that the Starbucks is open and warming people up from the inside with their delicious coffee, the Acucraft outdoor gas fireplace is drawing attention.

“It not only brings people in,” says Mike. “Businesses bring their families for Christmas pictures in front of it.”

Adding  to the fireplace ambiance are the functional performance and safety features. The fireplace boasts the tallest flames on the market that produce 300,000 BTUs/hr. and is safely sealed with glass and a custom firescreen. “The heat comes out nice and warm,” says Mike. Kids can safely touch the fire screen and glass without getting burned. 

Acucraft custom outdoor see through gas fireplace at Skye Hill Station and Starbucks

The Acucraft custom outdoor see through gas fireplace is located in front of a new Starbucks that has a 50 ft light house in it.

“Starbucks was blown away,” says Mike. “And this fireplace is the talk of the town and Vancouver B.C. they absolutely love it.”

This new Starbucks location not only has a 48-foot-tall lighthouse tower, but it has a magnificent spiral staircase, an expansive coffee lounge and a sunny patio where you can enjoy your morning coffee next to an impressive see through outdoor gas fireplace with a 12′ wide x 3′ tall viewing area!

Fireplace Specifications:

  • Height: 79 3/8″
  • Width: 156″
  • Depth: 36″
  • Approx. Weight: 2,800 lbs
  • BTUs: 300,000
  • Flue: Dual 18″ Class A Flue Systems
  • Combustion Air: Dual 12″
  • Custom 10′ Driftwood Logset with 8″-12″ flames
  • Lava rock
  • Stainless Steel frames for outdoor use
  • Single-Pane Glass with Custom Firescreen

It was a pleasure working with Mike on this truly one-of-a-kind project. We hope everyone in the quaint seaside town of Blaine, WA has the opportunity to enjoy a hot cup of coffee next to the dancing flames of this unique outdoor fireplace.

Happy Burning and Merry Christmas from The Acucraft Team! 

Looking to add a mammoth fireplace to your outdoor space? Talk with one of our Fireplace Experts TODAY! 

(888)317-6499    |    info@acucraft.com    |    Request Information»


Christmas Greetings and Holiday Hours

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

Wishing You and Your Family a Merry Christmas
from All of Us at Acucraft!

[and a cozy season around your Acucraft fireplace!]

Acucraft Merry Christmas

P.S. Remember to open the fireplace doors for Santa!

Santa and Fireplace

Holiday Hours

Monday, Christmas Eve: 8AM-5PM CST
Tuesday, Christmas Day: Closed
Wednesday-Friday: 8AM-5PM CST
Monday, New Year’s Day Eve: 8AM-5PM CST
Tuesday, New Year’s Day: Closed
Wednesday-Friday: 8AM-5PM CST

Call Acucraft toll free at 888-317-6499 or Contact Us.

Acucraft See Through Wood Fireplace Draws Inspiration from an 1800s Mining Cabin

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

At Acucraft, we love hearing back from our customers and receiving photos of their finished fireplaces.

1800s mining cabin

Old 1800s Mining Cabin

This week we received photos from Ed, an Acucraft customer who recently built a home in the historic mining area of Silver Cliff, Colorado. The photos showcase Ed’s finished Acucraft Hearthroom 36 See Through Wood Fireplace. While the fireplace itself uses state-of-the-art wood burning technology, the trappings surrounding the fireplace connect it with the land’s rich history and give it a rustic look.

Ed’s story began last year when he contacted Acucraft Fireplace Advisor Mark Kennedy who is knowledgeable in wood burning fireplaces and log homes. Ed shared his unique fireplace idea. He wanted a See Through Wood Burning Fireplace for his new Colorado home. Residing on his property was an old 1800s mining cabin, and Ed desired to re-purpose elements from this cabin into the design of the fireplace to give it rustic charm and character. So portions of the cabin’s old steel roof were used as a surround to wrap around the base of the fireplace hearth and the Class A Flue. 

“The wrap around the fireplace chimney,” says Ed, “really gave us the rustic look we wanted!”

Now that the Acucraft fireplace is complete, Ed says, “I’m loving it!” The fireplace makes an excellent contrast from the living area and the dining room as the focal point of the entire open space concept.

His friends, family and even the builder had a hard time envisioning Ed’s see through fireplace idea at first, but now that it is complete, “They’re all eating crow now!” says Ed.

An Acucraft wood burning fireplace offers both rich ambiance and wonderful warmth.

Ed says, “I can burn it for ambiance (minimal heat output) or turn the fan on to heat the home up.” And he adds, “I’m amazed at how easy it is to start a fire, [and] how clean the glass is staying.”

Acucraft Hearthroom 36 See Through Wood Burning Fireplace

Ed’s completed Acucraft Hearthroom 36 See Through Wood Burning Fireplace showing both sides and angles.

Thank you Ed for sending us photos of your finished Acucraft Hearthroom 36 See Through Wood Burning Fireplace. It looks amazing! We hope you, and your crow eating friends and family enjoy your fireplace for many years of happy burning!

Do you have a unique fireplace design idea? Let our Acucraft Fireplace Advisors and Designers make your fireplace dreams come to life. Call Acucraft Toll Free at (888) 317-6499 or  info@acucraft.com.

About Acucraft Fireplace Systems

Acucraft Hearthroom 36 See Through Wood Burning Fireplace

Ed’s Acucraft Hearthroom 36 See Through Wood Fireplace is built tough to last a lifetime with seven-gauge steel and then crated and delivered to his home.

Proudly made in Big Lake, Minnesota—known for its hardy winters—Acucraft Fireplace Systems has mastered designing, engineering, and manufacturing wood fireplaces for over 40 years and have created the ultimate wood heat systems and ambiance for you—our customer.

While other fireplace manufacturers mass-produce one fireplace a thousand times, Acucraft builds every fireplace every time. That’s what makes us unique. Acucraft is the first custom fireplace design manufacturer in the world who works with you one-on-one to make your fireplace ideas a reality. Whether you are an Architect, General Contractor or Home Owner, our Fireplace Advisors and Designers provide you with a world-class experience to exceed your expectations. 

Acucraft delivers innovative solutions, revolutionary designs, uses the highest quality materials and components, and meets lightning-fast response times.

Acucraft builds the best wood fireplaces on the market using heavy, seven-gauge steel. We provide you with a high-quality, high-performing, and safe wood burning fireplace and back it with the Acucraft Lifetime Guarantee for a lifetime of Happy Burning! Call Acucraft Toll Free at (888) 317-6499 or  info@acucraft.com.


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