Tuesday, November 27th, 2018
Wood Fireplace Care Tips
How to Keep Your Wood Burning Fireplace Performing to its Potential
“It’s cold up here in Minnesota!” says Acucraft Owner Chris Maxson. That’s why Acucraft Fireplace Systems, based in Big Lake, Minnesota, has been manufacturing and perfecting wood fireplaces for over 39 years. We have tested hundreds of wood-burning methods to create the ultimate wood-burning experience.
Nothing compares to the warmth of a crackling fire, the smell of a wood-burning fire and the comfort and ambiance a wood fireplace creates. In addition to this enjoyment are the benefits of a reduced heating bill—as long as your wood fireplace is burning efficiently and performing to its potential.
Here are four important tips to help your wood burning fireplace perform efficiently:
1. Burn Quality Dry Wood
The wood you use in your fireplace impacts your heat output. Use dry hardwood, such as oak or maple, with a moisture content between 18-22%. Wood moisture meters can be purchased for under $25. Wood with high moisture burns less efficiently, produces less heat, and can create creosote buildup.
To achieve quality, dry firewood, you’ll need to cut the wood to length; split the wood; and store it. Splitting your firewood is important for it to dry properly. Split logs to less than six-inches in diameter. Then store the firewood in a dry place like a shed or under a tarp for a year to let it season. If you are storing your wood under a tarp, uncover the wood during summer months so the sun and wind can dry the wood. In arid regions, your wood may dry in less time, depending upon your weather, climate and type of wood.
2. Utilize a Layer of Ash
Many people believe they need to use a grate with their wood burning fireplace, but many grates raise the wood too high and create too much elevation which lowers the fire temperature.
Instead of using a grate, place your dry hardwood logs directly on a one-inch layer of fireplace ash at the bottom of your firebrick. The ash will provide enough elevation for the dry hardwood logs to breathe, and the ash will insulate the coals. Ash at the bottom of your firebox also maintains red hot coals that will slow down the fire burning rate and increase burn time so your fire will burn hotter and last longer.
When the fireplace ash exceeds the depth of one-inch you can remove the excess before starting your next fire.
3. Chimney Drafting & Outdoor Air Temperature
Outdoor air temperature impacts chimney drafting and how well your fireplace performs. Cold outdoor air is lighter and travels faster, so fireplaces burn hotter and faster. Warm outdoor air is heavier and travels slower.
Knowing this, you’ll need to adjust your combustion air controls to help your fireplace perform to its best. During warmer seasons, open your combustion air controls more fully, up to 100%, to allow more air in. During colder seasons, close the combustion air controls to about 50%. This will reduce airflow to your fireplace and help keep your fireplace glass cleaner.
Not all chimney systems draft exactly the same. So when you notice your fireplace burning too fast or not enough, just adjust your combustion air controls to discover what settings work best for your wood fireplace.
4. Wood Fireplace Maintenance
Acucraft highly recommends that you have your flue professionally inspected and cleaned every year to remove creosote buildup and to ensure that your fireplace is performing safely.
The most common causes of creosote buildup are burning soft, moist, or wet wood and using newspaper as a firestarter. Safer choices are using wax and sawdust firestarters, and they work great with kindling.
If you use your fireplace often, use a creosote spray a few times per wood burning season to minimize creosote buildup between chimney sweeps. A creosote spray will not replace the need for an actual chimney sweep with a brush, but will help to maintain a cleaner fireplace and chimney system.
In addition to having your fireplace professionally inspected and cleaned, you’ll also need to perform maintenance on your fireplace.
Acucraft offers Acucraft Wood Care Kits with items to properly maintain your fireplace:
High-temperature black touch-up paint
Copper anti-seize to lubricate and protect metal
Replacement door and glass gasketing
High-temperature silicone adhesive
Dry graphite powdered lubricant to keep handles and other moving parts rotating and sliding easily
Emery cloth for cleaning and polishing
Tuesday, November 20th, 2018
Founded in 1872, the Bell Museum of Natural History was established to showcase Minnesota’s diverse animal and plant life for others to learn about and enjoy. After nearly a century at the previous Minneapolis location, the Bell Museum of Natural History opened their doors in July, 2018 at their new state-of-the-art facility located in St. Paul, MN.
“The Bell Family has contributed so much for the State of Minnesota,” says Acucraft Owner Chris Maxson. “It is an honor that our Minnesota-based fireplace manufacturer was chosen to design and manufacture the Bell Museum’s custom gas fireplace.”
Custom Fireplace Design
Acucraft Fireplace Advisor Ben Krump received a call from MMC who was implementing the architect’s gas fireplace design for the Bell Museum. The design included a unique circular fire feature encased in 360-degrees of dual pane tempered glass.
Museum patrons would enjoy views of the tallest, fullest and safest flames on the market from any vantage point, feel radiant warmth during cold winter months, and benefit from glass cooling technology for safe-to-touch glass.
Creative Problem Solving
The timing of the custom gas fireplace project required some creative problem solving. Normally, the gas and electric connections run through the bottom and center for seamless uninterrupted flame views through the glass. Since the concrete floor had already been poured at the Bell Museum, the Acucraft Designers needed to modify the gas and electric connections through the top and center of the fireplace.
- 37-1/2” wide x 65” high
- Weight: 2,000 lbs.
- Natural Gas
- 75,000-80,000 BTUs/Hr
- 10” 103HT Flue
- SLOT Combustion Air Inlet
- Circular burner
- 360-degrees of Circular Tempered Glass
Handcrafted with High Quality Materials
Upon design approval, the highly skilled Acucraft Production Team began fabricating, welding, and finishing the Bell Museum custom gas fireplace using the highest quality materials and components to last a lifetime.
ANSI/CSA Performance and Safety Certified with Label
“The quality, performance and safety of your gas fireplace is important to us,” says Acucraft Owner Chris Maxson. “That’s why Acucraft became the first fireplace manufacturer in the world to invest in a 3rd-Party Certification internal test lab to meet or exceed ANSI / CSA performance and safety standards.”
Before the Bell Museum custom circular gas fireplace was crated, shipped and delivered to the job site, it was Third-Party tested and certified within Acucraft’s internal test lab to meet or exceed ANSI Z21.50/CSA 2.22 performance and safety standards with Label.
Acucraft is the only fireplace manufacturer in the world who is third-party certified by Lab-Test Certification, Inc. to conduct internal testing. That’s how much Acucraft cares about your peace of mind for a lifetime of happy burning. No other fireplace manufacturer has gone to this length to ensure your fireplace safety and performance.
Upon delivery, the Acucraft Service Team walked the Fireplace Installers through the installation process. After installation, Acucraft is always able to accommodate your onsite service and support needs.
Cozy Warmth with a Cool Factor
Now installed, the Bell Museum custom gas fireplace is producing cozy, warm radiant heat for Minnesota winter months, while at the same time, the Acucraft patent-pending dual pane Glass Cooling System is providing safe-to-touch glass for museum patrons.
Acucraft Circular Gas Fireplaces are unique and we offer a range from 24’D to 96’D. Acucraft is currently performance and safety testing a circular gas fireplace that is 108″ tall. The circular design evokes curiosity. The flames stir intensity and passion. The combination is ideal for commercial spaces and luxurious homes.
Request Your Acucraft Custom Gas Brochure Today!
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For over 39 years Acucraft has been designing and manufacturing one-of-a-kind wood burning fireplaces and gas fireplace systems. We deliver innovative solutions, revolutionary designs, use the highest quality materials and components, rigorously test units for safety and performance, and meet lightning-fast response times. Every unique fireplaces is backed by the Acucraft Lifetime Guarantee. Now that’s peace of mind for a lifetime of happy burning. Call Acucraft toll free at (888) 317-6499 or email email@example.com.
Thursday, November 8th, 2018
Join Acucraft at AIA MN
Acucraft is world renown for engineering and handcrafting one-of-a-kind custom fireplace systems with the tallest, safest, most beautiful flames on the market for over 39 years.
Minneapolis, Minnesota is hosting the AIA MN Conference of Architecture November 13-16, 2018. If you plan to attend, join Acucraft Fireplace Advisors for candid collaboration in the Exhibit Hall booth #809. Bring your fire design ideas and leave knowing you’ve found a partner who can make your fire designs come to life!
AIA MN Exhibit Hall Hours
Tuesday, November 13:
4-6PM: Live Music, FREE Surly Furious Craft Beer at the Acucraft Fireplace Systems booth #809. Talk with knowledgeable Acucraft Fireplace Advisors about your design ideas.
Wednesday, November 14:
11:15AM–2:30PM: Talk with knowledgeable Acucraft Fireplace Advisors about your design ideas at the Acucraft Fireplace Systems booth #809.
3:45-6PM: Talk with knowledgeable Acucraft Fireplace Advisors about your design ideas.
Thursday, November 15:
11:30AM–2PM: Talk with knowledgeable Acucraft Fireplace Advisors about your design ideas at the Acucraft Fireplace Systems booth #809.
FREE AIA MN Exhibit Hall Pass
If you’re not attending the AIA MN on Architecture Conference you can still get your FREE Exhibit Hall Pass at the AIA MN Registration Desk, Minneapolis Convention Center, Downtown, Minneapolis, MN.
Acucraft has engineered and handcrafted many one-of-a-kind custom commercial fireplace systems over the last 39 years including these shown below. None of them would have been possible without YOUR architectural design custom gas fireplace ideas!
This Acucraft 4 sided, glass-on-glass custom gas fireplace showcases flames with modern transparency.
This Acucraft circular fireplace provides uninterrupted, three-hundred-sixty-degrees of circular glass surrounds the tallest, safest, most beautiful flames on the market and provides stunning views anywhere in the room.
This Acucraft 100-foot ribbon of flame livens outdoor patio entertaining year-round.
This Acucraft indoor open fire pit adds a dramatic focal point to this corporate center.
For over 39 years, Acucraft Fireplace Systems has been working direct with Architects and General Contractors to engineer and handcraft custom fireplaces to meet your design intent. If you dream it. We build it. Acucraft Fireplace Advisors and Acucraft Designers work with you one-on-one to make your fireplace design ideas a reality. Acucraft brings you the tallest, safest and most beautiful flames on the market for a lifetime of happy burning!
Acucraft Meets ANSI /CSA Safety & Performance Standards
Your safety and peace of mind is important to us! Acucraft is the first fireplace manufacturer in the world to have invested in a 3rd-Party Certification in-house test lab to ensure that your gas fireplace meets or exceeds ANSI / CSA performance and safety standards with Label by LabTest Certification, Inc. No other custom fireplace manufacturer has gone to these lengths for your safety and peace of mind.
Acucraft Fireplace Systems is committed to providing you with the highest quality and safest fireplaces in the world backed by the Acucraft Lifetime Warranty.
Not able to attend the AIA MN Show, request an Acucraft Custom Gas Brochure!
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Monday, November 5th, 2018
Enjoy stunning three-sided views of the tallest, fullest, safest and most beautiful flames on the market—with glass-on-glass or open flame without glass!
Introducing the Acucraft Peninsula-Series of Certified Gas Fireplaces
These 3 sided glass-on-glass or open flame gas fireplaces are available in six viewing widths ranging from three-feet to nine-feet.
Acucraft Peninsula gas fireplaces are a stunning way to divide a special space with an attractive focal point. It’s a great way to showcase the tallest, safest and most beautiful flames on the market—perfect for restaurants, hotels and residences.
Acucraft Peninsula-Series Gas Fireplace Features & Benefits
The Acucraft Peninsula-Series Certified Gas Fireplaces
Acucraft is world renown for manufacturing commercial-grade fireplaces that are built to impress and last a lifetime. After over 39 years’ experience of building thousands of custom fireplaces, Acucraft has developed the Peninsula-Series of high quality, high performing, safety certified gas fireplaces in viewing widths ranging from three feet to nine feet.
Four of the six Acucraft Peninsula-Series certified gas fireplaces are built with the Acucraft Patent-Pending Glass Cooling Technology. You’ll enjoy the beauty of the tallest, fullest flames on the market with safe-to-touch glass. Glass-on-glass units offer seamless views without unsightly supports.
Glass-sealed fireplaces can be vented to deliver warm air into your space or vented to transfer heated air outside.
Acucraft Open-Flame Gas Peninsula Fireplace
If you prefer a more intimate flame view without glass and cozy fireplace warmth, Acucraft offers 5’ Peninsula certified gas fireplaces with an open flame or with a firescreen.
Acucraft Custom Peninsula Gas Fireplaces
In addition to the Acucraft Peninsula-Series Gas Fireplaces, Acucraft is famous for building one-of-a-kind fireplaces like this show-stopping Acucraft Peninsula custom gas fireplace designed and built for Blue Mountain Ski Resort. It is an attractive focal point for Slopeside Pub & Grill patrons and adds up to 100,000 BTUs of warmth for great conversations after a day on the slopes.
The Acucraft Difference
Acucraft Fireplace Advisors & Designers Work One-On-One with YOU!
Acucraft is one of the few custom fireplace design manufacturers in the world who work directly with you to make your fireplace dreams come true. Our Fireplace Advisors and Designers will help you determine the perfect solution for your space.
Acucraft Fireplaces are Built One at a Time
Acucraft fireplaces are never mass-manufactured. Every fireplace is built one at a time by Acucraft expert fabricators, welders, and finishers. Acucraft will provide you with a high-quality, high-performing, safety-compliant gas fireplace that produces the tallest, most beautiful flames on the market—guaranteed!
Acucraft Delivers Worldwide
Your Acucraft fireplace will be crated and delivered to your job site anywhere worldwide.
Acucraft Guarantees Your Fireplace for a Lifetime
Your gas fireplace is backed by the Acucraft Lifetime Guarantee for a lifetime of happy burning!
Acucraft Fireplaces are Performance and Safety Tested for Your Peace of Mind
Acucraft is the only fireplace manufacturer in the world to have invested in a 3rd-Party Certification in-house test lab to ensure that your gas fireplace meets or exceeds ANSI Z21.50 / CSA 2.22-2016 performance and safety standards with Label. No other fireplace manufacturer in the world has gone this extra mile to ensure your safety and peace of mind.
Request Your Acucraft Peninsula Series Brochure Today!
Talk with a knowledgeable Acucraft Fireplace Advisor by calling toll free 888-317-6499
or email email@example.com.