Thursday, April 25th, 2019
An Acucraft Linear Gas Fireplace Adds to the Modern Feel of the Madison Health Expansion
In 2017 Madison Health announced their plans for a $25M expansion. They wanted “the public to know that quality service will now be matched by modern facilities” (The Columbus Dispatch) that facility would also include a modern gas fireplace. The expansion included 60,000 sq ft of existing space modernization and 37,500 sq ft of expansion on their 2 acres of land in Madison County. While their quality of service and speed far exceeded that of other local hospitals, they wanted their facility to match the quality of care they were offering. What better way to comfort patients than with a warm, inviting gas fireplace? And so their Acucraft journey began…
Madison Health collaborated with Trinity Planning, Design, Architecture to design the first phase of the project. The 37,500 sq ft expansion and modernization of an 8,000 sq ft specialty health center. Alexander Jackson, architect at Trinity, was unable to find a fireplace with safe-to-touch glass he was designing for the Madison Health Expansion. After looking at local retailers and resources, a colleague recommended Acucraft knowing they had a glass cooling system for their gas fireplaces. Alexander contacted Acucraft in hopes of finding a solution to his problem. Fortunately for him, Fireplace Expert Mike Hannan was able to offer multiple different options for his project.
The Discovery Phase
As part of Acucraft’s Discovery Phase, Alexander and Mike discussed all of the details of the expansion. This included: the style of fireplace they were looking for, the size of fireplace they were looking for, what they were looking to achieve from the fireplace (heat, ambiance, etc.), how much space they had allowed for the fireplace and flue run, as well as the budget they wanted to stay within. Mike prepared an Initial Design Spec sheet for Alexander to use as a placeholder for the project (below).
From there Alexander was able to specify Acucraft in his drawings and plans for the expansion. At that time the project was handed over to O’Brien Robinson Construction Services, Inc. for completion. John Jenkins, Project Manager, worked hand-in-hand with Mike to determine the best fireplace to fit for this project. After reviewing custom fireplace options, the BLAZE Series of linear gas fireplaces, and the SIGNATURE Series of linear gas fireplaces, John reviewed with his team & the owner. They decided upon a 4′ linear single-sided SIGNATURE Series gas fireplace.
The Delivery Phase
It was November, and John & his team were on a tight timeline and needed to have this project completed by December 31st, 2018. As part of our Delivery Phase, Acucraft Project Manager, Chad Mackrell, worked closely with John to ensure that we could meet his tight timeline to keep this project on-track and on-budget.
Once the fireplace was shipped to the Madison Health Center, Acucraft Service Technician, Wyatt Hippie, was available to discuss installation with the installer and answer any questions they had.
On January 18th, 2019 Madison Health officially celebrated the dedication of their largest expansion in the hospital’s history. Dana Engel, CEO commented: “This project allows us to have the capacity to grow into the future and also expand and meet the community’s needs” (Madison Health Grand Opening, by Trinity).
Thanks to Madison Health and John Jenkins for sharing some finished photos with us. The surgery waiting area is a perfect place for patients and families to gather around the fireplace.
We are thrilled for the Madison County community and their new health center, and feel privileged to have been selected for this project and to have had the chance to work with Trinity and O’Brien Robinson Construction!
Sick of boring, mass produced fireplaces? Start your own fireplace journey today and don’t settle for less!
Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
The Z-MAX Wood Burning Fireplace: Efficiency & Heat You Control
Are you looking for other ways to heat your home and avoid costly gas bills? Then the Z-MAX fireplace may be the perfect fit for you. Offering 130,000 BTUs/Hr and the ability to heat up to 3,000 square feet, the Z-MAX is Acucraft’s most efficient wood burning fireplace!
The Z-MAX is also a zero-clearance fireplace, which means it can be framed with 2 x 4 construction and does not require footings. The firebox is made from heavy 7 gauge steel with all major seams being double welded inside and out. The doors are made of 1/4″ thick steel with ceramic glass for the viewing area (which radiates heat very well) and comes with a double latching door mechanism which secures the door like a vault. The Z-MAX can be operated with the door shut, the door open, or you can remove the door completely for a traditional open hearth feel (we recommend installing a firescreen for safety).
How It Works
The air within your home is drawn in the bottom of the fireplace through a louvered vent by a thermostatically controlled 220 CFM blower. The air is then forced through the back into the convection chamber where it is heated and then circulated through the vent on the top of the fireplace providing you with warm, supplemental heat. The below diagram provides a visual representation of the Z-MAX’s air flow:
If you’re looking for even more heat distribution, using Acucraft’s whole home heating technology, you can maximize your fireplace and its heating potential.
Whole Home Heating
For the homeowner looking to heat their home with a wood burning fireplace, the Z-MAX is the perfect solution; it was designed & engineered to provide a long, steady, clean burn offering up to 130,000 BTUs/hr and heating up to 3,000 sq ft. Acucraft’s whole home heating system utilizes b-vent to vent heated air into other areas of your home with the goal of heating your entire home as evenly as possible & eliminating cold spots.
You can vent heated air to another room on the same floor, upstairs, or even lower levels with the use of an in-line blower (different than the fireplace blower). To get even more efficiency out of your wood fireplace you can connect the remote ducting system into your cold air return to evenly distribute the heated air throughout your home using your furnace fan.
We’ve been finding solutions for customers since the 1970’s, from supplemental heat with our high-tech series to wowing customers with a massive 4-sided custom wood fireplace. We take pride in our products using the highest quality materials to provide you with a Lifetime of happy burning. All Acucraft wood burning fireplaces include:
- Firebox Lifetime Warranty: every firebox is built at the time of order, specific to the customer’s needs. Using 7 gauge steel, double welding all major seams inside & out, and heavy-duty pre-engineering components & moving parts for safe, trouble free operation. We’re confident in our products enough to give you a Lifetime Warranty on your firebox.
- High Quality Glass Doors: our wood fireplace doors are made with rugged 10 gauge steel, high-temperature ceramic glass, and has a dual-pin locking system (top & bottom) with full perimeter gasketing for a long-term tight seal.
- Versatile Open Hearth Ability: open hearth fireplaces are known to be inefficient, but Acucraft’s wood fireplaces are designed to be operated efficiently with the door closed, open or removed for more traditional ambiance.
- Combustion Air System: drawing air from outside your home makes our fireplaces burn more efficiently, eliminates drafts, and utilizes your heat more effectively than fireplaces that use warm indoor air for combustion.
- Control at Your Fingertips: every wood fireplace is designed with easy-to-use sliding draft & damper controls giving you full control over the burn rate and heat output.
- Firebrick Lining: rather than using a fireplace grate, we line our fireboxes with high quality firebrick that can withstand extreme temperatures and help maintain combustion & efficiency.
Learn more about our Z-MAX wood fireplace by requesting a copy of our wood catalog, or speak with one of our knowledgeable Fireplace Advisors to get started today!
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Our wood burning fireplace customers are some of our best & happiest customers, just like Bernadette and Doug & Mary:
Thursday, April 11th, 2019
Acucraft Employee Spotlight: Meet Mackenzie
That chipper voice you hear on the other end of the phone when you call Acucraft? That’s Mackenzie, Sales Support Specialist!
As one of the many heartbeats of Acucraft, Mackenzie is the first point of contact for most of our customers. Mackenzie, also know as “Kenzie,” “Kenz,” and many other pet names, joined the Acucraft team in Fall 2018. As a former cheerleader, Kenzie has infectious laugh and exudes positivity. With her she’s brought a high level of customer service, a can-do attitude, and a love of bunnies! Yes, that’s right, Kenzie LOVES bunnies.
Kenzie’s love of helping people brought her to charity work; she currently holds the title of Community Outreach Manager for Bunny Besties, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving mental health within the Twin Cities community by incorporating Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Animal Assisted Interactions (AAI) into programs that provide support to those in need. Both Kenzie and Bunny Besties have been featured in MN’s local newspaper: The Star Tribune, and local news channels: Kare11, KSTP, and WCCO. Bunny Besties has even been featured in the Huffington Post and the Wall Street Journal!
Founded in 2014, Bunny Besties has made their way across Minneapolis and St. Paul “…helping students pet away worry and stress, helping homeless children enjoy a novel break in their day and helping patients and families deal with illness and end of life transitions.”
Mackenzie herself owns two floppy-eared friends: “Mercedes Bunz” and “Harrison Furd.” As queen of puns, we weren’t surprised by these oh-so-cute names, or the fact that her bunnies visited Santa last year to explain why they deserved extra treats for Christmas!
We are so thankful to have Mackenzie as part of our team, thank you Mackenzie for all you do for us!
-The Acucraft Family
“My favorite part about working at Acucraft is the people. Working in a family-like culture where everyone genuinely cares about each other is very rewarding!”
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
The Signature Series: The Most Versatile Linear Gas Fireplace
Originally used for warmth and cooking meals, fireplaces have come a long way and are now one of the most sought after features of home owners. Adding a sleek, modern gas fireplace to your home can not only add value to your home, but will provide you with the perfect space for gatherings with friends and family.
The Signature Series of linear gas fireplaces are the perfect fit for any residential space. Choose from 4′, 5′, 6′, 7′ or 8′ viewing areas in single-sided, see-through or indoor/outdoor. The Signature Series was designed for the residential consumer based on your needs and desires. Not only will you get to enjoy the tallest flames on the market, but you can enjoy your fireplace open or sealed using our 10 Minute Conversion Kit. That’s right, take your fireplace from sealed, protecting precious little hands, to open, impressing your guests at your next party or celebration.
Incorporating your fireplace into your home is seamless with our frameless finish and countless media and customization options; creating the fireplace of your dreams is at your fingertips. Combine your living and dining rooms with a Signature Series see-through gas fireplace, or effortlessly transition your indoor living area with your outdoor with a Signature Series indoor outdoor gas fireplace.
Customize your fireplace with a custom made driftwood log set, river rock, crushed glass media, LED lighting and more. Don’t have a lot of room? No problem, the Signature Series doesn’t require complicated venting, no special framing requirements, and doesn’t even call for unappealing vents other fireplaces require. Built with only the highest quality materials providing you with a lifetime of safe and happy burning!
We wanted to provide our customers with as many options as possible and different ways to enjoy their fireplace; the Signature Series is the only linear gas fireplace on the market that can be converted from sealed to open or open to sealed within 10 minutes. Each fireplace comes with a 20″ tall viewing area in sizes 4′ – 8′. Looking for something more expansive? Our BLAZE Series of commercial gas fireplaces come in 6′ – 16′ sizes with 24″ or 30″ tall viewing areas; or custom design your own fireplace with our expert Fireplace Designers!
What are you waiting for? Your dream fireplace is only a click away!
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**Don’t miss out on saving $1,000 on ANY Signature Series fireplace system through April 30th, 2019!**
“I have this fireplace and its the best investment we did in our new construction home…everyone loves it!”
-Eduardo Muniz, Boston Best Construction
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
Spring is the perfect time of year to spruce up your outdoor patio with an outdoor fire feature!
Don’t miss out on endless conversations due to the cool spring evenings; your Acucraft outdoor fireplace, fire table, fire pit or custom outdoor burner will keep you and your friends & family warm so you can enjoy those precious moments. Your outdoor fire feature can be customized to fit seamlessly within your outdoor space, from size to style and nearly endless finishing options, we’re certain we’ll find the perfect unit for you.
Let’s Talk Outdoor Fire Style
Customize your outdoor living experience by choosing one of Acucraft’s popular outdoor fire styles:
- Custom Outdoor Burners: Uniquely designed burners that come in all configurations and sizes, including an all-weather ignition system and multiple flame height options.
- Custom Outdoor Fire Tables & Fire Pits: Free standing, fully built enclosures with Acucraft burners, made with stainless steel components to withstand the elements.
- Custom Outdoor Fireplaces: Fully assembled gas burning outdoor fireplaces designed specifically for your space – enjoy the traditional ambiance of a fireplace, outdoors!
Looking for more traditional ambiance from your outdoor fire feature? We’ve got you covered, Acucraft can design & manufacture an outdoor wood-burning fireplace or fire pit for any space, giving you the earthy smell of burning wood and the classic hiss & crackle of a wood flame.
Let’s Talk Flame Height
Not only to get to reap the benefits of our All-Weather-Electronic-Ignition System (AWEIS); which ensures operation in rain, wind and snow so you can enjoy your outdoor space year-round; but Acucraft’s outdoor fire solutions also come with flame heights ranging from XL 8″-12″ to 3XL 18″-24″!
Outdoor Fireplaces – Taking outdoor enjoyment to the next level
Impress customers and guests alike with a custom outdoor fireplace. Every outdoor fireplace is made with 100% stainless steel components and comes with our All Weather Electronic Ignition System (AWEIS) ensuring your fireplace will run in nearly any weather condition. Our outdoor fireplaces are custom designed to fit your needs and specifications and to add ambiance to any outdoor space, giving your guests or customers a place to gather.
Leave a lasting impression with Fire & Water combined
Not only can you impress your friends or customers with an Acucraft outdoor fire feature, but you can now combine water & fire! Take it one step further with an Acucraft outdoor submersible fire feature combining water & fire. The Submersible Electronic Ignition System (SUBEIS) is the first ever electronic ignition system designed for use with fire on the water surface! Create a fire feature that looks as if it’s coming straight out of the water, or use our traditional AWEIS to enjoy fire next to water.
Impress with Your Next Outdoor Commercial, Hospitality or Residential Project
Whether you’re working on a commercial, residential or hospitality project, our Fireplace Advisors & Designers work with you one-on-one to make your design a reality.
What are you waiting for? Your DREAM FIREPLACE Awaits!
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“My experience with Acucraft has been great. I think you guys are very organized and seem always on-hand for any assistance. The overall design of the fireplace looks great and fits well with the owner’s own vision. I appreciate the call and hope that we have another chance to work together on a future project. I’ll be sure to let you know if we need more help getting another fireplace designed and produced.”
-Todd Hart, Newland Interiors | Four Seasons Resort | Dallas, TX