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New for 2014: An Interview With HomeClick

April 2nd, 2014

In February, OGC exhibited at the the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas. Our very own Renee was interviewed and gave HomeClick the low down on all of our new products for 2014, including fire pit tables, outdoor furniture, pergolas, and electric fireplaces (wall-mount, insert, and built-in.) Read the full article here. Great job, Renee!

HD Expo

March 25th, 2014

Title: HD Expo
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Link out: Click here
Start Date: 2014-05-14
End Date: 2014-05-16

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company Launches New Website

March 20th, 2014

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company, a leading manufacturer in outdoor living products, has announced the redesign of their website, OutdoorRooms.com.

The main goal of the redesign was to make navigation for customers and dealers easier while browsing the site. An improved photo gallery, updated home page, and a new modern design through out are key features of the site. A sliding gallery on the home page shows off gas fire pits & fireplaces, outdoor kitchen islands, pergolas, and electric fireplaces, some of the companies key products.

Customers can find detailed support resources on past and current products, including manuals, FAQ’s, brochures, and any technical bulletins that are related to each product category. This is meant to help the customer with any questions they may have about a past or future purchase, as well as help current dealers stay up to date with the most recent literature and new product information.

ABOUT THE OUTDOOR GREATROOM COMPANY
The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) manufactures unique, upscale products with design appeal for indoor and outdoor living spaces. Products include outdoor fire pits and fire pit tables, pergolas, outdoor kitchen islands, indoor/outdoor fireplaces (gas, electric, gel), grills (gas and electric), outdoor patio furniture, and accessories. Visit www.outdoorrooms.com for more information.

Follow The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for updates and design inspirations at www.twitter.com/OutdoorRooms and www.facebook.com/OutdoorGreatrooms

 

 

Top 10 Pins on Pinterest

March 13th, 2014

Browse our gallery of the top 10 pins on our Pinterest page and get inspired!

Top 10 Pins

Click the link below to go to a specific pin!

1. Sonoma Fireplace

2. Lodge Pergola

3. Linear Wall Mount Electric Fireplace

4. Key Largo Fire Pit Table with Stainless Steel Top

5. Sonoma Pergola

6. Naples Fire Pit Table

7. Dining Height Grand Colonial Fire Pit Table

8. Brown Uptown Fire Pit Table

9. Sierra Square Fire Pit Table

10. Grandstone Fire Pit Table with British Granite

 

 

New Product: Marbleized Noche Blend Supercast Fire Pit Top

January 31st, 2014

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The Outdoor GreatRoom Company is pleased to announce the newest addition to our collection of Supercast Top finishes, Marbleized Noche Blend. This beautiful Supercast top is a standard option for our Colonial fire pit tables, both chat and dining height, as well as custom outdoor kitchens. All of our fire pits and burners are UL listed for safety and made of durable, yet beautiful materials. Marbleized Noche Blend Supercast will be featured at upcoming trade shows including the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, February 4-6, and the HPBExpo in Salt Lake City, March 5-8.

The Supercast Colonial Collection Fire Pit Tables are the perfect tables for people who enjoy living their life outdoors and want functional, yet attractive products to do so. The top is made of durable Supercast with a matching removable burner cover that can be used to create a full tabletop when the flame is not on.

Supercast Colonial Fire Pit Tables include:

  • Supercast top with matching burner cover
  • Easy Set Up
  • Optional Vinyl cover
  • Many colors and shapes of Crystal Fire™ Gems to add sparkle and glimmer
  • Stores 20 lb. LP tank in base
  • Durable yet beautiful design
  • Creates beautiful ambience for entertaining year round
  • UL listed 20” Round Crystal Fire Burner in Stainless Steel
  • 48” in diameter
  • Available for tables in two heights: Dining (29 ½”) and Chat (25 ¼”)

New Product: Dining Height Grand Colonial Fire Pit Table

January 9th, 2014

Grand Colonial Dining Fire Pit Table

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company is pleased to announce the newest addition to our collection of fire pit tables, the Dining Height Grand Colonial Gas Fire Pit Table. It is UL listed for safety and made of durable, yet beautiful materials. It will be featured at upcoming trade shows including the Northeast Pool & Spa show in New Jersey, January 28-30, the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, February 4-6, and the HPBExpo in Salt Lake City, March 5-8.

The Dining Height base was added to the Grand Colonial top to give new life to entertaining and dining outdoors. It is the perfect table for people who enjoy living their life outdoors and want functional, yet good looking products to do so. The top is made of durable British Granite with a removable lazy susan burner cover, that can be used when the flame is not on to create a full table top. The base can also be added to our original Colonial Gas Fire Pit Table with Supercast top—another favorite for backyards and patios.

Grand Colonial Dining Height features include:

  • Natural Granite Top with Lazy Susan Swivel
  • Easy Set Up
  • Optional Vinyl cover
  • Many colors and shapes of Crystal Fire™ Gems to add sparkle and glimmer
  • Stores 20 lb. LP tank in base
  • Durable yet beautiful design
  • Creates beautiful ambience for entertaining year round
  • UL listed 20” Round Crystal Fire Burner in Stainless Steel
  • Height: 30”   Width: 48”   Depth: 48”   Weight: approx. 350 lbs.

Why Electric is the Fireplace of Choice

November 21st, 2013

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When looking for a fireplace for your home there are many important factors to consider— efficiency, safety, cost, ease-of-use, maintenance, etc. There is only one category of fireplaces that can hit all of these marks plus more, Electric Fireplaces. GreatCo., a division of The Outdoor GreatRoom Company, produces several styles of efficient electric fireplaces.

The cost to install and use an electric fireplace is at least four times less than a gas insert or linear fireplace and there is minimal maintenance compared to a wood-burning fireplace. Many aspects and features of an electric fireplace are there to save money and time.

  • There is no gas or fuel line required, just an electrical outlet for standard 110 volts.
  • There is no venting or chimney required— saving the time to maintain and the cost to install and keep up.
  • Smoke, soot, and residue from burning wood or gas are not a problem with an electric fireplace, saving time.
  • There is no annual service plan required and the daily operating cost is much less than a gas fireplace—only a penny per 24 hours with flame and backlighting and 9-18 cents per hour with the heat on.

Because a GreatCo. Electric fireplace can be used without the heat on; it is the perfect accent to a home no matter the season or temperature outside. These fireplaces are designed with LED lighting technology to run 12 months out of the year efficiently, quietly, and safely. No matter if a linear wall mounted fireplace or a fireplace insert is used, it can be easily moved from room to room without expense. Installation happens in minutes, not hours or days, and can be done without a professional (again saving money and time.)

GreatCo. Gallery Electric Fireplaces are also safe to use. They are great when adding warmth and heat to a room, but will stay cool to the touch. This safety feature is great for children, pets, and peace of mind. GreatCo. also has each fireplace tested and certified by the Canadian Standards Association for safety.

Whether it be updating an existing wood-burning fireplace or wanting to add a fireplace to any room of the house, electric is the fireplace of choice. GreatCo. Gallery Electric Fireplaces are expertly designed and tested for safety, making them the perfect addition to any space.

Atlantic City Pool and Spa Show

November 19th, 2013

Title: Atlantic City Pool and Spa Show
Location: Atlantic City, NJ
Start Date: 2014-01-28
End Date: 2014-01-30

New Product: Gallery Electric Fireplace Insert

November 14th, 2013

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GreatCo.™, a division of The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™, is announcing the release of the newest addition to its line of electric fireplaces, the Gallery Electric Fireplace Insert.

Just plug in one of GreatCo.’s electric fireplace inserts for instant ambience in any room—perfect for the upcoming holiday season. The Gallery Insert has been CSA tested for safety and is easy to set up and use. They are cool to the touch but will add heat and warmth to any space, so don’t worry about little ones or pets getting too close. Worried about the time it takes to start a wood fire or the cost of installing a gas fireplace? The Gallery Electric Insert is your solution. You can even have the look of the fire going with flames without turning on the heat—perfect for use year round.

Turn any traditional fireplace into an easy-to-use, clean, and efficient electric fireplace in minutes—a fraction of the cost and install time of a gas fireplace. With two sizes of front surrounds, this insert fits most sizes of existing masonry and zero clearance wood-burning fireplaces.

Features and Benefits

  • Use virtually anywhere in your home
  • Functional and beautiful—can be used year round
  • Designed for pre-existing fireplaces but can be installed in a custom cabinet or recessed into a wall for a custom look in any room
  • Choose your size surround—36” or 42”
  • Operating costs as low as a penny per day with flame and backlighting, and 9-18 cents per hour with the heater on.
  • Realistic-looking fire, logs, and ember bed, choose your flame intensity
  • Faux brick background
  • LED flame, log, ember bed, and background lighting
  • 1500 watt heater—100% efficient
  • Full feature remote control
  • Ultra quiet 2 speed heater fan
  • High impact tempered glass front
  • Operates on a standard 120 volt plug-in

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Dan Shimek: A Hearth Industry Legend Passes

October 16th, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (October 16, 2013)— The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ founder and hearth industry veteran, Daniel C. Shimek, passed away October 11, 2013 in his Apple Valley, MN home at the age of 65. His enthusiasm for life and dedication to friends and family will be missed by all. Preceded in death by parents George and Laura Shimek; brother Ron Shimek. Survived by his loving wife Kay, children Jessica Shimek, Danielle (Ricky) Dhaliwal, Kent Shimek and Richelle Shimek; siblings Sue (Dick) DeFore, Rosemary Moore, Carol (Al) Lenhart, Steve (Lee Ann) Shimek and Gerald (Ann) Shimek.

In 1975, Dan and Ron Shimek had an inspiration for indoor wood and gas fireplaces that changed an industry and became the foundation of Heat & Glo® Fireplaces. Starting out small in a garage and building from the ground up to a 600 million dollar business, Dan and Ron became successful entrepreneurs and visionaries in the hearth industry. Brothers Steve and Gerry joined them soon after and in 1996, the Shimek brothers merged their company with Heatilator® to form Hearth & Home Technologies™ (HHT), the largest manufacturer of hearth products in North America, with Dan as president of the company. Together, Dan and Ron had over 30 patents.

In 2002 Shimek retired from HHT, but not long after started Fire Stone Home Products. Fire Stone originally started out as a business focused on grills and evolved into an outdoor living products company. The company changed its name in 2008 to The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) and focused on providing high end gas fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, grills, pergolas, furniture, and more. In 2012 OGC began a division for indoor electric fireplaces to provide products for every season of the year, called GreatCo™.

Shimek recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™. After ten years of hard work and countless challenges, 2013 had been one of growth and success. Shimek could be proud of the legacy he left behind. There is no doubt that Shimek’s extraordinary vision and passion for the hearth industry will be a model for future entrepreneurs to come. His advancements and creativity in the hearth industry will not be forgotten. He often quoted his brother Ron, “we’ve had a great run, now it’s up to you and everyone else to keep it going.”

OGC will continue Dan’s vision of providing innovative, quality products while treating everyone with dignity & respect. Please keep his family, friends, and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers as they mourn his passing.

We know that many of Dan’s family and friends share his kind spirit and generosity. Instead of sending flowers or other gifts, we ask that you consider making a donation to one of the following organizations. Donations can be made in Dan’s name through the following link: https://www.justgive.org/danshimek

Dan & Kay