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New Products: Gallery Collection Electric Fireplaces

October 1st, 2015

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ is pleased to announce the newest additions to the Gallery Collection Indoor Electric Fireplace line: the Zero Clearance Electric Fireplace Insert and the Linear Built In Electric Fireplace. These two products, available to order now, are energy efficient solutions to many fireplace dilemmas homeowners, contractors, and builders face.


The Zero Clearance Electric Fireplace Insert can be used to update an existing wood-burning fireplace or used in new construction or remodeling. Designed for pre-existing fireplaces but can also be used with our Heritage Fireplace Cabinet. Features a faux-brick background and adjustable flame, log, and ember bed lighting.

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The Linear Built In Electric Fireplace is a modern fireplace great for remodeling or new construction. The fireplace features a clean “flush finish” installation, either an Amber or Cool Blue flame, and remote control sleep timer.


  • CSA tested and approved
  • 100% Efficient LED Lighting
  • Full feature remote control thermostat
  • Realistic looking, adjustable flame and ember controls
  • Operates on a standard 120 volt plug in
  • Can turn heat on or off and keep flame lighting for ambiance- low cost heating option.

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The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) manufactures unique, upscale products with design appeal for indoor and outdoor living spaces. Products include gas fire pits and gas fire pit tables, pergolas, outdoor kitchen islands, outdoor gas fireplaces, indoor fireplaces, grills, outdoor patio furniture and accessories. Visit for more information.

Top Ten Reasons to Choose an Electric Fireplace

September 24th, 2015

When the fall season comes around many people start to move indoors. Whether you’re entertaining friends, home alone, or spending time with family, a Gallery Collection Electric Fireplace is a great focal point. OGC offers electric fireplaces for any style or size room of the house.


  1. No Gas or Fuel Line required, just an electrical outlet for standard 110 volts.
  2. There is no venting, flue, or chimney required.
  3. Electric fireplace installs in minutes, not hours or days like gas– saving time and money.
  4. 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.
  5. Cool to the touch when flame and heat are on, therefore safe for children and pets. CSA certified for safety.
  6. LED light technology offers high definition realistic looking flames. LED’s last for 35,000 hrs+.
  7. Control your flame intensity, ember bed lighting, and backlighting
  8. Built-in heater operates on high & low settings and no heat when it is not wanted or needed– great for everyday, year-round use
  9. Move it to another room when you want to redecorate. Have one in every room without the cost of remodeling.
  10. Glass stays clean without the film or residue of gas, or smoke from wood. Also great for those with allergies.

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Extend Your Outdoor Season!

September 17th, 2015

With the cool, crisp nights that fall brings many people extend their time spent outside by gathering around a gas fire pit or outdoor fireplace. While summer months may be too hot for a fire, the fall season is great for spending time outside. The Outdoor GreatRoom Company offers everything you need to create your own cozy outdoor room from furniture to fire pits to pergolas.


Pergolas can provide shelter from wind, sun, falling leaves, and even snow (hey, that fire pit will keep you warm!) We love pergolas for many reasons but the way they complete an outdoor room and tie everything together is our favorite.


Fire pits and fireplaces are an obvious choice in using to extend your outdoor season. With cooler fall and even winter nights, a fire pit or fireplace can keep you warm.

What’s an outdoor room without furniture? We have comfortable outdoor furniture that matches all of our products perfectly. Find the perfect height chair for your fire pit table or fireplace.

Helping Hands at The Open Door Pantry

September 3rd, 2015

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Last week the team here at OGC ended our Summer Wellness Challenge with a volunteering event at The Open Door Pantry. We helped to unload food donation deliveries, organize the pantry, stock the shelves, create emergency food packs, and even got to help in their community garden where many of the fresh produce items come from. We also donated nearly 100 lbs. of food items. It was a great afternoon and we want to thank The Open Door for letting us be a part of their mission to help the hungry here in Dakota County.



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New Product: Marquee Entertainment Fire Island

August 26th, 2015


The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ is pleased to announce the newly designed Marquee Entertainment Fire Island. This pub height fire island was designed as the ultimate centerpiece for entertaining.

The Marquee comes with a center linear burner pan with textured glass accent pieces on each side, which are set in a Marbleized Mocha Supercast top. The pub height base is accented with faux stone and oil based stained Douglas fir wood paneling. Each table uses a stainless steel, UL listed Crystal Fire™ burner for safety and made of durable, outdoor rated materials. 


The Marquee has optional LED under counter lighting that can be set to one color or set to rotate through several colors. Pair with Empire Bar Stools for a complete entertaining area.


  • Pub height base with faux stone and oil based stained Douglas fir wood paneling
  • Marbleized Mocha Supercast top with two linear textured glass accents on either side of burner
  • Matching textured glass burner cover included
  • Glass guard & multi-colored LED under lighting optional
  • UL Listed. Stores 20 lb. LP Tank in base.
  • Made in USA



Second Annual Summer Sales Meeting Recap

August 18th, 2015


The Outdoor GreatRoom Company (OGC) hosted its second-annual Summer Sales Meeting August 12-13 at their corporate offices in Eagan, Minnesota. The event included staff, sales representatives, and a number of customers from across the U.S. and Canada for a two day event. This educational event themed “Why OGC?” featured showroom, factory, and engineering tours, hands on product training, and round table discussions. Evening festivities included a Minnesota Twins baseball game and a dinner cruise on the scenic St. Croix River. Tim Mee, California Territory Sales Representative commented, “the mixture of business and pleasure really showed why OGC is a great company to work for and with.” This event brought the company closer to its customers and provided a lot of feedback into how OGC can help its customers and sales representatives succeed in the market.


Steve Shimek, VP of Sales said “it was an excellent opportunity to meet with our customers and sales representatives and give them company history, future goals as well as information on our existing and future new products. The meeting was a great success and one of the best comments after the meeting that was shared by many attendees: ‘It is great to be able to do business, share product and marketing ideas, and still have fun!’”

OGC is looking forward to growing this event in the future.


Top Homeowner’s Resource: Houzz

July 30th, 2015

Houzz is a great resource for homeowners to get ideas for their home decor or renovations and to connect those homeowners to trusted professionals in the industry. The Outdoor GreatRoom Company is proud to be one of Houzz’s top profiles in 2014 and 2015. Houzz awards “badges” to companies who go above and beyond to help the user find exactly what they are looking for on the social media platform. OGC has received both the “Best of Design” badge and the “Star Houzzer” badge for 2014-2015. We love sharing our photos on Houzz and connecting with homeowners looking to create their dream outdoor room.

Check out our ideabooks here!

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Electric Grills: Perfect for Apartments & Condo’s

July 24th, 2015

If you just purchased a condo, or maybe just signed a lease for a new apartment – what can you do if you love to grill but you don’t have a large outdoor space or can’t have a fire? Because multi-family properties have different fire codes than single family homes, you need to make sure what you can and cannot use for outdoor cooking! Many apartment buildings and condos do not allow gas or charcoal grills on balconies for safety reasons, but electric grills are often allowed. The technology in electronic grills has advanced to the point where you can do the same things with an electric grill that you can with a gas grill which typically can cost hundreds (often thousands) more.


The Legacy 2 Electric Cook Number™ Grill can sear, roast and even comes with the patented Cook Number System™, taking the guess work out of grilling. It is compact in size, perfect for smaller balconies, and can also be used traveling with an RV, camping, tailgating, and more! The real point is you can still have all the amenities found in a large back yard without actually having the extra outdoor space!

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3 Outdoor Rooms to Recreate

July 16th, 2015

Summer isn’t over yet, and enjoying time around a fire pit is even better in the fall! Whether you have already started planning your outdoor room or you are starting from scratch here are three outdoor rooms to recreate and make your own.

Traditional and Relaxing

This outdoor room is a classic customer favorite that is easy to recreate in any backyard!

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[Sonoma Pergola] [Balsam Wicker Furniture] [Montego Fire Pit Table]

Tuscan Elegance

Host a dinner party any time in this beautiful and sophisticated outdoor room!

Tuscany Pergola

[Tuscany Pergola] [Colonial Dining Fire Pit Table] [Empire Dining Chairs]

Rustic Comfort

Relax in your own outdoor room like you would in a mountain retreat!

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[Lodge II Pergola] [Sierra Fire Pit Table] [Balsam Wicker Furniture]

Now just add some plants, some twinkle lights, and great company to begin making memories in your very own outdoor room!



Video Blog: Where Can I Use My Fire Pit?

July 9th, 2015

Gas Fire Pit Tables from The Outdoor GreatRoom Company can be used almost anywhere in your outdoor space. Find out more in our short video blog below!