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Spotlight: The Outdoor GreatRoom Company

Grandstone Collection (GS-1224-BRN-K)

Some of the latest fire tables from The Outdoor GreatRoom Company (Eagan, Minnesota) are definitely making customers stand up and take notice. As everyone knows, firepits and firetables are hot sellers, and they will continue to sell well into the fall when customers look for ways to extend the outdoor season. The Outdooor GreatRoom Company’s design team has many years of experience in the hearth industry and is recognized for its innovative fire tables, firepits, and fireplaces (gas, electric, and gel). These eye-catching products are all UL listed and are made of the finest materials, including high-grade stainless steel and stone.

The Grandstone Collection features a beautiful one-piece granite top, available in British granite or Absolute Black granite, with a UL-listed CF 1224 Crystal Fire Burner. Its heavy-duty base is made in the United States, and is available in black or brown, and in metal or wicker finish. Its dimensions are: 36 x 48 x 21 ¼ inches. The base can also be customized to match a décor.

Artisan Fire Table (ART-1224-BRN-K)

Artisan Fire Table (ART-1224-BRN-K)

The Artisan Fire Table (ART-1224-BRN-K) is both unique and gorgeous. It comes with a two-tone concrete top with high-quality, exterior grade frame and stucco finish. Its dimensions are: 54 x 25 ½ x 23 3/4 inches.

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company

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Spotlight: MLW Stone

MLW Stone's new flexible natural stone is a hit with customers.

MLW Stone’s new flexible natural stone is a hit with customers.

MLW Stone is a successful supplier of sumptuous stone products for fireplace surrounds and other residential and commercial applications. As a stone supplier for over 34 years, Georgia-based MLW Stone is extremely knowledgeable about natural stone products, which benefits hearth and outdoor-living retailers (and their customers!). With a presence in most of the stone-producing countries in Europe, Asia, and South America, MLW Stone is able to offer customers a diverse range of products to complement many home remodeling project. The company’s local presence in these countries ensures competitive pricing and overall quality control of the product.

The slate product comes in 2x4-foot sheets and is available in different colors.

The slate product comes in 2×4-foot sheets and is available in different colors.

One of the company’s most recent launches is its StacKIT product. This revolutionary and affordable stone product has become a favorite of retailers and builders, because it features prefabricated panels that look as if the stone has been stacked carefully by hand. It’s a new concept in the stone-kit niche that has been well-received because it looks expensive without being expensive. In addition to fireplace surrounds, StacKIT is perfect for outdoor-kitchen islands, firepits, grill stands, mantel accents, and entertainment centers. Homeowners will always be attracted to natural stone for its richness and luster. MLW Stone now offers an affordable option for incorporating this beautiful material into their homes.

MLW Stone

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What’s Cookin’ at Gensun Casual Living?

High-performing appliances are included in Gensun Casual Living’s outdoor-kitchen line.

Recognizing that the outdoor kitchen is a must-have for many homeowners, Gensun Casual Living recently introduced a new line of beautiful outdoor kitchen products to complement its mix of casual furniture and other outdoor offerings.  This makes sense since a whopping 94% of respondents to a recent survey of the American Society of Landscape Architects predicted that outdoor kitchens and entertainment areas would be popular choices in new homes and remodels for 2013.

Cabinets are available in a variety of sizes and colors.

Cabinets are available in a variety of sizes and colors.

The stylish cabinets of the new Gensun Casual Living line are available in a variety of sizes and colors. Countertops are made from cast aluminum and also are available in a variety of colors and even faux stone finishes. High-quality appliances (grills, side burners, refrigerators and bar centers) are all included in this exciting new line. From sizzling ribs to grilled cedar-plank salmon, the sky’s the limit with the new Outdoor Kitchen line by Gensun CasualLiving!

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Spotlight: Ortal USA


Clear 200 RS

Since Ortal USA opened its doors in 2010, it has experienced steady growth, which is a testament to the quality of its hearth products and services. In its 30 years in the fireplace industry (beginning in Israel), Ortal has produced a diverse range of fireplace models ideal for residential and commercial settings. Its focus on heating efficiency, combined with contemporary design elements, has made the brand a popular choice throughout Europe and North America. Since Ortal USA unveiled its products at HPBExpo in March 2011, it has continued to increase its product offerings, which has resulted in continued respect for the brand. Here are two popular models worth placing on your showroom floors.

Clear 40 RS

The Clear 200 RS and Clear 40 RS are two of over 60 green and environmentally friendly standard direct-vent gas fireplaces that Ortal USA offers fireplace dealers. The direct-vent installation allows an Ortal fireplace to be incorporated easily into any structure. These models offer form and function with high efficiency ratings, safe and easy operation, and eye-catching aesthetics. Ortal has the fireplace to match, whether it’s for your customer’s single-family residence or a spacious office-building location.

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Late-summer Gatherings

Willowbrook by Agio

Willowbrook by Agio

If your customers want to relish the last days of summer outdoors with family and friends, they should consider some of the season’s most alluring collections that combine comfort, style, and durability. This season’s impressive designs invite people to settle outdoors comfortably for extended periods of time. When featured in attractive vignettes in your showrooms, these products will surely draw attention from shoppers. The first thing they’ll be thinking about is how the furniture will transform their backyards into lush outdoor rooms for entertaining and relaxing. So, while the weather lasts, continue to showcase hot-sellers, such as the following from Agio and Patio Renaissance.

Agio’s Willowbrook firepit chat group is the perfect collection for customers seeking warmth and comfort. Elegant deep seating C-spring chairs surround a roomy, portable gas firepit, which makes a dramatic statement in any outdoor area.

Monterey Crescent Sofa by Patio Renaissance

Patio Renaissance’s Monterey Crescent sofa, in the bark finish, features indoor style with outdoor durability. It’s pictured with cushions in Sunbrella® Mainstreet wren fabric and pillows in Outdura’s Whitney timber fabric. It’s accented with the company’s new firepit, with a dark-bronze base and a Durban solid-marble top.

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Fall Preview: Energy-efficient Stoves


Twinfire SOLO from Wittus

Since most wood-burning stoves in the U.S. are terribly outdated, now is the perfect time to promote the importance of replacing old stoves with EPA-certified units that are 50% more efficient than 30-year-old clunkers. Not only are they cleaner, they’re far cheaper to operate in the long run. Tax credits and manufacturer’s rebates also make it possible to absorb much, if not all, of the costs. Customers in the U.S. who upgrade to an EPA-certified stove in 2013 are already eligible for a biomass federal tax credit up to $300. Some companies have sweetened the deal by offering incentives for swapping old stoves and fireplace inserts for newer, less polluting models. Here are two environmentally friendly stove models that are receiving rave reviews.

The Twinfire® SOLO from Wittus is the latest addition to an already spectacular collection of highly efficient stoves. At 93%, this super eco-friendly wood-burning stove has great heat output and low fuel consumption with much less ash. The sleek, all-black steel body combined with the patented double chambered burn system puts this stove in a category of its own.


FlexBurn Wood-burning Stove by Vermont Castings

FlexBurn™ technology – a Vermont Castings exclusive – is available on both the Encore and Defiant models. Your customers can select the burn method that suits their lifestyle without having to choose between stoves. Among the most efficient stoves on the market, each FlexBurn™ is crafted in the USA and backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty that will ensure your customers’ peace of mind for years to come.


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Spotlight: Ratana Home and Floral


Nottingham modular seating

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Ratana Home and Floral has a made a name for itself in the casual-furniture industry by creating outdoor furniture that’s stylish and unique, yet comfortable, at the same time. Since the company was originally an indoor-furniture manufacturer, it understands the structure and comfort of furniture. Ratana is also known for being a pioneer in bringing European contemporary design to North America. Its designers took the European styles that consumers love and transformed them into North American comfort. This includes adding thicker cushions and adjusting the size and shape of frames that fit ergonomically.


Nottingham dining

 Featuring bold, sophisticated design with spacious plush seating and armrests, Nottingham creates the richest, stunningly modern look that one would admire for years in any open-air environment. Nottingham newly introduces more multiplicities, in addition to its modular cousins—including the 2.5-seat sofa, a side table, and dining side chairs and armchairs—all meticulously handwoven with the premium, taupe-colored wicker over commercially structured aluminum frames. Unwind in this luxuriously comfortable seating. Nottingham is truly a masterpiece collection that transforms a backyard into a one-of-a-kind, outdoor-retreat paradise.

Nottingham’s neat, contemporary-style, cushioned-comfort dining set creates the perfect inviting atmosphere for outdoor-dining experiences. The dining armchairs and side chairs and tables (with adjustable legs) are expertly crafted with high-quality, weather-resistant wicker over heavy-gauge aluminum frames. Chairs feature tapered, highly polished aluminum legs, and they can be paired impeccably with matching square or rectangular dining tables with tempered-glass tops.

Ratana Home and Floral