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Decades of Design Experience Evident in Valor L2 Linear and Valor Legend G3.5 Insert

An idea born in Canada in the mid 1970s has blossomed into many innovations for Miles Industries, with the latest coming via the L2 linear luxury fireplace.


The L2 linear luxury fireplace from Miles Industries has a 50-inch viewing area.

It’s a bold statement in any living space, with an impressive 50-inch linear viewing area highlighting magnificent flames.

Beautiful radiance on both high flame and low glowing embers, the L2 combines Valor efficiency and heat performance with the latest in contemporary styling.

The Valor Legend G3.5 Insert also shows off its design pedigree, and four generations of Legend DNA, with its radiance, high efficiency, and comfort control. Clean trims and a large viewing area highlight warm, glowing flames within. A contemporary update for existing spaces, the Legend G3.5 is Valor’s latest addition to the highly successful Legend Insert family.


The Valor Legend G3.5 Insert shows off its design pedigree with high efficiency and comfort control.

When the company began, the gas fireplace industry was virtually non-existent in North America. Rising energy costs, sparked by the oil crisis, had ignited renewed interest in alternative sources of heat.

Research suggested that homeowners were receptive to the concept of an efficient gas fireplace/heater that was easy to use, technically advanced and capable of zone heating. It also had to be relatively attractive and cheap to operate. Valor, based in Britain, was the apparent leader in gas fireplaces; test marketing of the product in British Columbia for several years confirmed it was the way to go.

Garry Miles ultimately set about the task of bringing these gas burning and efficient fireplaces to Canada. His efforts were fruitful: in 1984 Miles Industries obtained the exclusive Canadian distributorship for Valor products and the first Canadian Gas Association (CGA) Certified products arrived for sale on a national basis.

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After HPBExpo, Twin Eagles Continues to Build Momentum

TwinEagles_Photo1CERRITOS, CA – A month after the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Expo (HPBExpo) in Salt Lake City, the hot streak continues for Twin Eagles Inc. Part of the reason for the Cerritos, Calif-based company’s success stems from its solid showing at HPBExpo.

“The show was an overwhelming success for us,” says Brian Eskew, marketing director, Twin Eagles Inc. “We had a 20-foot-by-40-foot booth, the largest we have had since we’ve been going to the show. Our booth (pictured above) was absolutely jammed throughout the show. There was a lot of interest, activity, and fun.”

TwinEagles_Photo2The sizable booth was a matter of practicality since there are now three main brands under the Twin Eagles umbrella. “Delta Heat is the value-priced product for someone looking for an American made grill with a breadth of offerings,” explains Eskew. “The Twin Eagles line is more in that ultra premium category. Just this year we introduced a third line, Del Sol Outdoors, which is an accessory offering—doors, drawers, and a drop-in cooler. It’s a step below the Delta Heat, and it gives us an opportunity to present dealers with a good, better, and best offering— which tends to be a winning retail strategy.”

Twin Eagles has already made plans for next year’s HPBExpo in Nashville, and that will serve as the company’s only national show. “We do have distributors and dealers who will attend regional shows,” says Eskew. “Our distributor in the northeast attended the Mid-Atlantic Pool and Spa Show for example.”

Improvements and additions to all three of the Twin Eagles’ lines are on the agenda for 2015, while 2014 is dedicated, at least for now, to keeping up with demand. “We had such a spike in demand with the redesigned Delta Heat product, and the continued growth and success of the Twin Eagles, that we made the decision this year to hold the course with our existing offerings,” adds Eskew. “For 2015, we’ll be taking a slightly more aggressive approach to new products and innovation.”

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Barlow Tyrie’s Teak Tradition Continues while Stainless Steel and Ceramic Build Momentum

Chesapeake teak sun loungers

The Chesapeake sun lounger and lounger side table finish off the Chesapeake Teak Range.

MOORESTOWN, NJ – Barlow Tyrie, the world’s oldest manufacturer of teakwood outdoor furnishings, continues to create beautiful designs perfect for today’s outdoor living and entertaining. Designs encompass teakwood and shade products, as well as fresh designs in stainless steel and tubular aluminum.

Barlow Tyrie outdoor products are made with one of the most cherished luxurious of today’s lifestyle in mind, to truly relax and unwind. Poolside, on the patio or deck, in the garden or overlooking the dunes, Barlow Tyrie’s dedication to design and function creates a product that will enhance those times, offering good-looking, well-made, and most importantly, comfortable outdoor furnishings.

New products include:
• Chesapeake Teak Range: Designed with the traditional teak buyer in mind. Chesapeake encompasses dining arm and side chairs, a circular dining table for four, a boat-shaped 79-inch rectangular table seating six to eight, and a larger 110-inch rectangular table for a very comfortable ten. Chesapeake deep seating encompasses a thick-cushioned chair and swivel rocker as well as a sofa and new coffee tables. The Chesapeake sun lounger and lounger side table finish off the range.

Equinox Ceramic top table in ASH. Equinox chairs in Charcoal• Equinox Stainless Steel Tables with Italian Ceramic Tops: The award-winning Equinox range has been expanded to include table tops made from Italian ceramic. Available in Ash and Ivory colors, the range offers various sizes in circular, square, and rectangular tables and finishes off with the just released extending table (94 inches closed to 142 inches open) which seats 10 to 14. The Laminum ceramic tops are fully weatherproof, being made from a product originally intended to clad buildings. All frames are made from durable 316 marine grade stainless steel.