On March 16, 2010 Dimplex North America announced a voluntary recall of plug-in remote control receivers included with certain electric fireplaces between 1998 and 2008. Dimplex customers will receive replacements free of charge. In the wake of the Toyota recalls, your first assumption might be that the company was somehow negligent in the manufacturing process to save money and/or worked to hide the issues. In my opinion, Dimplex is a very responsible organization with an excellent reputation based on strong engineering, product development and manufacture.It should be noted that the remote control receivers involved in this Dimplex recall were Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) approved. UL is an “Independent, not-for-profit product safety testing and certification organization. Testing products for public safety. We are all used to seeing the familiar ‘UL Approved’ insignia on the electric products we use. I can only assume that something within the receivers later developed issues that were not foreseen during the rigorous testing and approval process.I am satisfied that the company acted responsibly by choosing to volunteer for this Dimplex recall. I have visited Dimplex’s North American headquarters several times and have a very positive impression of company management and their dedication to the development and manufacture of the highest quality electric fireplaces. The company has put together a very simple process for distributing new receivers. Just complete a short form to receive a free replacement for your Dimplex remote control receiver.
Timber frame construction is often seen in period homes and lodges, so appealing it is increasingly being used in newer homes. Incorporating the natural elements of rustic decor into your home will balance out the modern elements such as home electronics and kitchen appliances. Introducing the contrast of a rustic fireplace mantel to the smooth, thin, shiny elements is what prevents your room from being too serious or boring. Post and beam style mantels and shelves, proudly made in America by a family owned company with three decades of experience, are available in four types of solid wood. I am thrilled to see craftsman producing mortise and tenon joinery, secured with oak pegs, still exists. Specially formulated finishes that they use definitely enhance and protect the character and natural color of the wood, whether you select Douglas Fir, Hemlock, Oak or White Pine. A solid wood fireplace mantel combines perfectly with river rock or stacked stone, easily found at your local home and garden store. Other natural stones such as granite, marble or travertine would be suitable facing; these kits could be shipped to your door, along with the timber mantel. You need a few simple tools and basic skills to install the rock surround facing and wood fireplace mantel, bringing texture from the outdoors into your fireplace mantel surround.We also have a variety of wooden fireplace mantels in addition to these timber fireplace mantels and rustic fireplace shelves. Home interiors have glass, mirror and now granite and stainless steel seems to be the “go to” surface choices. These hard edged materials call out for textural relief found in a rustic wood fireplace mantel. We can have the guys in the shop begin cutting and prepping materials for your fireplace mantel today.
|What is a Mantel Shelf?
A mantel shelf accentuates the entire design of your home bringing the center of attention to the fireplace mantel. These shelves are functional practical alternatives to a full mantel surround. Hardwood is the most common material, which is easily maintained and will last a long time. They can be installed over existing brick, or what we call a “brick pocket”, they can be installed as free-hanging, and for special situations such as “U” and “L” shapes, examples of these follow below.
|Hanging Mantel Shelf:
||This picture shows a free-hanging mantel shelf, the Weston black on poplar wood. Once you measure, you will determine if you have a standard size situation or need a custom shelf. If you need a longer or shorter shelf, we can make it to any measurements!|
|Brick Pocket Situation:
||A fireplace mantel in which the brick sticks out from the wall requires a mantel shelf with a brick pocket. This mantel shelf would recess the brick in the shelf allowing it to sit flush with the brick. The shelf lip will cover approximately 1/2″ of the existing brick. As you can see from the illustration,the Brick Pocket shelf overlaps the brick and creates a cap.|
|“U” Shape Situation:
||Some fireplace mantels project from the wall requiring a “U” shape as the one shown in the photograph to the left. We can customize all dimensions in a “U” shape shelf. We would need your fireplace mantel surround dimensions for 1, 2, and 3.|
|“L” Shape Situation:
||Fireplace mantel designs sometime extend around a corner requiring an “L” shape mantel shelf. We can customize the length of each side in an “L” shape mantel shelf. We would need your dimensions for 1 and 2 as well as the direction of the “L”.
|You do not have to hire a contractor to install a mantel shelf, you can do it yourself at an affordable price. To order a custom mantel shelf visit us at www.mantelsdirect.com and check out the styles offered. Our custom and standard sizes with wood type and stain options will ensure that your mantel matches the existing decor of your home. Measuring is easy with our online worksheet, or take a picture of your existing fireplace if you’re not sure what kind of shelf you need. Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and customer service representative will give you options for fireplace mantel shelves that will get the fireplace the attention it deserves!|
The fireplace mantel is the focal point of my family room, I want classic features I know will stand the test of time. As I familiarize myself with the terms used to describe parts of a mantle, I come across “over mantel”. Over mantels are decorative structures, originally constructed of plasterwork or carved wood, basically a mantel set on top of the horizontal shelf of the bottom. The upper mantel may often be found having an ornamental panel with a mirror or painting in the center area.
I would love to introduce these classic features but am sure plasterwork or commissioning hand carved woodwork cost prohibitive; not to mention the challenge of locating skilled craftsman in my hometown. Cast stone is a masonry product used as an architectural feature, which is an excellent replacement for natural cut stone. Classic Cast Stone Mantels call upon renaissance details adapting over mantels to add to the interest of the mantel shelf, hearth and fireplace mantel surround facings. That oil painting once found in the center panel of the overmantel would have to be replaced by a flat screen television. A niche, 16th century recess introduced into the design especially for a statue, can be fashioned within an over mantel to accommodate our t.v. Cast stone crown molding could be customized to coordinate with the fireplace for our new mantel and over mantel.
Overmantels seem to be most commonly found in homes that have ceilings of ten feet or more because rooms with tall ceilings can definitely support the visual impact of an overmantel. This classic architecture really appeals to me, but I eight foot ceilings. If you want this look too but don’t have tall ceilings either, don’t lose heart. Custom fireplace mantel designs with over mantels are an option with fully customizable widths and heights, made to order, based on dimensions dictated by your home. Deb is the MantelsDirect.com cast stone expert and an excellent resource for questions about cast stone fireplace mantels. Adding details to my fireplace mantel will enhance the architecture of my room, plus the introduction of an over mantel would definitely achieve the ‘wow’ from anyone who enters the room.