February 3, 2014
We would like to take this time to announce some very important reminders about the installation of our fireplaces. We have very specific instructions in our manuals that pertain to not only the installation process but also the curing instructions following the installation. We understand that the dealer and/or the installer will not always be able to instruct the homeowner of the importance of the curing process. We have developed a label to be left inside of each unit after the installation for the eyes of the homeowner. This label explains the importance of the unit having 28 days to dry before being used. After which, 2 small fires are to be started before standard use. We have attached this label below with more information. Please contact us with any questions about this process and or the label.
December 18, 2013
Here at Mason-Lite we strive to offer the best products possible for your masonry fireplace needs. To make that possible we are constantly improving our products. Recently we have made two such changes that we believe will benefit the use and installation process of our products.
The first change we have made is to our mortar. We decided to reformulate our mortar to offer the best quality for masonry fireplace installations. This new mixture meets and exceeds the ASTM C-199 rating for high-temperature mortar. ICC has recently updated their requirements for masonry fireplace installations to include this rating.
The second change that we have made is to our T-Bar that supports our lintel system. We have heard from our installers that the lintel length is slightly too long for a flush installation. We have decreased the length to make sure that every installation is flush, yet very well supported. Another change we have made to our T-Bars is the addition of metal lath to the top of the T-Bar. This helps bond the T-Bar to the lentil with our new and improved masonry mortar.
Both of these changes will be included in all units produced after January 1, 2014. We enjoy bringing you the best products possible and we encourage all of our customers to give us any feed back that will help us do so.
August 23, 2013
This August we had a great turn out with the Orange County Chapter at our most recent CES (continuing education system) meeting. We had a lot of fun presenting the safe and successful installation practices of masonry fireplaces. We went over topics such as building codes and compliance’s, clearances to combustibles, custom fireplace installations, and most importantly safe practices while installing masonry fireplaces. We enjoyed hearing the first hand accounts of architects and there experiences with masonry fireplaces. We plan on having many more architect luncheons. These are a great way for us to spread the knowledge we have on the topic of masonry fireplace installations. The principals of Mason-Lite fireplaces have over 110 years of experience in the fireplace industry. Contact us for more information on our CES program and if there is one near you.
July 3, 2013
- Unit Display program
Display units are available and encouraged for all of our Distributors and Dealers. Our products that we offer for Display units include Fireplaces, Fire Rings, Pizza Ovens, Unfinished Fire Ring, the Patio Bar, the Fireplace Surround. We would love to get pictures of any finished display units.
-Point of sales displays
Our point of sales displays are 20″ by 10″ Laminated Foam board. They are available for locations already offering our products. In the past couple months we have been developing point of sales displays that we encourage our dealers, distributors and also our sales reps to use to help show our products. Our first point of sale display shows our Fireplace, Fire Ring, and Pizza Oven. This is great for showing our most popular products in finished form. Our second point of sales display we created to show the installation side of our fireplaces. It is very important to us to let the customers know just how easy it is to install our products.
-Miniature Fireplace Display
Our Miniature Fireplace displays are a great tool for our Distributors. The Miniature Fireplace display is perfect for a countertop display. This is a great visual aid for people who are not familiar with our products and would like a quick hands on experience.
-Most recent brochures and changes
We are constantly updating and adding new sales brochures to help our customers visualize our products and their applications. Recently we have made minor changes to both the 4 Page Brochure and the bifold brochure. We have updated the pictures to show the most recent look of our units and accessories(Arch and Masonry Chimney). We have also created a mailer specific to linear style units. This mailer is great to target architects because it sparks their creativity and they enjoy being able to design units to their specifications.
-New products- fire ring, patio bar and fireplace surround
We have added three new products to our extensive Product mix. These products are the Unfinished Fire Ring, Patio bar, the Fireplace Surround. The Fire Ring is an 8 piece set that easily fit together to create an unfinished Fire Ring. The Patio Bar is a grouping of panels that interlock with brackets to create a unique patio bar layout to meet any custom design. Lastly, the Fireplace Surround make an easy installation that will allow any type of finish to be installed on the exterior of the fireplace such as rock, veneer, stucco and more. We are working on sales literature for our newest products and will have them available soon.
In closing, we want everyone to be aware of our four major forms of social media networks that we are involved with. These networks include our Website, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube We encourage you to join our Facebook and Twitter pages to help promote and extend our reach.
June 6, 2013
Mason-Lite would like to introduce 3 new products that we are excited to offer for our customers. These new products include the Fireplace Surround System, the Outdoor Patio Bar System and a new Customizable Fire Ring.
The Fireplace Surround System has been designed to give the Installer of our Mason-Lite Fireplaces multiple advantages for an outdoor Installation of our Firebox Kits. The surround is comprised of panels that are screwed together quickly and easily to form a rectangular box around the Mason-Lite unit. The system makes the addition of stone, brick or other finishing products fast, and simple. The surround comes in one standard overall dimension that fits MFP33-MFP63 Units (The only parts that will be different between units are the side panels that will fit to the width of the opening).
The second product we are introducing is our patio bar system, which involves linking multiple Masonry patio pieces together to create a custom patio bar to your liking. The dimensions are 2″ by 25″ by 35″ . These patio bar pieces are the missing links to tying an entire backyard living area together. Some products that could be connected through patio bar pieces include: Any Mason-Lite Fireplace, The Toscana Pizza Oven, the Mason-Lite Fireplace surround system, BBQ’s and other appliances as well.
Lastly, we have had many reviews lately that sparked the creation of an unfinished Fire Ring. The unfinished Fire Ring allows the customer to finish their Fire Ring with whichever surrounding material they would like (ex. brick, stone, etc.) This gives our customers endless possibilities to the design of their Mason-Lite Fire Ring. The Fire Ring has an outer diameter of 48″ and an inner diameter of 40″ . We also offer an optional top cap that will cover up to two inches of finishing material.
May 7, 2013
Recently we have revamped our Mason-lite training program! We want our customers to feel very comfortable with the team building their fireplace. We now offer a certificate that verifies that a builder has been trained by one of our staff and is proficient in the knowledge needed and procedures involved in installing a Mason-Lite fireplace system. We give trainings on our standard firebox kits (MFP33, MFP39, MFP44, MFP43ST, MFP49, and the MFP63). We also do trainings on installing our masonry chimney for outdoor installations. As well as, structural reinforcement of the fireplace in seismic areas.
We stand behind our builders and want to make sure you have the best installed masonry fireplace on the market!
April 2, 2013
The HPBA show in Orlando, FL was great this year. Bill Harris had a great time representing Mason-Lite Fireplaces and showing off our products. We were able to show our customers and dealers our new products, POS Displays, and Ideas for future products. He received an overwhelming response from the attendees in a great way! He answered many great questions and had a lot of interest over all. We love to get our customers opinion and suggestions of how we can better serve them. Please contact us at 800-345-7078 or at info@Mason-Lite.com for more information on the show or any questions you may have.
We cannot wait until the show next year in Salt Lake City! For more information on next years show visit http://www.hpbexpo.com/hpbexpo-2014/
March 19, 2013
Last month mason-Lite had a great response from our photo contest. We strive to offer our customers with a wide variety of photos for the infinite styles and applications mason-lite is capable of. Due to the difficulty of receiving the photos after the units were finished, we decided to have this photo contest to spark the interest. We received photos of beautiful fireplaces in many different styles and sizes. Some styles that we saw included linear fireplaces, stone finished fireplaces, brick finished fireplaces, marble fireplace facing, and fireplaces with flat screen TVs mounted above. There was also a great variety of installation locations. Some Categories include indoor fireplace installations, outdoor fireplace installations, restaurant installations, rooftop fireplace installations and many more. Please view our new photos in our gallery titled Photo Entries 2013.
February 4, 2013
At Mason-Lite we pride ourselves on our great products. We are not limited to only selling fireplaces, we also sell the accessories that aid in the installation of our Fireplaces. Some of these accessories include:
This Masonry Chimney is comprised of two pieces: an inner liner section with a 14″ diameter flu and an outer liner section. Inner and outer liners must be ordered together to function properly. We also offer both 4′ and 8′ systems. Other Chimney components that are offered are the Inner Liner Starter Section, the Offset Elbow Section, and Brick Ledge.
Masonry Firebrick Panels
Our Masonry Firebrick Panels are easy to install, they come in full running bond or split herringbone. The set consists of two sides, a back and a bottom that fit our standard firebox sizes of 33″-63″. We also offer a taller firebrick panel kit to fit the needs of a Rumford style Fireplace. Standard installation time is under an hour.
Mason-Lite Damper Blocks come as a three masonry blocks that are designed to lift a traditional vestal damper so that it fits our standard Masonry Fireplaces. These are available for our MFP 39, MFP 44, and the MFP49 models.
This Arch Kit consists of two pieces that are easily mortared in place to give that custom look to the fireplace. This Arch is available to fit models 33″-49″. The Masonry Arch is an extra piece that you can buy with your unit to add that custom feel.
This Metal Base is used for installation of Mason-lite fireplaces to offer the air clearance necessary for installation on combustible floors. This metal base will raise the 33″,39″,44″, 49″ the 6 inches needs for combustibles. We also offer 8 inch metal bases for the 43″(See-Through) and 63″ models. Check out the Hearth Rebar Locations to ensure proper stability.
Mason-lite Rumford Height Kit
This Height Kit consists of a rear wall and two side walls that will increase the height opening by 8″ from the standard opening (giving a Rumford look). With the new size opening be sure to check the Chimney Size Chart to ensure proper flu size. The Mason-lite Rumford Height Kit is compatible with standard fireplace boxes 33″-63″.
High Temperature Mortar
Each of our standard Firebox Kits comes with a 50 Lb. bucket of dry mortar. Each of these kits should come with plenty of mortar to install the firebox itself. If you are installing one of our brick panel kits or other masonry accessories you may need to purchase more high-temperature mortar for installation.
January 9, 2013
Made in the USA
The United States economy is having a tough time recovering from its latest great recession. Mason-Lite is one of the many U.S. Companies affected by this economic downturn. We are persevering and continuing to grow with the U.S. economy. There are many ways to help the economy get back on its feet. Just a few of these include buying products made in the USA, creating jobs in the USA, electing politicians whose decisions are aimed at boosting the economy and many more. At Mason-Lite we are proud that our product is made in the USA.
We strive to help our economy in any way we can.
Mason-Lite Fireplaces are made in the USA and will continue to be made in the USA for generations to come!
Here is a list of the top ten reasons to buy products that are made in the USA.
“10) Foreign labor standards allow unsafe worker conditions in many countries. When you buy American you support not only American manufacturers but also American workers, safe working conditions, and child labor laws.
9) Jobs shipped abroad almost never return. When you buy goods made in the USA, you help keep the American economy growing.
8) US manufacturing processes are much cleaner for the environment than many other countries; many brands sold here are produced in countries using dangerous, heavily polluting processes. When you purchase American-made product, you know that you’re helping to keep the world a little cleaner for your children.
7) Many countries have no minimum wage restrictions, or the minimum wage is outrageously low. When you choose products made in the USA, you contribute to the payment of an honest day’s wages for an honest day’s work.
6) The growing lack of USA ability to manufacture many products is strategically unsound. When you seek out American-made goods, you foster American independence.
5) The huge US trade deficit leads to massive, unsustainable borrowing from other countries. Debt isn’t good for you and it isn’t good for America.
4) Foreign product safety standards are low. For example, poisonous levels of lead are in tens of millions of toys shipped to the USA. When you buy toys and other goods made in the USA, you can be confident that American consumer protection laws and safety standards are in place to protect your family.
3) Lack of minimum wage, worker safety, or environmental pollution controls in many countries undermines the concept of “fair and free trade”. No Western nation can ultimately compete on price with a country willing to massively exploit and pollute its own people. When you buy only American-made products, you insist on a higher standard.
2) Factories and money are shifting to countries not friendly to the USA or democracy. When you avoid imported goods in favor of American-made items, you help ensure that the United States doesn’t find its access to vital goods impacted by political conflict.
1) As the US manufacturing ability fades, future generations of US citizens will be unable to find relevant jobs. Buy American and help keep your friends and neighbors-and even yourself-earning a living wage.”(Lipscomb)
Top ten reasons to buy USA made products by Todd Lipscomb, founder of www.MadeinUSAForever.com.
We would like to thank you for your support and let you know that We are a company that is supporting the US Economy.