We are pleased
you are investing your valuable time with us as you research a
potential Coal basket purchase.
Even if you have been told you can never use
that fireplace again there may be hope. Read what one customer
was able to do as reported in the Greater Glassboro Group news
Not all coal baskets you find are the same.
As we talk to customers we often find they are surprised at the
number of options that are available.
One of the objectives that we had as we
developed this web site is to make sure you know what you are
buying and how to determine whether it fits your application.
Coal baskets selection and proper application
often present some very unique challenges. One of the biggest
challenges you will experience is that there are not many local
installers who have experience with gas coal baskets. Often our
customers become the local experts!
Fireplaces that are being considered
for up fitting to gas coal baskets are usually smaller. They
often are very old and may have damaged brick or mortar in the
firebox as well as in the chimney flue. Flues may not be lined.
It is always advisable to have a professional Chimney sweep
evaluate your fireplace for the coal basket you are considering.
Vent Free Coal
Baskets simulate the effect of a more subtle real coal fire;
reminiscent of a simpler more elegant time in our history.
The coals in
the basket actually glow as they're warmed by the natural gas or
propane burner, the flame pattern is not as wide and the flame
height is shorter, requiring much less gas to provide a
realistic, appealing effect.
The Coal Baskets were first imported but soon
the need for CSA certified gas coal grates for the US and
Canadian markets made American production for the Vent Free
Coal baskets necessary for this southeastern US based family
Searching for antique grates and surrounds to be reproduced
exclusively for their Coal Baskets, the company began to
put together a product line of decorative, beautiful grates and
The fireplace has long been regarded as the focal
point for any home, and in the late 1800's, coal fires were
the height of fashion.
not burning, the decorative cast iron basket still looks great in
Gas coal fires are found in the finest homes in Great Britain,
the US and Canada as well as in centuries old Public Houses,
Castles and Palaces. They are easy to install and can be taken
with you should you decide to move.
You should always
consult with a professional licensed contractor to determine the
proper application of these products in your specific
You must read and
understand the complete installation manual and how it relates
to your application before deciding to purchase any of these gas
VENT FREE COAL
Vent Free Coal
Baskets have recently evolved to a state of design, function
and safety that have made them highly popular for both older
homes with pre-existing small coal burning fireplaces or for
the new construction market.
Typical Features of the Vent Free Coal Basket
- Energy efficient - (Heat stays in the home)
- Does not require a working chimney
- Can be installed in approved vent free fireboxes
for new construction
- glowing embers
- less gas consumption and smaller flame
- inexpensive way to create a working Victorian
fireplace look in new construction or remodel work
where existing chimneys are no longer safe
Many options exist
allowing you to choose the
features you want. You may choose the most economical easy to
operate manual control burners or the convenience of
remote control - all with the very latest in flame supervision devices and a piezo
spark igniter to give instant response.
Not all remote controls
are the same. Some remote systems will simply turn the burner on
and off provided you have the pilot lit and burning. Some
remotes allow you to not only turn the flame on and off but also
vary the flame height from the remote.
The most recent
technology in remote control is the EIR (electronic ignition
remote). This valve and remote system allows you to start and
stop the pilot - turn the flame on and off and raise and lower
the flame height from the remote control. This can offer
significant operating cost savings since the pilot will not be
left on all season and flame height and therefore gas
consumption can be easily and conveniently controlled to match
Our Ceramic Coals
radiate heat from a large surface area. In most of our grates control knobs are
concealed by a decorative cover plate. Our burners are available
in several sizes and can be used in some cases with an existing
Safety is assured with our CSA certified burners and Zero
are available in either Natural Gas or Propane (see specific
burner for gas type availability) We
offer both vented and vent-free units for new construction as
well as for use in existing fireplaces.
Our CLASSIC style is a
simple but elegant coal grate that is an authentic late
Nineteenth Century reproduction found in a Georgia Victorian
The Coal Basket is made of cast iron
with a satin black finish. Don't be fooled by imitators, there
is only one Coal Basket with these features, flexibility
and appeal of this product. Truly hand built and individually
tested one at a time in the hometown known for its southern
charm and elegance.
with your order:
We understand that
sometimes a purchase is made that you may find does not meet
your specific requirements or expectations.
Please call us
immediately if you find there is a problem with your selection
or the function of your product. We pledge to work with you
anyway we can to resolve a problem.
Most problems can be
resolved with out returning the unit. We find returns are rare
but they may occur.
If a product must be
returned please notify us first for instructions. Please pack in
original packing and include all manuals and parts that should
If you are returning a
product you may be charged actual shipping charges that we have
incurred along with the cost of replacing items that were not
returned. A small fee may be charged for inspecting and
HOW TO MEASURE
Coal baskets and burners are tested and
certified for safe installation by CSA. These tests are
performed to very specific criteria. One
of the most critical requirements is clearance around
the burner and distance to combustible materials around
the face of the fireplace opening.
your installation is inspected by local authorities these
dimensions will be checked for compliance. If clearances are not
met it could lead to overheating of burner components or
electronics of remote controls and would not be covered by
warranty. Even worse- You may experience improper
combustion resulting in sooting and or CO emission. You may have
overheating of surrounding combustible building materials.
You will notice that each coal burner and basket lists minimum
fireplace dimensions. The picture below shows how to measure
A - Front Width of Fireplace
B - Back Width of Fireplace
C - Front to Back Depth
D - Front height of Fireplace
E - Distance to Combustible above permanent masonry opening.
This last dimension should be made from the actual masonry or
steel lintel behind any doors or cast iron surround to the first
wood or other combustible material above the fireplace.
If you do not understand how to make these measurements please
CAN I USE MY CAST IRON GRATE? MEASURING AND
YOUR EXISTING FIREPLACE GRATE.
frequently are asked if I can buy only the burner and install it
in the cast iron grate that currently is in my coal burning
We often do exactly that!
Using your basket can preserve the original look and possibly
save you some money.
If you have a hanging basket
like the one below you will need to measure the inside
dimensions and compare those with the burner dimensions listed
The burner must be slightly smaller so that it will fit down in
it. Notice that there is an ember cover below this grate. It
will cover the controls that will hang below the basket.
If there is enough room in the basket for the burner you will
need to remove it by lifting up and out. You will have to cut
part of the grate out of the bottom to allow controls to drop
through and hang below the grate.
Burner is fitted into grate with gas valve and controls hanging
out of the bottom of the grate.
The basket will then be hung back in the fireplace. Note that
controls will be visible below the basket. Hopefully you will
have the ember cover to set in front of the controls to hide
Remember you may find using one of our baskets or fret fronts
for reduced clearance (shallow) fireplaces may give you better
results and might even be less expensive.