by Steve Laible on July 7, 2017

How to Create a Truly Unique Indoor or Outdoor Fireplace with Isokern

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Gathering around the fire is a well-loved pastime. With the warm, welcoming glow inviting people to relax and unwind, it’s no wonder that fireplaces have consistently been one of the most popular home features. Whether they’re inside or outside, fireplaces create ideal focal points that are both functional and beautiful, reflecting personal style as well as home style.

If you’re thinking of adding a fireplace to your living room or backyard, you probably have some ideas about what you think you’d like to see. But did you know that there are options beyond traditional masonry fireplaces? Modular hearth designs allow for limitless options for everything from shape of the fireplace to color of the stone veneer, allowing you to create a truly unique fireplace that fits your vision.

What are modular fireplaces?

ISOKERN_Standard_WhiteBkgd.jpgThe world leader in modular fireplace technology is Earthcore® with their Isokern line of fireplaces and chimneys. The word modular refers to the fact that each component fits quickly and easily together, almost like Legos. The lightweight, easy-to-install fireplace system reduces labor costs, allowing you to put more of your money into something you care about, such as the way the fireplace looks. In fact, all products in the Isokern line can be installed in less than one day!

The video below provides a fantastic look at how Isokern products work:

 

Get a fireplace made from volcanic pumice!

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Since 1989, Earthcore has been manufacturing high quality, efficient, beautiful fireplaces from volcanic pumice. The pumice they use is mined from Iceland’s Mount Hekla Volcano, then sent to a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chesapeake, Virginia where they produce the components for five separate lines of fireplaces.

Why use pumice for making fireplaces? For one, the material is extremely durable—so durable, in fact, that the Isokern line comes with a Lifetime Warranty. Plus, pumice is lightweight, which allows the components to fit together quickly and easily. Just take a look at this time-lapse video, which shows how easily the pieces can be assembled (video shows dry stack, not a functional fireplace, but the assembly is similar!)

 

Creating the fireplace you really want

From fireplace shape to firebrick pattern to type of fuel, the Isokern product ranges truly have options to suit every style. Since they don't include a veneer or finished surface out of the box, you can take the opportunity to customize your fireplace with the exact look you want, from rustic natural stone to elegant modern styles. Here’s a quick glimpse of the five different Isokern product lines:

Standard Series standard series.jpg

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  • Works with all fuel types
  • Indoor and outdoor applications
  • Custom finish
  • 2-sided availability
  • Residential and commercial applications
  • Isokern DM chimney or steel chimney

 

Magnum Series magnum.jpg

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  • Works with all fuel types
  • Indoor and outdoor applications
  • 2-sided availability
  • Custom finish
  • Residential and commercial applications
  • Largest openings available on the market

 

MAXIMUS Series Direct Vent maximus.jpg

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  • Gas fuel only
  • First ever masonry direct vent gas fireplace
  • Ceramic glass opening with Invisi-Barrier and Triple stadium Burner
  • Includes Proflame II Remote with six flame settings for precise fireplace control
  • Custom finish
  • Choice of refractory log set

 

IBV Series B-Vent ibv.jpg

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  • Gas fuel only
  • Indoor applications
  • Custom finish
  • Largest openings available on the market
  • Can be installed directly onto combustible floor systems, while meeting ANSI Z21.50
  • Exclusive Isoflames Stadium Burner electronic ignition gas log set
  • Optional on/off remote wall switch

 

Vent-Free Series vent free.jpg

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  • Gas fuel only
  • Indoor and outdoor applications
  • Can be installed in less traditional areas of your house, such as under a window or within an entertainment area
  • Can be placed in any new home or remodeling design
  • Can be installed directly onto combustible floor systems, while meeting ANSI Z21.50
  • Double-sided/ see-through availability
  • Can be finished in any way you desire— brick, stone, stucco, tile or veneer

 

Each of these fireplace lines in the Isokern family can be completely customized to meet your personal design choices. Even the firebrick pattern can be selected to meet your desires.

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Going green with your fireplace choice

The Isokern GreenTech Solution from Earthcore eliminates up to 80% of particulate emissions.  The GreenTech solution involves the installation of Isokerns Catalytic Combuster, which can be easily installed in just minutes, to any Isokern Standard Series or Magnum Series fireplace.  This is the cleanest burning open hearth masonry fireplace in the world, and the first modular masonry fireplace to qualify under the EPA Voluntary Wood Burning Fireplace Program (EPA Phase 2 qualified).

 

Want to create the ultimate unique fireplace inside your house or in your yard? Isokern fireplaces offer limitless options to fit every style, all while being energy efficient and costing less than traditional masonry to install. To learn more about the Isokern line of products, contact Trowel Trades Supply.

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