Quadra-Fire® Introduces the EDGE 60 Pellet Fireplace

Widely used by European homeowners for years, pellet-burning appliances have progressively been gaining popularity in the U.S., especially with the surge in oil and gas prices last year. During the second quarter of 2009, Quadra-Fire® will launch the EDGE™ 60, the first-ever pellet fireplace to hit the market. It is a powerful, high performance fireplace specifically designed for supplemental home heating.

Free standing pellet stoves and inserts have been available for several years, but never before could consumers purchase a pellet fireplace. With the EDGE 60, homeowners can choose a pellet fireplace that fits their décor perfectly, while supplementing their central heat source with clean, safe and environmentally friendly heat. This product brings together two of the hearth industry’s big hitters – clean-burning fireplaces and renewable pellet fuel.

Delivering a whopping 60,000 BTUs of heat, the EDGE 60 can provide warmth to over 2,500 square feet of living space. It features Quadra-Fire’s proven “Advanced Energy” multi-fuel pellet technology, allowing homeowners to choose fuel options ranging from wood and grass pellets, to corn and wheat. The EDGE 60 has a programmable wall control with a thermostat to regulate heat output to achieve optimum fuel efficiency. It also has an automatic self-cleaning feature and is whisper quiet when operating.

Additional standard features of the EDGE 60 include an extra large hopper holding 120 pounds of pellets for up to seven days of extended operation and a slide out rail system for easy maintenance. The homeowner can choose from four front options, ranging from traditional to modern in style. The fronts are available in a variety of finishes, including today’s popular brushed nickel and oiled bronze.

“Environmentally conscious homeowners who supplement their home’s central heat with a pellet fireplace, stove or insert can attain the same CO2 reduction of owning three hybrid cars,” said Jeni Forman, Quadra-Fire brand manager. “And heating with pellet fuels is carbon neutral, so it does not affect their carbon footprint.” The EDGE 60 provides the beauty of a fireplace while giving homeowners piece of mind that they are living “green” by using renewable fuel sources.

The EDGE 60 pellet fireplace will be available at Quadra-Fire dealers and distributors in spring 2009, and is on display at the International Builder Show, booth C5643. Product images and additional information.

Quadra-Fire® is a brand of Hearth & Home Technologies Inc. Quadra-Fire hearth products deliver high performance, control and durability, helping homeowners capture fire’s full potential as a clean heating source, while enjoying beautiful visual assets in their homes. Durable, high-efficiency Quadra-Fire stoves, inserts and fireplaces meet the guidelines established by the USGBC LEED® for Homes and NAHB Green Building Standard for sustainable building practices. Visit www.quadrafire.com or call 800-926-4356.

About Hearth & Home Technologies
Hearth & Home Technologies is the world’s leading provider of whole hearth systems including fireplaces, stoves and inserts, as well as furnaces that utilize biomass fuels. Its family of brands includes Harman™, Heatilator®, Heat & Glo®, Quadra-Fire® and Fireside Hearth & Home® retail stores and builder design centers. The company offers a wide variety of energy efficient and environmentally sustainable hearth products, which are manufactured, packaged and delivered with respect for the environment. Hearth & Home Technologies is a subsidiary of HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI), the second largest office furniture manufacturer in the United States. Visit www.hearthnhome.com.