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Hearth & Home recalls gas fireplaces and stoves

BY HBSDealer Staff

Hearth & Home Technologies is recalling a number of its gas fireplaces, gas stoves, gas inserts and log sets, citing a tendency for the gas valve to leak.

The recall affects about 20,000 units of Heat-N-Glo, Heatilator, Outdoor Lifestyles and Quadra Fire products, which encompass both natural and propane gas indoor and outdoor fireplaces, stoves, inserts and log sets.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging customers to immediately discontinue use of the products, to turn off the gas and contact the store they bought it from. A free inspection will be performed, as well as a free valve replacement provided if necessary.

Though the leaky gas valve poses a fire hazard, no incidents or injuries have been reported yet.

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GE introduces a kitchen hybrid

BY HBSDealer Staff

GE’s latest offering in the appliance section involves a next-level combination microwave/wall oven featuring GE’s most advanced cooking technology.

The Advantium Speedcooking Oven performs four functions in one: speedcook, European convection, microwave and warming/proofing. Additionally, it installs easily in kitchens that are already set up with a built-in microwave/wall oven set.

“By purchasing an appliance that already fits the cut-out of current kitchen cabinets, homeowners don’t have to totally reconfigure the kitchen layout which will save them money on the cost of a remodel,” said Paul Bristow, product manager for Built-in Cooking at GE Appliances. “With the built-in Advantium/wall oven combo, consumers can get all the latest features GE has to offer and a product that doesn’t cause installation stress.”

The Advantium speedcooking technology works by cooking food on the outside using radiant heat from halogen bulbs, plus an added boost of microwave energy. Food is thus cooked evenly and quickly without sapping its natural moisture.

Consumers can also customize their appliances. Combination variations include a microwave/thermal-oven combo, convection microwave/convection-oven combo and Advantium/convection-oven combo.

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Eagle Materials appoints a director

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Eagle Materials has named Richard Beckwitt, president of Lennar Corporation, to its board of directors.

Beckwitt has been with Lennar Corporation for the past eight years. In the past, he has held various other top-level positions, including his role as president of homebuilder D.R. Horton.

“Rick brings a wealth of experience in the homebuilding business to the Eagle Board along with superb operational and financial talents,” said Eagle chairman Larry Hirsch. “We are confident that Rick will provide valuable input as Eagle continues on its dynamic growth path.”

He has also worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance Departments at Lehman Brothers.

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