August 2, 2005

DESA Heating Products Announces Recall of Compact Gas Fireplaces

Name of Product: “Vanguard” and “FMI” Compact Fireplaces

Units: 534

Manufacturer: DESA Heating Products, of Bowling Green, Ky.

Hazard: The burner tube connection to the gas valve can leak gas when the main burner is on. This leaking gas can ignite, causing a minor flare-up, which could cause nearby combustibles to ignite.

Description: The recall includes DESA Heating Products 10,000 Btu Thermostatically Controlled Compact Classic Hearth Fireplaces that burn propane or natural gas. They have the following model names and number: Vanguard (VMH10TPC & VMH10TNC) and FMI (EFS10TPA & EFS10TNA). They have serial numbers between 015200000 and 017400000. The model and serial numbers are on the end of the shipping carton and on the model data tags inside the lower access door of the compact fireplaces.

Sold at: Hearth shops, central heat and air conditioning retailers and gas suppliers nationwide from April 2004 through June 2005 for between $639 and $912.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using this fireplace immediately and contact your retailer to schedule a free repair. If consumers have any questions concerning this recall, they should contact their local retailer or DESA.

Consumer Contact: Contact DESA toll-free at (866) 279-3225 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the DESA Web site at