Explosion hazard causes Minnesota company to recall gas fireplaces


Lakefield-based Hussong Manufacturing, known for its Kozy Heat products, is recalling about 16,000 gas fireplaces and fireplace inserts due tan explosion hazard.

The company has received nine reports of gas being released prematurely and exploding, the Consumer Product Safety Commission's recall notice says. Nobody has been seriously injured, but minor property damage occurred and there were two reports of abrasions.

The recall affects 22 models, sold under the name Kozy Heat Fireplaces, Ambiance Fireplaces and Stellar Hearth Products. In all, about 13,600 units in the U.S. and 2,170 in Canada are affected.

They were manufactured between October 2009 and April 2013. A full list of the serial numbers (which can be found on a silver testing label attached by a chain and next to the gas valve of the fireplace or fireplace insert) and manufacturing dates can be found at this website.

The company issued a statement saying anyone with these models should stop using their fireplace immediately and contact the dealer where it was purchased. If that dealer is no longer in business, call Hussong Manufacturing at (800) 253-4904.

The problem part – the ignition board – will be replaced free of charge.

The following model numbers are affected: CSK-31-IPI, CSK-335-IPI, 911-IPI, 911XL-IPI, JOR-30, JOR-34, MPS-30, MPS-34, RFD-30, RFD-34, NCL-195, DSL-36-IPI, DEL-36-IPI, PRC-36-IPI, 56701-IPI, 55345-IPI, TMT-3875-IPI, SLA-42, INT-100, INT-200, CML-58-S, CML58-S.

According to its website, Hussong Manufacturing was established in 1976. It's a privately-held, family-owned business. SalesFuel says the company has between 100 and 249 employees, and has annual sales from $10-49.9 million.

Next Up

Andrelton Simmons / Minnesota Twins

Twins sign Andrelton Simmons to one-year deal

The former Angels shortstop is a four-time Gold Glove winner.

covid, vaccine

Minnesotans eligible for COVID shots only need to pre-register once for vaccine lottery

This is good news for people worried that they'd need to sign up every week.

police lights

2 people charged in separate Minneapolis homicides that happened hours apart

A woman is accused of stabbing a man in the chest over $60, while a man is accused of accidentally shooting a victim on the man's birthday.

House for sale

Despite pandemic, Twin Cities housing market set records in 2020

Sales were up 7.7% in 2020 compared to the year before.

Target store inside

Target unveils 'limited-edition' home, lifestyle collection with Levi Strauss

The new collection will be available in some stores and everyone online Feb. 28.

Tim Walz

Walz's $52.4 billion budget increases school spending, raises taxes on wealthy

He says the budget will help level the playing field and ensure all Minnesotans have a fair shot at economic recovery,

Screen Shot 2021-01-26 at 12.55.00 PM

Pictures from Minnesota GOP's Deadwood retreat show no masks, no distancing

The pictures were shared in Chair Jennifer Carnahan's latest email newsletter.

Alexus Norberg

Search for girl, 14, missing from St. Cloud

The teen left her home without her parents' permission.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, January 26

The health departments provided new data daily at 11 a.m.