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Old 09-23-2016, 08:32 PM   #21
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Old 09-23-2016, 08:36 PM   #22
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Damn China bomb fireplaces.

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Old 09-23-2016, 10:42 PM   #23
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Tempered glass, generally tinted, can spontaneously break. Usually the glass is in an exterior position on a building elevation exposed to sunlight. There is a defect sometimes built into the glass and it's called a nickel sulfide inclusion. It starts off as a tiny flaw but when exposed to sunlight the nickel sulfide inclusion grows until the stress created causes the glass to explode. Sometimes, if the glass remains in the frame you'll see a radial fracture pattern. The nickel sulfide inclusion is at the bullseye and can be seen with a microscope.

Also, the glass generally used for the fronts of residential fireplaces isn't glass but a ceramic that can handle high temperatures.
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Old 09-23-2016, 11:38 PM   #24
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We had a similar explosion of a tempered glass table top on the patio at home. It had withstood years of use and standing in the weather but one fine day it just let go. Fortunately DW and fur babies were indoors at the time.
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Old 09-24-2016, 08:02 AM   #25
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The brand of our fireplace is Tec Flame and I was looking through the small manual that came with the fireplace for contact information and found none. As I was reading though the manual I came across this sentence amid a couple of paragraphs under the heading After Sales Service. “Should you require after sales service you should contact our customer service help desk on xxx xxx xxx.” Yep, a bunch of X’s instead of a number. Ya gotta love the RV industry.

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Old 09-24-2016, 08:33 AM   #26
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Evidently this happens, and is probably something all members should be aware of, either for their RV or home products.

An ABC news affiliate did a report on this last year, and it's a pretty good video to watch for educational purposes. The experts/manufacturers state that a defect in the glass can take years to show. (well after a warranty has expired I'm sure)

Experts explain when, why tempered glass can randomly explode -

Thanks Oakman, for sharing.
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Old 09-24-2016, 08:50 AM   #27
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One of our favorite campgrounds when visiting family in Columbia. Only downside is not having fire rings, so you're out of luck if you want a fire. Good luck in getting it replaced!
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Old 09-24-2016, 09:30 AM   #28
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Originally Posted by Rugged Brown View Post
Without a doubt, it's caused by the wind baffling down the chimney...
Hee-hee..that's good one. Every electric fireplace must have a chimney. Maybe it got bumped by Santa on a practice run..
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I think this will get you started. I consider myself a pretty good googler. I often have to search for odd and old stuff at work...this was a bit tuff...almost like they didn't want to be found.

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Old 09-24-2016, 11:16 AM   #30
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Severe temp extremes can also cause tempered glass to shatter. Picked up a window that was extremely cold with my bare hands. The warmth from my skin caused the break.

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