August 2, 2005
Release #05-238
DESA Recall Hotline: (866) 279-3225
DESA Media Contact: (270) 745-7930


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firms named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

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. 

Incidents/Injuries: DESA has received one report of a minor flare-up of the fireplace. DESA has received no reports of personal injury or property damage. 

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

Picture of Recalled Fireplace

Picture of Recalled Sample Model Data Tag

(inside Lower Access Door)