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2012 R+D Awards Citation: Cool Pack

2012 R+D Awards Citation: Cool Pack

  • Montigo's Cool Pack technology

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    Montigo's Cool Pack technology

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    Clint Ford

    Montigo's Cool Pack technology

  • Air drawn into the Cool Pack unit either via gravity induction or an optional fan ventilates the insulating space and exits the exhaust chamber.

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    Air drawn into the Cool Pack unit either via gravity induction or an optional fan ventilates the insulating space and exits the exhaust chamber.

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    Montigo

    Air drawn into the Cool Pack unit either via gravity induction or an optional fan ventilates the insulating space and exits the exhaust chamber.

  • The Cool Pack installation allows the glass in front of the fireplace and the metal handrail to stay cool to touch.

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    The Cool Pack installation allows the glass in front of the fireplace and the metal handrail to stay cool to touch.

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    Jodi Barnhill

    The Cool Pack installation allows the glass in front of the fireplace and the metal handrail to stay cool to touch.

  • Typical architectural fireplace installation

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    Typical architectural fireplace installation

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    Jodi Barnhill

    Typical architectural fireplace installation

Long a standby in hotel lobbies and restaurants, architectural gas fireplaces are appreciated for their aesthetics, not their performance. “I have been in situations where the comfort of the room … [was] compromised because of the fireplace,” said juror Gordon Gill. The Cool Pack system creates an insulating air pocket between two glass panes in front of the fire that helps prevent unwitting guests from overheating or getting injured. The gravity-induced or fan-powered air movement between the panes can drop the temperature of the outermost layer of glass from 450 to 600 F to 110 to 180 F. By assuaging liability worries, the Cool Pack system “offers you the opportunity to put them [fireplaces] in locations where you couldn’t … before,” Gill said. Cool Pack is available with eight different gas-fireplace configurations.


Project Credits

Project Montigo Cool Pack and Power Cool Pack
Manufacturer Montigo, Langley, British Columbia, Canada—Dan Binzer (president and innovator); Alex Titov (lead designer); Rick Stokes (lead developer)