A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
After years of running a virtual fireplace on a computer screen in my downtown apartment, I became fixated on the idea of something better. Something that could provide the ambiance of a fireplace in an urban environment without the need to install chimneys or run electric/gas lines. I quickly found the bio-ethanol fuel furniture marketplace and was no sooner disappointed with the ridiculous mark-ups that have become commonplace within the furniture industry at large.
I became absolutely convinced I could do it better, and cheaper, myself and began researching everything that went into manufacturing a proper metal table frame.
After months of diligence, I found a great manufacturer. We worked together to modify a European model of theirs to bring it to the American marketplace - we modified everything from the dimensions, the legs, density of the metal, and other properties to bring the cost considerably down to a fraction of any available units on the marketplace. I quit my dayjob at Harley Davidson in January and Northern Elements was born.
It was important to us that it not only be an attractive, conversation starting piece that was reasonably priced, but practical as well. Bio-ethanol is the logical choice because of its unique chemical combustion which does not need direct ventilation.
As for the design, it's got a long journey overseas so we started by ensuring the underside was as hollow as it could be, allowing for all components to be stowed inside of the unit itself and pack better, tighter and more efficiently.
We wanted to make sure it had a modern, clean, almost seamless look to it. Minimalist in its glass and steel enclosure, with nothing added that didn't serve a functional purpose. We wanted it to be a more utilitarian, interacted with, piece of furniture.
After several modifications, I feel I have found the most efficient, cost effective method for making premium quality bio-ethanol furniture available to the average person and at a fraction of the cost of the competition. Now that I have one for myself I'd like to offer them to the public as well.
Inspired by the winters of the north, designed around the core element of fire and built with affordability in mind, our first offering "Kaffee" is a modern twist on a classic concept that I hope will be a welcome addition to your home.
Well anyone can buy it of course, but I did have a specific buyer in mind. I had hoped to empower an urban dwelling millennial, like myself. A young professional still establishing their career, a bit of disposable income above and beyond the IKEA entry level furniture, but not quite ready to justify spending $600 or more on boutique retail furniture that simply sn't very remarkable. Someone perhaps with a place of their own for the first time, living in an apartment or condo in a large city and without access to a fireplace. I made this for them to come home to and relax after a long days work, designed to be portable, and dead simple to operate.
Assemble the table per the instruction guide provided - its simple I promise.
1) Attach the legs with the small screws.
2) Screw in glass panels.
3) Insert burner.
4) Add your fireplace glass or fire resistant stones to the basin if you have them.
5) Slide the lid to the side and our in the bio-ethanol fuel until its fully saturated - e.g. when you begin to see it pool a the bottom.(Fuel not included)
6) Carefully light with included long lighter.
Once done, simply use the included extinguishing tool to close the lid (leave it closed to avoid evaporation).
1 - Table in a black, white, or Overcast color as featured.
1 - 1.5 Liter burner unit with cover and basin
1 - Brushed Aluminum Long Lighter
4 - Legs with screws
4 - Glass panels with adjustable spacers
1 - Steel Extinguishing Tool
44.5"L x 17.5"W x 9"H
Warranty: 1 Year Manufacturer's
Replaceable 1.5L Bio-ethanol Burner Insert
Uses Pure Ethanol Fuel ONLY
Double Powder-Coated Steel Table
Airtight Glass Fire Enclosure
Removable Glass Panels
Gives Off About 5,000 BTUs Of Heat
48 lbs Packed
46 lbs Unpacked
Left - White Gloss
Top Right- Overcast (Featured)
Bottom Right - Black Gloss
Its smoke free, meaning no ventilation needed. No gas lines. No power lines. It run on commercially available, easy to refill, fuel that is cheaper by the dollar for burn time when compered to a designer candle. And it looks really cool.
We love Wisconsin and the inspiration of the tundra, but we've been ranked dead last in startups. The VC/Angel scene to finance manufacturing up front and carry inventory is basically non-existent, and the few I have talked to are obsessed with me raising my price for no reason other than more return on their investment. We're not willing to do that because we are committed to making remarkable sub $400 furniture pieces and their is simply no way to do that unless we go direct to the people!
We’re looking to raise $60,000 by selling at least 212 units. Why 212? Given the dimensions, 212 is the amount that fits into a standard sea freight shipping container and the minimum volume at which the costs make financial sense. While I appreciate every dollar, we can't afford the logistical complexity of multi-tier offerings. We wanted to keep our beginnings simple by offering one tier, for one product.
We’ll use our campaign funding to initiate large scale manufacturing and get the first batch delivered within about 9 weeks - 30 days to manufacture, 30 days via sea freight, and another 10 to get to Fulfillment by Amazon centers who will send it to you.
If this campaign is a success, we will go all in on some of our other prototypes and bring them to market - end tables, accents, all remarkable pieces designed for urban environments and all built around the core element of fire.
Risks and challenges
This is an open top flame. While it will come with a full user manual, it bears repeating that as with any flame it should never be left unattended.
The fuel should never be mixed diluted or altered and should always be pure bioethanol fuel.
Nothing should be within 1 meter of the flame.
Nothing is more important to us than the fulfillment of a promise, made good to our backers, by delivering your unit on time. We’ve done everything in our power to establish, and rigorously test and ensure the efficacy of our supply chain from end to end, and preemptively mitigate any issues that may occur along the way.
We plan on delivering the table within 75 days: 30 for manufacturing, another 30 for sea freight, and 15 to go from port, via Fullfillment BY Amazon, to you.
We’ve already established partnerships with manufacturers in China who have decades of experience with consumer products and are standing by at the ready to mass produce. We anticipate no future component shortages, facility issues, or certifications.
However their are several things beyond our control that we cannot control for that may affect delivery time - national holidays, trade embargoes, or political unrest of any kind may impede delivery.
If anything prevents you from getting your unit in a timely manner rest assured you will be refunded the full amount of your pledge without hesitation.