It was 1907 when Rasmus Rasmussen, a Danish immigrant, opened his
blacksmith shop on Philadelphia St. in Whittier, CA. In addition to
more traditional blacksmith services, Rasmus quickly developed a
sideline business making fancy fireplace tools and screens.
Through the decades the business evolved and changed,
Rasmussen Iron Works made everything from truck body
parts, to steel buildings, to welding rod handles used
to build ships for WWII. After the war, Rasmus’ son, Ted
Sr., opened a fireplace retail store in front of the
manufacturing shop. Among the items he carried were gas
It would be Ted Sr.’s son T.R. that would make a breakthrough in
gas logs in 1958. After seeing a plumber trying to bubble natural
gas through water to create a “dancing flame” effect for a
restaurant’s waiting area, T.R. developed the sand pan burner, which
is still sold today and still provides the most realistic wood flame
available in a gas log set.
When he couldn’t find a manufacturer to make logs for him, T.R.
developed his own molding technique, using real wood logs as
patterns and capable of reproducing the smallest bark detail in the
finest refractory materials available. Over the years, T.R.
would create many styles of log sets, including oak, split, char,
birch, manzanita, driftwood stumps, eucalyptus, and pine cones, as
well as geometric shapes.
There is now a fourth generation of Rasmussen working out of the
facilities on Philadelphia Street. T.R. and his son, Rett,
have continued with innovations
including the Chillbuster line of gas log heaters, ALTERNA
Contemporary Gas Fires (FireBalls, FireShapes and FireStones) and the Solaire
Through all the changes over the years,
craftsmanship, value, and industry leadership have been the
constants at Rasmussen Iron Works, Inc.