The Story of CUI

The CUI Story

"How Cans Unlimited became CUI"

CUI started in 1978 as Cans Unlimited, Inc. At first, we supplied Kerosene heaters, wicks, accessories and replacement parts. During this time our founder, Al Groves, sensed a need for a kerosene fuel container that looked different from standard red gas cans. He began brokering and selling these blue kerosene cans in massive quantities all over the country, and Cans Unlimited Inc. was born.

We began the natural transition into gas products in the early 1990s. In 1993 we became one of the original distributors for Monessen Hearth Systems, a relationship that is still strong today. We currently partner with R.H. Peterson, Empire Comfort Systems, ProCom and Superior to name a few. CUI is a current authorized parts and warranty center for all of these manufacturers. Please log in to our Resource Center for a complete listing of Hearth, Grill, Outdoor Room and Gas Equipment products available now, and we still have kerosene too!

CUI Through the Years


Cans Unlimited, Inc., a supplier for kerosene heaters, accessories and parts, begins selling distinctive blue kerosene cans.


CUI, now specializing in gas products, becomes an original distributor for Monesseson Hearth Systems.


In August of 2009 CUI opened a new division specializing in gas equipment and supplies. We are proud to have been named as a RegO Master Distributor, and hired a team of experienced and established equipment salesmen to launch this endeavor. In addition, we’ve opened two branches, one in Ocala, FL and the other in Cullman, AL. With these new facilities, and products we further hope to be your one source for both equipment and appliances.


CUI is the heating industry leader in inventory and turnaround times. We provide dealers and distributors top-quality products and comprehensive technical and warranty assistance.

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