February 2014

In This Issue

Signs of Strength

By Bill Sendelback

Sales of gas fireplaces, the most important category in the hearth industry, rebounded a bit in 2012, and even more in 2013.

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Kamado Fever

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Interest in kamados remains high, as accessories proliferate and Big Box stores enter the field.

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Inside the VC Foundry

By Richard Wright

Built by Murray Howell and Duncan Syme in 1979, the Vermont Castings foundry has been managed and cared for all of those 35 years by Bob Wright.

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2013 December Business Climate

In early January, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,133 specialty retailers of hearth, barbecue and patio products, asking them to compare December 2013 sales to December 2012. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 192 useable returns.

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