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Three Awards For Napoleon

By Richard Wright

The company leaves with awards in two categories – Wood Products and Electric Products, as well as the Daniel J. Melcon Award for Best-in-Show – Hearth Products.

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Down, Not Out

By Bill Sendelback

For the most part, the Expo was better than expected, particularly on that first day.

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The True Cost of Electrification

Electricity is not known for its resiliency during winter storms or other emergency situations. Without storage, if the power goes out, you have no power to heat, cook, or bathe if you depend on grid electricity, which the vast majority of consumers do.

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2020 February Business Climate

In early March, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, patio, and barbecue products, asking them to compare February 2020 sales to February 2019. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 186 useable returns.

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Clearing Hurdles

By Bill Sendelback

Wood-burners are selling well despite the turmoil created by the EPA’s NSPS 2020; once again manufacturers display their resilience (limbo, anyone?).

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Meet Dick Hoffman

By Bill Sendelback

The new chairman of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association just sold his retail store in Asheville, North Carolina. Don’t worry, he says the sale will give him more time to spend on his chairman duties.

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Fireside Chats

By Richard Wright

The following interviews with the CEOs of three companies – The Empire Group (Empire Comfort Systems, Stove Builder International (SBI), Broilmaster, and Primo Grills); Montigo; and Stûv America – underlines the workload required to run a hearth company today.

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Listen to Yogi

By Bill Sendelback

Collin Emmett worked hard, created a successful business, and married the right woman (which was his best decision).

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Buy vs. Borrow?

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Will the rapidly growing sharing economy take a bite out of (your) retail sales? Only if you let it by not joining the trend.

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Wayne's World

By Bill Sendelback

Designing and selling truly custom fireplaces keeps Wayne Holsapple from being bored.

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