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Perspective:
Slip Sliding Away

For decades, the incidence of fireplaces in new construction (both tract and custom homes) hovered around 60%. Six out of every 10 new homes were equipped with a fireplace. The majority of those fireplaces were the cheapest products being manufactured.

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Fire Outside

By Bill Sendelback

Fire outside has taken its place as a regular category in the product lineup of most manufacturers.

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Quietly Growing

By Bill Sendelback

In 1980, “Barney” O’Donnell saw an opportunity to use his company's expertise in gas heat; he purchased Mendota Hearth Products and has been growing it (quietly) ever since.

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Heart Attack?

By Bill Sendelback

Fifty-five percent of U.S. single-family housing starts in 2017 did not include a fireplace.

 

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Pellet Power

By Lisa Readie Mayer

After only three decades, pellet grills are an overnight success, and smart retailers are jumping on the bandwagon.

 

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A Life of Design

By Mark Brock

Perfectionists Richard and Catherine Frinier reflect on lives well-spent in the worlds of travel and design.

 

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Now in Vogue

By Tom Lassiter

The trio of Teak, Ipé, and Roblé are at the pinnacle of fine outdoor wood furniture.

 

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2018 December Business Climate

In early January, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, patio, and barbecue products, asking them to compare December 2018 sales to December 2017. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 192 useable returns.

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Perspective:
Doing Good

Old Ralph Waldo had it right, and the boys who started Operation BBQ Relief (OBR) also had it right. Belonging to a cause, embracing an issue, helping someone in need – be it one person or many – will polish your heart and make you feel better, even better than those being helped.

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The Price Is Right

By Bill Sendelback

Sales, and prices, of electric fires are increasing, and the market is shifting to specialty hearth shops.

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Spotlight on Kamados

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Ceramic cookers are moving into the mainstream, as manufacturers continue to add new features, more accessories, and island surrounds.

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