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Barlow Tyrie at 100

By Tom Lassiter

The iconic British manufacturer of teak outdoor furniture reaches its centennial year, and it’s still family-owned.

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Nørwegian Røøts

By Bill Sendelback

Thanks to Eva Horton and Bret Watson, Jøtul North America is in its fifth decade in North America; it has 100 employees and 1,100 dealers (and, yes, wood is still important!)

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2020 March Business Climate

In early April Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, patio, and barbecue products, asking them to compare March 2020 sales to March 2019. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 220 useable returns.

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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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