Why Wood Stoves are a Wise Decision

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Why Wood Stoves are a Wise Decision There are a number of reasons why wood stoves are a wise decision. Today’s wood stoves are not like the old fashioned pieces you can see in a local museum. With many new styles and clean burning technology, a wood stove is a great addition to any home. […]

Spatchcock Turkey – Kamado Flattened Turkey

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Kamado Flattened Turkey (Spathcock Turkey) Flattened Turkey: A new twist on an old idea. Benefits of BBQing / smoking a flattened turkey include more consistent cooking time, even cooking of the meat, as well as have more surface area for your rubs and spices. Kamado (Primo, Saffire, Egg, etc…) Set-Up Prepare your charcoal kamado set-up […]

Kingston BBQ and Fireplace Giveaway

At Friendly Fires, we are a very fortunate company. Not only do we have the most amazing customers and fantastic staff, but our suppliers are world class too! Let me explain… All 4 of our stores have a strong sense of community and giving back. Last year at one of our Christmas parties, I challenged […]

How to Prevent a Chimney Fire

Chimney fires are a frightening prospect for any homeowner who burns with wood (or pellet).  Beyond damaging your chimney, chimney fires can spread to your home causing injury and death as well as extensive property damage.  But chimney fires can be completely eliminated with a proper precautions. Understanding Chimney Fires There are two types of […]

Fireplace Safety

As heating season comes along, its important to think about fireplace safety when it comes to children (and pets).  Fireplaces (stoves) get hot.  Although certain safety standards have improved over the years (such as mandatory screens on gas and propane fireplaces), there still remains a number of danger areas.  Follow these five steps for a […]

Fireplace Benefits

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The Farmers Almanac is predicting a cold cold winter…..  Here’s how a new stove or fireplace can help! For many people, a fireplace helps to make their house feel more like a home by adding festive ambiance or creating a romantic setting. All year round a new fireplace is an attractive focal piece where family […]

Bristle Free BBQ Brush

There’s been much talk in the news lately on the safety of bristle BBQ brushes.  According to many news sources (and Doctors), there’s been an increase in reported cases where the metal bristle of a BBQ brush has gotten lodged in a person’s throat. Yuck.  Scary. While this is very serious – its important to […]

Efficient Pellet Stove Project

Friendly Fires has been working on an efficient pellet stove project with St. Lawrence College and Green City Initiatives. Just recently at a SWITCH meeting, we were approached by Green City Initiatives as they have been experimenting with pelletizing coffee grinds. Essentially, burning pellets is replaced with an alternative. Their concept was to see if […]

Another Great Year

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Its amazing that another full year has passed.  Once again, we could not be more proud of the incredible accomplishments of our talented team.  2015 was another great year for Friendly Fires, and once again, we achieved some great achievements this year again.  First and foremost, was the addition of some amazing new talent.  We […]

Thank You Hydro One

As we enter the half way point of the fireplace season, its fair to summarize that the weather has not cooperated.  Fireplace sales are weather driven – cold brings in customers (just like the winter tire or air conditioning industries).  So one would assume that fireplace sales are down this year…. But, this is not […]

Celebrity Fireplaces

This week, Friendly Fires completed another installation for a popular home renovation show.  This latest episode will be aired on Home and Garden Television (HGTV) as part of their Income Property / Vacation Property series.  It’s not the first time that Friendly Fires was chosen to be the trusted fireplace contractor, nor the last (we […]

Carleton Place Fireplaces

Yes its true – Friendly Fires is now open in the most cursed location in Carleton Place.  How it came about is an interesting (we think) story.  Although Friendly Fires gets asked to sell & service product across Ontario, we prefer to remain local (close to our service locations) and refer out of town business […]

You can’t touch this!

When I joined the fireplace industry I was amazed as to how many Canadians primarily heat their homes with wood.  Coming from the city I was used to the open brick fireplace that actually removes heat from a home – and I was not familiar with new efficient wood burning appliances. I soon learned that […]

Less Can Be More

A trend in the fireplace & BBQ industry is the infinite increase in choices (options) being offered by manufacturers.  Manufacturers call this giving consumers what they want.  We call this trend sku creation on steroids.  The fireplace & BBQ industries are not alone (I recently purchased a couch that had 4 different shades of red as […]

Built in Canada… or is it ?

One nice thing about our industry is that we get to sell and promote products that are made in Canada.  In fact, almost 80% of what Friendly Fires sells and installs is made in Canada.  In our industry, Canadian-made product is simply better quality and often comes with superior after-sales support.  Some of the best […]

Social media not so social

A successful business nowadays must be best of breed in many categories including finding great employees (the most important), product (high quality), its processes (must be efficient), aware of rules and regulations (getting more complicated and onerous everyday), traditional marketing / branding – and now – social media. 5 years ago a marketing plan consisted of […]

What an amazing team we have!

Last Friday, the Hearth Patio & BBQ Association (HPBA) held their annual trade show and conference in Salt Lake City.  The HPBA has thousands of members and is an association that represents retailers, distributors and manufacturers in the fireplace and BBQ industry.  The annual conference has a trade show, education sessions, as well as an […]

Where did summer go?

BBQ Rib Charcoal Competition

Where did summer go?  That is probably a question that many of you are asking right about now…  The good news for us is that at Friendly Fires transitions from a busy BBQ / Charcoal / Outdoor fireplace focus to indoor stoves and fireplaces (not that BBQ season is over….) and getting a few solar […]