Friendly Fires Musical Float Thrills in Santa Claus Parades

Friendly Fires Musical Float Thrills in Carleton Place and Almonte Santa Claus Parades

Each year many communities around Ontario put on Santa Claus parades, and for the past two years Friendly Fires has joined in that community spirit by participating in not one, but two local Santa Claus parades! For the second year in a row Friendly Fires participated in both the Carleton Place and Almonte Santa Claus […]

Helpful Fireplace Safety Tips to Keep Your Home and Family Safe this Winter

Helpful Fireplace Safety Tips to Keep You and Your Family Safe All Winter

It’s a basic idea that we all understand – fireplaces get hot. But sometimes, especially with gas fireplaces that have sealed combustion systems behind glass, it’s easy to overlook basic gas fireplace safety, so please have a read through these Helpful Fireplace Safety Tips to Keep Your Home and Family Safe this Winter. When using […]

Zero-Clearance Fireplaces – Why these cost-efficient Fireplaces are a great choice!

zero clearance fireplaces | Friendly Fires

Zero-clearance fireplaces are a great, efficient choice when looking for a fireplace. Many people want a fireplace in their home; but masonry fireplaces are bulky and the cost can be prohibitive. Zero-clearance fireplaces have flexible, hassle-free installation requirements. Just about any space in any person’s home in Canada is likely to be ideal for having […]

Friendly Fires wins prestigious safety award!

TSSA Safety Awards | Friendly Fires

We are thrilled to announce that Friendly Fires has received the 2017 TSSA Impact Safety award. TSSA (Technical Standards & Safety Authority) created its Safety Awards program in 2015 as a way to formally acknowledge those individuals and organizations who work in regulated sectors – fuels, elevating and amusements devices, boilers and pressure vessels, operating […]

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

Fireplace Benefits - FriendlyFires.ca

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 […]

Summer Chimney Sweep?

Chimney Sweep Ontario

We often get asked when the best time is to clean a fireplace or get a chimney sweep. Although most of our customers get their wood (or pellet) fireplaces cleaned in the fall or winter, believe it or not, Spring and Summer are probably better. A chimney sweep (or pellet cleaning) essentially removes creosote, ash, […]

What charcoal BBQ to buy?

Growth in charcoal cooking these past few years has been dramatic. Whether it’s the taste in food or simply the versatility (from smoking to searing in one appliance), charcoal is back! One question often asked in our stores is: What’s the best Kamado charcoal BBQ?  Kamado refers to the ceramic charcoal BBQs – allowing increased […]

Another Great Year

Friendly Fires Trainers

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 […]

Are Solar Panels Normal?

When I graduated from Queen’s University in 1995 as a very young environmental idealist, I dreamed of a day when Solar Panels would be easily accessible – not a novelty item.  So began my epic journey into the Solar Industry.  Back then, hardly anyone had touched or seen a solar panel, let alone had them […]

New Emission Standards for Wood Stoves

There has been a lot of chatter in the fireplace industry this past couple of weeks about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Residential Wood Heaters.  Although the EPA is an American Government Agency, their rules and regulations affect the wood and pellet stoves that are sold here in Canada. […]

Does it get any better?

HPBA Vesta

What an amazing year for Friendly Fires! First – we were featured in Pools, Spas & Patio Magazine.  Then, we were featured in Patio Hearth & Product Report for our opinions on the North American fireplace & BBQ market.  One of our fireplaces was then chosen for the Colin & Justin Bunkie (two popular designers […]