Customer Testimonials

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HIGHLY RECOMMEND dealing with Friendly Fires …. you won’t be sorry!

After now having my gas fireplace installed , I must share what a pleasure it was to do business with Friendly Fires …
They returned calls, kept me in the loop, arrived when said they would …all a great experience …
Everyone there very helpful , HIGHLY RECOMMEND dealing with Friendly Fires … you won’t be sorry!
And a special thank you to Spencer, who walked me through the details, made this whole experience a pleasure.

Thank you every one at Friendly Fires :))))

Cheryl Emery

You did a great job and I appreciate that

Thank you Eric for the great service in finding the log set for Cara propane stove, as it was discontinued.

You did a great job and I appreciate that. Thank you again.

Sincerely Glenn

Dealing with Friendly Fires is like stepping back in time to when businesses had inventory, the staff were very knowledgeable and had the attitude we can’t do enough for the customer. 

When the door gasket needed replacing on our 30 year old Pacific Energy wood stove  I picked up the CTC universal fits all gasket. I wound up breaking the door handle trying to do a press fit of the gasket that was too thick to fit. I took the door to Friendly Fires. They had the proper gasket and a new handle in stock. They were happy to make the repair. I only paid for the parts.

Today I returned with the worn out fan from the same unit. Again they had the new fan in stock. They fitted the new fan into its housing  and tested it while i waited. Dealing with Friendly Fires is like stepping back in time to when businesses had inventory, the staff were very knowledgeable and had the attitude we can’t do enough for the customer. 

Duncan is definitely a huge asset to your business… he truly was the face of Friendly Fires for us.

Hi Brad~

I am sending you this letter on behalf of both myself and my husband Rick.
We would like to share with you our experience with Friendly Fires over the past several months.

When we moved back to Kingston in 2001 we purchased a wood burning insert from your store and was very happy at that time with not only the product, but the service as well.

Many years later we found ourselves in need of another insert and Friendly Fires was our first and only destination.
The unit we purchased proved to have some manufacturing flaws and issues… in particular for our space.

Not once did Friendly Fires staff not go above and beyond to provide the best service possible.
From your receptionist to the service techs who came to our home. Everyone worked together to find a solution.

One person stood out and that is Duncan Rider. He was and is an amazing person to work with.
He is always polite, knowledgeable and willing to help in any way he can. Nothing was an imposition to try to find a solution.
Duncan is definitely a huge asset to your business… he truly was the face of Friendly Fires for us.

After many, many service calls to our home a decision was made to pull the existing unit and replace it with another of our choice and at no cost to us! Thankfully it was also pulled from your showroom as well.

What a wonderful and generous gesture on your part. Truly a rare quality in any business and certainly shows your integrity. Wow!
We were thrilled to say the least and very relieved to now have a much more reliable and functioning wood burning insert in our home today.

Not only was this all possible because of you, but your honesty also provided us with something I personally always wanted… a propane fire pit. All this at no cost to us.

There are no words to express how grateful we are that we chose Friendly Fires… although there were some issues along the way that were out of your control, Friendly Fires did take it upon themselves to make it right! … and that you did!

Thank you so much!
Because of the way we were treated we have recommended your business to several people now and two of them have made purchases.
They were also very happy with not only their product but your service.

We wish you many more years of success in what you do best!

Rick & Karen Burgess

Thanks for the phenomenal customer service! It’s very much appreciated.

Hi Steve & Jason,

We just wanted to take the time to send a big thank you. Friendly Fires has been nothing but accommodating and reasonable throughout rectifying this incident. We fully acknowledge mistakes do happen and it’s been really great to have a company be so willing to work with us through this. We will be very happy to recommend Friendly Fires to friends and family in the future.

Thanks for the phenomenal customer service! It’s very much appreciated.

Michelle & Andrew

Tristan and team were outstanding

To the Service Dept,

I was in the Kingston store and tried to give verbal feedback about how great our woodstove was working after it’s servicing with Tristan and team.

I understand from a salesman that bonuses are performance related and customer feedback is key. Tristan and team were outstanding and fixing a leaking issue has made life with a woodstove happy again !

Thanks to those 2 young men.

Susanna D

My experience with Friendly Fires was more than just “friendly” it was fantastic!

To whom it may concern,

When I decided to add a wood burning stove to my cottage, I wasn’t sure where to begin. There are so many “guys” out there that are certified but I wanted to deal with a company that I knew would be around when I needed them down the road. My contractor friend recommended Friendly Fires so I called and was soon in touch with a sales person named Gene de St. Croix.

My dealings on the sales end with both Gene and Jason were fantastic. They answered all my questions and made me feel good about the stove that I chose with their help and guidance.

When I pulled the trigger and decided to move forward with the quote, Andrea was excellent to deal with in co-ordinating both the site inspection and the installation date.

When Mike and his helper showed up to do the install, I was blown away. I am a contractor myself and work with trades people every day. Mike really knew his stuff and his work was impeccable.

Overall, my experience with Friendly Fires was more than just “friendly” it was fantastic! I would not hesitate to recommend this team to anyone. It’s a difficult industry to compare pricing as every stove seems similar and every time you want a quote, there is a site inspection fee so shopping around can become expensive which will negate any savings you are looking for. For this reason alone, it’s important to find a company that you can trust. Friendly Fires was the right choice for me.


Aaron Zon

My recent experience with two of your staff members

Eric and the Friendly Fires Team,

I just want to relay my recent experience with two of your staff members.

As you know, we purchased a wood burning stove and corner hearth from you, which was installed on July 24 at our cottage on Balsam Lake. As promised, our two Friendly Fires installers arrived bright and early on this day. Bobby and Jared were professional, courteous and very helpful in addressing our questions before they began. We felt confident with the two of them right away, as they displayed much knowledge and experience in the installation process but also in the wood stove performance and functionality itself. We felt comfortable with their ability, even in cutting through our brand new cottage roof! Bobby and Jared encountered a couple small surprises (such as not having all the connection pipes included in the manufacturer’s kit), but they worked through the solution with a great attitude and a “no problem” mindset. It set them back in time but they were pleasant and as efficient as possible about it. As installation wrapped up, Bobby and Jared did a great job cleaning up and left our cottage immaculate. They discussed the “first burn” with us before they left as well as answered all our questions with patience and thoroughness. They did not cut us short on answers or detailed information at all! This is MUCH appreciated!!!

Thanks to you also, Eric, as our sales rep. You clearly and professionally assisted us in choosing the right stove. You were patient and very thorough in explaining all of our options in a wood stove and the pros and cons of each. You explained what would work best for our space and needs and you remained considerate of our budget. After spending a lengthy amount of time with us, we felt confident with your product and your team and we did not even bother to shop elsewhere, which was our original plan. Thank you Eric for taking the time to make this process so informative and “customer friendly”.
So, thank you Friendly Fires and especially Bobby, Jared and Eric on an excellent customer experience so far with our wood stove purchase. We look forward to our first fire and to keeping our cottage toasty when the cold weather comes along.
We hope to make it to your showroom this fall to have a look at your accessories!

Abigail Dixon

We were happy with the installation crew

Hi Eric,

When I was in on Friday to get the grill, you mentioned that you would like to have a couple of photos of the finished fireplace we put in from you guys in February 2017.  Here are three photos, one from each side and a close-up.  We were happy with the installation crew, and when the fireplace had an issue with the fan sensor, you took care of it right away and the fireplace has worked perfectly ever since.  Matt did a great job on the masonry and we would gladly recommend him.

Since Friday, we’ve cooked 7 meals on the Primo.  None were scorched although one of my steaks was more medium than medium-rare, but with the sear, it was still tender and juicy.  We don’t find the wait too long at all.  Now just looking forward to actually smoking something on it.  At this point, it looks like the Primo will be our go-to grill:  the smoke adds something that a gas grill just can’t touch.  Thanks for the recommendation and the time you took to show me how to use it.


Once again thanks to Friendly Fires.

Your installers were here early this morning and did a great job of installing the liner and stove. It works very well with a very even heat. Once again thanks to Friendly Fires.


It was truly a very exceptional experience working with Friendly Fires

Hi Amy, it’s been awhile since we last connected. Matt has finished the fireplace, it looks amazing we couldn’t be more pleased with the final product. Although it took a little longer than first planned it was well worth the wait. I can’t say enough of how pleased we are with having Matt do the stone work to finish the fireplace. It was truly a very exceptional experience working with Friendly Fires and Matt to say the very least. Thank you again for your help and most definitely recommending Matt he is a true craftsman in every sense !!!

Regards Don…

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Things are great with the new insert, we love it

Hi Darren!

Just wanted to let you know things are great with the new insert, we love it. thank you! and a shout out to the young fellas that installed it, super nice, polite and friendly.

Thanks again, Theresa M

Friendly fires was awesome to deal with!

Hi Brad,

Friendly fires was awesome to deal with! Gene listened and worked hard to source and fulfill my request. Then friendly fires went above and beyond to insure quick delivery, thank you all so much. I will definitely be in touch should I have any wood stove for fireplace need in the future!

Parry Sound, Ontario

Just a brief note to say thank you

Just a brief note to say thank you.

A week ago your service tech Kyle arrived and replaced our faulty auger motor. While here he also did a complete stove cleaning. We appreciated the professional manner in which Kyle went about his task. He is a knowledgeable person and we appreciated the manner in which he attended to our problem.

Again thank you.

A satisfied customer
John M

BBQ Donation for Lanark County Interval House Charity Run

Hi Alex and staff,

I wanted to personally thank you so much for the BBQ that you gave as a donation for our Charity Run for Lanark County Interval House ! It was a wonderful prize for the first prize winner, Kevin Wagorn.

We were able to raise $15,448.00 for this much needed charity. We had an increase in runners this year being that it is our 2nd year for the run and look forward to our 3rd annual run next Oct.13!

All of this is because of the tremendous support from companies like you !!


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Very professional, neat and helpful

Good Morning Eric,

Dave and Mike did a great job installing the fireplace. They were very professional, neat and helpful. Thank them again for us.

Thanks again for everything – It has been a pleasure.

I will be in touch next year when we get our landscaping done and want to move for ward with the basement propane fireplace.


Your service was top notch from beginning to end

Hi Curtis,

We are thrilled with our stove. The basement was toasty warm last night when we watched tv. Your service was top notch from beginning to end. Thank you. We will certainly recommend you to anyone we know who is in the market for a stove.


Thank you all for a job well done.

Hi Shaun,

Russell and Jan were terrific! They are nice guys who worked steadily and unobtrusively and then, when the job was done, conscientiously cleaned up the work area.

They told me some information I needed to know when first building a fire in the new stove. I appreciated that, plus some other items they mentioned.

I commend you for sending such a great pair of men to install my wood stove. I do believe a raise is in order!

Thank you all for a job well done.

Joanne Ankers

Clearly Friendly Fires has a great team who are very dedicated to customer satisfaction.

Hi Eric.

Thanks so much for your follow up call today. It was great to hear from you and this follow-up call is typical of the high quality of service that we have received from Friendly Fires.

The install went extremely well and I am attaching photos of the two inserts in place. Both my wife and I think they look terrific.

The Valor with its antique casting looks great in the living room and the Montigo with its sleek or more modern design looks very good in the family room.

You may notice from the picture that the Valor ended up coming with the red brick liner, however we’re quite pleased with how this looks and that’s not an issue in any way.

We did have an opportunity to try out both inserts during the cooler weather we had and they work extremely well even without using the blowers.

We remain extremely pleased with value and quality of these units.

The technicians who did the install did a great job. We did run into some challenges with installing the Montigo due to a brick ledge on the fireplace, however they responded extremely professionally to this challenge were able to carefully remove the brick ledge without damage to the remaining brick work and to achieve a very solid and excellent looking final installation.

I think it’s a true test of a technician’s workmanship when they encounter an unexpected situation and are able to resolve it so smoothly and to the customer’s satisfaction.

I can indicate that our propane supplier British Empire Fuels has been in and done a inspection of the installation and they commented positively on the excellent work and had no issues with approving a job well done.

I was also impressed with the preinstallation process of Friendly Fires having technicians come out and assess the challenges associated with the installation to make sure that the entire job went smoothly.

You have been terrific to deal with as a salesperson, answering all of my questions and providing excellent follow up. The preinspection technicians commented very positively on your knowledge and skill at estimating the needs for an installation and apparently found nothing you hadn’t anticipated..

Clearly Friendly Fires has a great team who are very dedicated to customer satisfaction.

In conclusion it has been a great experience dealing with Friendly Fires staff and I would have no hesitation in recommending
your company to friends and colleagues.

When I get a few minutes I do intend to do a post on your website with positive review.

Once again thank you for your excellent service, and I expect we’ll be in touch in about a year to arrange for an annual cleaning and servicing.

All my best.

Malcolm (Mac) MacFarlane

September 2017

Looking forward to cozying up with my new Enviro E20 Gas Insert!

Hi Curtis,

I just wanted to send a quick note to you to thank you, Shaun and the team for getting the fireplace insert completed for me.

I have appreciated everyone’s professionalism and diligence in getting the job done.

I am looking forward to many cosy nights ahead.

All the best for the weekend,

Anne-Marie Bergman

Kingston, ON

September 2017