The following comments are all authentic emails or letters received by our customers. At Friendly Fires, we are genuinely interested in helping customers select the right product for their needs and ensuring that every installation goes smoothly. Should you wish to add your comment, please contact us.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 !!!
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! 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.
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
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 !!
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
Last Friday, Steve and Dave came to our place to help solve a smoke problem we were having with the Stuv wood stove we bought from you last year and to deliver and install a fire table for us. They said they’d arrive at 10am and that’s exactly when they showed up! They were knowledgeable, professional, polite and courteous. I asked many questions and they were patient and helpful. When they left, the fire table was rockin’ and the Stuv wasn’t smoking us out of our house. But maybe best of all, there wasn’t a speck of mess anywhere. They were outstanding!!! Thank you for sending them to solve our problem.
Heather and Paul Sheehy
Barry’s Bay, ON
Finishing was done by Paul Hanzidiakou – beautiful!
I received our new BBQ promptly about noon today. The driver called ahead and I had a 45 minute window to be ready. They were very efficient and informed me of a few things. Now to read over my manual!
So I understand you now have a record and details of the BBQ I purchased on file and I just give a call
if the need arises?
Amy, Thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions and explain details of purchasing a BBQ.
Please share this with your group especially to Andrea and anyone else who came out last week.
Bob and I wanted to say thank you for coming out and fixing the chimney that was damaged during the winter. Great job and great customer service!!
Really appreciate everything that you have done!!
Michele and Bob