Duane Barker

Duane has been involved in the hearth industry for over 10 years with time spent in electroplating and manufacturing before he joined Friendly Fires in 2008.  He has filled a variety of roles since then including hearth sales, scheduling, and service.  Duane moved to the Cobourg location in the fall of 2012 to manage the daily operation of the store.  Duane currently calls the town of Bowmanville home and has been a resident of the Durham region for over 20 years.  Duane is W.E.T.T. certified and enjoys working through detailed projects that are technically challenging and will take any opportunity to prepare a scale drawing, leading his co-workers to give him the nickname “The Professor”.  Duane is not a classically trained chef, although he thinks the food he cooks on his Weber Summit gas grill and Sapphire Kamodo is pretty smoking!  He believes in supporting local farmers by buying local meats and produce, which also has a positive effect on the environment by reducing energy used for transportation.  He has a passion for all things culinary and always has time to trade tips and recipe ideas.


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