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Expo of Fireplace/Stove Industry Showcases Trends, New Products

 HPBExpo Press Room (Reno): 775.236.1214

RENO, NV (March 19, 2009) –As consumers look for ways to save money and make their home a restful retreat, fireplace and stove manufacturers are producing innovative and stylish products that meet the need for efficient, clean heat.  The hottest trends and designs are showcased at this year’s Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association’s (HPBA’s) HPBExpo in Reno, March 19-21.  

 “Today’s manufacturers are designing fireplaces, stoves and other heating products with efficiency and environmental impact in mind,” said Jack Goldman, HPBA president. “There are more options than ever to supply homes with warmth and ambiance that not only help cut heating costs, but also provide consumers with renewable fuel options. This year’s HPBExpo features the latest products for the hearth of the home.”

On display will be numerous products that are covered under the recently-passed stimulus package.  The stimulus bill makes many of these stoves even more affordable by providing consumers with a 30 percent tax credit (up to $1,500) through 2010 for the addition of a 75% efficient biomass-burning stove. 

2009 Technology and Product Trends

Eco-friendly, efficient and ease-of-use products are key attributes of this year’s hottest products featured at HPBExpo. 

Cleaner and Greener: From high-grade, cast-iron stoves forged with recycled material to wood burning fireplaces that release fewer emissions, manufacturers are exploring new technologies and fuels to reduce the environmental impact of hearth products while increasing product efficiency. From heating an entire house to only the rooms that are used most, fireplaces, stoves, inserts and outdoor wood hydronic heaters are being designed to meet and exceed strict government emissions standards.

In the Zone:  Heating rooms that a family occupies the most, or zone heating, makes today’s stoves and fireplaces allow a home’s central heat to be turned down.  Fans, circulators and blowers enhance that efficiency, helping to save even more money.

All-in-One:  Home is where the hearth is. As the center of relaxation and entertainment, new fireplaces can include entertainment features like iPod docks, wire management channels and built-in media cabinets to form an instant sanctuary.

Art of Fire: The beauty of a flame is amplified by manufacturers who have designed fireplace masterpieces that can be hung on walls, can feature rich veneers, sculptures and glass, and sometimes even touched off with LED lighting.    

Convenience is King: Manufacturers continue to develop the latest in remote controls, timers, and hopper technology. Modern hearth products offer flip-of-the-switch heat and ambiance, self-cleaning capabilities, and can allow for multiple days of operation with little hassle or interaction.

Mainstream Alternatives: Wood, corn and cherry pits are just a few of the biomass fuel options that continue to gain in popularity.

Maximized Living Space: From classic fire pits to portable heaters and stoves, outdoor heating sources extend seasons and increase entertainment square footage. New multipurpose products that can serve as an outdoor fireplace, a wood-fire grill, or even a garden sculpture also bring new utility to outdoor spaces.

2008 Industry Shipment Statistics

The hearth industry is a $5 billion a year industry.  In 2008:

  • Nearly 1.9 million hearth products were shipped across the U.S.  
  • While gas burning products continue to represent the largest number of products shipped (1,017,000), pellet appliances continued to grow in popularity with a 161 percent increase in shipments (141,000) in 2008.
  • Cordwood and electric appliance shipments also remained strong in 2008 at 346,000 and 378,000, respectively.

 Additional industry statistics can be found at www.hpba.org/statistics.

About Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA)

The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association is an international trade association first established in 1980 to represent and promote the interests of the hearth products industry in North America. In 2002, the Hearth Products Association (HPA) merged with the Barbecue Industry Association (BIA) to form HPBA. The association includes manufacturers, retailers, distributors, manufacturers' representatives, service and installation firms, and other companies and individuals - all having business interests in and related to the hearth, patio and barbecue products industries. For more information, please visit www.hpba.org or www.woodstovechangeout.org.

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