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Hearth Net: Glossary of Common Hearth and Heating Terms
Hearth Net offers this glossary that gives you explanations for words and terms used in the hearth (fireplace & stove) industry.

HPBA: Different Fuel Options For Fireplaces & Stoves
Hearth Patio & Barbeque Association gives an overview on how choosing which fuel to use may depend on cost, availability, efficiency, output, maintenance, appearance, or local air quality regulations.
Education & Training

HPBEF: Hearth Industry Online Training
Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation offers educational courses through HE@RTH Online Training, where you can easily and affordably get effective training and NFI/CEU's - without the usual travel expenses and with significantly reduced time away from work.

HPBEF: Hearth Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation
Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation is an independent, non-profit education foundation that serves as the education arm of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association.

National Fireplace Institute: Certification For Gas, Wood, Pellet, Hearth Design
National Fireplace Institute is the professional certification division of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation, a non-profit educational organization for the hearth industry. NFI certifies planners and installers in three hearth product categories based on fuel type: NFI Gas Specialist; NFI Woodburning Specialist; NFI Pellet Specialist; NFI Hearth Design Specialist.

WET BC: Wood Energy Technical Training Certification Courses
Wood Energy Technicians of British Columbia is the provincial governing body of the Wood Energy Technical Training Program in British Columbia. They offer training courses and recognition of professional competence in the field of residential woodburning. The program was developed to promote knowledge of and adherence to, the safety regulations governing residential woodburning systems among those who provide professional services to the public.
Industry Information

HPB Expo: North American Hearth Patio & Barbecue Expo
Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo is the annual North American indoor-outdoor living showcase. Hearth, patio and barbecue manufacturers and suppliers exhibit and demonstrate their latest home heating solutions; grills, grilling accessories and fully-equipped outdoor kitchens; casual patio furniture and outdoor accents; water and landscape features; all-weather entertainment products and more.
Industry Sectors

HPBA: Hearth Patio & Barbecue Association
Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association is an international trade association that includes manufacturers, retailers, distributors, manufacturers representatives, service & installation firms, and other companies in the hearth, patio, and barbecue products industries.

HPBAC: Hearth Patio & Barbecue Association Of Canada
Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association of Canada is the trade association serving those engaged in the hearth, patio and barbecue industries.
Information Sources

Hearth Net: Resource Site On Fireplaces & Stoves
Hearth Net site has information for both consumers and industry. It includes products, articles, Q & A, forums, stove ratings, picture galleries, links and more.

Hearth: Articles On Hearth Fuels & Products
Hearth site offers a wide range of articles on hearth fuels and products including wood & gas appliances, wood fuels, pellet/corn/biomass appliances, coal appliances, outdoor appliances, and chimneys.

HPBA: Resource Site On Hearth Products
Hearth Patio & Barbeque Association offers information and resources on the various hearth products used in residential construction.

NRCan: Types Of Heating Equipment & Controls
Natural Resource Canada describes various types of residential heating systems and controls.
Issues & Performance

BNL: Emissions From Gas, Oil & Wood Pellet Heating Systems
Brookhaven National laboratory report Evaluation ofGas, Oil and Wood Pellet Fueled Residential Heating System Emissions Characteristics measured emissions from a wide range of heating equipment burning different fuels including several liquid fuel options, utility supplied natural gas and wood pellet resources. The major effort was placed on generating a database for the mass emission rate of fine particulates (PM 2.5) for the various fuel types studied. (PDF)

EnerChoice: Canadian Fireplace & Stove Efficiency Standard
All hearth products are required to be tested to the proper Canadian standards and must have the EnerGuide efficiency rating on display, but only a select few have the EnerChoice designation. The Enerchoice stamp of approval is reserved for products that meet or exceed efficiency levels as determined by an independant committee managed by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association of Canada.

GBA: Does An Open Fireplace Belong In A Green Home?
Green Building Advisor says an open fireplace makes for a cheerful hearth, but their inherent inefficiencies may make them a foolish choice.

GBA: Why Is This Wood Stove Misbehaving?
Green Building Advisor says a basement wood stove should provide inexpensive supplemental heat, but this homeowner is never sure when it will backdraft and smoke.

Hearth Net: Fuel Cost Comparison Calculator
Hearth Net online fuel cost calculator may be worthwhile to try, if the cost of operation is high on your priority list. Be sure to read the directions first.

Home Energy: Fireplaces: Studies In Contrasts
Home Energy magazine gives report from Skip Hayden on energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and safe alternatives to conventional fireplaces for homes of today. 1994

HPBA: Fireplace & Stove Glass Safety
Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association recommends steps for safe and enjoyable operation of a hearth product to minimize the chance of burn injuries.

Fine Homebuilding: Build a Fireplace, Brick by Brick
Fine Homebuilding online video provides an overview of the process of creating a traditional-style fireplace that burns well and meets current building codes.

Professional Builder: Offer Fireplaces As An Option
Professional Builder magazine article suggests builders can use fireplaces to offer home buyers comfort, energy efficiency and good indoor air quality.
Product Supply

Builder Magazine: Contemporary Design Rules At Fireplace Show
Builder Magazine article says fireplace designs, except for many European imports, have been largely traditional. But the trend in fireplace design is changing, and the new offerings at this year's Hearth Patio & Barbecue Expo in Atlanta signal the momentum.

HPBA: Choosing What Hearth Product Is Right For You
Hearth Patio & Barbecue Association lists 10 key questions to ask in helping to make a decision on which product will best serve the needs of a specific project.
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