A NFI Certified Specialist
One of the best ways to find competent professionals
is to check their credentials. The National Fireplace
Institute®, an independent, non-profit certification
agency, conducts nationwide testing of hearth systems
planners and technicians. Only those who pass a rigorous
examination covering important topics like safety and
placement, venting requirements, and installation guidelines
receive NFI Professional Certification.
NFI, established in 2002, certifies planners and installers in three hearth product categories based upon fuel type:
* NFI Gas Specialist
* NFI Woodburning Specialist
* NFI Pellet Specialist.
NFI also recognizes individuals who have successfully gained all three NFI Certifications as Master Hearth Professionals. These individuals have reached the highest level of certification in the hearth industry.
NFI Certification in itself is not a license or
a guarantee of competence, it is an excellent indication
of professional commitment and training. Working
with a NFI Certified Specialist can help ensure
that your fireplace or hearth appliance and venting
system are planned and installed with proper attention
to safety and performance.
NFI Certified Professionals
have demonstrated proficiency in one or more of the
Wood burning appliances: Factory built solid
fuel fireplaces, free-standing wood stoves, inserts
and high effeciency built-in appliances.
Gas hearth appliances: log sets, fireplaces,
fireplace inserts, freestanding stoves.
Pellet appliances: all pellet stoves and fireplace
USE A NFI CERTIFIED SPECIALIST TO DESIGN AND INSTALL
YOUR NEW HEARTH SYSTEM.
ASK YOUR NFI CERTIFIED SPECIALIST FOR HELP WITH IMPORTANT
* Compliance with code regulations and manufactures'
* Size, type, features of the hearth appliance
* Proper materials for heat protection of walls and
* Appropriate size, type, configuration, and height
of venting system
* Selection of proper fuel
* Guidelines for operation and maintenance of the hearth
SHOW RESPECT FOR FIRE
A gas, wood, or pellet burning stove or fireplace can
add beauty, warmth and value to your home and set the
mood for memorable gatherings of family and friends.
But choosing and installing a hearth product and chimney
or vent without adequate expertise is like playing
Planning and installing fireplaces, stoves and their
venting systems require considerable technical knowledge
and skill. Numerous decisions from proper floor protection
to appliance sizing and placement to venting system
compatibility and height should be made with the assistance
of a knowledgeable professional.