Why do I need help from a knowledgeable hearth
A: You're choosing an appliance that can bring years
of warmth and comfort to your home... if it's installed
Harnessing the beauty and warmth of fire for the home
is not a do-it-yourself project or something you should
necessarily trust to the lowest bidder. The hearth
in any home is a focal point and center for family
enjoyment. As such, it calls for important decisions
about the appropriate appliance or products for your
goals. Proper placement, venting and protection from
combustibles are very important considerations. Both
for safety and performance, hearth products require
considerable technical knowledge and skill in the designing
and installation of them.
Q: How do I find a knowledgeable hearth professional?
A: As with other trades, an excellent indication of
competence is an individual's training and testing.
In the hearth products industry, the National Fireplace
Institute® is the independent, nonprofit certification
agency that produces professional training materials
and conducts nationwide testing of technical knowledge
and skills. All of NFI's activities are overseen by
the Hearth Education Foundation, an independent non-profit
Q:How do hearth professionals achieve Certification?
A: NFI Certification means that an individual has passed
a rigorous examination based on a training manual that
has been reviewed by industry experts. The training
manual for each hearth specialty is a comprehensive
reference source for the fundamentals of that subject
area, and includes essential topics such as combustion
theory, fuel comparisons, safety code regulations,
appliance design and sizing. Certification may be earned
by hearth industry professionals in three
* NFI Gas Specialist
* NFI Woodburning Specialist
* NFI Pellet Specialist
is renewed every three years. NFI Certified Specialists
have a dated certificate, wallet card, and are
listed on the NFI Certified Internet list available
on this site.