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    Default gas fueled fireplaces

    I see quite a few gas fueled fireplaces, both nat gas and LPG. I must admit I should now more about them.

    Where can I learn the details about inspecting them, all the different types and how to operate them?

    Where can I learn everything I should know?

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    Default Re: gas fueled fireplaces

    Napolean, Montigo, and Valor are 3 brands that I see a lot. Check their webs. Go to the local store, chat with the installers.


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    Default Re: gas fueled fireplaces

    Quote Originally Posted by John Kogel View Post
    Napolean, Montigo, and Valor are 3 brands that I see a lot. Check their webs. Go to the local store, chat with the installers.
    Thanks, I'll look those up.

    I wonder if there are any CEU courses about them. I guess I should check on that too. Anyone have any used coarse materials they would like to part with. I care more about the education itself than the actual credit.


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    Default Re: gas fueled fireplaces

    John,
    Contact the Mid Atlantic Hearth Patio and Barbecue Association MAHPBA you can check on a schedule for upcoming classes regarding hearth products in your area. (most have already been held for this season) National Fireplace Institute has certification programs for gas wood and pellet appliances.

    Jack


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    The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation offers a wide selction of online classes. Some are taught live others are recorded. Check it out at http://www.hpbef.org/online


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    Thanks for all the suggestions gentleman. I like the online course idea. I'll check that out for sure.


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    Default hearth training

    John, there is no such thing as "learning it all" with one stop shopping but here is a brief description:
    The National Fireplace Institute has certifications for Wood, Gas and Pellet Specialist. These certs are geared towards general industry principles and generic technical info. They do not teach you how to inspect or service hearth appliances but more to recognize them by their different types of technology. NFI Certified is where you can take the online training Rick V. mentioned.

    You can contact the Mid-Atlantic HPBA in the Spring for their annual program.

    The FIRE Certified Fireplace Inspector program has the ONLY program in the country that actually teaches you how to inspect chimneys, vents and combustion appliance venting. It is 5 1/2 days of hands-on training by the leading authority in the country Dale Feb. You can click on the banner on this site to get more info.

    You can also check out the HPBA's national website as they have tons of great info. not only on the appliances but industry news esp. in Gov't Affairs where you can find links to all sorts of events, projects, studies, etc.
    Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association

    You just missed a Gas and Wood NFI Certification courses at the International Assn. of Fireplace and Chimney Inspector's Training Center in Richmond, Va. Check back as we sponsor some new and exciting programs there IAFCI : International Association of Fireplace & Chimney Inspectors : Professional Fireplace, Chimney & Venting Inspectors : Home

    You could take mfrs. training. If you run into the same brands all the time, you might contact them regarding upcoming training opportunities but honestly very few mfrs. have offered any training this yr.

    Keep the fire in the fireplace.

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    Thanks Bob.

    Hey, I wonder if theres a way in can hook a zip drive to your brain and upload what you know.

    I guess I should first ask, is there anything that you know that I would rather not?


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    Talking My brain--the abyss

    John, that's a scary place indeed. It scares me when I have to go there. Yes, there are many things in there you'd rather not see. For instance, I can still see my high school shiney, tight shirt, bell bottom knit pants and platform shoes!

    Keep the fire in the fireplace.

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