Oregon Hearth, Patio  
& Barbecue Association

Careers in the Fireplace Industry


The fireplace industry is a niche under the heating ventilation and air conditioning industry which is part of the more general construction industry. It includes technical, retail and service jobs. The majority of these jobs do not require a 4 year college degree. Many companies offer apprenticeships in the HVAC trades, which is an excellent avenue into a career in this fireplace industry.

Jobs in the Fireplace Industry:

Woodstove, pellet stove installer, service tech

Gas fireplace installer, service tech

Masonry, fireplace and hearth design specialist

Chimney sweep

Gas line fitter/installer

Barbecue repair service technician

Retail salesperson, wood, pellet, gas stoves, outdoor living products, barbecues

Manufacturer's representative, fireplace, barbecue products, outdoor products

Home Decorator/Designer, specialist fireplaces, hearth, outdoor rooms

Retail sales manager

Small business owner


For more information on HVAC careers, visit: www.build-oregon.com


Certifications in the fireplace industry

The National Fireplace Institute certification program offers certifications in many technical areas, including:

Wood burning specialist

Gas fireplace specialist

Hearth design specialist

Fireplace Sales and Service


OHPBA, PO Box 135, Salem, OR 97308-0135, 503-585-8254, www.ohpba.org

Affiliated with Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, Arlington, VA  www.hpba.org

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