Flames for Home & Hearth began in 1979 when Bob began doing chimney sweeping and stove installations as "Grand Lake Chimney Sweep" in Grove, Oklahoma. At that time he also spent seven years as a volunteer firefighter and Certified Emergency Medical Technician for the Grove Fire Department. During that time Bob & Sue both served on the Board of Directors of the "Oklahoma Chimney Sweep Guild". Bob was also an active member of the "National Chimney Sweep Guild" and was a "Certified Chimney Sweep" through the "Chimney Safety Institute of America".
In 1988 Sue & Bob opened "Grand Lake Chimney & Fireside" a retail stove & fireplace store in Grove, OK. Their goal was to provide the highest quality hearth products and service with absolutely no compromise of safety. At that time Bob & Sue both became active in the national "Hearth Products Association" (now the "Hearth, Patio and BBQ Association") and Bob served on it's board of directors from 1994 to 1996.
In 1995 the store moved to a 1200 square foot showroom at 7th & St. Louis in Joplin, MO. and was given a new name, "Flames for Home & Hearth".
The goal was still "Quality and service without compromising safety".
In 1996, Shane joined "Flames" and soon became the head installer and service technician. He became a "Certified Chimney Sweep" through the "Chimney Safety Institute of America" He currently holds "National Fireplace Institute" certifications as an "NFI Certified Gas Specialist" and "NFI Certified Woodburning Specialist". To keep his cutting edge expertise, he regularly attends specialized training as far away as Baltimore, ME and Seattle, WA.
In 1998, Brooke worked part time at "Flames" while studying at MSSU. When she got her accounting degree in 2002 she went to work full time at "Flames".
In 1999 "Flames" moved to a 3500 square foot building at 32nd & Main Street in Joplin. It soon became known for the more than two dozen working fireplaces and stoves on display.
In 2007, the Missouri Department of Transportation began widening the intersection at 32nd & Main, which required the demolition of the "Flames" store there.
It was time to move again!
On January 1, 2008 "Flames for Home & Hearth" re-opened at 4601 South Range Line Rd (just 1/2 mile south of I-44). The new showroom, the largest, most complete in the four state area, has a 4,600 square foot showroom as well as on-site warehouse space. It has over three dozen live, burning displays as well as many additional models of stoves, inserts and fireplaces. The new store still has the same philosophy of providing the highest quality hearth products and service without compromising safety.
You are invited to visit our store. We can show you many design ideas, as well as let you see the fire and feel the heat from real burning displays. Don't forget to check out our selection of fireplace tool sets, glass doors, hearth rugs, steamers, fire screens, replacement parts, grates, stove pipe, chimneys and caps - just to mention a few things.