Monday, January 30, 2017

Join Us in Atlanta

Wednesday, March 1 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Join hearth, patio and barbecue professionals from the MidStates affiliate in the Fight Room at STATS for drinks, appetizers and plenty of networking. Click here to RSVP.

UPDATE: Due to overwhelming response, MSHPBA’s Expo Reception has been relocated to a new room. Our reception will now be located in Max’s at STATS instead of the Fight Room. Max’s is located at the same address and has a street level patio and entrance.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

MidStates is Taking Action

Earlier this week, we asked you to send an email to you Representative asking them to cosponsor the "Relief from New Source Performance Standards Act" (H.R. 453), which extends the Step 2 effective date of the EPA's standards for new wood heaters by three years (from May 15, 2020 to May 15, 2023).

Thank you to everyone listed below who took action and sent an email to their Representative. If you aren't on this list, take action now to be recognized in Friday's email update. We still need at least 40 additional cosponsors for this legislation!

Thank you...
Bill Caldwell, Joe Emmett, Linsey Fluty, Justin Gilbert, Tyler Hausfeld, Skip Jackson, Ken Lovell, Lance Mark, Chris Richardson, Peter Stuart, Steve Wilbar.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Tell Congress to Support New Wood Heater Legislation

Last week, Congressman Peterson (D-MN) introduced legislation that would extend the Step 2 effective date of EPA's rule for new residential wood heaters by three years, from May 15, 2020 to May 15, 2023. The bill, the "Relief from New Source Performance Standards Act" (H.R. 453), gives manufacturers more time to develop and pitch newly - compliant appliances and would protect retailers from being faced with stranded products in retail stores at great expense. This week is crucial to build momentum for our bill. We need 40 cosponsors right away! You must act NOW!

Friday, July 15, 2016


The Michigan Woodstove Changeout will be launched as a limited pilot program from August 8 – October 31, 2016 with a focus on income-qualified participants in 4 designated counties: Kent, Muskegon, Grand Traverse, and Genesee Counties.  Click here to learn more or email Jocelyn Hayward at to register for the program.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

HPBA Takes Steps to Conserve Energy in Newly Manufactured Gas Appliances 

Arlington, Va. (June 7, 2016) ––To help consumers conserve energy, HPBA and its members have begun a three-year initiative to phase out the use of continuous pilot lights in newly manufactured vented gas fireplaces, stoves, and inserts.

Continuous pilot lights, sometimes referred to as "standing" pilots, have provided an automatic, reliable mechanism to stop the flow of gas when no flame is present. However, consumers have always had to remember to manually extinguish pilot lights when they aren’t needed to conserve energy––until now. Technologies on the market now eliminate this step for consumers, offering increased ease of operation while eliminating unnecessary energy consumption when appliances are not in frequent use.