Hearth Insight
May 2021
NWHPBA & OHPBA Annual Virtual Meeting
HPBA Region 9

May 11-12, 2021
Date: Tuesday, May 11 - Wednesday, May 12 - Add to calendar.

Time: 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM on Tuesday.
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM on Wednesday (see agenda below).

Platform: Zoom

HPBA Member - $50 (Attendees who work for an HPBA member company)
Non-Member - $75 (Attendees who do not work for a company that is an HPBA member)
Sponsors - $200 Benefits include:
  • Company logo/link to website on all NWHPBA & OHPBA communications.
  • Company logo/link to website on both NWHPBA & OHPBA's websites.
  • Company logo on slides during the virtual conference.
  • Up to a 60-second commercial to be played during the conference.
  • A dedicated vendor introduction time during the conference.
  • A breakout room option for attendees to meet with you during the conference

Register: Click here to register today!
Virtual Agenda:

– Tuesday, May 11 –
8:30 – 9:00 am – Welcome, Exhibitor/sponsor introductions with a Message from Dick Hoffman, HPBA Chairman.

9:00 – 10:30 am – Troy Olsen, Writing your future Narrative.

10:30 – Noon – Tim Reed and Grant Falco, Execute: The bullet-proof process from sales to installation that will transform every aspect of your business. In this course, Tim and Grant will teach you a ten-step execution process that will change the way your business operates—and seriously reduce the weight placed on the business owner or manager. Implementing these pieces allows you to hire team members without industry experience and move them along faster because they understand the process and know what is expected from them inside of it.

Noon – 1:00 pm – Membership Benefits with Diane Dellen, HPBA Membership & Affiliates. OHPBA and NWHPBA member meeting breakouts.

– Wednesday, May 12 –
7:00 – 9:00 am (Technical Track) – Troubleshooting Gas Fireplaces, Don Pierce, AES. This session will address the basics of SIT Proflame which makes up a high percentage of the tech support calls Pierce receives. He will also cover the “7-day pilot timer” (millivolt and/or IPI).

9:00 – 10:30 am – Gas Bans Panel, Harvey Gail, OHPBA (Moderator). Panelists: John Crouch HPBA; John Frankel, NW Natural; Dan Kirschner, Exec Director, NW Gas Association; Leanne Guier, UA Local 32 Plumbers, and Pipefitters. Efforts by progressive city councils are underway in many states to propose bans on using natural gas in new construction. What’s the motivation behind these proposals? What can we do about it to protect energy choice by consumers?

10:30 – Noon – Selling Your Business – Tom Shay, President, Profits Plus Solutions, HPBA business transition consultant affinity partner. Tom Shay and other consultants will guide you through the steps of preparing to sell your business. Whether that’s in the cards now, or maybe not for a long time, the tactics used to support the sale of your business will also help the bottom line.

4:00 – 5:00 pm – Virtual Happy Hour
Thank you to our Event Sponsors!
Legislative Update
from our NWHPBA Lobbyist, Carolyn Logue

The NWHPBA states are almost all done with their legislative sessions. Both Washington and Montana have adjourned for the year (although Washington is contemplating a special session to do a transportation package later in the year). Alaska is planning to stay in session until mid-May to finish up its budget. The only outlier at this point is Idaho. Usually, Idaho is done by now but this year is different. Legislators are battling with their Governor (despite full Republican control in that state) with one of the larger battles being over the Governor’s powers during the pandemic emergency. The Idaho Legislature passed a bill restricting these powers but the Governor vetoed it, setting up issues with negotiating other issues.

In Alaska and Idaho, we saw no real issues in the Legislature impacting NWHPBA members directly and most business legislation is helpful for small and independent businesses. In Montana, the Legislature passed SB 257 which prohibits local governments from enacting local carbon taxes.

In Washington, NWHPBA had a major victory when we defeated HB 1084, the building decarbonization bill. However, in a last minute push, the Washington State Legislature passed SB 5126, a far reaching “cap & trade” bill that seeks to drive emissions reductions by putting a price on the emissions and selling the “allowances” back to large emitters. The bill is expected to raise nearly $500 million for the state starting in the 2023 biennium. This money will be going back into energy efficiency measures, transportation projects and other projects designed to reduce carbon emissions. 

While the bill still allows the use of natural gas and propane, the bill does put extra cost burdens on these fuels as well as the cost of gasoline and electricity. Money was designated in the bill to offset these costs for natural gas and electricity. At the last minute, NWHPBA worked with the Pacific Propane Association to require the Department of Ecology to set up a program to help customers who use alternative fuels such as propane offset cost increases due to the bill. We will be working closely to find ways to benefit our industry and customers in this bill as it progresses. It has some ties to a new transportation package and we need to see if this is retained after the Governor has signed the bill.

The Washington State Legislature also passed the Capital Budget (HB 1080) which reappropriated $2.5 million for woodstove changeout programs this year and added an additional $3 million for the 21-23 biennium. While the additional dollars were a victory for NWHPBA, language was added to try and reduce the ability to use natural gas appliances for changeout programs. The language only allows natural gas when it is “more cost effective” than another device. There will be a push to move customers to ductless mini splits but NWHPBA was also able to get language that says they must also use EPA certified heating appliances. A meeting has been requested with Department of Ecology to determine how this language will be utilized in guidance to the local air agencies.

The Washington State budget also includes several million for “electrification” projects in residential communities. Since some of these dollars will go to local governments, we expect to see more attempts to ban natural gas pop up in cities across the state.

Finally, Washington State did something no other state did – they instituted a new tax on top of the $3.6 billion in additional revenue available and nearly $10 billion from the federal government for COVID relief. At the last minute, the Washington Legislature passed SB 5096, a new state capital gains tax. No Republicans voted for the bill and several Democratic legislators voted against it as well leading to very narrow passage in both houses. The Governor is expected to sign the bill but a lawsuit has already been filed to challenge the ability for the Legislature to implement a capital gains tax without a vote of the people. Capital gains is traditionally concerned a tax on income and Washington’s prohibition against an income tax without a vote of the people has been upheld since 1933. 

Once all Legislatures are adjourned and Governor’s have signed bills, we will be providing more detailed reports to the membership.
Member Spotlight:
Company Name:
Bush Cooking
Redmond, WA

Company Birthdate/Year: 
January 2017

NWHPBA Member Type:

Number of buildings/stores:

Number of employees/installers/service techs/sales/sweep:
Virtual Business, thus just me with multiple contracts to service providers.
Q: What do you do to separate your business from others?
A: I do not know any other business that does what I do – recipe development and/or hosting of outdoor recipes. The secondary income is running outdoor cooking events, Bush Cooking is the only business doing this in Washington. 

Q: What trends do you see in the next year?
A: There will be a greater focus on relationships directly with content creators and websites as the quick-changing industry of online advertising changes. The most obvious issue facilitating this is the increasing ineffectiveness of cookies as tech businesses move away from them, most recent example in media is Apple.
Personal Info:
Q: How long have you been in the hearth business?
A: I started in the hearth business in 2006.

Q: What got you started in the bbq business? 
A: Refocused my Project management skills to the cooking world 10 years ago working for Allrecipes before going out on my own and back to my personal passion of outdoor cooking in 2017. I have been doing competitive outdoor cooking for 10 years also, having competed in multiple barbecue and Dutch oven world competitions with top 10 finishes. 

Q: Why are you a member of NWHPBA? 
A: Many of the outdoor cooking brands, particularly barbecue, are members and strongly suggested that I join. I have been involved in many demonstrations, classes, and competitions. Pre-Covid it was looking like I would be doing this at the HPBA conference also.
Although I don’t sell barbecues, I offer a very unique and specialized service to the barbecue community.

Q: Favorite movie?
A: Who has time for TV?

Q: First car?
A: Toyota Hilux (known as a Prerunner in America)
Membership Renewals
For those who have not yet renewed, your membership is crucial and allows us to continue to advocate for the health of our industry. While 2020 was full of unprecedented events, we are thankful for our NWHPBA community. With the help of one another, we were able to support each other and share our successes through tough times.

Renewing your membership is easy, and we have many options for your convenience!
  • Renew online and pay via card or check
  • If you select to pay by check, you will be directly invoiced and can mail us a check.
  • Call us directly at NWHPBA and we can renew over the phone with you
  • 253-525-5153 (Due to COVID, if you do not connect with us, please leave a voicemail, and Katie, our Executive Director, will return your call within 24-48 hours)
"This industry can feel really secluded and alone. Maintaining my membership has allowed me to build relationships and really get to know the other members. This has opened doors and encouraged brainstorming to solve industry wide issues as well as internal ones within my business that someone had already been through and knew a great solution for."

-Ryann Blake, Chimney Techniques
Job Opening
Sales Representative

Earth N Sun is looking for a Sales Representative with some sales experience. Earth n Sun is a small mom-and-pop store in Rainier, OR that has been open for 35+ years. Earth N Sun sells hearth products that require keeping track of a lot of information. The Sales Representative we hire needs to have good memory skills, be able to work alone, be able to lift a 40-pound bag of pellets, be able to drive a forklift, and be able to work at least but not limited to working every other Saturday.

To apply for this job email your details to woodstovewarehouse@gmail.com
HPBExpo June 23-26th, 2021:
Virtual Event
The Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association announced today that HPBExpo 2021, scheduled to be in Louisville, will now be an all-virtual event. HPBExpo Connect will take place on the same dates, June 23-26, 2021, and be completely online.

For all news Expo, go to www.hpbexpo.com.
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