About Us

About Us

Over the years, we've expanded our product line to include every style from classic designs to a more contemporary look. We offer a variety of unique and high-quality products like gas, wood, and electric fireplaces, stoves, furnaces and cook stoves. We also provide an assortment of outdoor living appliances, including fire pits, barbecue grills and infrared heaters.  Our professional team is certified to repair and install gas appliances and fireplaces and many of our projects include new home construction and renovations.

Meet Our Staff

Stan Hodgson

Mark Strate

President/General Manager 
In 1971, Mark moved to Kamloops from Lloydminster, Alberta. He graduated from Kam High in 1974, attended Cariboo College from 1974-1976, and then founded The Fireplace Centre at its original Valleyview location in February 1977. Mark has his “Doctorate” of Woodstoves, is WETT Certified, and is the Past President of the HPBAC – BC/Yukon Chapter (2005-2006)

When he isn’t busy with Industrial Real Estate development or the store, he is probably golfing, jet-boating or fishing in the summer, or traveling to his 2nd home in Palm Springs – (more golfing!) in the winter. You can email him for additional information at info@fireplacecentre.com.
Dustin Strate

Dustin Strate

Dustin has been working at The Fireplace Centre for the past 11 years. He is WETT Certified, and a Class ‘C’ Gas Fitter. Born and raised in Kamloops, when he isn’t at the store you can find him playing hockey, golf, snowboarding or just relaxing.
Chris Ciardullo

Chris Ciardullo

Certified Installer and Sales
Chris has been working at The Fireplace Centre since July 2011, after a few years working elsewhere we are happy to have him back. With 20 years experience in the Hearth industry, he is a welcome addition to our team. He is WETT Certified, a Class ‘B’ Gas Fitter, and a factory trained Gas Fireplace Technician. Born in Vancouver, Chris moved to Kamloops about 17 years ago. In his spare time he enjoys snowboarding and he is a self proclaimed “terrible golfer”.
Stan Hodgson

Stan Dodgson

Certified Installer
Stan has been with The Fireplace Centre since August 2003. He is WETT Certified, a Class ‘B’ Gas Fitter, and was factory trained at Travis Industries “House of Fire”. Stan was born and raised in the Kamloops area, and when he is not at work you’ll find him fishing, hunting, camping, or playing hockey or golf.
Dustin Strate

Mike La Rocque

Sales and Product Procurement
Mike joined The Fireplace Centre team in June of 2007. He is WETT Certified. Mike grew up near London, in southern Ontario. When he was 19, he moved west and ended up living in Banff, Lake Louise, Calgary, Penticton and Kamloops. He’s been here since 2005. A Graduate of the Two-Year Special Arts Program – BealArt – London, Ontario, a degree in Fine Arts from Alberta College of Art – Calgary, Alberta, a Six Month Art Exchange to Duncan of Jordanstone University – Dundee Scotland, makes him our “go to” guy for the floor displays, wall paint and interior design work. In his spare time he makes art, plays soccer, snowboards, plays golf and disc golf.
Riley Matheson

Kyle Honan

Gas Fitter
Kyle has lived in Kamloops for the last three years and has lived a total of 15 years in the Kamloops/Shuswap area.
He is an apprentice Class “B” Gas Fitter and describes himself as a “jack of all trades” with experience in construction, welding, heavy equipment operating and truck driving. He also holds an Executive Certificate in Youth Work.
When he isn’t doing installations or service calls Kyle enjoys hanging out with friends and family. Playing music, sports and reading are also some of his favourite activities.
Riley Matheson

Rick Honan

Maintenance Expert
Rick has recently moved to Kamloops from Alberta, and previously lived in the Salmon Arm/Shuswap area for ten years.
A carpenter by trade, Rick is a Maintenance Expert and an Apprentice Locksmith. With his wealth of knowledge we are pleased to have him join our team.
Family activities are his favourite along with woodworking, weight lifting and Locksmithing.

Our Affiliates

Wood Energy Technology Transfer Inc logo
Canadian Home Builder's Association
Wood Heat logo

Our Mission Statement

To provide our customers with a wide range of styles and choices of hearth products.
From the classic look to contemporary styling, our Professional Certified Installers and technicians take care of the rest.
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