NFI4.jpgNFI Certified Staff

Harnessing the beauty and warmth of fire for the home is not a do-it-yourself project or something you should trust to the lowest bidder. Both for safety and performance, hearth and fireplace products require considerable technical knowledge and skill in their designing and installation.

An  indication of competence is an individual’s training and testing. In the hearth products industry, the National Fireplace Institute® is the independent, nonprofit certification agency that produces professional training materials and conducts nationwide testing of technical knowledge and skills.

NFI Certification means that an individual has passed a rigorous examination based on a training manual that has been reviewed by industry experts. Certification may be earned by hearth industry professionals in three hearth specialties:
• NFI Gas Specialist
• NFI Woodburning Specialist
• NFI Pellet Specialist

At Hearth & Home, we believe it is important for our installation team as well as our sales staff and management to continue their education in the hearth industry. We are proud to have the most NFI Certified Hearth Specialists on staff in all of Illinois!

Our dedication to these industry standards means that you can rest assured knowing that your fireplace or stove will be properly installed and held to the highest safety standards.

Visit our Showroom or Contact Us for more information.

1326981999_Pat - NFI.jpgRobert (Pat) O'Donnell

Owner and President:

***NFI Gas - Expiration: 8/31/22
***NFI Wood - Expiration: 8/31/22

1326725192_Mary - NFI.jpgMary O'Donnell Schappert

Store Owner and Vice President

***NFI Gas - Expiration 3/1/24



1369403835_Ryan 7.2012.jpgRyan O'Donnell

First Certified Chimney Sweep in Hearth & Home history!

***NFI Gas - Expiration: 8/31/22
***NFI Wood - Expiration: 8/31/22
***Chimney Safety Institute of America - Expiration: 8/2022


1428326579_Hawks Game.jpg Ed Schappert 

***NFI Gas - Expiration 4/1/24




1396119046_Pappas.jpgJim P. 

Site Previewer/Service Manager

***NFI Gas - Expiration 2/28/23



1400526194_bernie-adolf.jpgBernie A. 

Fireplace/Patio Sales

***NFI Gas - Expiration 4/30/23