"Your Fireplace Guy' sets up shop
October 6, 2012
After several years visiting his mother, Marsha
Eberhardt, in Bonners Ferry, Greg Sobczak
decided earlier this year that this
would be a great place to live and do business,
and in early June, he relocated himself and his
business, Gem Fireplace & Stove. Now with
the cold weather coming on, he's looking forward
to becoming "Your Fireplace Guy."
Fireplace Guy," Greg Sobczak, owner of
Gem Fireplace & Stove.
"This is a nice area," he said, "and I'm looking
forward to the opportunity to do business."
Originally from Spokane, Greg founded and
operated Gem Fireplace & Stove in Portland,
Oregon, for the past six years, servicing and
installing wood, gas and pellet stoves and
fireplace inserts throughout northwest Oregon
and southwest Washington.
More than just going in and doing the initial
work, he built his business on service; going
back each year to ensure that the stoves and
heating systems under his care operated not only
at peak efficiency, but even more importantly,
"Right now is the time to be tuning up for
winter," he said. "Once I get to know a heating
system and get it in good condition, I offer an
annual service plan that is affordable and will
keep that system in top shape year after year,
saving the customer on their fuel bill and
giving them peace of mind that the system is
Hardly a winter goes by in North Idaho during
which a home isn't lost to fire from a faulty
fireplace or stove, tragic losses, Greg said,
that could be easily prevented with proper
service and maintenance.
As with cars and almost anything else, stoves
and fireplaces wear down with use, and regular
servicing by a professional who knows what to
look for is essential if you don't want to be
stranded ... or worse.
Being without a car when you need it can be
frustrating ... losing heat in your home when
you need it most can be life-threatening.
And in Idaho, he said, there's a little-known
program in place that will actually pay
homeowners to replace old, uncertified heating
stoves with safe, reliable and much more
efficient new systems.
"It's a great opportunity for homeowners to
upgrade," Greg said. "The state offers a
tax-deduction to replace uncertified stoves that
pays 40-percent of the cost of a new stove the
first year, then 30-percent for the next two
years. It pays not only for the new stove, but
for installation as well."
He's happy, he said, to show customers how to
As most of his service calls typically come in
fall and winter, Greg said he typically spends
part of each summer in class, attending
certified training courses offered by the major
stove and heating system manufacturers, keeping
up on the latest innovations and heating
"To me, it's fun," he said. "There's always
something new to learn that will cut fuel bills
and improve safety. I don't specialize in one
brand or system, but everything I learn keeps me
up to date and able to go the extra mile for my
Part of the reason he earns the title "Your
Fireplace Guy," is that once he knows your
heating system, you get flat rate pricing. When
you need him, be it a weekend, a holiday, the
middle of the night, you're going to know what
the bill will be before he gets there; no
watching the clock, no meter running, no
guessing. They even offer an annual
pricing plan so that if you have a heating
problem, you're going to be taken care of.
In addition, he and his crew will match or meet
any competitor's written quote or estimate, and
they'll be anywhere needed in either Boundary or
Bonner County, 24/7, to make sure your home is
snug, safe and warm.
Licensed, bonded and insured, they guarantee
their work. They'll go out and brave the snow
and cold so you don't have to, as well as give
you peace of mind that your home and family are
not only warm, but safe.
You can read more about Gem Fireplace and Stove
on their website,
www.gemfireplace.com, or on
Facebook. If you want to know more, call
Greg at (208) 304-3514, or drop him an email;
Chances are, what you save this winter in fuel
will more than offset the cost of a Gem
Fireplace & Stove 15-point heating system service. What
you'll gain in peace of mind ... that's
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