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The daunting winter weather is upon us and it is becoming harder to find the motivation to suit up and go trudging through the snow. After a long day, all you can think about is curling up in the warmth of your home and enjoying a relaxing moment by the fire.
Sounds like the picture perfect setting if you ask me. Now if only you had the picture perfect fireplace to go along with this tempting vision. A trip to Erb’s Stove Center sounds like the perfect shopping destination for you before winter’s cold sets in for good.
Ed Erb started the business from his home in Sugarcreek in 1982. “There was a need for appliances in the Amish community and we just grew from there,” explained Duane Erb, Ed’s son and store manager.
Duane Erb started working for the family business in 2000. “Dad still continues to do the installs and repairs,” said Duane.
In 1990, Erb’s Stove started incorporating patio furniture into their inventory to attract more business during the summer months. Around the same time, they added fireplaces to become more diversified, explained Duane.
In 1996, the business relocated to Berlin, close to Hiland High school and then to their current location, (just east of Berlin on SR 39) in 2007.
Along with everyday appliances such as kitchen stoves and refrigerators, Erb’s Stove carries a variety of wood burning, gas and electric fireplaces and stoves for keeping your home nice and toasty this winter. Choose from beautifully hand crafted wood and stone set fireplaces.
“We specialize in custom mantels. Customers can pick the wood and stain they like,” said Duane. “It’s very important for us to be able to offer that to people.”
All the accessories needed to keep your fires roaring and your chimney flues clean can also be purchased at Erb’s Stove. Grill and stove accessories make great gifts for the holiday season.
While you may not be thinking about entertaining outdoors anytime soon, Erb’s Stove features a selection of outdoor room accessories from grills and stoves, to furniture and fire pits. They can also hook you up with a landscaping crew that can design the patio of your dreams.
Duane explained, they transitioned from wood outdoor furniture to poly vinyl furniture due to its growing popularity, low maintenance and easy cleaning. A propane refill station is available for filling up RVs and grill tanks.
Also in the summer, Erb’s Stove offers a Summer Preventative Maintenance check of your stoves and furnaces. “We clean and service all the products we sell,” said Duane. Their in-house install crew will make sure your purchase is set-up perfectly in your home.
“It’s very important to us to give the customers a great experience when they come here. Being able to customize things for customers is important. You can’t find that everywhere,” said Duane.
With over 6,000 sq. ft. of showroom space, almost every inch is filled with stoves and fireplaces of every style and size. Corner wood burning stoves might bring customers to reminisce of their grandparents old buck stove that used to sit in the corner of the old farmhouse. Massive wall fireplaces with stone and wood details could bring so much character and coziness to the family room.
If you can’t find exactly what you are looking for in the showroom, talk with a one of the friendly and knowledgeable staff members on hand. They can work with you to customize the piece of your dreams or they just might have it in their 5,000 sq. ft. warehousing facility out back.
While there are no current sales taking place, you can look forward to these upcoming sales next year. A Spring Sale is held every April and an Anniversary Sale takes place in September. Check back with Erb’s Stove closer to these months for details on the deals and discounts.
Even if you are not currently in the market for a new stove or fireplace, simply “come in and enjoy the fireplaces burning,” said Duane. The break from the cold may be just what you need as you do your holiday shopping this winter. You may even find a trinket or two worth purchasing.
Erb’s stove is located 4100 SR 39, Millersburg (1.5 miles east of Berlin). Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Holiday hours: December 24, closed at noon; December 29-January 1, closed and closed January 6. For more information call 330-893-3903.