NOW HIRING: Experienced Gas & Pellet Technician & Installer

AES Hearth & Patio is a leading retailer of Alternative Heating, Custom Fireplaces, and Outdoor Living Products, offered from a variety of manufacturers. We have showroom locations in Newville and Camp Hill, with an extensive Service & Installation Department in Newville.

We are privileged to work with a variety of customers, and as our business continues to grow, we are looking to add a new member to our service team!

We have an immediate opportunity for an Experienced Gas & Pellet Technician to perform Services & Installations of Gas & Pellet hearth appliances.

This person will…

  • clean and troubleshoot Heat-n-Glo, Harman, Quadrafire, Hearthstone, and other manufacturers sold and/or previously sold and serviced by AES
  • install gas & pellet stoves, inserts, and fireplaces
  • safely setup and work at heights from ladders, scaffolding, lifts and roofs

We are looking for…

  • friendly and team-oriented approach
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • attention to detail
  • two or more years of experience as a Lead Technician and Hearth Appliance Installer
  • current Certification or ability to pass NFI Gas or Pellet Certification within 1 year
  • experience using computer-based invoicing software (we use Evosus software from a mobile device to make notes and take payments)

Compensation and company culture…

AES offers a competitive compensation package, with vacation and holiday pay, a retirement plan with company match, and a shared health, vision, and dental benefits plan.

Overtime and double-time opportunities are available, but not required.

As a member of the AES Hearth & Patio team, this person will enjoy being part of a growth-oriented company where honesty and creativity are valued, and contributions to customer service excellence and continuous improvement are top priorities. 

If this sounds like an opportunity that could be the right fit for you, please let us know!

CLICK TO APPLY:  Experienced Gas & Pellet Technician

NOW HIRING: Sales Associate & Designer

AES Hearth & Patio is a leading retailer of Alternative Heating, Custom Fireplaces, and Outdoor Living Products, offered from a variety of manufacturers. We have showroom locations in Newville and Camp Hill, with an extensive Service & Installation Department in Newville.

We are privileged to work with a variety of customers, and as our business continues to grow, we are looking to add a new member to our sales team!

We have an immediate opportunity for a Sales Associate & Designer to sell and design Hearth & Outdoor Living products and services offered in our Camp Hill showroom.

This person will…

  • follow a structured sales process from the point of greeting to the completion of work in the client’s home
  • inside and outside sales and design of Hearth systems and Outdoor Living products
  • sales of Accessories & Services offered at AES
  • assist in maintaining showroom cleanliness and organization

We are looking for…

  • friendly and team-oriented approach
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • attention to detail
  • three or more years of experience as a Sales Associate & Designer in a high-ticket retail sales and/or service environment with notable success in sales
  • design and sketching experience with home construction materials knowledge
  • hearth and hardscape design and sales and/or outdoor living products experience (preferred, but not required)
  • experience operating a cash register and company Point-of Sale/Accounting software system accurately
  • strong proficiency using Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.

Compensation and company culture…

AES offers a competitive compensation package, with vacation and holiday pay, a retirement plan with company match, and a shared health, vision, and dental benefits plan.

Overtime and double-time opportunities are available, but not required.

As a member of the AES Hearth & Patio team, this person will enjoy being part of a growth-oriented company where honesty and creativity are valued, and contributions to customer service excellence and continuous improvement are top priorities. 

If this sounds like an opportunity that could be the right fit for you, please let us know!

TO APPLY CLICK:  Sales Associate & Designer

NOW HIRING: Chimney Sweep & Inspector

AES Hearth & Patio is a leading retailer of Alternative Heating, Custom Fireplaces, and Outdoor Living Products, offered from a variety of manufacturers. We have showroom locations in Newville and Camp Hill, with an extensive Service & Installation Department in Newville which includes full chimney evaluation, inspection, and restoration services.

We are privileged to work with a variety of customers, and as our business continues to grow, we are looking to add a new member to our service team!

We have an immediate opportunity for an Experienced Chimney Sweep & Inspector to perform inspections, estimating, sweeps, relining, and restoration work.

This person will…

  • perform Level I, II, & III Chimney Inspections
  • estimate, sell, and design Chimney & Hearth systems and accessories
  • install and service stoves, inserts, liners, Class A chimneys, caps, etc.
  • safely setup and work at heights from ladders, scaffolding, lifts, and roofs

We are looking for…

  • friendly and team-oriented approach
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • attention to detail
  • three or more years of experience as a Lead Chimney Sweep and Hearth Appliance Installer
  • masonry experience (preferred, but not required)
  • current Certification or ability to pass CSIA Chimney Sweep Certification
  • experience using computer-based inspection and estimating software

Compensation and company culture…

AES offers a competitive compensation package, with vacation and holiday pay, a retirement plan with company match, and a shared health, vision, and dental benefits plan.

Overtime and double-time opportunities are available, but not required.

As a member of the AES Hearth & Patio team, this person will enjoy being part of a growth-oriented company where honesty and creativity are valued, and contributions to customer service excellence and continuous improvement are top priorities. 

If this sounds like an opportunity that could be the right fit for you, please let us know!

 

Click To Apply:  Chimney Sweep & Inspector

Cooking on a Wood Burning Stove

In cooking on a woodstove, since the cookware never comes in contact with an open flame, you can use anything that you would use on an electric or gas stove.  Even so, cast iron is generally the cookware of choice.  Stainless steel is best for boiling water and making rice or pasta. AES offers great kettles that also come in handy.

With a good roaring fire going, the surface gets hot enough to boil water in about 25 minutes.  It’s not as hot as turning a stove burner on high.  And it can take a while to get the surface hot once a fire is started.  It’s not a matter of lighting the fire and being ready to cook.  Some patience is required.

Learning to control the heat while cooking can take a little practice, along with some trial and error.  The hottest a surface ever gets is when one has a full fire going and the stove damper is wide open.  The hottest place on the stove is in the middle next to the stove pipe.  With a full fire going, this is the best place to boil water and cook food that needs the highest heat.  Because my wood stove gives off what I would call a medium low heat on an electric stove, I often don’t need to think about reducing the heat.  If you should need to lower the heat, there are several ways that I can do it.  Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Let the fire burn down.  This is the most obvious, but not always possible.  After all, this is the only heat source for our house!
  • Place pots and pans further away from the center of the stove where the temperature is slightly cooler.
  • Close the damper on the stove.  This cuts off the air to the fire and makes the wood burn slower so the fire isn’t as hot.  This is certainly not the solution if something is burning because the temperature will not drop immediately!  But if you want to slow cook or warm leftovers, it can work well.  I generally only use this option if the house is getting too warm and I need to decrease the burn of my fire without putting it out.
  • Use a trivet.  This is a great method for reducing the heat.  You can use metal or cast iron would be even better.  They must not have wood or plastic parts.

Using a trivet on the surface of the stove works just like a crockpot.  When slow cooking all day, we suggest enamel cast iron dutch oven, but any stainless pot will work.  The trivet method is also great for warming up leftovers.  It’s a very low heat, so it generally doesn’t even require stirring!  But like all other wood stove cooking, it takes some time. Put leftovers on the trivet at least 15 minutes to half an hour before you want to eat.  It’s not a microwave!