Beginning in 1979, Welenco Manufacturing made the first of its unique Fireplace Heat Exchangers, creating a new efficient option for owners of traditional woodburning masonry fireplaces. To supplement the manufacturing, owners Dick Coles and Weld Huffaker also opened a local retail store. In 1985, their expanding product line grew to include a totally new home heating option: a stove that burned wood pellets. It was soon followed by another, and a fireplace insert. They enjoyed success marketing their own stoves as well as those manufactured by others, including the hugely successful Pellet Master stoves.
In 1992, the local retail store was sold to Weld’s son, Todd Huffaker. Having grown up in the business, Todd had been involved in all aspects of the hearth products business, including welding, painting, finishing, custom work, shipping, sales, installation, parts, and service. With this firsthand knowledge of the hearth industry, plus his degree in business, Todd was well-prepared to take the reins, grow the store, and expand the local business.
Today, Welenco Stove Store has thousands of satisfied customers over a three-state area, and remains family-owned and operated. With the focus still on hearth products & accessories, Todd has expanded to include barbeque and outdoor lines, and included propane dispensing and barbeque accessories & seasonings.
Stoves and fireplaces are what we do, so see us today to find out how we can help you with your home heating needs! We ARE the fireplace experts.