HPBExpo trends published

New fireplace, stove, barbecue and outdoor living products

HPBExpoARLINGTON, Va. – Six thousand manufacturers and retailers are gathering at the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Assn. (HPBA) HPBExpo March 1–4, to showcase innovative products designed to turn up the heat in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center. Cleaner wood burning technologies, smart apps and barbecue accessories to customize and facilitate the grilling experience are just some of the new product finds at HPBA’s show.

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“HPBExpo showcases hundreds of products developed for every type of consumer, beginner griller to pit master, home builders, interior designers and outdoor landscapers,” said Jack Goldman, president and CEO of HPBA.

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HPBA has identified these top trends for 2017:

• Low-Emission Home Heating Technology: Since new EPA regulations on solid fuel appliances went into effect in May 2015, there has been an influx of wood burning innovations to meet more stringent emission standards.
• Smart Technologies: In 2017, consumers continue to depend on smart technologies to give more control at the push of a button––to know when to heat their homes, when the grill is hot or fuel is low.
• Enhanced Outdoor Accessories: As consumers look for options to grill and barbecue in new ways, specialized accessories are expected to become even more popular in 2017.
• Modernizing Fireplaces: Linear fireplaces continue to interest consumers in both indoor and outdoor products with their sleek, sophisticated, modern design.

Adding to the heat from the show floor, HPBExpo also hosts an annual barbecue cook-off competition to be held on Thurs., March 2. The event will feature attendee retailer teams and will be judged by three Kansas City Barbeque Society champion pitmasters: Dave Elliot, Loren Hill and Jayna Todisco.

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