Feel the Heat
Miller Stove & Fireplace Helps Create Cozy Moments
Photographer / Jubilee Edgell
Many people find January to be the most depressing month of the year – and little wonder. The holidays are over, the weather is rarely better than gloomy, and often it’s bitterly cold. One way to beat such winter blues is to cozy up in front of a heart-warming fire with friends and family.
For Ernie Miller, owner of Miller Stove & Fireplace near Bremen, creating those happy moments is the best part of his job.
“I get the satisfaction of having someone set up with a brand new fireplace, and just sitting around with the family and enjoying it,” Miller says. “That and dealing with the customers and the people. There’s a lot of satisfaction in doing something that you know benefits the community, benefits the people, and hopefully saves them money and lasts their lifetime.”
Although Miller’s heart for his customers has never changed, the face of his business has. In 1989 Miller started a business that delivered anthracite coal, which is the most energy-dense coal in existence.
“I always was interested in heating and stoves and stuff like that,” he says. “At the time I bought my first Franco Belge stove and I was pretty interested in that – very intrigued with it.”
After speaking with a coal company representative, Miller decided to sell the heat source locally.
“That’s how we got started,” he says. “Then people needed stoves, so we started selling stoves. Then we got so busy with our stoves that within eight or ten years, we sold the coal part of our business and just went to selling stoves and fireplaces.”
Miller and his team always strive to care for the needs of their customers.
“One of the most important things we ask is, ‘What is the customer needing?’,” Miller says. “Oftentimes they might be replacing something they already have. We try to get an idea of what the customer’s thinking, and try to satisfy those needs.”
Once they know the customer’s desires, Miller and his team deliver and install their products along with customized stonework and masonry to accent their stoves and fireplaces. They also go one step further, servicing their customers’ fireplaces and stoves.
The business offers a wide variety of stoves and fireplaces, including those that burn wood, gas, pellet and coal, to a customer base that spans from Valparaiso to Fort Wayne and as far north as southern Michigan.
“I appreciate the community,” Miller says. “I think we have a wonderful opportunity in this area. I appreciate that, and all our customers and the support we’ve had throughout the years.”
Miller Stove & Fireplace is an Amish-owned and operated establishment located at 2570 Beech Road in Bremen. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information call 574-773-2686.