Burn & Learn

Burn & Learn

May 16-17 – Kalahari Resort & Convention Center – Sandusky, OH

Join us for MSHPBA’s biggest in-person training and networking event of the year!

MidStates HPBA’s Burn & Learn 2023 offers members the opportunity to earn CEUs towards their NFI and CSIA certification while attending education sessions and hands-on training designed to improve and grow your business. In addition to education, members can:

  • meet industry experts and network with your peers
  • sharpen your skills and learn new ways to increase your bottom line
  • become an NFI Certified Professional
  • enjoy a delicious meal at our annual Tailgate Party
  • view the latest products and services
  • bid on products donated by our sponsors



10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Technical Workshop

Napoleon Gas Hands-On Training
Ron Koosmann, Napoleon
Space is limited for this event, register early.

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Business Workshop

Everything You Know You Should Be Doing As The Sales Leader, but Don’t Want To Do
Tim Rethlake, Hearth & Home Technologies

2:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Business Workshop

Electrification Legislation & How the U.S. is Not Prepared To Switch to All Electric
Jason Hayes, Mackinac Center for Public Policy

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Business Workshop

Electric Fireplace 101: What They Do, How They Do It, and How Easy They Are To Sell
Canned Heat

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Tailgate Sponsor Event & Product Auction


8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Breakfast Presentation

Breakfast and a Brief Updated on MSHPBA, HPBA, and Government Affairs

8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
NFI Review

NFI Core Knowledge & Gas Review Course
Amie Ryan, HPB Education Foundation
(Separate charge may apply for this review)

8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Technical Workshop

Napoleon Gas Hands-On Training
Ron Koosmann, Napoleon
(Repeat of Tuesday’s training)

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Business Workshop

Evaluating Your Business. Are You Setup for Success?
Cogent Analytics

Gas Hands-On Training

Tuesday, May 16 – 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Presented by Ron Koosmann, Napoleon

Our manufacturer hands-on training, the most popular Burn & Learn event each year, will be presented by Napoleon. Attendees will receive an overview of the Dexen and SIT Electronic Ignition Systems currently used in all Napoleon hearth products and learn troubleshooting tactics for use in the field. Eliminate costly service callbacks by equipping your installers and service personnel with the knowledge and practice needed to assure fast, efficient, and accurate diagnosis.

Space is limited, so reserve your seat today.

If Tuesday’s class sells out, we will repeat this course on Wednesday, May 17 from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM.

NFI Certification

Wednesday, May 17 – 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Considerable knowledge and expertise are called for in designing, installing, and servicing gas hearth systems, not only because of advances in technology but also because of the nature of fuel gases. We begin with the foundation for all work with gas hearth systems: gas characteristics and combustion basics. We look next at methods and requirements for fuel delivery and then at the fundamentals of gas piping systems.

CLICK HERE to learn more.

Tailgating Done Right

Tuesday, May 16 • 6-9 pm

Grab your favorite sports jersey and join us for a delicious dinner prepared by our sponsors during our annual Tailgate event. Preview the top grills in action, view the latest products in our outdoor burn area, and bid on fabulous products generously donated by our sponsors.

Hotel Reservations

Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
7000 Kalahari Dr
Sandusky, OH 44870

$129 per night, plus tax and fees


Online: https://book.passkey.com/e/50459592

By Phone: Call (877) 525-2427 and let them know you are with the MidStates HPBA Burn & Learn event.

If you should have any issues reserving your room, please call our office at (314) 400-2116.

The cut-off date for hotel reservations has been extended to Monday, May 1, 2023. After May 1, MSHPBA and the Kalahari cannot guarantee the discounted room rate.

Burn & Learn 2023 Sponsors