The South Central Affiliate of the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (SCHPBA) is one of eleven regions in North America serving members with a more local perspective. It was formally incorporated in 2000. SCHPBA includes members in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The affiliate is a separate 501 © 6 corporation which is referred to as a Mutual Benefit Corporation existing to meet the needs of and serve their members.

We foster and promote business for our industry members in our five states. An elected Board of Directors represents the members’ needs when serving on committees and holding member events. Further, there is one industry member who represents the region on the Board of Directors at the national level. All regions have this representation. The rest of the 21-member national board is comprised of Manufacturers and two At-Large professionals.

SCHPBA members are encouraged to contact the affiliate staff office, any of the current affiliate board members and the representative to the national board with any interests or concerns.

HPBA's purposes include (but are not limited to):

  1. The promotion of education for the utilization and safe use of solid fuels and gas as energy sources.
  2. The dissemination of information regarding regulatory concerns, environmental concerns and other subjects of specific interest to both the industry and public at large.
  3. The fostering of superior design quality, member product performance and services benefit the public and this industry.

HPBA Membership is offered in the following categories:

  • Associate
  • Distributor
  • Manufacturer
  • Manufacturer’s Representative
  • Retailer
  • Service
  • Non-Profit

Our History

Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) is an international trade association first established in 1980 to represent and promote the interests of the hearth products industry in North America. In 2001, Hearth Products Association (HPA) merged with Barbecue Industry Association (BIA) 2001 to form HPBA. The Association includes manufacturers, retailers, distributors, manufacturers’ representatives, service and installation firms, and other companies and individuals – all having business interests in and related to the hearth, patio, and barbecue products industry.

HPBA’s members manufacture, import, distribute, sell, service, and represent products that include:

  • Factory-built Fireplaces, Gas Logs, Inserts, and Accessories
  • Wood, Pellet, Coal, and Gas stoves
  • Barbecues, Grills, and Accessories
  • Patio Furniture and Accessories


The Fireplace Institute (FI) and the Wood Energy Institute (WEI) united to form the Wood Heating Alliance in 1980. The name was then changed again in 1983 to the Hearth Products Association (HPA) a non-profit organization, in order to better reflect the diversity and range of products and services within the industry. The name was changed once more to, Hearth Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA) in 2001.