Come see our new line of WOOD STOVES at, Thompson Best
We are proud to now sell such respected brand name stoves.....
Jotul, Pacific Energy, Vermont Castings
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COME SEE OUR NEW LINE OF WOOD STOVES AT OUR FREDERICK MARYLAND AND HAMILTON VIRGINIA LOCATIONS:
4640 Wedgewood Blvd.#107 Frederick , MD
57 E. Colonial Hwy. Hamilton Virginia
Best is proud to announce that they have acquired Bodmer Stoves from Buckeystown Maryland... see the newspaper article below, from the Frederick News Post March 2019
Back in 1972, Ed and Nancy Bodmer bought a small stone house in Buckeystown.
They first tried heating it with oil, but that was costly because they needed to buy more every two weeks. Then, they tried buying a wood stove in Frederick, but that was burned out after less than a day.
After doing a little research, Ed found a company based in Alabama, Ashley Wood Stoves. The company needed a dealer, so he bought six from Richmond, Virginia, drove them back in his truck and started to sell them.
Fast forward to 2019, and Ed’s still selling wood stoves out of the small building next to his home, one he and Nancy bought in 1976.
“At that time, I thought selling wood stoves would be a temporary type of thing,” Ed said. “There were photovoltaic cells. I thought that would be the future. … Little did I know that 43 years later, we’re still selling stoves.”
“When we bought our stone house in 1972, it wasn’t like, let’s buy a building where we could have a business,” Nancy added. “He was teaching and I was a dental hygienist, so we’ve come a long way in our philosophy.”
That philosophy has included selling 25 different brands of stoves to thousands of customers in areas ranging from Canada to Florida, and many places in between.
Now, however, the Bodmers will be closing, and selling the Bodmer’s Stoves business on March 29. Charlie Smith, CEO and owner of Thompson Best Heating and Air Conditioning, has worked in that sector for 49 years and is the buyer.
He declined to state the purchase price, but said what caught his eye with Ed’s business was the quality of stoves. Right now, those include Pacific Energy and Vermont Castings and Jotul. Those models range from $2,000 to 4,000, Ed said.
“They’re all top-of-the-line brand names … they’re the Cadillac of wood stoves,” Smith said. “Jotul, is like, the stove to sell.”
The formula for Ed and Nancy’s success over the years is a familiar one: Offer quality products and friendly customer service. Ed provides customers with information on how each stove works, what he has dubbed “Stove School 101.”
It also comes down to the fact that wood stoves provide a substantial amount of heat to a confined space, Ed said.
“It’s a more sensible type of heat. It really warms a person unlike a forced air type of furnace,” he said. “And once people get used to that, it’s a heat that can’t be duplicated.”
“I’ve had three generations buying stoves from us,” Ed said. “This one guy said, ‘You can’t go away. Five of my family members have bought stoves from you.’ So we’ve created an institution that people know what we’re all about, and they like our service.”
Ed and Nancy said the business ebbed and flowed over the years. Busy points included trying times for the nation, including the oil embargo in the 1970s, and more recently Hurricane Katrina.
But one of the busiest points was a quirky moment in recent history, the Y2K scare.
“People thought that with everything shutting down, they would need a wood stove,” Nancy said. “That took us by complete surprise.”