About Us


Locally owned and operated, The Original Flame has transformed homes into warm, welcoming gathering areas with

With quality products, certified professional installations and affordability we can assist you, whether you are building a custom home, remodelling /refacing an older style fireplace or creating a fireplace in a room that is crying out for a focal point.


Michele at The Original Flame Peterborough Ontario

Michele Kadwell-Chalmers- President

Michele is a Peterborough native, a third generation business owner and the driving force behind The Original Flame. Specializing in assisting clients with choosing the right fireplace or stove for their particular needs, she is WETT certified and has been in the industry since 1993. Michele has been an active member of the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough ( since 2007.

Michele believes in giving back to the community, she is a member on the Hike for Hospice Peterborough committee. As well she has raised funds for Hospice Peterborough, ( ), Alzheimer’s Society of Peterborough ( and donated fireplaces to YWCA Crossroads Women’s Shelter ( and Hospice Peterborough.

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Karen Sharp- fireplace consultant

Karen has been WETT certified since 1986 and loves guiding clients with their fireplace and stove purchases and installations. She has been in the industry since 1980 and enjoys going to the client’s home to see exactly what is going to suit their particular wants and needs. Karen is passionate about sports, she is a season ticket holder for the Peterborough Petes and enthusiastically cheers on all Canadian sports teams! She loves camping, snowmobiling and fishing and when time permits she enjoys entering Pro Bass tournaments.

There’s nothing like enjoying the warmth and ambiance of a fireplace

Are you interested in installing a stylish and functional focal point in your home? A fireplace not only provides warmth and ambiance to your home, it can also increase the value of your property.

Visit our showroom today to see the selection for yourself and make your home more uniquely yours.

Full Service Boutique

Visit us for full service, from purchase to installation and ongoing service. Our family wants your family and friends to come together around the fire for years to come.

Find your perfect fireplace where warmth and style meet. Get in touch with us today.

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