Lisa Leighton of Canterbury Enterprises and Steve Marple of Project Services International have teamed up to develop a product that helps improve air quality. Canterbury Enterprises has a long history in the fireplace industry as manufacturers of the Blue Flame Log Lighter and Gas Valve. Steve Marple has a long history in the industrial combustion and pollution control industries. Together they have developed a simple yet effective product addressing the dilemma of emissions reductions from existing fireplaces.
Lisa Leighton – CEO, Canterbury Enterprises, Corona, CA
CEO, Earth’s Flame, Inc. Durango, Co.
Lisa Leighton attended U.C. Santa Barbara for undergraduate studies and USC for graduate school. Lisa has been involved in the family business over 30 years and has a passion for preventing the extinction of wood burning fireplaces. Realizing the hearth truly is the most intimate place in a home. A reflection of when times were simpler, gathering with loved ones, sharing stories, playing games and enjoying moments.
Wanting to make a difference and improve air quality, Earth’s Flame was developed to keep this American Tradition alive for generations to come. Lisa puts her heart and soul into the company, to make a change in neighborhoods, communities, our Nation, our Planet. She is proud to be a part of the legacy of wood-burning fireplaces.
Steve Marple - Owner, Project Services International, Bayfield, Colorado
A Mechanical Engineering graduate of the University of Delaware, Steve has a truly diversified and worldwide background with his 30+ years experience in the industrial engineering and construction environments. Steve's experience with the design, construction, operation and trouble-shooting state of the art combustion and pollution control systems brings a wealth of knowledge to Earth's Flame and its design.
Steve’s been involved in helping the Durango Silverton Narrow Gage Railroad reduce emissions from their historic turn of the century coal fired locomotives and roundhouse facility for a few years now. A chance meeting between Lisa Leighton & railroad owner Al Harper lead to Steve's involvement in the development of Earth’s Flame. Steve takes great pride in his contributions to Earth's Flame and the potential environmental benefits derived from its use.
This project has been about doing something for our environment and knowing that this little company has the ability to make a big difference throughout our Nation. Joe Leighton started the vision 55 years ago and changed the industry forever by inventing the Blue Flame Log Lighter and Gas Valve for wood burning fireplaces. Now the torch is passed to Lisa Leighton, to change it in another way. By changing the color of wood burning from black to green.
Today we stand at the forefront of making wood burning fireplaces part of the "Green Movement."
The next time one enjoys the comforting flame of a gas fireplace, they can thank Joe Leighton, who originally thought of the idea of connecting gas into fireplaces.
More than 55 years ago, Joe Leighton, invented the first Blue Flame Log Lighter to ignite wood in a fireplace, instead of using paper and kindling. Our exclusive air/gas mixing chamber does not burn raw gas. Today the Blue Flame Log Lighter, made in the USA, is still the most efficient way to start and maintain a crackling fire.
55 years in the fireplace industry and 17 years as a member of the HPBA, our family owned and operated business wants to keep alive the American tradition of wood burning fireplaces; while improving air quality and reducing the health risks associated with inhaled fireplace smoke.