Burning log fireplaces was incorporated in the ACT in 1976 and was part of an Australian owned company that manufactured and retailed the Turbo 10, Spinafire and St Moritz range of wood fireplaces. The company was successful on the back of its revolutionary Turbo Ten High Tech slow combustion fireplace which was largely responsible for the growth of the wood heating industry in NSW and the ACT in the early 1980’s.
In 1986 the company decided to restructure and sold off its retail network as individual stores, in October of that year Mr. John Carey who was managing the Canberra store at the time decided to buy the Canberra operation and shortly after in 1987 John brought his son Patrick into the company.
Following a down turn in the wood heating industry, Patrick impressed on his father the need for diversification. From this discussion, Burning Log introduced their Outdoor Furniture and BBQ range.
During the 1990’s the company began a campaign focusing on three key areas, Quality Branded products, value pricing and quality staff. This strategy, which is still present today, introduced such brands as Weber, Beefeater and Shelta and established a class of highly knowledgeable and caring staff.
In 2000, following an illness, John Carey retired from the day to day management of the company. John still managed to oversee the operations of the company, by providing both support and advice. John’s unfortunately succumbed to his illness and passed away in May of 2001. Patrick took the helm of the company, motivated to continue the legacy of his father.
The year 2001 was pivotal year for the company in many ways; “we found it very difficult to offer value in our Outdoor Furniture range as the local Wholesalers had tight control over the limited range of products that were coming into Australia, high prices, poor quality and rather questionable colour choices.
It was a tough time to be retailing outdoor furniture” So we went direct to the manufactures in China and came up with some great designs and colours to suit the tastes of Canberra’s consumers. From this point forward, we have never looked back!
Our new range of furniture needed to be showcased and promoted in-situ, so as to provide inspiration and in 2003 Patrick and his wife Natalie made the commitment to invest in a new outdoor showroom to showcase some of their new designs in outdoor furniture. Completed in 2004 this showroom quickly became the talk of the town as it showed how you could set up your outdoor room complete with Flat screen TV, outdoor heating, water feature, an outdoor kitchen, and of course, the outdoor setting.
In 2005 Patrick and Natalie opened The Complete Garden Canberra in the adjoining building to their current Burning Log Megastore; this store brought a new range of Tuscany inspired water features and outdoor furniture and giftware not seen before in Canberra.
They built The Complete Garden Canberra into the largest store of the 35 strong franchises throughout Australia and in august 2011 the Canberra store was sold and relocated to the DFO in Fyshwick.
Burning Log Megastore has grown substantially going from 300sqm in 1986 to over 1000sqm of showroom and 140sqm to 1200 sqm warehouse facility. The company has been able to Display and supply some of Australia's leading Heating, BBQ and outdoor furniture to the Canberra public without the usual delays experienced by some of Canberra other big retailers. Burning Log Megastore is now a truly trusted powerhouse on the Canberra retail scene.
The store is located on the corner of Wollongong and Maryborough Streets in Fyshwick ACT where its humble journey began 22 years ago…this is where it still operates from today.