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Our Story

Michael Rupp began in the hearth industry in 1975 as a chimney sweep and opened a retail store, Countryside Stove & Chimney, Inc. in 1979.  After several years of successful retailing, he and his wife, Lois, had the opportunity to become the New York Distributor for Travis Industries, a stove manufacturer based out of Washington.  Empire Distributing was formed in 1988.   They welcomed the challenge and began with a dealer network of five stores.  Today they have a solid dealer network that they supply weekly with stoves, fireplaces, venting and accessories. In January 2001 they sold their retail business and have spent the last years focused on distribution.  Both of their sons, Jason and Jeremy, are now part owners of the business.  In 2007 Empire Distributing moved into their new 80,000 square foot warehouse.  They have since expanded into the Outdoor Living market distributing outdoor fire tables, fire pit burners, grills, outdoor kitchen components and more.


With over 25 years in the hearth business at the time, Michael realized the need for a more economical and timely way of constructing a chase when installing a fireplace.   He began working on the 10-Minute Chase in 2003 and received the patent in the fall of 2005.   At the 2006 HPBA show in Salt Lake City, he introduced his endeavor to the hearth industry for the first time.  The 10-Minute Chase was a huge hit!  Michael was awarded the 2006 Hearth & Home Magazine Vesta Award for Venting & Ducting.



2019 © 10-Minute Chase, LLC

Patent No. US6,988,336 B2   |   Note: Actual assembly time will exceed 10 minutes

The 10-Minute Chase is a patented product with proven advantages.  Successful use of the product assumes the prior completion of all indicated preparatory work, procurement of all required materials and proper performance of installation procedures.

There is no specific warranty expressed or implied concerning the timely installation and use of the product as a result of the varying circumstances inherent in any construction project.