#5. Is Hearth.com a non-profit or free site?
Hearth.com is a commercial site.
Hearth.com was not started with the ideas of making a profit, however the cost of operation in time and money has become quite high.
Our income comes from sponsors - mostly companies within the hearth industry who pay for banners and listings - as well as from ads placed by google (adwords) and other such programs.
We do not mix advertisements with editorial - in other words, we do not give advice nor write articles or reviews based upon payment from sponsors or others.
Hearth.com does not charge our members or guests, however they are expected to follow the forum rules, guidelines and common sense and decency.