Osburn is an innovator in the wood stove industry. The company was started in British Columbia in 1979 in response to an energy crisis, creating Osburn wood stoves to help keep households warm without relying on scarce energy resources. In 1980, Osburn stoves became the first manufacturer in North America to make a wood stove that met the strict Oregon air emission standards. Later, Osburn stoves continued its innovation trend with the creation of the bay window-style Osburn stove design, becoming the largest EPA-approved wood stove worldwide. The bay window design allowed the heating of homes with Osburn wood stoves while improving the décor of the home. By 1988, Osburn also manufactured a gas stove and gas stove inserts which were as well received as their wood-burning products.
In 2002, Osburn was purchased by Stove Builder International (SBI) and operations of Osburn stoves were moved to Quebec City. SBI offers its exceptional production capacity and efficiency of operations to Osburn stoves quality designs and combustion technology. The company maintains its leadership position as the leading brand for EPA Osburn wood stoves, wood stove inserts, pellet stoves, high efficiency gas stoves and gas fireplace inserts.