Smitty’s takes the health and safety of our employees and customers very seriously.

We are following all the recommended procedures for sanitizing our office and maintaining social distancing for our customers and employees.
• Regular business hours resume on Monday, April 27th. We are open Monday – Friday 8:00-5:00 and Saturday 9:00-1:00.
• You can call ahead to 442-2242 and pay by phone and pick up pellets or any other necessities without coming inside.

These are difficult times. We are a strong state and a strong country and we will get through this. Please stay safe and stay healthy.

Smitty’s Fireplace Shop has been open since 1970 and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Smitty’s was originally opened up by LE and Juanita Smith. Since then it has been passed down generation’s and has been a family owned business from the beginning. LE and Juanita passed it down to their children Leland and Sharon Smith who have their kids Robyn and Shawn working there as well. As of 2020, we have the 4th generation starting to work which includes Robyn and Dean’s kids: Shelby and Carson VanHemelryck. We are proud to be a small business and serving the great community of Helena.

Meet our amazing staff!

Shawn Smith, President, has worked at Smitty’s since 1980 and is currently President. He specializes in Sales, Ordering, and oversees daily operations. He was born and raised in Helena Montana. He has two amazing children: Bryson and Brittney. Bryson is an Assistant Golf Pro at Missoula Country Club and Britt will be starting Vet School in fall of 2021. Shawn’s hobbies include golfing, hunting, and riding four wheelers in the mountains. 

Dean VanHemelryck, Vice President, has worked at Smitty’s since 1994 and is currently Vice President. He specializes in Service and Sales. He was born in Hysham Montana and moved to Helena after college. Dean is married to Robyn who also works at Smitty’s and together have three great children: Kylee, Shelby, and Carson. Some hobbies of his includes hunting, fishing, and camping. Fun fact about Dean is he coached Shelby in travel softball for 9 years and coached Carson’s travel ball team for 6 years.


Robyn VanHemelryck, Secretary/Treasurer, has worked at Smitty’s since 1996 as Secretary/Treasurer. She was born and raised in Helena Montana. Robyn is married to Dean who also works at Smitty’s and have three amazing kids: Kylee, Shelby, and Carson. Some hobbies she loves includes camping and spending time with her family. Robyn has grown up around Smitty’s since she was a little girl- riding her tricycle around playing “store”. 


Johno McMaster has worked at Smitty’s since 2003 and specializes in the Sales Department. He was born and raised in Helena Montana. Johno has two great children: Shaun and Shanon. Shaun works at Smitty’s as well and Shanon works for the State of Montana. Some hobbies include yard maintenance and model railroads. Johno states “I love working at Smitty’s! Best Employer Ever!”. As Johno says “So far so good”.

Shaun McMaster has worked at Smitty’s since 2015 and specializes in the Sales Department. He was born and raised in Helena Montana. Shaun is lucky enough to share an office with his Dad at Smitty’s! Shanon, Shaun’s sister, works here in Helena for the State. Some hobbies include fishing and hiking.



Terry Wegner has worked at Smitty’s since 2019 and specializes in the Service Department. He was born in Dixon Illinois and moved to Montana in 2007. Terry is married to Kirsten and have 2 beautiful daughters named Lily and Kaylin. Some hobbies he loves includes billiards and spending time with his family. Another fun fact about Terry is he is a U.S Army Veteran. We thank you for your service.


DJ Hinman has worked at Smitty’s since 2019 and specializes in customer service in our outside masonry yard. DJ keeps our masonry yard and warehouse clean and organized as well as loading materials for our contractors, customers and freight trucks. DJ was born in Billings MT and has lived in Helena for the last five years. DJ’s hobbies include hunting and fishing.

Shelby VanHemelryck graduated from Missoula College in May 2020 with a degree in Radiology Technology. Shelby was born and raised in Helena and is the daughter of Dean and Robyn VanHemelryck. She started working part time at Smitty’s in April and helps in the front office. Shelby’s passion is basketball and she is the Freshman Basketball Coach at Capital High School.