Questions To Ask A Chimney Sweep Before You Hire

What do you need to ask before you hire a chimney sweep. What are the qualifications of the chimney sweep? What happens if something goes wrong - Insurance? Is the chimney sweep properly trained…how do you know?

Find a Good Chimney Sweep

Finding a good chimney sweep can be difficult..!! Especially since there are few cities which regulate the chimney sweep industry.

The SIA offers top tips for environmentally responsible wood-burning

Oliver Beauchemin

In a survey conducted by the Stove Industry Alliance, wood burning stove retailers reported that at least 36% of homeowners supply at least half of their wood themselves. With the majority of the remaining wood sourced from a local garage or wood retailer within 5 miles of an owner’s home, or delivered from a logs/solid fuel merchant within a delivery catchment area of approx. 50 miles, environmentally-aware owners are successfully minimising the carbon footprint of their stoves.

Wood as a sustainable fuel source for the home

Oliver Beauchemin

The Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) is pleased to endorse leading industry guidelines which establish a recognizable standard for logs used in wood burning stoves; an important step towards ensuring the continued sustainability of wood as a fuel source for the home.

Let’s clear the smoke

Contributing Author

For the last year the American public has been deluged with misleading claims regarding the EPA wood heating NSPS regulation proposals.

The contribution wood burning stoves can make to carbon reduction and sustainable energy

Oliver Beauchemin

Modern wood burning stoves are virtually carbon neutral when using current burn technology. High-quality wood emits less CO2 when burned than it does with natural decay.

State of the Art Stainless Steel Chimney Lining

Contributing Author

The chimney lining must contain liquids, gases and heat.  This article will focus on using a state of the art stainless steel liner when repairing or when upgrading your chimney for a new stove being installed.


Oliver Beauchemin

On Jan 3, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed updates to its air emissions standards for new residential wood heaters that would strengthen its requirements for new woodstoves, while establishing air standards for new pellet stoves and several other types of new wood heaters for the first time.  The proposal would phase in emission limits over a five-year period, beginning in 2015.  The proposed standards would apply only to new wood heaters and will not affect wood heaters already in use in homes or currently for sale today.

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