Paul Bogdonoff
Tri-State Chimney Sweep LLC
Winchester, NH
800 530-6639
Fax 603 239-8645
website www.
Consultant for the chimney sweep/restoration industry

Jim Buckley
Buckley Rumford Co.
1035 Monroe Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
360 385 9974 or cell 360 531 1081
We provide instruction to masons who build Rumford fireplaces and masonry chimneys.  The certification program is online at

Clay Dennis
Southern Hearth & Patio Inc.
N.F.I. Certified- Wood & Solid Fuel Systems and Pellet & Bio-mass Fuel Systems
N.F.I. Course Instructor for Wood and Pellet Systems, Certified Kansas City BBQ Judge
Board of Directors- Southeast Hearth Products Association
Local (423)  899-3853 Fax (423) 899-3864
Toll free 877) 543-4747
Wood and pellet courses, as well as intro to Facebook as a networking tool.

Russ Dimmitt
Chimney Safety Institute of America
Industry instructor
Technical consultant
Certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America and the National Fireplace Institute.
Technical classes as it relates to chimneys with specialization in relining with stainless steel. Also business related classes to more effectively run a service business.

Royal EdwardsTechnical Services, LLC
Seffner, FL 33584. 
Industry consultant and instructor
For chimney Sweeps/technicians and hearth installers.  For $200 per year, you get “an Ear for a Year.” from Royal, who was the Technical Director of the National Chimney Sweep Guild for many years, is an expert witness, sits on U.L. Committees and monitors NFPA 211, 54, and 31. 
Codes and Standards—NFPA 211, 31 and 54
House depressurization—causes and effects
Safety—why and how to get it done
UL Test Standards for Hearth Products
Chimney Performance—draft and flow make it go
Heat Transfer—fireplaces, chimneys and cracks
Fireplaces—Rumford and beyond
Natural/Alternative Health—why and how to protect your health
EFT and More—How energy balancing can help your friends, family and you!

Mauro Falotico
Dean’s Stove & Spa, Outlook Home Inspection LLC
Oakville, CT
(860) 621-5311 (203) 982-0891
Industry instructor and consultant
NFI certified in Wood, Pellet, and Gas Products MHP, licensed home inspector, Travis Industries factory certified technician.
I teach wood, gas, and pellet classes.  I am also an NFI instructor.

Bob Ferrari
Flue Season Chimney Sweeps
P.O. Box 491592
Redding, Ca. 96049
530 221 3331
CSIA Certified, NFI Master Technician, F.I.R.E. Certified Inspector, CA Contractor License.

Jerry Frisch
Lopez Quarries Masonry Heaters/
Firecrest Fireplaces Corp.
111 Barbara Lane, Everett, WA 98203
Phone:  425-353-8963
Cell:  425-422-2447
Fax:  425-742-3361
Union trained, union member 30+ years, non union member 35 years, certified heater builder #001, founding member of Masonry Heater Assoc., ASTM member 25+ years (E6-54), Leader at workshops (too many to count).
Leader at workshop classes on all types of heaters, ovens, cook stoves.  Showing how to calculate and design around the space available and area to be heated.  Also, pointing out areas where expansion is critical, things to look out for (a not to do list) and what materials to use in firebox, heat exchange, facing, chimney and foundation.  Including mortars, lintels and hardware.  I also help designers and architects in their designing a quality heater for their clients needs.

Grandy and Associates
1020 Halifax Drive  Suite 102
Owensboro, KY 42301
Business Building Publications and Training 

Larry Grogan
LCG Enterprises
Mesa, AZ
Fax 480-306-8513
Industry instructor and consultant 
BS-Business Administration
NFI Certification Gas
NFI Certification Wood
NFI Certification Pellet
EPA Certified Lead Renovator
NFI Certification Classes - Gas, Wood, Pellet
Anything to do with Gas, Woodburning, and Pellet (limited) appliances, and with venting systems for each.  

Gary Hart
High Ridge, MO 63049
Certified Heater Mason, Certified Chimney Sweep
Industry instructor.
Topics: Running a business for profit (i.e. bidding relines, rebuilding fireboxes, rebuilding chimneys, installing hearths for wood stove applications, chase top fabrications and installations, flashing and step flashing, etc.) I can also talk about streamlining the bid process by having forms to plug in the figures into.

Jerry Isenhour
CSV Coaching
Concord, NC
(704) 425-0217
Jerry has been recognized as one of the innovators in the industry and is one of the leading experts in the field in regards to chimneys, chimney inspections, proper construction techniques, and diagnosis and documentation. He has been recognized with various industry awards and also by the court system as an expert witness.
Classes: Outdoor rooms, liability, documentation, chimney construction.

Larry James
High Country Stoves & Chimneys
Laramie, WY
Phone:  307-745-4488
Fax: 307-745-1544
Industry instructor and writer:
CSIA Certified Sweep #2470 since 1989, NFI Master Hearth Professional (Wood, Pellet & Gas) #103867, have been WHERF, HEARTH or NFI certified since 1991.  F.I.R.E Certified Inspector #188 since June of 2008.
I have instructed the NFI one day review courses since the NFI program came out in 2000. 

Mark Jones
Chestnut Hill Chimney & Hearth

Farmington , NH
Phone 603-755-4835
Fax  603-755-9834 (call first)
Industry instructor for NFI, wood, pellet and gas certifications; Consultant for NEFCO Fire Investigations, Law Firms, Real Estate Sales, and Insurance Agents. CSIA, NFI Master Hearth Professional, NH Gas Fitter’s License.
Classes: All NFI Certification classes. Wood, Gas and Pellet appliances, installation requirements and inspections for building inspectors, home inspectors and fire departments. Basic and advanced electronics for hearth professionals (specific to gas and pellet units)
Can create and/or customize classes based on needs of a particular organization or group.

Ernst Kiesling, Edith Kiesling
Canadian Kachelofen, Kiesling Construction ltd.
Blockhouse, Nova Scotia, Canada
1 902 624 9583  Fax: 1 902 624 1068
Masonry Heater Builder, "European-Grundofen" Builder, Masonry Kitchenstove, bake and pizza oven Builders.
Industry consultants and instructors. Ernst Kiesling:  Structural engineer, Teaching certificate for Vocational Schools,  Masons and Masonry Heater Builders.  Director of "Kachelofen" Masonry Heater School of Canada, Wett Certification - Solid Fuel Space Heating Technician & Solid Fuel System Advisor.
Edith Kiesling: KMSC - Certified, MHA Certified Masonry Heater Builder, Instructor at "Kachelofen" Masonry Heater School of Canada,Wett Certification - Solid Fuel  Heating Technician & Solid Fuel System Advisor. We offer workshops on Masonry Heater and Masonry Oven Building. Consultation Services: Design and technical calculation for Masonry Heater and Masonry Oven Building and Healthy-Home design.

Eric Moshier
Solid Rock Masonry
Industry Instructor
Certified Heater Mason by the MHA
I teach 1-5 day classes and workshops on masonry heaters and masonry oven building.  Classes can be geared for the novice to the advanced builder.

Bart Ogden 
Home Safe Hearth & Chimney, Inc.   
Wichita, KS 
Fax 316-265-9890 
CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep,  CSIA CDET, NFI Master Hearth Professional
Industry instructor, consultant, writer:  
I have authored trade articles published in "Sweeping: The Journal of Chimney & Venting Technology", "SNEWS: The Chimney Sweeps News", "Sweeping: The Newsletter of the Kansas Guild of Professional Chimney Sweeps." 
Topics: I can consult on a wide variety of issues and topics in the hearth industry from service/repair/inspection/modification/design/methodology to providing investigation and consolation on past, present or the possibility of future fire loss related to hearth appliances, their installation and suitability for use in the intended or current installation. 

Gene Padgitt
Padgitt Forensic Investigations/HearthMasters Masonry School
HearthMasters, Inc.
Kansas City, MO
816-461-3665 Fax 816-461-2818
Industry instructor
Missouri State Certified Fire Investigator
Licensed Mechanical Contractor
Degree in HVACR Technology
Certified Heater Mason
NFI Certified Gas Specialist
CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep
Co-author of numerous magazine articles, co-author of industry books.

Introduction to Masonry hands-on 5-day course
Intermediate Masonry hands-on 6-day course

Advanced Masonry hands-on 8-day course

Historic Chimney Restoration

Constructing a Rumford Fireplace

Masonry Chimney Restoration (stone or brick)

Masonry Heater Building

Brick Oven Construction

Stone art 

Marge Padgitt
Padgitt Forensic Investigations/HearthMasters Publishing and School
HearthMasters, Inc.
Kansas City, MO
816-461-3665 Fax 816-461-2818
Industry instructor and writer
NFI Certified Woodburning Specialist and Approved Trainer
CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep
NFI Instructor, Published articles in Masonry Construction, SNEWS, SWEEPING, Alternative Energy Retailer,, MCSC Newsletter, Wood-Fired Magazine and international newsletters. Ex Reporter for Author of the Chimney and Hearth Pro's Resource Book.
Extreme Marketing for your Hearth Business
Chimney Relining Options and Sizing
Sweeping and Inspecting Chimneys
Green Heating with Masonry Heaters
Lessons Learned from Fire Investigations
Using the Internet to Promote Your Business
Diagnosing and Solving Negative House Pressure
Historic Chimney Preservation
Chimney Damage Evaluations
Chimney Inspections 101 for Home Inspectors
Chimney Inspections for Chimney Professionals
Evaluating Structural Fire Damage caused by chimneys, vents, or heating appliances
How to Write a Professional Proposal and Contract
NFI Woodburning Certification Review

Richard Miscovich, M.B.A.
Board Member, The Bread Bakers Guild of America
Assistant Professor, College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University
Providence, RI
Richard Miscovich's wood-fired oven classes focus on the special requirements of brick oven baking and cooking through hands-on and demonstration instruction. Capturing and utilizing retained heat, artisan bread techniques and production, firing schedules, heat window utilization, energy efficiency and oven management are explored.  Oven construction is discussed, including the proper amount of thermal mass for home or microbakery applications. Guided hands-on instruction take the student from simple ingredients to delicious and charismatic wood-fired oven cuisine: from pizza to hanger steak to old world sourdough to comfort food casseroles. A slide show presentation is available to illustrate different styles of ovens and the possibilities inherent in a wood-fired oven based business or lifestyle.

Norbert Senf
Masonry Stove Builders
Shawville, Quebec, J0X 2Y0
819 647 5092
Fax 647 6082
Certified Heater Mason
Industry Instructor
Consultant and instructor on custom masonry heaters, masonry fireplaces, commercial wood fired ovens, building science issues relating to masonry heaters and masonry fireplaces.

Rick Vlahos
Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation
McHenry, IL
815-344-3890 Fax: 815-344-3890
NFI Certified MHP (Wood Gas & Pellet)
Industry instructor
GasTech 101
Selling Gas Hearth Appliances
Gas Appliances: Theory & Product Choices
Gas Appliances: Installation Considerations
Gas Appliances: Troubleshooting
Hearth 101 -Introduction to Hearth Systems
Basic Salesmanship
Using Hearth 101 for Sales & Customer Service
How To Market Your NFI Status
Managing the Details to Improve Sales
Using Power Point
Selling Pellet Stoves
Pellet Appliances: Theory & Product Choices
Pellet Appliances: Installation Considerations
Pellet Appliances: Troubleshooting
Why My Wood Isn't Burning
Selling Today's Woodstoves
Conducting a Wood Stove Service Call
Wood Burning Appl.: Theory & Product Choices
Wood Burning Appl.: Installation Considerations
Wood Burning Appl.: Troubleshooting

Tom Urban
Estoban Corporation
Fairfield, IA
(641) 472– 7643
CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, inventor of the Chim-Scan Camera system.
Instructor at the Chimney Safety Institute of America, technical editor for SWEEPING magazine, author of numerous articles.
Diagnosis and Documentation
Chimney relining
Oil burner technology
Interpretation training
Computer generated reports


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