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Helpful websites and links

If no link shows up do an internet search for the name

Professional Organizations: 

Chimney Safety Institute of America: Find a list of Certified Chimney Sweeps in your area by area code. Consumer oriented safety and maintenance information. 

National Chimney Sweep Guild (association of chimney sweeps/technicians)  Member site for chimney businesses - information about Certification, training seminars, conventions, and the sweep school.

Masonry Heater Association of North America: Find out about masonry heaters and brick ovens, or find a qualified heater mason to build a heater for you. 

Brick Industry Association: For professional masons - all kinds of masonry information here!
Fireplace Investigation, Research & Education Service: Training for professional chimney and fireplace inspectors. 

Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association: A professional association for hearth retailers and chimney service businesses. Huge annual trade show and education. Consumer oriented safety and maintenance information. 
National Fire Protection Association: Get copies of the NFPA 211 Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid-Fuel Burning Appliances, and other standards here. 
U.S. Environmental Protection Association
U.S. National Institutes of Health
U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. National Fire Incident Reporting System
ASTM International
International Code Council
OMNI-Test Laboratories, Inc.
Underwriters Laboratories


Blue Collar Entrapeneur: A trade publication with lots of great articles. All chimney sweeps should get this magazine.  A comprehensive current listing of chimney events can be found on this site.  Subscriptions to the magazine are available.

Wood-Fired Magazine: As you can see, covering everything wood-fired. See our subscription page for more info. Geared with the consumer and professional in mind!

The Chimney and Hearth Pro's Resource Book: A comprehensive business owner's resource book including sample contracts, employee manual, safety information, insurance information, forms, drawings, diagrams, SOP's and much much more. Check it out on our bookstore page!


Press Releases and Reports:

Consumer Product Safety Commission Alert (important news about chimney hazards posted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission)

Press Release on the chimney sweeping log:

Asbestos Exposure Information for Chimney Sweeps:

Educational Resources for Industry Professionals: 

Fireplace Investigation, Research & Education Service Courses for Home Inspectors and Fireplace Inspectors.  E-mail

Chimney Safety Institute of America Chimney Sweep School in Indianapolis, Certification programs available for chimney sweeps and dryer vent technicians. 

National Fireplace Institute: Trains and certifies hearth appliance installers.  Pellet, Wood, Gas certifications available. 

Masonry Heater Association of North America: Trains and certifies masonry heater and oven builders, annual workshop, workshops year-round. Annual meeting in North Carolina. Visit the website for homeowner and mason information. The MHA does allow novices to attend the annual meeting but they need to join the MHA first. 

HearthMasters Masonry School: Traveling masonry school - hands-on training for chimney and fireplace building, oven and masonry heater building, relining with all methods. 

Chimney-Related E-mail Lists and Websites:  Homeowner information, CP forum chat list for chimney professionals, and search for a chimney business here.

The Chimney Sweeps of the World - A place for homeowners to find chimney companies, and chimney companies should list their site here. 

Chimney Auction Site - List your used equipment or chimney related items here, and find stuff, too!

Cyber Vent Specialist - (post photos of your work, check out other's work, post messages to the board and more!) Mainly for chimney businesses, but use it to show customers your work, too.

Chimneys-L List - Hosted by Dave McKnew.  Curently $20 per year.  There are over 450 members from all over the world on this list! Hosted by Ray Gessner.  This is a forum where different topics are discussed by chimney sweeps from all over the world. 

Masonry Heater and Bake Oven Chat List-  Open to the public


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Chimney Chatter

Wood-Fired Buying and Selling (buy and sell new and used hearth items here)

Professional Chimney Sweep Forum

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