Summer smell? A CSIA expert on what may be causing that stinky chimney or odor in the fireplace

It’s a little-known fact that while we love our wood-burning fireplaces, they can stink. Especially in the warm-weather months. Sometimes, that odor coming from the chimney is the result of an animal invasion — critters that have made their way into the flue (and died, or left behind unmentionables). But often, it’s the chimney itself! We just … More Summer smell? A CSIA expert on what may be causing that stinky chimney or odor in the fireplace

‘Chimney-related incidents’ are no laughing matter

You may have seen in the news recently where a man in Arizona got stuck in a chimney after a prank nearly turned tragic in early July. The Chimney Safety Institute of America, a Plainfield, Indiana-based nonprofit with a dual mission of providing industry education/certification along with homeowner resources, has written about the issue of people … More ‘Chimney-related incidents’ are no laughing matter

Why masonry chimneys have to meet the 3-2-10 rule, and how a CSIA certified chimney sweep does the math

It is widely known that masonry chimneys are required to meet the 3-2-10 rule. This rule means that they must extend 3 feet above the roof penetration on the shortest side, and the top of the chimney must be 2 feet higher than any portion of the building structure within 10 feet. This height requirement … More Why masonry chimneys have to meet the 3-2-10 rule, and how a CSIA certified chimney sweep does the math

More venting pros at your fingertips: Over 1,600 CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps now available for hire

The Chimney Safety Institute of America is pleased to report that there are now more than 1,600 chimney sweeps in North America that carry our CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® credential. The number of CCS technicians is 8 percent higher than in December, and continues CSIA’s role as the go-to industry leader for chimney education and training. … More More venting pros at your fingertips: Over 1,600 CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps now available for hire

Practice #LightningSafety: That’s what chimney sweeps and dryer exhaust technicians do on rooftops!

There is one safety precaution that is a common-sense practice in the chimney/venting world. In the words of industry professional Tedd Cuttitta Jr. of Nanuet, New York: “We have always had a policy here. The first clap of thunder, get off the roof.” That’s due, of course, to lightning. Chimney and dryer exhaust maintenance is both an indoor and outdoor occupation, … More Practice #LightningSafety: That’s what chimney sweeps and dryer exhaust technicians do on rooftops!

Why the Chimney Safety Institute of America thinks about Christmas in July

  We know America is sweating (it’s summer, after all), but we’re thinking of sweaters. Fireworks for you, firewood and fireplaces for us. Christmas in July is a popular cliche, but it’s an actual thought process at the Chimney Safety Institute of America. For starters, in the summer, CSIA is busy educating and training chimney sweep techicians … More Why the Chimney Safety Institute of America thinks about Christmas in July

School’s in session: CSIA chimney and dryer exhaust education heats up in July and August

The months of July and August combine to mark a midway point in the chimney industry. In the summer, busy CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps make a lot of repairs at homes/businesses where the residents/workers used their fireplace or wood stove with regularity during the fall/winter burning season. Not long from now, particularly in colder climates in the … More School’s in session: CSIA chimney and dryer exhaust education heats up in July and August