In one case in Kansas City, a homeowner had a carpenter build custom bookcases and trim work around and above the fireplace. This work was quite extensive and expensive to build. After the work was completed, the homeowner called a chimney sweep to check it to see if there were any problems with the installation.
Homeowners have many options for gas or wood-burning fireplaces, but the choices can be somewhat confusing if all the facts aren’t readily available. The internet can be a good source for research, but there are a lot of sites that don’t provide accurate or thorough information so making a choice can be difficult.
Some of us are old enough to remember the energy crisis of the 1970’s that began with an oil embargo causing energy prices to quadruple overnight. It was this sudden increase in the cost to heat our homes that lead to a resurgence of woodburning and by extension, the chimney service and hearth product industry in America.