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homeowner information and resources

Buyer Beware: Not all chimney companies have the right training, equipment and licensing to do the job right.  You might be surprised how many companies are doing business in the Kansas City area who do not have insurance, comply with city codes and regulations, do not pull permits, and do not have the required master mechanical license to do the work. These regulations are in place to protect the public, so it is in your best interest to use a company that complies with the law. You can check with the Johnson County Contractor Licensing Board or call your city codes department to see if your city requires this license and check for a listing of contractors (our company is listed as HearthMasters or Eugene Padgitt). Currently, we are the only licensed chimney contractor with a Class DM Master Mechanical license as required by most cities in the greater Kansas City area to do hearth appliance installation or chimney liner installations. Additionally, you will always want a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep to do the work.

►CONSUMER ALERT: Some wood-burning stoves and all barrel stove kits being sold by home improvement stores are NOT U.L. Listed or EPA approved, and therefore, cannot be installed in most cities according to IRC and city codes. Do not waste your money on these potentially dangerous products.


Visit our BLOG Wood-Fired Heating and Cooking to get free homeowner tips on many topics!

Chimney Maintenance Tips

Local Contractor Becomes First Certified Heater Mason in Kansas City Area  

Winter Heating Safety Tips An article written by Marge Padgitt for the Independence Examiner

Rekindling Wood Energy in America A very well-written and informative article

See more articles: Marge Padgitt is the Kansas City Alternative Energy Examiner for and a regular writer for Visit her Examiner profile and to see more consumer tipes.

A Guide to Residential Wood Heating by the Canadian Department of Energy.  A great resource for wood-burners.

​Prefab Fireplaces From a Fire Investigator's Point of View An article written for Alternative Energy Magazine by Gene and Marge Padgitt.

Information about Chimney Fires Written for the Midwest Chimney Safety Council by Marge Padgitt

​Bake Ovens and Fireplaces Enhance Outdoor Rooms An article written by Marge Padgitt for Kansas City Home and Garden Magazine


Bats In Your Chimney - When and how to remove bats from your chimney humanely and legally

​Raccoons in Your Chimney - The Human SocietyWhat to do if there are raccoons in your chimney 

Chimney Swifts - Promoting the conservation of the birds, offers links to sightings, temporal map of arrivals, and much more.
Carbon Monoxide Headquarters A very comprehensive site with good information on CO poisoning symptoms and more

Hearth Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA) An association of hearth professionals providing information for consumers

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Writes the NFPA 211 Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid-Fuel Appliances. New standards are published every three years.

International Code Council (ICC) Writes the International Residential Code

​The Wood Heat Organization Inc. Answers to your questions about burning wood for heat and enjoyment

Consumer Product Safety Commission Important news about chimney hazards

Midwest Chimney Safety Council (MCSC) Tips on chimney safety

Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)
Where homeowners can find local certified sweeps and get helpful safety tips

National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) Association of chimney sweeps/technicians

National Fireplace Institute (NFI) Certification and training for wood stove, fireplace, pellet, and gas appliance installers

The Wood Heat Organization Inc. Answers to your questions about burning wood for heat and enjoyment

Masonry Heater Association of North America (MHA) Tons of information on masonry heaters and bake ovens

Links to Companies We Recommend for Other Services