An Ode to Chimney Sweeps

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors


Up where the smoke is

All billered and curled

'Tween pavement and stars

Is the chimney sweep world 


We are so excited with our gift for each other this year. It’s a beautiful cast iron Vermont Castings wood stove in a soft creamy white. Bernie even managed to sell our old wood stove for a surprising sum of money. I guess those who love the Quadra Fire brand have a real affinity for the old stoves. Granted it was a good heat source, but too much for our living space. It nearly cooked us out of the room at times


The new stove is better suited for our Great Room space and even comes with a spark screen for fireplace-like viewing when the doors are open, or removed. Ambiance baby. As stewards of nature and the planet, we are also thrilled that it’s made from 100% recycled materials and production processes that utilize renewable energy. In addition, it’s clean burning so we won’t be adding as much pollution to the air. 


Once the buyers of the old stove removed it from our hearth, we had Matchbox Chimney Sweeps come to make sure things were in order for the new stove, and the new burn season. We are so happy we found Matchbox, they do a thorough job.  In addition to cleaning out any creosote, sweep Garen gave us some burning tips for preventing future buildup. 


  1. Avoid burning low and smoldering fires. 
  2. Only burn firewood that is dry and has cured at LEAST 12 months. 
  3. Burn smaller fuel loads and larger air settings. ( Hotter fires) 


We were familiar with the first two, but like many owners of wood stoves we load up our stove at night and tamp down the air. The idea, keep a low smoldering fire burning until morning. The problem is that when warm smoke meets a cool chimney, it creates the creosote that can cause chimney fires. Without regular proper cleaning, the creosote builds up in layers eventually glazing the inside of the chimney. Once it gets to this stage, it’s a bit more challenging to remove. 

Prevention seems to be a good plan of action. We've got about three and half cords of dry seasoned firewood, a mix of pine and hardwoods.  Our stove will be installed the first part of December and we're axious to put it to use. We also have our next appointment with Matchbox Chimney Sweeps scheduled for August, 2018. When it comes to wood stoves, safe burning and regular chimney maintence is key. 



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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

That should keep you guys toasty this winter.  I love the color.  It is much better than the standard black.

Nov 10, 2017 07:46 AM #1
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks Belinda, I white washed the old red brick hearth surround last  year, and it made the old black and brass wood stove stick out like a sore thumb. I'm sure this will soften up the look of the room. 

Nov 10, 2017 07:58 AM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Beautiful stove, and a beautiful shout out for Chimney sweeps.  The Mamas and the Papas wrote a beautiful song about a Chimney sweep.  It is called Dancing Bear.  It is one of our favorite songs, and here is the link to it.

Nov 10, 2017 08:17 AM #3
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh my goodnes Ron and Alexandra Seigel , we are both listening to it now and LOVE it. How have I missed this song all these years. Next road trip together let's add this to our play list. :) :) :) 

Nov 10, 2017 08:21 AM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD so glad you like the song.  I don't think it was well known, it was on an album where they talked about themselves, their song writing, and this was one of their songs that they wrote...A

Nov 10, 2017 08:46 AM #5
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy Friday,  Dick Van Dyke was not here two weeks ago but the sweep guy was here with his black hat on.  The wood is dry and it is apple so can not wait for the first fire this year.


Nov 10, 2017 08:53 AM #6
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

You guys are going to have a warm and cozy winter season with your lovely new woodstove. I remember gathering wood in CO and we had stacks of it for the woodstove. We also did a lot of Top of the Wood Stove Cooking. Yum!

Nov 10, 2017 09:27 AM #7
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Will, I'm so happy you realize the importance of chimney cleaning and that you've a great dry supply of hardwood. 

Anna, sounds like your Colorado lifestyle was ideal for the environment  there. D 

Nov 10, 2017 09:46 AM #8
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Debb - I've seen those Vermont Castings stoves a few times - it would no doubt be more if wood burners were legal here in newer homes - and they look great. I'm sure you'll enjoy yours. Have a great weekend!

Nov 10, 2017 11:23 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Great tips for people in states where having a fire going during the winter months is a necessity!

Nov 10, 2017 01:23 PM #10
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes


 That is very clean looking and oh so cool. CLeaning a chimney is essential to keep a home safe!

Nov 10, 2017 01:47 PM #11
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

That is a great color. Good tips for those using wood burning stoves.

Nov 10, 2017 07:18 PM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Love the stove and the color, Debb & Bernie! Funny but, I got the chimney inspection & cleaning report today on a home with 3 fireplaces for one of my buyers! We have SO many gas log fireplaces in our area, wood-burning is just so rare so, having to have creosote build-up cleaned is uncommon. 

I love a wood-burning stove and fireplace and remember when hubby & I were first married, we had the chord 'stacks' outside and I would haul in the wood every afternoon so we could build a fire each night during the winter!

Happy holidays - early, Debb & Bernie! 

Nov 10, 2017 08:11 PM #13
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Debb and Bernie, I love the stove, great choice of color. It's so relaxing to sit by the fire, one of the things I miss.

Nov 10, 2017 08:16 PM #14
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Enjoy your new wood stove. We have the coldest day of the season as we celebrate Veterans Day in Maryland.


Nov 11, 2017 05:53 AM #15
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Debb and Bernie. Enjoy your new stove and a great post about chimney sweeps.

Nov 11, 2017 05:55 AM #16
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, sounds like you are getting ready for a cold winter, and a new stove will be nice!  

Nov 11, 2017 06:25 AM #17
Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

I love the wood stove it would be a great to add this to my decor. Thanks for sharing I hope you enjoy your weekend.

Nov 11, 2017 07:41 AM #18
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