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Green Heat Resources

Updated: January, 2021

Recommended Chimney Sweeps & Stove Installers
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There are lots of great chimney sweeps, and lots of fly-by-night sweeps. Make sure yours is a Certified Chimney Sweep by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (www.csia.org) – and that they are certified for wood stoves and fireplaces (some are just certified for gas). And we highly recommend check customer ratings with someone like Consumer Checkbook (See below) and/or the Better Business Bureau. Most experts recommend avoiding the “Verified Chimney Sweep” label. For stove installation, look for National Fireplace Institute (NFI) (http://nficertified.org). Both CSIA and NFI organizations have good zip code locators on their websites to find certified professionals.

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We also highly recommend looking over the sweeps shoulder and asking lots of questions. They can and should also check if your wood stove meets correct clearances or has any obvious signs of obsolescence or disrepair. Tell the sweep how much wood you used since the last cleaning, and they can tell you whether the creosote build-up was minimal, normal or dangerous. If there was a lot of creosote build-up, it means you likely were using unseasoned wood and//or not giving the stove enough air. Also, consider asking the sweep to also clean your dryer duct while they are there which should be cheaper than if they make a separate trip.

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Maryland, Virginia & DC

The following chimney sweep recommendations come from Consumer Checkbook (www.checkbook.org) who rated 194 chimney sweeps & installers within 50 miles of Washington, D.C. Listed below are those firms which had at least 25 people and where at least 85% of customers recommended them. There are scores of companies who have high ratings but only a few customers have rated them. We include 3 companies in the “Not recommended” section at the bottom who had at least 20 customers rating them and where less than 70% of customers would recommend them. Again, there are scores of companies where between 0 and 50% of customers recommended them, but they had fewer than 20 customers rating them, and often fewer than 5 or 10 customers rating them.

If your sweep recommends you retire or upgrade your wood stove or insert one into your fireplace, the federal government now offers a 26% tax credit to install a high efficiency stove, including purchase price, labor, sweeping, venting, sales tax, etc. If live in Maryland, the MD Energy Administration also offers a $700 rebate to upgrade to a pellet stove or $500 to upgrade to a new wood stove. Thus, if your pellet stove and install comes to $3,500, you get a $700 rebate check from the state, and the 26% tax credit of the remaining $2,800 is $728, so your final price is $2,072. If you live in a state without any incentive, 26% off of $3,500 is $2,590.

Recommended

Phoenix Chimney

5228 Landgrave Ln 
Springfield, VA 22151 703-750-6433

Leopold's Chimney Sweeps

Woodbridge, VA 22193 703-901-0241

2 Hats Chimneys & Ducts

6312 Sandy St 
Laurel, MD 20707 301-725-4725

Chimney Masters

12104 Island View Cir 
Germantown, MD 20874 301-972-9158

Dunn's Chimney Sweep

13860 Holly Forest Dr 
Manassas, VA 20112 703-680-3015

Chimney Cricket Sweeps

PO Box 23 
Olney, MD 20830 301-774-6060

Sugarloaf Chimney Sweeps

21515 Peach Tree Rd 
Dickerson, MD 20842 301-972-8558

Bryant Chimney

11801 Randy Ln 
Laurel, MD 20708 301-680-0488

Aragon Chimney Services

19645 Muncaster Rd 
Derwood, MD 20855 301-706-8564

My Chimney Sweep Service

Rockville, MD 20850 301-760-6712

Rooftop Chimney Sweeps

2400 Commonwealth Ave 
Alexandria, VA 22301 703-836-7858

Nicholas Chimney Stove & Fireplace

239 Mill St NE 
Vienna, VA 22180 703-938-8368

Chimney Doctor Nova

2817 Ps Business Center Dr 
Woodbridge, VA 22192 703-551-0005

MCP Chimney & Masonry

27505 Ridge Rd 
Damascus, MD 20872 301-774-4500

Olde Londontowne Chimney Sweep

2909 Plyers Mill Rd 
Silver Spring, MD 20902 301-718-2875

American Professional Chimney Specialists

4519 Buchanan St 
Hyattsville, MD 20781 301-699-6050

Not recommended

Top Hat Chimney Sweeps

7644 Fullerton Rd # B 
Springfield, VA 22153 703-750-1900

High's Chimney Service

8045 Snouffer School Rd 
Gaithersburg, MD 20879 301-519-3500

Priddy Chimney Sweeps

7636 Standish Pl #B 
Rockville, MD 20855 301-530-4262

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