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I am a chimney sweep with over 22 years of experience, CSIA certified and member of the NCSG, I can answer questions about smoky fire places, wood stoves, and heating units (boiler and furnace chimneys) do you need a relining? A cap? And much more

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over 22 years


Chimney Safety Institute of America, National Chimney Sweep Guild


CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) certified

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Recent Answers from James Ball

2017-02-14 Chimney draft problem:

Hello Doug, do you have a fireplace in the home and if so make sure there is a good seal on the damper (if not maybe a top mount damper cap), If there is no wind then the air is being pulled down that

2016-12-20 Heatilator mark 123:

Hello Anthony, you might have to remove all the panels even the base, to get the back in and out, once out cut t he new panel to the exact size and replace in the reverse order they came out, also know

2016-11-16 heatilator:

Welcome back Gayle, I have never been a big fan of these Metal firebox Heatolators, great idea but never really lasted ,I would have a local Certified Chimney Sweep, (there you can look up

2016-11-12 heatilator:

Gayle, it is a Heatilator Stove? PreFab fireplace or a Metal fire box fireplace?  James

2016-10-02 Wood stove:

Jello Justin, you have to use their panels (any other might cause over heating/fire) I would go back to the manufacturer and if you can't find them then the stove should be replaced.  Also I would have


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