Chimney & Fireplaces/Expert Profile

Ask A Question


Inspection of Masonry, Pre-cast Tilt-up, and Factory Built Fireplaces as well as Free Standing & Insert, Gas, and Wood Appliances. We also provide Hearth Fire Loss Investigations, Litigation Support, Consulting Services, Flue Sweeping, Installation and Repair. Additionally, I’ve been a chimney sweep for 23 years, service and install hearth appliances as well as being recognized by the Superior Court of California as an expert witness.

Experience in the area

Brooks Chimney Sweeping Since 1989 Ojai, CA Owner / President


NCSG, MEMBER,(National Chimney Sweep Guild), Member since 1990, Board of Directors representing Region 6, (CA, NV, AZ, UT, OR, WA, ID, WY, MT, AK and HI,) 2004-2011, ethics committee chair, 2004-2005, executive committee member, Vice President, 2006-2008, President, 2008-2011. CSIA, BOD (Chimney Safety Institute of America,) Board of Directors, ethics committee chair, 2004-2005, executive committee member, Secretary, 2005-2006, Vice President, 2006-2008, President, 2008-2011. HPBA, MEMBER, (Hearth, Patio, & BBQ Association,) since 2002. NFPA Member, (National Fire Protection Association) Since 2009. Technical Committee member for the 211 Standard.


California State Licensed Contractor, C61-D34, #750710. C.S.I.A., (Chimney Safety Institute of America,) Certified Chimney Sweep, #2580. Held since 1990 re-certified in ‘93, ‘96, ‘99, ‘02, ‘05, '08,'11,'14. F.I.R.E. (Fireplace Investigation, Research & Education Service,) Certified Inspector, #FP-006. Held since 2000, re-certified in ’03, ‘06, '09, '12, '15. Fireplace Investigation, Research & Education Service,) Advance Expert Consulting & Witness, certificate, ’05 N.F.I. (National Fireplace Institute,) Certified Gas & Wood-Burning Specialist, #133851. Held since 2002, re-certified in '05,‘08,'11,'14

Average Ratings

Recent Reviews from Users

Read More Comments

    K = Knowledgeability    C = Clarity of Response    P = Politeness
John02/23/16101010Thanks for your knowledge and fast replies .....
kay01/24/15101010Thank you
Bill01/20/15101010Great response time! Excellent answer and recommendation .....
Teri08/02/13101010Thank you - this F/P was rarely .....

Recent Answers from Randy Brooks

2016-10-06 stove pipe compatability:

Wayne,    Good question. First, Warnock Hersey is a test laboratory that tested and subsequently listed the specific chimney pipe you have to an "Under Writers Laboratories" (UL-103) standard. In other

2016-02-23 Insulation and Drywalling a Chase.:

John,   Concerning the Majestic factory built fireplace, I would need the specific model number to be more informed as to the requirements of the manufacture and specific clearances. The building codes

2015-01-23 silicia sand safe for this use:

Kay,  Provided your fireplace and chimney is a site constructed masonry structure and it sounds like it is, what you described sounds like a great idea. No issues with the sand. I would have recomended

2015-01-19 Stylecrest Vexar Fireplace:

Bill,  The factory built fireplace system in your mobile is both UL listed and HUDD approved. Both certifications do not allow for any modification of the system or installations not addresed in the fireplace

2014-01-05 Fireplace conversion to pelletstove:

Roger,  Great Question!  You are right on with the notion to remove the old Preway chimney system   And start new. The existing Preway chimney is not listed and tested for  use with your pellet system


Ask A Question

Chimney & Fireplaces

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


©2016 All rights reserved.