The Holiday Burning Season is Here!

The Ultimate Guide to Firewood and What You Can & Can’t Burn in Your Fireplace

Even after a CSIA Certified Sweep® has inspected and swept your chimney, it’s good to know what types of wood are best to burn and what you can (and cannot) burn safely in your fireplace! Read the guide below!

Fireside Talk with CSIA

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Fireside Talk with CSIA is a show for homeowners and consumers to learn more about their chimney system, fireplace safety, and more from expert guests. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube!

The CSIA Badge – Making Life Easier for Homeowners for 30+ Years

Finding a reliable and knowledgeable chimney and venting company can be challenging, especially since there’s no industry-wide standard or regulation. That’s right –  anyone can slap a sign on their truck and call themselves a chimney sweep or dryer vent technician.

But do you really want just anyone in your home?

How do you know if the sweep is making valid recommendations or quoting you a fair price? How can you be sure they’re making things safer and better – not worse?

Do they even know what they’re talking about or what they’re doing?

We don’t think keeping your home in great condition and your family safe and warm should be so difficult. That’s why we exist.

For more than 30 years, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) has made it easier for homeowners to find reliable, experienced, highly trained chimney and venting professionals to tackle maintenance, installation, and repairs.

We’ve created a standard of excellence in the industry by providing expert-led education and training to industry professionals. Because homeowners deserve the highest standard of care – a level of care only the best-trained pros can provide.

Why You Should Hire a CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweep®

Why Homeowners Can Trust CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweeps®

To save you the time and hassle of searching every website for the CSIA-Certified badge, we’ve put them all in one database, easily searchable by zip code. Now, finding a local, CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweep® or CSIA-Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician® near you is easy.

Helpful Resources for Homeowners

We believe that the key to reducing fire risk and promoting chimney, venting, and clothes dryer safety is to educate, not just industry pros, but homeowners as well. That’s why you’ll find a host of homeowner resources on maintaining your home heating systems right here on our website.

We cover things like:

Our Director of Education, Russ Dimmitt also put together a series of short videos covering a range of related topics. Check out the full playlist right here.

As you take a look around, let us know if there’s something you’d like to see us cover here on the website that we don’t. Reach out to us at – we’d love to hear from you.

You Have High Standards. We Do, Too.

We take homeowner safety seriously, which is why we hold our technicians to the highest standards – standards we created as fire safety experts.

The CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweep® credential is awarded to those who have passed an intensive examination based on fire codes, clearances, and standards for the construction and maintenance of chimneys and venting systems.

What does that mean for you, the homeowner?

It means when you choose a CSIA-Certified technician, you can be confident you’ve made a good choice. There’ll be no question whether the man or woman on the job is experienced, qualified, knowledgeable, and professional – you’ll know they are. They have to be to earn and maintain their certification.

In addition to making sure professionals are sufficiently educated and trained to perform their jobs in the field, we believe it’s equally important (if not more so) that professionals who hold a CSIA credential act ethically when interacting with customers. That’s why each CSIA credential holder must also agree to and sign our Code of Ethics.

So, if you have high standards for the chimney pros coming into your home, look for the CSIA-Certified badge. We have high standards, too!

Resources for Pros

Hey Pros! We’ve put together a whole host of resources for you, too. Whether you’re a CSIA credential holder or interested in learning more about CSIA certification and what’s behind the badge, you’ll find answers to your questions right here. We’ve put together info on:

Check it out, and if you have any questions, reach out to us at or call 317-837-5362. We’re here to help.

Want to Work With the Best? Look for the Badge

When you see the CSIA-Certified badge, you can rest assured you’re in good hands. If you’re in need of chimney and venting services and looking for a professional with the qualifications and training to do the job effectively, safely, and ethically, join the thousands of homeowners that rely on our website to find qualified pros in their area.

Finding a qualified chimney and venting technician near you has never been easier.

CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep Technician Holding Badge Showing Certification
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If you have any questions or need any help, please reach out to us at or call 317-837-5362. We’re here to help.


Not only does CSIA provide professional training to chimney and dryer vent technicians, we also provide resources to homeowners so they can connect with the certified technicians nearby.