Chimney sweeping is an industry with centuries-old roots, but sweeps are modern in their approach to supporting innovative home-heating solutions, particularly when they revolve around a proven and longstanding tradition – wood burning.

That thinking is on display at the Alliance for Green Heat event at National Mall, where about a dozen wood-burning stoves are being ogled and evaluated in a four-day challenge.

CSIA Education Director Ashley Eldridge worked with Jerry Neal of Sugarloaf Chimney Restoration in Barnesville, MD and Joshua Kelley of Magic Broom Chimney Sweeps in Waldorf, MD. They volunteered their time to assemble and set up 12 stainless steel chimneys that were used to support the contestants’ wood stove entries. Steve Rea of Industrial Chimney Company provided the chimney and venting equipment. 

CSIA President John Pilger said he was very impressed by the display.


“It’s the first time we’ve done this type of event,” added Eldridge, who said this event is a great showcase for CSIA in terms of its support of green technology and zero-emission, renewable resources.