Today we had a couple chimney sweeps come out to clean the woodstove and put a new fireproof mat under it. Very handsome brick-patterned mat. This required a great deal of horsing around the very heavy stove to get it underneath. They did the lifting, we helped shove the mat around. (They're planning to pick up an A-frame hoist or something for handling big stoves in the future.) Also we got new pipe because the old one was rusted out. Nice new equipment, yay! :D I tipped the guys extra because they worked SO hard on this job. Usually it's just half an hour of sweeping, but gosh, they were here about two and a half hours counting the run into town for replacement pipe.
Workmanship most highly recommended. They're based in Champagne, Illinois and service woodstoves or fireplaces (plus assorted other stuff listed on their business card, like gutters) within about an hour's drive, so Charleston-Paxton-Danville area. If you need this kind of work, tell them the recommendation came from Elizabeth Barrette, and I get a discount. \o/ Everybody wins.
Clean Sweep Fireplace & Chimney Service James Levendahl 217-281-1768