The Chimney Doctor had a humble beginning in the autumn of 1990 when I decided to start a business of my own. At the time, chimney sweeping was not a popular service. I started part-time, answering the phone and scheduling appointments for chimney cleans and repairs in the evenings after putting in a full days work as a carpenter. After the birth of my son in 1998, my wife, while on maternity leave, began answering the phone during the day and found enough work to keep me busy through the week. After a few months of trying to keep up with a full chimney-sweeping schedule and working full time, I decided to go for it and quit my day job! Little did I know that The Chimney Doctor would be as successful as I prayed it would. With a lot of hard work and dedication, I created my niche.
The Chimney Doctor incorporated in April 2001 and I sought out ways of furthering my education. I became a certified chimney sweep through the Chimney Safety Institute of America (www.csia.org) and also a Fireplace Investigation, Research and Education certified inspector (www.f-i-r-e-service.com). I joined groups like the National Chimney Sweep Guild (www.ncsg.org) to stay in touch with the ever-changing industry and fellow sweeps across the nation. I take my education very seriously and look forward to the opportunity to educate my customers on the issues of chimney safety.
At the suggestion of one of my customers, my wife and I discovered Tulikivi. We had the opportunity to visit with Brian & Marcia Olenych of Mountain Flame, Inc. where we found a whole new world of radiant, environmentally responsible, efficient and beautiful masonry heating. It was love at first sight! We couldn’t wait to introduce the world of Tulikivi to our customers, and so, Shore Fire was born. Not long after opening a showroom in 2006, we sold our first Tulikivi soapstone fireplace. It was a TTU2700 custom unit. (see photo in our “Gallery” section.)
We are proud to offer the Tulikivi line of soapstone fireplaces, stoves and bake-ovens knowing that they will be enjoyed for many, many years.
So if you’re in the area, stop by and see us! We’re your Tulikivi store by the shore!