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Chimney and hearth training for professionals in the midwest

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The Midwest Chimney Safety Council is hosting a workshop for professional chimney sweeps and hearth installers August 8 - 10, 2014 at the Boy Scout Camp at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.

The workshop will consist of training in wood-burning stove installation, Class-A metal chimney installation, and codes and standards involved in the process. Professional installer and veteran chimney sweep Steve Hoover from Versailles, Missouri is heading up this portion of the workshop.

Gary Hart, a veteran sweep from High Ridge, Missouri will demonstrate how to build metal chase tops for manufactured chimneys. Gary has been making his own chase tops for years. Participants will also get hands-on experience building cement crowns for masonry chimneys. Three different types of crowns will be built using forms. Various instructors will assist with this project. Other classes in health and safety will be offered.

The workshop is open to professional chimney and hearth technicians and masons. Membership in the MCSC is not required. Camp sites or cabins are available to participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

The MCSC offers free chimney safety educational classes to the public in areas where a member lives. Classes include choosing the best gas or wood-burning heating appliance, chimney and fireplace safety, and historic chimney restoration.

Please contact the Education Director and MCSC President Marge Padgitt for more information at 816-461-3665 or ympadgitt@yahoo.com. See more information and register on the website at www.mcsc-net.org.

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