Chimney Sweeps International

Chimney Sweeps International is a one stop shop for homeowners and chimney sweeps. Homeowners are connected to our members and chimney sweeps receive training, testing, marketing materials, building code updates, and even real time quality control programs.

For Homeowners

Hiring a chimney sweep can be frustrating. You never know if your chimney sweep has properly inspected your chimney, recommended proper repairs or if the cost associated are reasonable. This is what we do.

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For Chimney Sweeps

Imagine a state of the art super chimney sweep portal that is something you always wanted. Train technicians, marketing materials, real time quality control, free group coaching, and leads, leads, leads. All we ask is that you to do proper chimney inspections.

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About Us

Ray Gessner, P.E. is a licensed professional engineer with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master’s degree in Engineering from Old Dominion University. Ray has successively owned and operated a multi-truck, multi-state chimney sweep company for over 20 years. The most difficult problems Ray has faced is finding and training good chimney sweeps that can provide world class inspections for homeowners. Ray has trained over 400 chimney sweeps, over 50 of these sweeps have opened and established their own chimney sweep business and he is still friends with many of these individuals. There are levels and degrees of success for people in the chimney industry. Many in the industry are closed minded and charge fellow sweeps for their knowledge and experience. Ray has a different concept and idea. What if we offered free training, free mentorship, and even some free advice. I know what you are thinking, nothing in this world if free. The power of website traffic would more than pay for itself. Imagine you have a website with a world of chimney sweeps that are not nickeled and dimed for everything they get. Trust me, one day it will all come back. I can only relate it to a bowl of candy that says free. There are some who will come, take a piece or two of candy and enjoy. Some will try to take the whole bowl of candy and deprive others from receiving. Remember this concept, because if you want a whole bowl of candy then you are going to help me pay for more candy to give to our fellow sweeps and home owners.

Our Services


Homeowner Referrals

Chimney Sweeps International connects our members with homeowners. We require our members to take 25 specific photos per inspection (less for prefabs) and they are required to email these photos to the homeowner. This honest, all cards on the table, allows for any knowledgeable chimney sweep to give a good 2nd opinion regarding the chimney inspection, recommended repairs and repair cost. This allows use to review these inspection photos in case our customers need a 2nd opinion.


Chimney Training Videos

In 2006, Ray had a dream to produce industry training videos to quickly train chimney sweeps and inform customers why certain repairs were important. It has taken nearly 15 years to develop a clear vision and implement this task. Today, Ray offers many training videos to educate homeowners and chimney professionals. Videos for home owners are more basic and easier to understand. Videos for chimney sweeps are technical and focuses on chimney codes. Most of these videos are free homeowners and sweeps to enjoy.


Quality Control

This is what the chimney industry has needed forever. The age of technology is arriving! Everyone has a smart phone. Everyone has ability to download an app. What if there was a way in “real time,” your technicians could take 25 photos and instantaneously, the photo receives quality control comments with applicable building code violations, recommendations for repairs and industry cost estimate. This not only trains your technicians but 2nd opinions are provided to your customers in real time.



One stop shop for the chimney professional. I have a dream – one day, all chimney sweeps can purchase shirts, invoices, brochures, radio ads, tv ads, marketing material, and even receive discounts from chimney suppliers, insurance agents, website designers, vehicle manufactures, etc… What if that dream came true. Well, everyone has a dream. For now, look for our collared t-shirts that can help add professionalism to your chimney technicians. Check back for more swag.


You either get it or you don’t. There are some people who bought Apple stock when it went IPO. Others will just wait to see if it is a success. The only difference is the price it costs to buy in. We would definitely appreciate all the support we can get. Whether it is a chimney supplier, chimney sweep company, other industry professional, etc… You will be acknowledged and loved by many for any support you provide.

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Joining Chimney Sweeps International is fairly easy and there are 3 initial member levels. The first member level is as an individual, second is as an employer and thirds is as a supplier. Each level of membership receives different perks. Individuals join to receive training while employers may join to receive leads from potential homeowners. Suppliers can join to help sponsor and become friends with our chimney employers.