Wood stove inserts are constructed of cast iron and are placed inside the opening of the existing masonry fireplace. These inserts are more difficult to clean because the chimney technician is required to move these very heavy inserts out of the fireplace far enough to crawl behind the insert.
Access behind the insert is required to clean inside the fireplace and areas like the smoke chamber and smoke shelf. A properly lined wood stove insert has a direct connect liner to the top of the chimney and removal of the wood stove is not required and thus additional cost is not required.
Ray Gessner, P.E. is the founder and C.E.O. of A Step in Time. He is a licensed professional engineer with master’s degree in civil engineering.
Rufus Jones is the Northern Virginia future franchisee. Rufus has been working at A Step in Time for over 10 years and is a wonderful person.
Frances Verhofstadt is the corporate office manager and has wored in customer service her entire life. She has a wonderful personality and is Ray’s mother in law.
Jeff Hughes has known Ray for over 15 years. Jeff is currently in charge of the corporate expansion of the Greater Richmond area. Jeff is definitely an intelligent and great chimney technician.