A tree surgeon in the UK has discovered an upside to the rising energy costs; more of his customers are using the branches he trims to heat their homes. That sparked an idea: why not offer to clean their chimneys as well?
Mr Drinkwater said: â€œMy customers kept asking me if they knew a good chimney sweep, so I thought, â€˜why not become one?â€
I like stories like this, of someone discovering a need and filling it.
Before I lived in the country, I thought that chimney sweeps were an anachronism; something from Mary Poppins. But now, even with propane-powered central heat, we use the wood stove about 90% of the time to heat our home. A chimney sweep is just a normal part of our pre-winter preparations.