I attended a chimney lining class hosted by Olympia Chimney Supply last Thursday and Friday. All of my certifications are up this summer so now I'm in a scramble to get CEU's for renewal. Yup, I'm guilty too of waiting until the last minute. I will most likely have to retest as I do not think I'll get all of the credits in time. The first day was a lecture by Mike Segerstrom, Owner of Bridgewater Chimney Service from New Jersey. He was a great speaker and very knowledgeable. You can tell he takes the trade of chimney work very seriously and I'm sure that he has carved out a very good little business for himself. The class had 2 or 3 people in there that also have well established companies and then the rest of the folk were smaller 1 and 2 man operations. It was fun to sit in a class of mostly if not all chimney sweeps. I had asked a question to Mike, "When do you feel it is appropriate to insulate a pellet liner?" and his answer was "ALWAYS". Professionally, I do not agree with that statement and went on record saying that. There were many conversations that I overheard about unscrupulous chimney sweeps that leave their shop every day with a van full of product and are "required" to come back with it all sold. Basically, selling product to people whether they need it or not. So I have to ask, "Is insulating a pellet liner somewhat a kin to selling consumers products that they do not need?" It seems to me that in an effort to establish credibility as a sweep, they stand behind and in some cases lobby for, standards and regulations that over shoot any practical cost effectiveness in an effort to make themselves stand out as professional. Ah, the guy who installed your liner didn't insulate it...therefore he was a hack. I tried to put forward that having an insulated pellet liner was not going to reduce or eliminate creosote whatsoever. If creosote is there...it's not the liner's lack of insulation that did it...it's the stove burning too lean or rich. A simple stove or fuel calibration will correct it. I would like to think that CSIA is moving in a direction that accepts pellet stoves and other pellet burning equipment as a here to stay product that needs to be understood more by the folks in charge of installing and maintaining. From the CSIA Professionals I met there...seams like there is long ways to go on that front. I did learn a lot about Chimneys. Lot's I didn't fully understand...that is clearer now. My take away from this is that perhaps I should be focusing a bit more of my efforts into getting CSIA folks to understand pellet burning. What's your opinion?