As a first time wood burner I have a few questions and hope someone on this board can help. I ordered my stove in October, and was told there was a two week wait to get it in stock. You guessed it, no stove yet! I have been reading/stalking this site to get prepared for the big delivery, but still have a few questions. I had a chimney sweep - the same one that will be installing the stove - come to my house to be sure the stove I chose would fit, and to have the chimney swept. He looked up into the chimney with a flashlight and said it didn't need to be cleaned. I had been burning Duraflame logs, so this didn't really bother me. My wood was delivered in October, and I have had several fires since then. After looking at the pictures of the chimney fires, I am concerned about the stove installation. To my untrained eyes, there is a good deal of buildup in the chimney. Should I have the chimney sweep clean the chimney on the same day as the install? Is it possible to have enough creosote buildup in that short amount of time to require a cleaning? If the installer won't install a stove when it is raining, what are the chances it can be installed when there is snow on the gound? In Massachusetts, is it a requirement to have your chimney swept before a wood stove installation? And, last question, is it possible for Elkimmeg to be my inspector? I know I would feel much safer. Thanks for any answers you can give me.