Press-Republican

March 2, 2014

Bayside Chimney and Stoves expands

DAN HEATH
Press-Republican

PLATTSBURGH — Bayside Chimney and Stoves has expanded with the acquisition of Adirondack Chimney Service.

Bayside Chimney owner Duane Bibeau said Adirondack Chimney Service had been owned and operated by Jerry Gregg for about 20 years. Bibeau said Gregg approached him about buying the business — including his equipment, tools, inventory and customer list — as Gregg sought to retire “to ensure his customers get the same level of service they’ve had for the last 20 years.”

Located at 10 South Platt St. in the City of Plattsburgh, Bayside Chimney carries a wide variety of gas, wood and pellet stoves and fireplaces. Other services include repairs of all brands, chimney inspections, chimney construction and re-facing, pressure washing and masonry. 

CERTIFICATION ATTAINED

The technicians have certifications from the National Fireplace Institute and Chimney Safety Institute of America, with the latter the only certification recognized for chimney sweeps, Bibeau said.

His experience in masonry comes via family connections, as his father, grandfather and uncles were all masons. That gives him an edge when it comes to chimney repairs, as he is trained in both fields.

The Chimney Safety Institute recommends at least a Level 1 inspection on an annual basis for systems that haven’t changed, with cleaning performed if indicated by the inspection. 

It involves inspection of the exterior of the chimney as well as interior and accessible portions of the combustion appliance and chimney connection. The technician will also verify the chimney is free of obstructions and combustible deposits.

If changes have been made to the system, a Level 2 inspection should be conducted. That includes a video scan of the interior of the chimney.

“The consumer can watch right on the screen,” Bibeau said.

Problems can arise from faulty systems, poor wood quality and the common practice of reducing air flow at night to make the fuel last longer. The latter practice causes a less intense burn, which leads to increased creosote buildup, a leading cause of chimney fires.

Available stove and fireplace lines include Pacific Energy, Hudson River Stove Works, Majestic, Napoleon, U.S. Stove and Piazzetta. Bayside Chimney carries some accessories, but Bibeau said he can easily order anything he doesn’t have in inventory.

DISPLAY ROOM AVAILABLE

Bibeau originally operated the business out of his home, but moved to its present location about three years ago. The new space has allowed for a visually pleasing display room with stoves, fireplaces and examples of masonry work.

Bayside Chimney has four employees during the slow time of year, which he said is February, March and April. The rest of the year, there are usually six to eight on staff.

The company covers a territory that includes Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties as well as parts of northern Vermont. It has a fleet of three service vehicles available year-round.

Bibeau said he grew up in Chazy and Rouses Point. After he graduated from St. Johns Academy in Plattsburgh, Bibeau received a two-year degree in marketing from Broome Community College in Binghamton and a four-year degree in economics and finance form SUNY Empire State College.

He landed a job at Wyeth in Rouses Point and started Bayside Chimney as Wyeth and then Pfizer started downsizing. He worked mornings at the new business and evenings at Wyeth until he finally decided to make his new occupation a full-time job.

Along the way, he spent two weeks at the Chimney Safety Institute in Indianapolis for training and certification, which requires a score of 80 percent or more on a final exam. Continued certification requires meeting continuing-education standards and a periodic re-examination.

Bibeau said he also belongs to a group of 11 companies in the same line of business. The group meets twice a year at one of the member businesses to critique that company’s operation, with Bayside Chimney to host one meeting in 2015.

FREE ESTIMATES OFFERED

The office and showroom are open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment. Bayside Chimney offers free estimates.

Payment can be by cash, check or credit card.

For more information, visit online at baysidechimney.com, on Facebook or by calling 566-2066.

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com