Wood stoves are becoming more and more efficient. More people are electing to use them as a supplementary heat source for their homes and outdoor buildings. Besides warmth, wood stoves also provide a glowing ambiance that is hard to compare to. At The Chimney Guy, we want you to be able to enjoy your wood burning stove, but if your stove is located “off the grid” and only gets seasonal usage, it is more prone to animal entry. Understanding the danger of chimney blockages and what you can do to keep a clean chimney is important to us. Your safety depends on it. Let us help you keep your wood stove in safe, operational shape this fall and winter.

Off the Grid Heatingbird nest on chimney

Wood stoves are a popular option for men and women who enjoy outdoor hobbies. Because many hunters, trappers, ice fishers, and snow-shoers spend their time in areas that aren’t accessible by amenities such as electricity and gas, it only makes sense that many people elect to install wood burning stoves in their cabins and hunting shacks. Wood is usually abundant in these areas and you don’t have to worry about your electricity going out and leaving you stranded in the cold. You can truly live off the grid and enjoy your time outdoors when you know you have a wood stove to warm you up when you are done with your outdoor activities.


During warmer times of the year, most people generally opt to not to use a heating source. When your stove isn’t in use, it becomes a great place for birds or animals to build a nest. This is especially true if your stove is located in a building that is far away from human interactions. If your wood stove chimney gets clogged, it can be a significant safety hazard. A clogged chimney will mess up your airflow and prevent smoke from leaving your living area and make starting a fire difficult. If you do manage to start a fire, debris and nesting material can easily ignite, causing a dangerous chimney fire.

Stay Safe this Fall and Winter

We here at The Chimney Guy want you to remain safe this fall and winter. Our skilled chimney sweeps can inspect your wood stove chimney and make sure that it is free of clogs and debris. If you notice a birds nest in your chimney during the spring or summer, it is important to know that some bird species are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty of 1918 and that removing their nests is a Federal penalty. That’s why nest removal is best left to the professionals.

Beat the fall rush! We aren’t as busy in the summer, so now is a great time to get your wood stove and chimney inspected and swept clean. Call Green Bay and the Fox Valley’s number one chimney sweep, The Chimney Guy, at 920-830-1920, or scheduling an appointment online today to make sure your wood stove is ready to operate when you need it this fall and winter. We look forward to serving you!