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Shop Talk

May 21, 2011

Shop Talk: Ted's Chimney Cleaning

Shop Talk is a weekly column featuring locally owned and operated businesses. This week, we talk to Ted Goedel of Ted’s Chimney Cleaning in Delhi.

How long have you lived in the area?

I have lived here my entire life except for five years away at college.

Tell me about your business:

I clean chimneys, mainly, and sometimes that involves making assessments and recommendations about the condition of the stove or chimney also. I can talk to people about aging wood, pellet stoves, chimney caps and maintenance that I feel should be done.

Describe a typical day in your business:

When I arrive at a house, the first thing I do is an inspection of the stove and chimney with a flashlight. I check to see if the chimney has a clean-out door or not, along with asking about how the stove has been working, if there are any problems. The actual cleaning typically takes about one hour, and some customers ask to just be put on a regular, once-a-year schedule.

How did you get started in this line of work?

Around the time I was thinking about retirement, I happen to have some elderly friends who needed their chimneys cleaned and asked if I could help them. Word spread from there.

Describe a memorable moment in your workplace:

There are lots of stories I can tell, like a stove that wasn’t working well and I ended up removing a record 23 starlings from the chimney. Another customer called because her two-year-old wood burning stove had never worked very well. I discovered that a manufacturer’s shipping part had never been removed when the stove was installed. I removed two bolts and the stove worked beautifully.


Where do you see this business in five years?

I do this because I really like doing it and I can help people. I will keep doing it as long as I can.

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