About Us

People have been heating their homes with some form of fire for a very long time. We’ve been around a long time too! Chim-Chiminey Sweepers started serving the Rogue Valley in 1979.

The past owner, Mike Kohn, started working as a chimney sweep in 1984 and bought the business at the end of that year. Throughout the early 1990s, the sweep business sold wood stoves to many customers without a show room. In 1996, when a spill off a roof gave Mike some spare time, he used it to organize and open up the retail showroom, Home Comfort Hearth & Patio in Grants Pass. In 2003, a second showroom opened in Phoenix Oregon.

In May of 2020, Mike passed away after a battle with cancer. Longtime employees, Brian and Lisa Stivers, purchased Home Comfort and Chim-Chiminey Sweepers from Mike’s estate.

Lisa started in the hearth industry in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1999 as an Installer, technician and sales person. In 2002, she moved to Southern Oregon to work for Mike at Home Comfort as his pellet stove technician and after the new store opened in 2003, she worked at sales and service for many years; finally becoming the sales and service manager until Mikes passing when she took over as one of the owners.

Now, as one of the owners, Lisa has many years of experience to bring great service and integrity to the Rogue Valley. You may see Lisa in the store when you come to shop or it could be her you see at your in-home estimate; she wears many hats as an owner.

Brian started for Chim-Chiminey Sweepers in 2005, as a Chimney Sweep. After hard work and dedication, Brian went on to pass the Chimney Sweep Certification testing and became a Certified Chimney Inspector.

Brian wore many hats during his time as an employee of Home Comfort and Chim-Chiminey Sweepers, training to be a technician of pellet and gas units and also becoming an installer. Now, as one of the owners, Brian has many years of experience in the hearth industry. He can’t wait to be a part of making customers warm and happy. You may see Brian in your home sweeping your chimney, or at your in-home estimate, and you could even see him at your house during your installation. He still wears many hats as an owner.

Lisa and Brian
Lisa and Brian Stivers

Brian and Lisa met at Home Comfort. Eventually fell in love and married.

At their wedding, the happy couple and their family danced down the aisle to Mary Poppin’s Chim-Chiminey song and shook the hands of all the guests for good luck from a chimney sweep.

The Home Comfort Family Team

Sharon Stivers

Sharon Stivers
Sharon Stivers

Sharon is Brian and Lisa’s sister. She is one of the sales team members and runs the parts department. When she joined the family business, Sharon brought years of office and administrative experience to the business. If you need parts ordered, have to schedule an appointment for service or want to talk about a new fireplace, you may get to hear Sharon’s cheerful voice or see her in one of the stores.

Teddy McCool

Teddy McCool
Teddy McCool

Teddy is Lisa and Brian’s niece. She is also one of the sales team members, helps in the parts department and manages our social media. Teddy is a friendly worker and is having a blast being a part of our company. If you have to schedule a service appointment, want to talk about fireplaces or send us a friendly message on Facebook, you may get to hear Teddy’s happy voice or see her in one of the stores.

Jeptha Stricklin

Jeptha Stricklin
Jeptha Stricklin

Jeptha is Lisa and Brian’s son: He is our lead Chimney Sweep, has been with us since 2016 and is following in his parents’ footsteps with his love for the hearth industry. Jeptha is a certified chimney inspector and can service your pellet and gas stoves as well. Jeptha has also stepped in and done installations, so has install experience. It is his smiling face you will see when you request a chimney service.

Justin Bernard

Justin Bernard
Justin Bernard

Justin is our Gas Service Technician; he has been with us since 2008, and is a valued member of the Home Comfort family. Justin can fix just about anything. Our customers love to see him and frequently request to have him come by their house. His vast knowledge of fireplace systems comes from starting with us as an installer. For gas service calls, Justin’s confident smile will be the one you see.

Ken Gideon

Ken Gideon
Ken Gideon

Ken is Brian and Lisa’s Nephew: He is our lead installer and has been with us full time since 2016. Ken has always been a willing member of the company, working with Brian back in 2006 as a chimney sweep for a time. Ken is a great installer; he will make sure that your new system is installed safely. Customers and contractors alike love working with Ken. He will make your installation a pleasurable experience with his great smile and wit.

Jake McCool

Jake McCool
Jake McCool

Jake is Teddy’s husband and the newest member of our team. Jake works with Ken as our other installer. He has a great attitude, is eager to learn and excited to be a part of our business. He is a real go-getter and so far everyone loves him. Say hi to Jake.

Dusty Carstensen

Dusty Carstensen
Dusty Carstensen

One of the newest members of our team, Dusty will be working as one of our Chimney Sweeps. He is a hard, fearless worker and is ready to get up on those tall chimneys. We are excited to have Dusty in the Home Comfort/Chim-Chiminey family.

Serving Southern Oregon for over 40 Years

At Home Comfort Hearth & Patio and Chim-Chiminey Sweepers we attribute our longevity to consideration for our customers, honesty, sincerity, accumulated expertise and continued desire to learn more and do better. We find great pleasure in installing and servicing hearth products. They are the difference between a house and a home!

Industry Involvement

  • Business of the Year by Rogue Community College’s Small Business Development Center in 1996
  • Member of The Oregon Chimney Sweeps Association (OCSA)
  • Presently serves on the Oregon Hearth Products and Barbeque Association Board (OHPBA)

Education & Certification

Education is a continuing process. Every year we attend workshops, conferences and conventions that show us the latest products and teach us how to service them. Here are some noteworthy certifications our team members hold:

  • National Fireplace Institute: Certified Gas Specialists
    • Certification requires passing a comprehensive test of knowledge in this area.
  • Oregon Chimney Sweep Association (OSCA): Certified Solid Fuel Technicians
    • Certification requires classes, followed by a test. Yearly continuing education classes are also required.