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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Tim is one of our sons-in-law. He is full of smiles and fun, is a super hard worker and we have been trying to get him to join our team for years. He is our new installer working with Ken. We are all excited to have Tim on the team.
Tommy is Brian and Lisa’s son and is the newest member of our team. He is Home Comfort’s part time fill-in office help. Tommy is great with computers and has a pleasant demeanor over the phone. He is our go to when the computers aren’t working right.
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!
- 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.