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    Academy Fireplace
    When we bought our house it had pink insulation stuffed up the chimney.  We wanted to restore it to a normal, working open fireplace.  I far prefer open fireplaces to inserts.  Academy Fireplace had good reviews online at the time (being new to this country I did not know about Angie's list).  I have since found out the good reviews were fake.  Tim Doran is a smooth talking BS artist who knows how to mix just the right amount of truth with complete crap to make you believe him.  He talked us into putting in a Blaze King insert.  Said it would lower our heating bill and warm up the whole house.  Said we would get a tax rebate on it (which we did).  The reviews for Blaze Kings continue to be great!  It is a great insert.  The people who installed it were con artists.  I was given a competitive price on the insert, and then a whole list of other costs, including $1290.00 for a top of the range, specially ordered chimney liner to protect our home from fire.  I am scared shitless of dying in a fire, so I agreed, like an idiot, to a ridiculous grand total of $6005.26.  We thought all went fairly well, although we didn't even use it last winter.  We decided to use it this winter till a couple of weeks ago the wood would not burn and the insert kept filling the room with smoke.  When I contacted Tim and asked him to come and clean the chimney for me, he said he didn't do that any more.  OK... so I found another chimney sweep.  When they removed the insert to clean the chimney, it was jam packed with creosote.  There was no fancy pants liner, just a cheap and cheerful 6" liner from the local hardware store that had not even been attached to the back of the stove properly!  Just one miserable screw stopped it from banging around in the wind.  It is supposed to have a sealed connector or "component kit" for which we were charged an extra $360.00.  That was nowhere to be found, so obviously loads of creosote built up in the chimney itself, to the point where it could have caught on fire and burned our house to the ground with us in it!  Also, the legit chimney sweeps asked if we had the necessary permit for the insert, because they noticed our hearth was too narrow.  I said, "what permit??"  What do I know?  I'm from South Africa where fireplaces are a barely used embellishment!  Tim Doran had never informed us that we were supposed to get one, probably because he knew his work would not pass inspection.  He has allegedly gone out of business and closed his bank accounts, so other customers who are trying to sue him are getting nothing.  I do not know if I have any recourse.  Now I have to pay more to sort out all this crap while we pay through the proverbial for oil heating.  $190 for the insert permit, x amount to fix the damaged chimney (awaiting a final quote) and who knows how much to extend my hearth, just so I can have the dubious pleasure of a "safe", yet ugly wood burning insert when all I really wanted was a romantic fireplace.
    - Shona G.
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    Mr Chimney
    - Ilka M.
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