I've been working in the chimney industry for a few years, and right now is about the time people start thinking about lighting fireplaces for the first time. I'd be happy to answer questions on- or off-topic, especially if you have safety concerns!
Edit ctrl+f serious if you want actual chimney answers.
Edit 2 Post questions in this thread and I'll respond Monday. I've enjoyed chatting with you all!
I am familiar with quite a few names in the industry so if anyone in the US would like a recommendation for a good chimney sweep, PM me and I can probably give you a couple of names. (Fair warning: if you are in my area I'll probably put the company I work for on the list.)
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