Reiner and Andrea Baeuerle, The Chimney Meister, are a familiy owned and operated business with over 30 years of experience. We are of German origin, in December 2016, we relocated from Germany to Melbourne, Florida because we wanted to be close to family.
Back in Germany, Reiner had his own certified chimney sweep company and was responsible for a district with 2,730 households, which was assigned to him by the German government (the original term is "bevollmächtigter Bezirksschornsteinfeger"). Reiner was also a long-term member of "the Schornsteinfegerinnung," which is the German equivalent of the NCSG.
Reiner started his chimney sweep career at the age of 17 with 3 years of professional training and exam (apprenticeship) including 1 year of schooltime and 2 years of practical work for a German Master Sweep Company followed by working 4 years as a chimney sweep fellow (Geselle).
After one year of studying and exam to become a Master Sweep based on German legal requirements and standards for the chimney sweep profession, Reiner obtained the German Master Sweep certification for the chimney sweep trade in 1994, at the age of 25. Throughout his career, he has maintained professional training on a yearly basis and achieved many certifications, e.g. certified energy consultant and certified fire protection technician.
In April 2017, we founded our new company, The Chimney Meister, and became a Member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild. In May 2017, Reiner became a CSIA-certified Chimney Sweep at the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) in Indianapolis.
The CSIA certification assures our customers that Reiner, The Chimney Meister, has professional knowledge in fire codes, safety clearances and standards for the construction and maintenance of chimneys and venting systems.