Boston Brick - December 2018

The Chimney Specialist's Code of Ethics

Did you know there is a Chimney Specialist's Code of Ethics? At Boston Brick & Stone, we operate under this code. The purpose of a code is to establish a uniform standard of professional chimney and fireplace ethical practices regarding quality, safety, and pricing.

• Refuses to put the client's financial considerations above their safety. • Refuses to put the client's financial considerations above the safety of future owners of the property. • Includes all the work they expect to encounter when delivering a proposal to a client and does not purposely leave work out that they can submit a change order for mid-project. • Refuses to cover up a situation that came up during a project, knowing it will become a problem for the property owner in the future. • Refuses to allow uncertainty or fear to influence their report to the client when inspecting the system — instead of simply condemning the system and taking the easy and safe way out, they take the necessary additional steps to discover the actual and true condition of the system so that a correct diagnosis can be made and reported. • Refuses to allow shoddy workmanship and untested or unlisted components to exist in the systems they’re responsible for — while quality may not be as important in carpet laying or paint, it most certainly is in chimneys. • Ensures that all the members of their group follow the Chimney Specialist’s Code of Ethics. • Ensures that the members of their field follow the Chimney Specialist's Code of Ethics. • Actively educates the public on the need for chimney safety.

A professional chimney and fireplace contractor always does the following:

• Studies the building codes and understands how the applicable codes apply to chimneys they encounter. • Studies previous building codes to understand the timeline of how we arrived where we are today with the building codes. • Studies and understands the safety codes, such as the NFPA 211. • Continually keeps up-to-date with new building and safety codes and regulations in the chimney industry. • Continues their training with industry-released videos, seminars, and courses. • Continues to research new chimney-repair technology and does not use or recommend a new technology until it has been proven beyond reasonable doubt. • Abides by the building and safety codes in all of their dealings and does not consider that their opinion and experience is above or superior to the actual codes, understanding that these codes are laws. • Refuses to accept unlisted component parts in prefabricated systems.


Holiday Roast Prime Rib

Looking for an easy holiday roast that still feels elegant enough for the occasion? Look no further than this delicious prime rib flavored with garlic, thyme, and red wine.


• 1 bone-in prime rib (6–7 pounds) • 8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced • 2 cups red wine

• 4 cups beef stock • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


1. 30 minutes before cooking, remove roast from fridge and let sit until it reaches room temperature. 2. Heat oven to 350 F. 3. Make small slits in prime rib and stuff with slices of garlic. Liberally season with salt and pepper. 4. Place a rack inside a roasting pan and roast prime rib for 2 hours, until medium-rare. 5. To make au jus, place roasting pan with drippings from roast over 2 burners on high. Add wine and scrape pan as liquid reduces. Add beef stock and cook until reduced by half. Finally, sprinkle in thyme. 6. Slice roast and serve topped with au jus.

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