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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Chimney builder receives award for masonry skills

By Marge Padgitt

Gene Padgitt, Vice President of HearthMasters, Inc. in Independence, Missouri eceived a First Place award for his skills in masonry design and construction.

Kansas City, Missouri September 15, 2010

The Masonry Heater Association of North America contest had entries from all over North America. His peers awarded Gene the First Place trophy for his skills in historic chimney restoration. Historic work is much different than current building styles, using historic bricks from the time period, smaller “butter” joints, and intricate designs. The winning project was an 1880’s Queen Anne Victorian home in Northeast Kansas City at 303 N. Garfield where Padgitt tore down and rebuilt five chimneys, all with different designs, and restored eight fireplaces.

Gene is a 29-year chimney industry veteran and self-taught mason. He has won numerous awards for his chimney and fireplace masonry skills from the National Chimney Sweep Guild, Midwest Chimney Safety Council, NARI, and The Home Book.

Gene’s work is posted at

Contact Gene at 816-461-3665 or e-mail

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