About Northeastern Masonry & Chimney

Our History

Northeastern Masonry & Chimney was founded in 1993 by Joseph Shear, who had been working with an Albany-based chimney company for some time. During his first 5 years in business, Shear and his small team of sweeps worked on a variety of chimney and masonry jobs, gaining extensive cleaning, inspection and repair experience. As time went on, Shear and his team grew eager to learn as much as possible about their craft, attending seminars and education courses from both the local and National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG). Then in 1999, Shear and his team became certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), which sets the National standard for the chimney sweep industry. In addition to their extensive education and training, the team set themselves apart by being one of the first sweeps to provide closed-circuit video inspections of chimney interiors at no additional fee.

Soon, Northeastern Masonry & Chimney also gained a reputation for being chimney and fireplace restoration experts, specializing in historical restorations. The team has since worked on a variety of historical projects, including the Governors’ Mansion in Boston, Massachusetts and the Franklin D. Roosevelt home in Hyde Park. They’ve also worked closely with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. When it comes to preserving and restoring historical fireplaces and chimneys, the team at Northeastern Masonry & Chimney has proven that they know their stuff.

In 2007, Shear moved his team to a larger facility where he could offer his customers a full heating appliance showroom. Now, Northeastern Masonry & Chimney is truly a one-stop shop, offering comprehensive chimney and appliance care — Just ask one of their 17,000+ satisfied customers!

Our Services

At Northeastern Masonry & Chimney, we have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the chimney system and provide high-quality services, including:

Give Us A Call, Today!

If you live in the Albany, NY area, along the Hudson Valley, or in Western Massachusetts, give Northeastern Masonry & Chimney a call! We are dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service and chimney care to our neighbors, and can answer any questions you may have about your system. To speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members or to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 518-767-9315, or click here! We look forward to serving you!


Whatever services you need for your chimney system, you can count on the knowledge and experience of the trained technicians at Northeastern Masonry & Chimney.

 by Susan B. on Northeastern Masonry & Chimney

David & Austin were a great team as they repointed the chimney and installed a steel liner to the oil burner. Once again, Northeastern's staff has exceeded expectations and I am most appreciative.

 by Edwin a Sauer on Northeastern Masonry & Chimney

I am very pleased with the work Austin and his crew did in the replacement of our chimney. From the removal to rebuild the job was done With Great Skill and care.
I could not be Happier.

Brenda was very helpful and efficient in getting someone to my home within 10 days instead of the 6 weeks another company offered. They were on time, professional and my fireplace is working again. Thank you for your prompt service.

Big Thank you too Joe and his crew (Austin + Marcus) these guys were on time and neat about the work. Full pellet stove install and chimney sleeving in just a couple hours! My home is very cozy now, Thanks again NorthEasternChimney!!

 by Dolph Semenza on Northeastern Masonry & Chimney

I just wanted you to know how pleased We are with the work that Austin and AJ did at our home. They worked through the no lift problem. They are a credit to your business. They both continually apologized for the delay. You are lucky to have these people working.
Dolph Semenza.

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