Hotels Nearby: 

Three Trails Guest House
Save money by staying at our guest house with other class attendees!

Quality Inn & Suites
Kansas City I-70 East
4200 S Noland Rd, Independence, MO 64055
This is about 2 miles away

Days Inn Independence
13712 E 42nd Terr. S, Independence, MO 64055
This is about 2 miles away

My Place Hotel 
20105 E. Valley View Parkway, Independence, MO 64057
This is about 8 miles away

Drury Inn

Hilton Garden Inn


About the Instructors: 

Gene Padgitt is a 35-year industry veteran and specializes in large historic chimney and fireplace restoration, commercial brick oven construction, and residential outdoor ovens, masonry heaters, and fireplaces. Gene is a Certified Heater Mason by the MHA, a State Certified Fire Investigator, Licensed Master Mechanical Contractor, CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, NFI Certified Gas Specialist, and has a degree in HVACR Technology. Gene is often called upon for expert witness services by insurance companies and forensic companies. He has taught classes for industry
 conferences for 20 years.  Gene serves on the board of directors for the Midwest Chimney Safety Council. Gene is the Vice-president of HearthMasters, Inc. and Padgitt Forensic Investigations.

Marge Padgitt is a 32-year industry veteran and specializes in codes and standards, business, marketing, and technical and business instruction. She is a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep and NFI Certified Wood-burning Specialist, and approved NFI Trainer. Marge is the author of the Chimney and Hearth Pro's Resource Book and has more books in the works. She has served on the board of directors for the National Chimney Sweep Guild, Midwest Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association, Masonry Heater Association of North America and Midwest Chimney Safety Council. Marge is the president of HearthMasters, Inc, and Padgitt Forensic Investigations. 

Other instructors may be on hand for larger classes.
HearthMasters Education

HearthMasters Masonry School
ducational courses for professional masons,chimney technicians, and hearth installers taught by experts in the industry. Projects headed by master mason Gene Padgitt. 


All classes are held in Independence, MO at our training center


June 24, 2017 - How to do Stucco and Plaster Work
Things you need to know if you are doing any chimney restoration work. This class is being presented by the Midwest Chimney Safety Council for members of the association. Join and register at 

______________________________________________________________________________June 15-20, 2017 (5 days) How to Build an Outdoor Brick Oven

Hands-on and classroom study. Learn how to build an outdoor brick oven, build your own oven forms, and do finishing work. Includes the footing, base, wood bin, lintels, oven floor, insulation, block work, firebrick oven, twisted chimney, landing, and finish work using a variety of materials.  After the oven is built we will have a pizza party at our house nearby. $850.00 pp includes all lunches, handouts, a film of the project after completed, and a certificate of completion. . 

Get hands-on experience in this workshop! 

What you will learn: 

  • How wood-fired ovens heat and the history of brick ovens
  • How to build a footing and block base
  • How to construct a firebrick oven
  • How to cut firebrick
  • How to build arch forms
  • How to install insulation and what type of insulation to use in different areas
  • How to build a chimney for the oven
  • How to build a roof over the oven
  • Different types of finish work and we will finish the exterior as well 
  • Using a wood-fired oven

Handouts included. You will learn everything you need to know in order to build your own oven or start building for your customers. Brick oven building is an art and science - if it is not done correctly it will not work properly so we highly recommend attending a class before attempting to build one yourself!

Class limited to EIGHT persons. No one under age 18 please due to OSHA requirements. Masonry experience very helpful. Bring your own masonry tools (we will send you a list) Wear steel-toed shoes and bring ear and eye protection with you per OSHA requirements. 

CEUs will be applied for from NFI and CSIA and will be available from the Masonry Heater Association as well. 

Cost: Special introductory price of $850.00 per person includes daily lunches, project handouts,  and a certificate of completion. Participants are responsible for hotel and other meals. For MCSC members in good standing only - $650.00 per person

Registration Form (fill out and send by fax or email)

Brick Oven Workshop

2018 date tba (6 days) Introduction to Masonry for Chimney Technicians 
This class is geared towards chimney professionals who want to learn how to do basic masonry repairs that are commonly needed when doing chimney relining, minor masonry repair, and repairing or rebuilding a firebox. Participants will  attend classroom courses and learn about tools and equipment, mortar, bricks, block and stone, and get hands-on experience learning how to grind and point brick masonry joints, how to repair a firebox, how to build cement caps/crowns, how to cut out and replace a section of bricks to access a smoke chamber, how to repair a smoke chamber, and rebuild several courses of brick on an exterior chimney. We will also discuss block and stone chimneys, stucco application, and other forms of masonry fireplace restoration using pre-cast kits. This class or a working knowledge of masonry is required before taking other classes. Bring your own masonry tools (we provide a list). A certificate of completion will be issued to participants who successfully complete the course.  Download and fill out thisIntro_to_Masonry_Course_Registration.pdf
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 to register, pay via Pay Pal, check, or credit card. No refunds after 30 days prior to the event. This class will fill up quickly. Maximum 10 attendees, first come, first served. Regular price is $1,000, special price for first time attendees or NCSG conference attendees: $800 pp includes all lunches, handouts, a film of the project after it is completed, and a certificate of completion. CEUs for CSIA, NFI, and MHA  
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