Ables Top Hat Chimney Sweeps started in Brady, Texas in 1980. Doug Ables has been the lone sweep in the intervening years and is now joined by his son Shandy and several grandchildren who help out as needed. Over the years we have cleaned chimneys along a wide swath of central Texas from San Angelo to Waco. In earlier years we cleaned and serviced chimneys and drier vents and at one time was the central Texas dealer for Fisher wood stoves. Fisher Stoves went out of business and we switched to the Napoleon line of stoves and have added Flame to the line. The Fisher was a very sturdy stove that has stood the test of time….however like many older stoves they fail the new air pollution standards that manufacturers must meet now in order to sell stoves and inserts.
Doug was one of the first, if not the first chimney sweep certified in the state of Texas by the Wood Heating Alliance the forerunner of all chimney sweep certification agencies. Over the years he has maintained the knowledge intended by the process and gained much field experience in the craft. Currently Doug and Shandy are certified by Certified Chimney Professionals a newer certification service.
Doug sweeps chimneys and dryer vents full time out of the Copperas Cove office.
Doug’s oldest son Shandy, a motorcycle Corporal with the Temple Police Department handles work out of the Temple office as his schedule allows.
Doug is joined by grandsons Joseph, Samuel and Isaiah Bahr as well as Jacob Ables as helpers with the equipment used in the work.
Doug’s youngest son, Micah is currently serving in the Army at Ft. Campbell. Until leaving to attend West Point, Micah worked his teen years as a sweep.
Doug’s wife, Mary handles the office work and is usually the one who answers the phone when you call.
Son-in-law Derland Bahr helps out as needed and handles the company books as he is a CPA.
Our new division, Ables Air Care Duct Cleaning is handled by George Reed who is retired from the Army.
We are a small family business and will stay small enough to pay attention to your details. We get overloaded sometimes and are not able to please everyone as fast as they want but when people are patient and call on us at less busy times of the year we can usually help everyone with their needs.