Cleaning the inside of a chimney flue and removing creosote is a major part of your Guild sweep’s work. Yet it would be entirely inaccurate to say that is all it entails.
YOU probably aren’t aware of a big event happening in the chimney trade this week - the annual trade exhibition by the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps.
Chimney sweeping may have a rich folklore heritage but its importance lies predominantly in what the trade is all about: saving lives
WOOD pellets seem harmless enough but if they are not stored correctly - they could kill you.
An increase in chimney fires in January concerns firefighters.
IT’S FAR too easy to forget that your chimney needs regular sweeping by a professional.
Make sure your chimney is in good form before you buy, arguably via your own professional survey. Any solid fuel appliance also needs a review.
... there’s a danger that comes with CO detectors, which is simply relying on them too much
CONSUMERS can worry about how to prepare for a chimney sweep ringing the doorbell and setting to work clearing all the muck out of the chimney.
Now that the festive season is over you may be thinking of burning your Christmas tree or parts of it in your woodburning stove or open fire? Keep safe - please see the advice here.
YOU are likely to have all sorts of plans for 2019 - changes to the home, holidays, commitments to relatives, etc. It’s a strange time of year when we think positively but are also aware of our responsibilities.
Christmas is a time where myths come into play - it’s all part of the fun - and the chimney retains a central role in setting the stage for festive celebrations.
Getting it right is easy once you know how - you can have a great fire, pollution will be minimised, you’ll save money and your chimney will be cleaner and safer.
How to light and operate your open fire or woodburner
You can burn any type of wood, as long as it's dry. You may have heard softwoods create “tar” problems in chimneys but it’s not true. They are less dense and so you’ll need more.
Have you had a bird fly down your chimney, or worse still, make a nest on top?
We often get calls from customers who have just moved house and found themselves new owners of an open fire or wood burner. Here's what they ask...
There were around 5000 reported chimney fires 2014 – 2015. The real number will be far greater as not all fires result in an emergency call. Also, as professional sweeps, we know that some customers have smaller chimney fires they are unaware of. Chimney fires can be slow and quiet or burn explosively – noisy and dramatic enough to be detected by neighbours or passers-by.
Logs stacked around a stove might look nice but it’s an accident waiting to happen.
Getting it right is easy once you know how - here's some quick tips
If you use a wood burner or open fire in a Smoke Control Area it is important to know the rules.
These tools will help you get the very best from your stove and your fuel. They can save you money, help keep the chimney cleaner and reduce unnecessary air pollution.
How to reduce pollution, stay safer and save money when using your woodburning stove
You can actually burn any type of wood on your fire - but the heat and burn time will vary...
A well ventilated log store works best with some air below (stacking on an old pallet is perfect!).
Radio 4 presenter Steve Carver's documentary on the run up to Christmas