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Back in May 2018, we presented an Industry wide survey for all Chimney Sweeps to take part in, whether independent or part of an association. We wanted as many different opinions as possible and everyone to have a voice. Some of the questions are a little too difficult to summarise in graphs. For example there […]

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The subject of the Sweep safe Technical update is type one and type two smoke testing. The two tests serve very different purposes and must not be confused with each other. Although you will find this guide very useful it does not supersede the process set out in building regulations section j and we highly […]

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Historically there were two routes into chimney sweeping. 1, apprentices such as the chimney climbing boys or 2, from father to son passed down knowledge through the generations. This still happens to a degree today and many enter the profession because they fell into the job via family association. Things have changed a great deal […]

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Are you ready for the chimney sweeping season? All over Europe and other parts of the globe, the chimney sweeping season is about to begin. Historically the 1st of September or there-about is the date that the chimney sweeping `Crazy Season` kicks off. The Chimney sweeping season in the UK is historically short, beginning September […]

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Soot part 3. disposal, carriage and bagging up. In the previous two parts of this series we spoke about the dangers of soot, PPE, cleaning and many other things. In today’s article we will speak briefly about, storage, removal, carriage and disposal of the black stuff. Professional chimney sweeps are generally a conscientious bunch and […]

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Technical Update: Soot (Part 2) Welcome to part two of our three part article on soot. In this blog we talk about different types of soot, fuel types and cleaning methods. Chimney sweeps generally classify soot by the fuel type that it was formed by when it was combusted. There are a few general rules; […]

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Technical update number 4. Soot (part one) What is soot? We all know it’s a black powder but few know what constituents make up the compound that we clean daily from the chimneys that we work on. Soot is a by-product of the incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons. It is black because it contains carbon particles […]

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Hello fellow chimney sweeps, installers and industry professionals Today’s blog subject is the importance of the HETAS Approved chimney sweeping scheme and what it brings to both sweeps and the UK industry as a whole. Sweep Safe has recently become approved by HETAS as a route for their chimney sweep scheme approval and we decided […]

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Sweep Safe Technical update three. Hello fellow chimney sweeps and industry professionals, welcome to today’s technical update; sealing methods and equipment. Fireplaces, stoves, Flue pipes and access doors are all varying shapes, sizes and materials and as such we must have access to a variety of methods and techniques to seal them all for the […]

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  What is a chimney sweep? The question posed in my title question seems very obvious at a first glance, the Oxford English Dictionary states that a Chimney Sweep is a person that cleans soot from a chimney. That description might have been accurate in the 1800s but today the job is something very much […]