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Once you own a wood burning stove you become responsible to ensure it works safely, burns cleanly and lasts a long time. Unfortunately, many stove owners are unaware of the basic requirements needed to ensure it all keeps working. Stove maintenance can be broken down into three distinct sections. Much of the daily maintenance can […]

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There are several fuel types available to the solid fuel user, coal, peat, wood logs, compressed wood products, smokeless coals etc. With so much negative info in the press let’s take an objective look which is the right fuel for you to burn. Firstly you must look at your appliance, follow manufacturer guidelines as burning […]

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Woodburning stoves have been unfairly targeted by the press, blogs and videos lately and are being painted in a very negative light. So let’s take a look at the reality, which in our view is very different to the portrayal in the press. Firstly wood is one of the only truly renewable fuels. It is […]

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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 […]