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Hello chimney sweeps and industry professionals, todays article is about Hepa airborne dust extractors. We are going to explain; what they are?, what they do? Why we need one? And costs. What is an airborne dust extractor? An airborne dust extractors is a powerful adjustable, fan unit built within a casing. The casing houses a […]

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Sweep Safe ongoing education series Hello fellow sweeps and industry professionals welcome to our article. We all love our vacuums but no matter what model, after sucking up lots of fine soot eventually the filters will begin to block or the bag will be full and suction will be lost. Over time there have been […]

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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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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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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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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 […]