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Sweep Safe

Cost, safety and service

Putting to one side urgency and availability (which with forward planning shouldn’t be an issue for most) what exactly should a customer be looking for when choosing a Chimney Sweep? A google search will reveal that there are a number of chimney sweeps operating in any given area in the UK, the use of open[…]

Fancy a surprise £2K bill?

That is unfortunately what this new customer is facing after operating their new stove for less than a year. The picture is a CCTV snap of the inside of a stove liner. You should see a nice circular, well defined metal tube, what you can actually see is an almost completely blocked and deformed line[…]

chimney repairs

Why you should look up at the sky.

A single pot chimney stack can let gallons of water into your house each year. The rain soaks into the old mortar joints, porous bricks and the lining of the chimney, it usually runs down the inside of a chimney for 2 or 3 meters unless the flue is dead straight. If it is, you[…]

stove liner collapse

When to sweep your wood burning stove

Many people don’t realise that stainless steel flexible liners are not a permanent fix, they have a limited lifespan. I need to qualify that statement with the fact that you can now purchase flexible liners that do have a lifetime guarantee (If you follow the terms and conditions) Click HERE for a good example. Most[…]

flue blocked with tar

Tar Removal

A sure way of making a chimney unsafe to use and unsafe to install a stove liner is to tar it up. Incomplete combustion of wood creates tar (creosote) which coats the walls of a chimney leading to a serious risk of a chimney fire, wet tar soaking into the fabric of the building, creating[…]

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