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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[…]
A build up of soot and/or tar, infrequent sweeping, burning unseasoned timber or slumbering your stove (particularly trying to keep it going overnight) can lead to a chimney fire within the flexible liner of your stove. The picture above shows the typical evidence of at least one chimney fire in a liner. Sometimes you can[…]
Installing a stove, liner and associated parts is not brain surgery. All parts are freely available, specific training is provided on ‘how to do it’ and the government has provided free online guidance on what standards need to be met. It is called Approved Document J. Given that parts, training and guidance is available it[…]
If you are looking to buy a house in the Bristol area Andy the property benefits from an open fire or wood burning stove but there is no documented history showing it’s installation or regular sweeping then call us in BEFORE you complete. Time and again we are called after purchase to sweep or inspect[…]
Almost on a daily basis we come across stove installations that are unsafe, do not meet requirements or are shoddy. In some cases all three. You have little chance of come back, after sales service or getting matters rectified unless you use a reputable qualified or experienced installer. Self installations rarely demonstrate quality. Here is[…]
This shows the value of inspecting a flue liner before you sweep. Here the liner has started to unravel where it enters the connector to the stove pipe. It had been power swept for example if it probable that it would have tangled and been damaged beyond repair. Surprisingly CCTV equipment isn’t mandatory kit for[…]