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Clean Chimneys are Safer Chimneys

UK fire statistics show that every year thousands of houses have chimney fires, this is largely due to neglect and not having the chimney flue/stack swept regularly

 

"Insurance companies may not pay out for fire damage if it is caused by an unswept chimney" 

Prevention is better than cure

  • Regular sweeping of the chimney/flue/stack

  • Comply with building regulations and ensure any new appliance is fitted by an accredited HETAS Installer

  • Use the correct fuel for the appliance/open fire and check if you are in a Smokeless Zone

  • Don't store wood, coal, paper or anything flammable next to your fire

  • Burn wood with 20% or less moisture content - reduces "spit out" hot embers 

  • For open fireplaces, have a fire guard close. 

Sweeping frequency 

  • Smokeless Fuel: -      At least once a year

  • Wood: -                        Quarterly when in use (even if using kiln dried and containing 20% or less moisture)

  • Bituminous Coal: -     At least twice a year 

  • Oil: -                             At least once a year         

  • Gas: -                           At least once a year      

Chimney Terminals

The terminal (chimney pot) is a very important part of the system. If the terminal is the wrong type or fitted incorrectly, this can interfere with the passage of poisonous gases (CO Carbon Monoxide). Ask your chimney sweep if you have the correct terminal for your fire. Few examples of terminals 

 

  •  Good Terminal Designs for fires in use, mainly for open fires and fires with metal flue linings 

  • Terminal Caps (top two rows for disused fire flue/stacks, bottom two lines tops for gas appliances