Chimney Fire’s on the increase…we can help!

It is frustrating for any chimney sweep to read that chimney fires are on the increase – but sadly we possibly could have predicted that there would be a similar headline sometime soon. And now it has happened. We can only report our direct experience but there are a number of customers who we have swept for a number of times in the past when they had an open fire. After having a woodburner fitted they have advised that they won’t need the chimney swept now because they have had a liner installed. Of course, there may be times when an installer fails to make things clear, but the truth of the matter is that some people appear to believe that this is a way to save money. Nothing could be further from the truth. The fire service recommend more frequent sweeping due to the narrowness of lined flues – and woodburners do need a little more attention in respect of the burning temperature. ‘Idling’ a woodburner can result in tar/creosote build up that is difficult to remove and can also damage the liner if it catches fire – prevention is best as there may be no cure.

We know, too, that a number of people believe that chimney sweeping must be on the wane – a dying craft – when nothing could be further from the truth. The need for our services is more relevant than ever (and from a business established in 1895 we think we might know a think or too about that…) and we pride ourselves on helping new and experienced users of fires, multifuel and woodburning stoves, as well as AGA, Rayburn and the more recent biomass boilers, to follow best practice.

We believe that having your woodburner chimney swept mid-burning season will help you to check that what you’re burning and the temperature you’re burning at is not causing problems. A good chimney sweep will advise you on the use of your stove, guide you on what to burn and the quality of your wood supply plus tell you if the mid-season sweep is critical or you seem to be handling things well…this will give you peace of mind!

It’s been a mild winter so far and many people have used their fires to take the chill off and not use their heating. The annual sweep (minimum advised by the fire service and many home insurance companies) is still important and can help to keep you safe by preventing or limiting the chances of a chimney fire.

So give your chimney sweep a call – we can help!

(P.S. Chimney fire statistics are poorly reported and it’s difficult to gain an accurate picture – the most current figures available are 2013/14 when 7,700 chimney fires were reported. To add to the problem of these statistic, if a house is burned down as a result of a chimney fire, the figure is not recorded as a chimney fire but as a house fire – it is possible that there is more data missing.)

 

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