5 Things To Do

To Make Your Fireplace Or Stove

Stand The Test Of Time

Stove and fireplace usage could rise above normal levels over the next few months, given world events.

But is your appliance ready to rise to the challenge?

  • Book a chimney sweep NOW

Keeping a clean chimney is of the highest importance, a chimney can get blocked or become faulty quite quickly. Even if you have the best appliance, the best fuels and the best burning practices, they are all pointless unless the chimney is working.

HETAS has been liaising with Defra for some time encouraging Defra to engage with the chimney sweeping associations on this important issue.

In the recent ‘Call for Evidence’ it was identified to Defra that “chimney sweeps highlighted the point that how a stove is used can have a significant impact on emissions.” The strategy also goes on to state “The stove, fuel and chimney sweep industries have been proactive in recognising the benefits to them and their customers from promoting those fuels, stoves and actions which will reduce air quality impacts. This is making it easier for consumers to understand the benefits of cleaner fuels, appliances and chimneys.”

On the importance of chimney sweeping and the role of professional chimney sweeps the strategy says “The way in which we use our stoves can have a big impact on air quality and how long the chimney and stove will last. A local professional sweep can help consumers get it right, ensuring that they get the most from their stoves and provide advice on optimum operation. This can help save money and avoid chimney fires.”

Is Your Stove Or Fireplace Ready?

Is Your Stove Or Fireplace Ready

We will service your stove, power sweep your chimney with latest power sweeping equipment, issue certificate for your insurance and extend the warranty of the stove for another year were applicable (t’s & c’s apply)
Full service on Gas appliances available also.

  • Make Sure Your Stove Or Fireplace is Serviced

All gas appliances should be serviced once a year for your safety.

Gas fire servicing will ensure your fire is set up properly and that all the products of combustion are being extracted into the chimney correctly and not spilling dangerous carbon monoxide (CO) into your room. It will also ensure that your fire continues to provide the maximum heat it can. Fires that are not serviced will suffer a drop in heat production, as they won’t burn cleanly.

Over time, with the constant expansion and contraction the coals settle and the fire flame picture suffers. The service will include removal of the coals and burner bed a repaint of the coals to make them look as new, the fire will then be relaid and tested so that it looks as good as it did the day it was installed.

Some of the signs to look out for when your gas fire needs servicing are;

  • A build up of soot on the coal
  • Black streaks on the wall or fireplace from the top of the fire
  • Difficulty in lighting
  • The fire won’t stay alight for long

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Is Your Stove Or Fireplace Ready
  • Use Appropriate, Quality Fuels

Good fireplaces and chimneys need good fuels – plain and simple.

Optimal combustion requires that you always use dry, untreated wood and that you light the fire in the correct way. Suitable firewood for lighting is ordinary firewood or briquettes made of pure wood. You should never burn newspaper or the like, as it produces soot in your stove and polluting smoke. The firewood should be dry (water content of max. 20%) and untreated.

Use firewood that is suitable in size for the stove. The firewood should typically be 30 – 33 cm long and 6 – 10 cm wide. There should also be air between the firewood and the walls of the stove both when lighting the fire and when adding firewood. Avoid overfilling the stove with firewood.

Good lighting and combustion emits almost no odour or smoke from the chimney.

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Is Your Stove Or Fireplace Ready
  • Don’t Slumber/Burn Overnight

It’s very tempting to try to ‘keep the fire in’ if you’re using it over a prolonged period of time. But this is actually a very bad idea.

First and foremost, as a consumer, it is actually a waste of money. You will get next to no heat, yet you will still use fuel.

But it will also cause a massive amount of pollution – increasing the risk of aggravating respiratory illnesses – and potentially cause a chimney fire.

The best way is to simply light a new fire each time you want to use it. Burn your fuels hot (a stove pipe thermometer will help) and, that way, you will get the best from your fireplace.

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Is Your Stove Or Fireplace Ready
  • Check Your Carbon Monoxide Alarm
  • Put a detector in every room that contains a fuel-burning appliance, or in a central location, such as a hallway or a landing.
  • Make sure the alarm is situated at least one metre away from fuel-burning appliances, such as fires, boilers and cookers.
  • Make sure the alarm is at head height (breathing level), but it doesn’t have to be fixed on a wall. You could place it on a table, shelf or a bookcase, for example, but don’t put it on the ceiling.
  • Don’t put it in cupboards, behind furniture or by outside doors and ventilation equipment (such as extractor fans), as this will prevent it from working effectively.
  • Keep the alarm away from areas of high condensation, such as bathrooms or next to cooker hobs.
  • Test the alarm regularly, as you would with a regular smoke alarm, and replace the batteries as soon as the low battery signal beeps.
  • Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on placing, testing and servicing the alarm, and pay attention to any notes regarding its battery life and when batteries should be replaced.

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Carbon Monoxide alarm

This is only a brief guide. There are many more things which may be relevant to you, but that advice can only be given by a professional, registered sweep when they are in your property, doing their checks.

Real fires can be a lifeline in certain situations, but if you neglect to have them swept and serviced, they can also be deadly.

Contact Us today if you need anymore information regarding any of the subjects above.