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Friday, 19 January 2018

Dorset Chimney Sweeps General Safety Advice

General Safety
dorset chimney sweep adviceAdequate ventilation
Check the ventilation requirement for your stove and ensure existing vents are not blocked or covered. If you have double glazing install an air vent in the room.

Regular cleaning and sweeping
If burning coal, the ash pan should be
checked and emptied every day.

If burning wood leave a one inch layer of ash in the firebox after each burn.

The throat plate should be removed and cleaned each month.

The chimney should be swept quarterly when in use or as recommended by your chimney sweep.

Correct fuel

Use only well-seasoned good quality wood with a moisture content  below 20%.


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Friday, 12 January 2018

The Risk from burning Unseasoned Wood - Dorset Chimney Sweep Advice

The Risk from burning Unseasoned Wood!

Chimney fires and blockages:
bournemouth fire chimney sweepUnburned particles combine with water vapour which rises as a dark smoke, this sticks to the flue in the form of stage 3 creosote which is a tar like substance that can be difficult for a chimney sweep to remove by normal sweeping methods. If left untreated, the chimney may become either blocked which can result in carbon monoxide poisoning or the chimney will become a fire risk as the volatile residue can ignite causing a dangerous chimney fire.

Corrosion:
If stage 3 creosote is left untreated in a flexible liner, its acidic nature can corrode metal liners which can lead to a soundness failure of the liner.

If stage 3 is left in a brick stack it can eat away at the mortar between the bricks making the flue unsound.

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Friday, 5 January 2018

Wood Moisture Vs Efficiency

Moisture Vs Efficiency
It is very inefficient to burn unseasoned wood. The heat produced must burn off the moisture contained within the logs first which reduces the heat output and results in a darker smoke with more soot.

It takes around three unseasoned logs to achieve the same heat output as one seasoned or kiln dried log.

seasoned wood vs unseasoned wood



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Friday, 8 December 2017

How best to store your logs?

Log Storage

how to store woodThe logs should be stored off the ground and under a roof with sides that allow air to pass through the wood. A sunny and windy location would be best. Logs will lose around 10-25% of its moisture a year, depending on the type of tree.
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Saturday, 2 December 2017

What size logs should you burn in your chimney or woodburner?

Log Size
The logs should be no more than 4” (10cm) thick and chopped to a good length for the stove / grate. Logs with a diameter of more than 6” (150mm) should be split before storage to ensure enough air can get in to season it.

wood size

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Saturday, 25 November 2017

What wood gives off the best heat? - Wood in order of Heat content per Kg

Wood in order of . . .
Heat content per Kg

Wood
Species
Heat Content
kWh/kg
Density
kg/m3
% of Moisture when green
Years
to season
Oak
4.5
770
50
2-3
Beech
4.3
690
45
1-2
Ash
4.1
674
35
1
Birch
4.1
662
45
1
Elm
3.6
540
60
2-3
Poplar
2.6
465
65
1
Pine/fir
2.6
410
60
1
Above you will find a table that shows oak has the best heat output per kg but it also takes the longest time to season taking up to 3 years to fully season.

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Friday, 17 November 2017

Woodwork Off-cuts - Bournemouth Chimney Sweep Advise


Off-cuts to burn:
Joinery off-cuts should be clean, have no nails and must not be treated or painted in any way.
Woodwork off-cuts - chimney sweep advise
Woodwork off-cuts - chimney sweep advise

It's worth noting “tanalised” timber contains arsenic and should not be burnt.

Wood not to burn:
Plywood, chipboard and MDF should not be burnt because they contain adhesives and chemical binders which negatively affect the surface of your flue.

Overview:
Do not burn checklist:
If any below gets ticked, then do not burn.

  • Nails
  • Glue
  • Treated
  • Paint
  • Plywood
  • Chipboard
  • MDF

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Friday, 10 November 2017

Wood Types - Poole Chimney Sweep Advise Dorset

Common wood available:

Alder, Apple, Ash, Beech, Birch, Blackthorn, Elm, Eucalyptus, Hawthorn, Hazel, Holly, Hornbeam, Maple, Oak, Pear, Rowan, Sycamore, Cherry,

Spitting wood for stoves:

Cedar, Douglas Fir, Horse Chestnut, Larch, Plane, Sweet Chestnut, Willow.

Softwoods are more likely to spit due to the pockets of moisture and sap within the wood. The risk will be reduced by effective seasoning the wood below a 20% moisture level.

Poisonous wood - chimney sweep advise
Poisonous wood

Wood to keep clear of:


Laburnum and Yew are poisonous [do not use in cookers], although Yew does give off a good heat in stoves.

Elder – Produces a thick acrid smoke.
Lime – A low quality fuel.
Pine – Can form oily soot.
Poplar – Produces a lot of dark smoke

Spruce – A low quality fuel


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JC sweeps all open fires, wood burners and stoves.
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Friday, 3 November 2017

Softwood vs Hardwood - Bournemouth Chimney Sweep Advise

Hardwood is denser than softwood and contains a higher amount of energy per log. The heat content of softwood is around half the amount of hardwood.
Softwood vs Hardwood - Chimney sweep advise
Softwood vs Hardwood


Typical heat content

Hardwood: 2300kWh/m3
Softwood: 1300kWh/m3

Generally speaking, it would take around double the amount of softwood to attain the same heat output as hardwood. The frequency of refuelling and the amount of logs required to gain the heat will also be a lot higher.

So what's the benefit of softwood?
It tends to set alight a lot more easily than hardwood and burns quicker because of its resin content. This provides better immediate heat therefore is good for
kindling and initial burning.

Overview:

Use Softwood for kindling and once the fire has started keep the fire going using Hardwood.

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Friday, 27 October 2017

Trouble lighting fire with an exposed external chimney?

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Exposed external chimneys

Exposed external chimneys, particularly solid steel flue systems, will now and again produce draught issues when lighting the stove. for instance, if the air temperature outside is colder then the air within the chimney stack it could be working at an equivalent temperature. this might make a cold ‘block’ that produces a chilly down-draught inside the room. However, there's is things you can try to change this: Within the area where the stove stands open an outside door or window against the wind to form a lower pressure. Then open the stove door for some minutes so the higher room pressure will ‘escape’ through the stove pipe and flue system … your chimney draught may now be operating in the right direction!

Heating the flue with a fan heater, blowtorch or newspaper can also help encourage an updraught before starting the fire.

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Friday, 20 October 2017

Simple soot test to look at the fuel & quality of your fires.

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Simple soot test to look at the fuel & wood quality of your burn
Investigating you quality of fuel and burning conditions is not just for chimney sweeps, its something you can do at home too.

The first signs to look out for are Carbon deposits in the fire chamber and Darkening of the glass in the door, if you notice these signs then its time to undertake a straightforward visual check.

What you will need:
  • Camera - To log how your stove goes back together.
  • Torch - To help you see up the chimney flue.
  • Mirror - to help look up the flue
  • Sheets - To cover carpet and hearth
  • Gloves - As Soot is an irritant 
How to gain access to your flue:

Option 1 - No inspection hatch in the solid stove pipe.
    1. Firstly, Photograph the inside of your stove and take note of how she goes back together. You may wish to refer to the manual.
    2.  Remove your throat / baffel plate, this may require the removal of fire bricks first.
    3. Use your torch & mirror to look in the fire box and up the flue.
    4. Look at the soot that is sticking to the walls and inside of your flue.
    Option 2 - Inspection hatch in the solid stove pipe.
      1. Open up the inspection hatch on the pipework. this may be attached by a clip at the back or by screws or bolts.
      2. Use your tourch to look in the flue
      3. Look at the soot that is sticking to the walls and inside of your flue

      What to look out for:

      • If there is a build-up of flaky biscuity soot or shiny tar like particles, it is a likely sign that poor quality damp fuel has been burned or your fuel is not getting enough oxygen. These deposits may eventually ‘fur’ up the flue system, restricting the up-draught, or potentially cause a chimney fire.
        • Its a good idea to call you chimney sweep to investigate further and try to catch the problem early, Your sweep will also be able to advise you on what changes can be made to stop this happening in the future.
      • If you have a fine covering of dry ash powder which may simply be rubbed away with your finger, this is a sign that your your fuel quality and burning habits are workingwell.
      Note from a chimney sweep:
      If in any doubt when working with your wood burner, stove or appliance, always call in a professional chimney sweep or specialist. Chimneys require regular sweeping and maintenance to keep them safe throughout the burning season and an inspection without sweeping will not reduce the risk of fire.

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      Covering Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford Forum and Dorset.

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