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The professional Bournemouth chimney sweep service you can trust
Professional chimney sweep service for Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch & Dorset

Friday, 16 February 2018

Pocket Guide to a Healthy Chimney

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JC sweeps all open fires, wood burners and stoves.
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Friday, 9 February 2018

Dorset chimney sweep keep safe tick list

Keep safe tick list
Installation and Regs
  • Carbon Monoxide alarm in room
  • Stove pipe airtight top and bottom
  • Fire rope in good condition
  • Firebricks in good condition
  • Register-plate airtight if required
  • Air vents in room if required

Reduce the risk of poor burning habits
  • Stove burning at its optimum temperature?
  • Wood getting enough oxygen?
  • Wood below 20% moisture?
  • Do not slumber / leave the wood burning overnight?

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An insurance approved chimney sweep 

JC sweeps all open fires, wood burners and stoves.
Covering Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford Forum and Dorset.

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Friday, 2 February 2018

Chimney sweep tools to help keep safe

Tools to help keep safe
Items under £10 . . .


Wood Moisture Meter - Helps check your wood is fully seasoned and ready to burn.

Flue pipe thermometer - A useful aid to correct burning. A flue temperature below 150’C will cause severe levels of moisture and lead to tarry deposits in the chimney.

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An insurance approved chimney sweep 

JC sweeps all open fires, wood burners and stoves.
Covering Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford Forum and Dorset.

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Friday, 26 January 2018

How to use your air vents in your wood burner or multi-fuel stove?

How to use your vents
A wood-burner is controlled by adjusting the primary and secondary air supply. Manufacturer's’ manual regarding correct use of air controls should be observed but speaking in general, when new logs are put in the woodburner, they should be burned fiercely with both primary and secondary air vents fully open.

The primary air intake should only be closed off once the logs are mostly charred and the secondary air vent is then used to control the rate of combustion.

Correct burning minimises the amount of smoke, and therefore tar. Visible smoke emission from the chimney is a sign that the logs are being burnt inefficiently.

A stove should never be stocked up with logs for burning overnight. The fuel will burn slowly and inefficiently with deposits of tar forming in the chimney.

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An insurance approved chimney sweep 

JC sweeps all open fires, wood burners and stoves.
Covering Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford Forum and Dorset.

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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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JC sweeps all open fires, wood burners and stoves.
Covering Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford Forum and Dorset.

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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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JC sweeps all open fires, wood burners and stoves.
Covering Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford Forum and Dorset.

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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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JC sweeps all open fires, wood burners and stoves.
Covering Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford Forum and Dorset.

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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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JC sweeps all open fires, wood burners and stoves.
Covering Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford Forum and Dorset.

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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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An insurance approved chimney sweep 

JC sweeps all open fires, wood burners and stoves.
Covering Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford Forum and Dorset.

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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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An insurance approved chimney sweep 

JC sweeps all open fires, wood burners and stoves.
Covering Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford Forum and Dorset.

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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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An insurance approved chimney sweep 

JC sweeps all open fires, wood burners and stoves.
Covering Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford Forum and Dorset.

Want to have your chimney swept?

Contact JC Today!