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.
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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.

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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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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.
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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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      Friday, 13 October 2017

      How to use a Safety Match to check for up-draught in your stove, woodburner or multi-fuel?

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      Safety Match Test - Home up-draught test for your chimney
      If you would like to check the performance of the stove yourself, this is a simple wood burner, stove or multi-fuel up-draught performance test that you can do with just a match.

      What you will need . . . 
      How to perform the updraught test?

      1. When the stove is cold, open the stove door to make with a tiny gap.
      2. Hold a burning match just outside of the gap (about fifty millimeter / 2"). 
      3. Watch and record the flames movement.
      How to read the flame.
      1. If the flame is drawn into stoves fire chamber, the flue system has up-draught. 
      2. If the flame isn't drawn in, or it is pushed outward into the room then the flue may not have a up-draught or you maybe a down-draught issue.
      3.  If the match is drawn in to the woodburner or multi-fuel so powerfully that it goes out, then you most likely have a good up-draught.

      A note from a Dorset Chimney Sweep:
      "Although this test does not replace a No.2 Smoke Test (up-draught test), it can be a useful tool to check the up-draught in between your regular chimney sweeps."

      For information about how often you should get a chimney swept visit - http://www.jimchimney.co/p/chimney-sweeping-service-why-do-you.html

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      Sunday, 24 September 2017

      Feedback on Jim's chimney sweep service

      Jim loves to get feedback on his chimney sweep service. The latest review is from the fabulous Woolpack inn, Sopley Dorset.
      This is a fine pub that has had her wood burner swept by Jim Chim-in-ey.
      Great review of a chimney sweep service in Dorset
      Best review of a chimney sweep service in Dorset


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      Friday, 8 September 2017

      Commercial Chimney Sweep for Bournemouth, Poole & Dorset

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      Jim loves sweeping commercial property's on his chimney sweep round, It can be very rewarding knowing you have helped ensure the efficiency of a chimney flue is good and the appliance is safe for their customers & staff.
      Below is a proud shout-out for the company's who have had their chimney swept to keep on top of their fire safety.
      1. Lush LTD, Poole Dorset- uk.lush.com
      2. Shah of Persia, Poole, Dorset - shahofpersiapub.co.uk
      3. The Woolpack Inn, Sopley, Dorset - woolpackinnsopley.co.uk
      4. Shell Bay Seafood Restaurant, Studland, Dorset - shellbay.net
      5. Thatched Cottage Hotel, Brockenhurst, Hampshire - Thatchedcottage.co.uk

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      Friday, 25 August 2017

      A Dorset chimney sweeps guide to the 3 stages (Degrees) of creosote / soot

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      3 stages of creosote

      What is creosote / Soot

      In chimney speak, The term creosote & soot refers to the black stuff that sticks to the inside of your chimney.

      Soot is used to describe a powdery residue of un-burnt particles including whats known as stage 1 creosote.

      Creosote is generally used to describes a more tar like residue of unburned carbon which can form from poorly bunt wood.

      There are, as a rule, three sorts of creosote that are found in chimneys and they are normally called "stages" or "degrees." All three stages are flammable and should be removed regularly by a professional chimney sweep.

      Stage 1 creosote (first degree)

      This is a light & fluffy good quality soot. 
      The fuel that has been burnt is burning efficiently and the wood has had lots of air for the combustion process. The appliance is likely to be in good working order with high flue gas temperatures.
      The soot can be removed effectively by a chimney sweeps doing a manual or power sweep.

      Stage 2 creosote (Second degree)

      This is a honeycomb/ flaky / biscuit type of substance.
      This highlights something might not be quite right and it might be time to change your burning / chimney sweep patterns before it gets worse.
      Follow this link fo the list of actions that could be causing creosote issues in your chimney.

      Stage 3 (Third degree)

      This is where the un-burned carbon particles sticks to the flue in the form of a tar like substance. 
      It is a concentration of fuel and is extremely difficult to remove by traditional sweeping methods. To remove requires either chemical removal or a flue reline. This is caused by the same issues that can create stage 2 and is usually formed over longer exposure to poor burning conditions.
      Follow this link fo the list of actions that could be causing creosote issues in your chimney.

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      Friday, 18 August 2017

      What can cause stage two & three creosote - Tar in the chimney

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      List of issues that could cause stage two & three creosote in your chimney or liner.
      • The chimney may not have been swept regularly enough.
      • The wood burnt may not be fully seasoned (Seasoned = below 20% moisture level). 
      • The wood is burning at a lower temperature by having her vents shut (slumbering), which burns the wood slower by restricting the amount of oxygen.
      • The Chimney is un-insulated (or any other reason the chimney is cold).
      • When the house is tight and can’t draw sufficient combustion air.
      • Air condition in the room competing for the air.
      • Other heating appliances competing for the air.
      • Blockages in the chimney such as a birds nest.
      • Damper closed or half closed.
      • Incorrect cowl - Many people confuse a vent with a live cowl.
      • Incorrect installations.
      All the above can be explored by your chimney sweep.

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      Friday, 11 August 2017

      Gas fires need sweeping Too - Bournemouth Chimney Sweep Advice

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      Gas fires need sweeping too - Jim Chimney, Dorset Chimney Sweep
      Did you know that Gas fires also need sweeping?
      This is to ensure a good updraught for the fumes to escape the property via the chimneys flue.

      As you can see in the picture, its usually a mixture of spiderwebs, fluff & dust that can block the chimney.

      Some gas fires can be swept with the appliance in place, with no need for the gas fire to be removed but this Depends on the access to the chimney flue.

      On occasions a gas safe engineer may be required to remove and put back the appliance.

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      Friday, 28 July 2017

      CCTV inspection - Chimney Sweep Dorset

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      CCTV - Chimney Sweep
      Did you know that all C.S.A members have CCTV inspecting gear on board as part of their chimney sweeping kit.

      This can be used to fault find, investigate and remove blockages, determine capped stacks and to ensure the chimney is in good working order.

      This is also great tool to check if there is any cables, wires or pipes running through a stack before installing a wood burner or multi-fuel.

      Recommended article:  How Jim Chim-in-ey investigates a suspected birds nest in a chimney

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      Jim Chimney - Dorset's Chimney Sweep Specialist covering Bournemouth, Poole & Dorset

      Friday, 14 July 2017

      How often should your open fire be swept by a chimney sweep?

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      Open fires should be swept at least once a year - Jim Chimney - Dorset's Chimney Sweep Specialist

      'Most of my customers chimneys are swept around once or twice a year,'

      After every sweep a recommended date for the next sweep will be issued with the sweep certificate.
      This date takes into account the quality of the soot, the amount of soot, the condition of the liner and the appliance condition.

      As your chimney sweep I will be able to recommend how often you should be sweeping your chimney after inspecting your chimney, fuel and soot.

      For a general guide on sweeping frequencies please read on. . .

      Open fires - burning Wood

      Low users - If you are burning good quality seasoned wood, your chimney is in good working order and are only burning around once a week during the winter, then your chimney should usually be swept around once a year.

      For higher users or burners of wet wood, (which is never recommend) a quarterly sweep is recommended.

      Open fires - burning Smokeless Fuel / Clean Coal

      At least once per year

      Open fires - burning Bitumous Coal / House Coal

      Low users - If you are burning house coal, your chimney is in good working order and are only burning around once a week during the winter, then your chimney should usually be swept around once a year.

      For higher users of house coal quarterly sweep is recommended.

      Check your Insurance policy

      It is also worth checking with your insurance policy what the recommended sweep frequency is. This is because some company have different expectations and some insurance company's will not pay out for a chimney fire or soot fall if their recommended sweep frequency has not been met.

      Recommended article: Why you should not burn unseasoned firewood?

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      Friday, 7 July 2017

      The story of The lucky chimney sweep & The King

      Wedding Chimney Sweep Dorset
      Image courtesy of Molly Levaggi Photography

      The story starts . . . in 1753 with the 70 year old King George II (God bless him) was riding his horse in a royal procession when a feral dog ran out from the crowd, barking and nipping at the King’s horse.

      The horse reared, and to the crowds horror, the King lost control! Only one fearless man had the courage or stupidity to catch the horse’s halter and calm the peterrified animal. but as quickly as he appeared, the man fled back into crowd. The King (God bless him), wanting to reward the man for saving his life, asked the crowd for his name?

      “He’s just a Chimney Sweep" . . . Just a Chimney Sweep" they replied

      Unable to thank the sweep for his bravery. The king proclaimed by Royal Decree that all chimney sweeps are bearers of good luck and should be treated with the highest of respect.

      Later that year, when the King’s youngest daughter was to be married, King George sent for a chimney sweep because he believed that the presence of any chimney sweep would bring good luck and happiness to his daughter in her marriage.
      Thus the tradition was born,

      The Tradition continues . . .
      Since that day, chimney sweeps have been invited to weddings and special occasions to hand out good fortune and the share of their good luck.
      Even up until the beginning of the 20th century it was not uncommon to see men bow and ladies curtsy to us fine tradesmen as we visited chimney stacks from street to street.

      Even the Royal family have continued with this great tradition:
      When the Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip on the 20th November 1947 a chimney sweep was invited to shake hands with the prince during the royal procession.

      This is the entertaining wedding present like no other.
      Continue the 250 year old royal tradition and create wonderful memories that will truly be remembered.


      Invite the genuine chimney sweep Jim Chim-in-ey, dressed in his respectable best to share his luck with the Bride and Groom on their extra special day.

      Whats included in the gift:
      • The chimney sweep blessing
      • The story of the King & the Sweep
      • Lucky keepsakes
      • Photo opportunity
      Total duration: 5-15 minutes
      Prices: start from as little as £55.00


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      Friday, 30 June 2017

      Why slumbering your woodburner can cause a chimney fire?

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      Chimney sweep poster - jim chimney - chimney sweep Dorset

      Did you know that shutting all the air vents to your woodburner increases your chance of a chimney fire?

      This method is known as slumbering and the benefits of doing this over night is so the fire does not go out making it easier to start the fire again in the morning,

      but the risk out ways the positives here as if your woodburner does not have enough oxygen to effectively burn the wood, the un-burnt particles climb as a dark smoke sticking to your flue in the form of stage three creosote.

      Stage three creosote is flammable and is one of the fuels for a chimney fires.

      So my advice to all my customers is always . . .
      'Do not slumber your woodburner'


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