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Monday 20 May 2024

How Often Should I Get My Chimney Swept in Poole, UK

How Often Should I Get My Chimney Swept in Poole, UK?

Keeping your chimney clean and safe is vital for any home with a fireplace or wood burner in the UK. But how often should you schedule a chimney sweep? The answer depends on a few factors, but here's a breakdown to help you decide:

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Minimum Recommended Sweeping:

  • At least once a year: This is the bare minimum for most homes, especially those burning smokeless fuels like coal or manufactured logs.
  • Quarterly when in use (that's usualy twice a year in the UK): This is recommended for homes that burn wood regurly during the fire burning season or for fires that have been burning wet or unseasoned wood, which is never recomended as it creates more soot and creosote buildup.
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Factors to Consider for More Frequent Sweeping:

  • Frequency of Use: If you use your fireplace or wood burner heavily throughout the winter, consider a second sweep in the year e.g September/October & Decemeber/ January.
  • Type of Fuel: Wood gives off more soot then smokeless fuels, leading to more creosote buildup. Consider additional sweeps if burning a lot of wood.
  • Visible Signs of Blockage: If you notice smoke billowing back into the room, unusual smells, or difficulty drawing a draft, a chimney sweep is needed immediately.

Benefits of Regular Chimney Sweeping:

  • Prevents Chimney Fires: Creosote buildup is a major fire hazard. Regular chimney sweeping removes this buildup, reducing the risk of a chimney fire.
  • Improves Efficiency: A clean chimney allows for proper airflow, maximizing heat output and reducing fuel consumption.
  • Protects Your Home: Chimney fires can cause extensive damage. Regular cleaning helps prevent fires and protects your valuable property.

Finding a Qualified Chimney Sweep:

When seeking a chimney sweep, ensure they are registered with a profesional assosiation such as, 
  • The C.S.A [The Chimney Sweep Academy Association chimneysweepacademy.co.uk]
  • The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps: [guild of master chimney sweeps ON The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps guildofmasterchimneysweeps.co.uk]
  • Association of Professional Independent Chimney Sweeps (APICS): [apics chimney sweeps ON Association of Professional Independent Chimney Sweeps apics.org.uk]
  • Institute of Chimney Sweeps (ICS): [institute of chimney sweeps ON instituteofchimneysweeps.com]
  • National Chimney Sweeping Safety Association (NCSSA): [NCSSA chimney sweep association uk ON National Chimney Sweeping Safety Association ncssa.co.uk]
  • National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS): [NACS chimney sweep association ON National Association of Chimney Sweeps nacs.org.uk

This ensures a professional chimney sweep with the expertise to clean and inspect your chimney safely and thoroughly.

Remember: Regular chimney sweeping is a vital part of home maintenance in the UK. By scheduling sweeps at the recommended frequency, you can enjoy a safe and efficient fireplace while protecting your home from potential fire hazards.

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Covering Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford Forum, Wimborne, Christchurch and Dorset.

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Wednesday 1 May 2024

Bird Nesting & Sooty Chimneys: A Guide for Dorset Homeowners

Ever cosy up by a crackling fire, only to find the smoke isn't going where it should? 

You might have some uninvited guests – birds! While they're charming creatures, their nests can block chimneys, causing smoke backup. But before you call your friendly Dorset chimney sweep, here's what you need to know about the law and those feathered residents.

  • Sharing Your Chimney: The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 protects birds, their nests, and eggs. Disturbing an active nest is illegal.

  • When the Birds are Busy: Nesting season in Dorset usually runs from March to August, though it can vary by bird type. During this time, disturbing a nest is illegal.

  • Signs of a Squatter: Keep an eye out for these clues:

    • Birdie Visitors: Feathered friends coming and going from the chimney.
    • Nesting Materials: Twigs, leaves, or feathers near the chimney opening.
    • The Pitter-Patter of Tiny Feet: Chirping sounds coming from inside the chimney (chicks!).
  • What to Do if You Find a Nest:

    • Hold on Sweeping! Let your Dorset chimney sweep know when you schedule the appointment (or as soon as possible) that there might be a nest in the chimney.
  • Keeping the Birds Out: Once nesting season is over (around September), consider installing a bird guard. This allows you to enjoy your chimney while deterring future feathered residents.

By working with your Dorset chimney sweep and being mindful of nesting season, you can keep your home safe and sound while protecting our local wildlife. Remember, a little patience goes a long way in keeping both you and your feathered neighbours happy!


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An insurance approved chimney sweep 

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

Want to have your chimney swept?

Contact JC Today!

Tuesday 26 March 2024

How to Use Your Wood Burner with Primary and Secondary Vents

Ah, the crackling warmth of a wood burner on a chilly day. But for new wood burner owners, that warmth can be elusive without understanding those crucial air vents. Fear not! This guide will make you a wood-burning pro, explaining how to use primary and secondary vents to get the most heat and efficiency out of your fire.

Understanding the Two Vents

Your wood burner has two main air vents:

  • Primary Air Vent: Located at the base of the firebox (often below the door), this vent controls the initial burst of air that gets the fire going.
  • Secondary Air Vent: Usually found above the firebox door, this vent supplies air for a cleaner, more efficient burn.

The Art of the Fire: Lighting Up with Vents

Monday 25 March 2024

Comprehensive Guide to Firewood for Your Wood Burner (UK)

Crackling fire in your wood burner brings warmth, ambience, and a touch of rustic charm to your home. But to get the most out of your wood burner, using the right firewood is crucial. This guide explores everything you need to know about firewood selection, storage, and burning techniques for optimal performance in your UK wood burner.

Replacing Fire Rope in Your Wood Burner: A Step-by-Step Guide (Updated)

Keeping your wood burner operating efficiently and safely requires a well-maintained fire rope. This guide will walk you through the process of replacing your old fire rope, including using fire rope tape to prevent fraying.

It's always recommended to have a competent person fit your fire rope such a chimney sweep or woodburner installer.

Before You Begin:

  • Safety First: Ensure your wood burner is completely cool before starting.
  • Gather your tools: Ruler, flat head screwdriver, small steel brush, damp cloth, utility knife or scissors, replacement fire rope (high-temperature ceramic fiber recommended, size based on your measurement), high-temperature fire rope tape, fire rope adhesive (usually included with the rope), and gloves.