Advice From a Chimney Sweep 

Advice from Soote

“Chimney sweeping in the UK is a completely unregulated business,”

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“You could start tomorrow if you want – throw some rods in your car and off you go. But if somebody doesn’t have adequate training, they could fail to inform customers of dangerous situations, give the wrong advice, damage chimneys using the wrong equipment, or fail to clean them properly and leave the job not done.”

The key, is to use a sweep who’s registered with a trade organisation: “You wouldn’t have someone service your boiler who wasn’t trained and registered, but solid fuel is more dangerous, and people don’t understand that! Maybe only 6 per cent of heating in the UK is provided by solid fuel appliances, but 35 per cent of the poisoning incidents involve solid fuel.”

“If someone says I’ve got a set of brushes, that doesn’t make him a chimney sweep,In my shed I’ve got a scalpel, that doesn’t make me a surgeon. It’s not a simple case of sticking a brush up a chimney.”

We always issue an insurance recognised certificate

What wood is best to burn

All wood is better dried for at least a season cut this year what you wish to burn next is the best way

Alder ,Low in heat and does not burn for long.

Apple, Great It bums slowly and steadily when dry, with little flame, but good for heat.

Ash, The best wood for burning; has both flame and heat, and will bum when green, but burns best when dry.

Beech , Nearly as good as ash, and only fair when green. If it has a fault, it will shoot embers a long way.

Birch , Good for heat but it burns quickly. A nice smell.

Cedar, Good when dry. It gives little flame but lots of heat, a lovely scent.

Cherry, Burns slowly, with good heat. Another wood with the advantage of a nice scent.

Chestnut, OK. Will spark. Small flame and heating power.

Douglas Fir, Poor. Little flame or heat.

Elder, Average . Very smoky. Quick burner, with not much heat.

Elm, Commonly sold for fuel. To bum well it needs to be dried for two years. Even then it will smoke.

Hazel, Good.

Holly, Good, will burn when green, but best when dried for a season.

Hornbeam, A rival to beech.

Laburnum, A poisonous tree, foul smoke, taints food, best never used.

Larch, Crackles, nice scent, and fairly good for heat.

Laurel, Gives a brilliant flame.

Lime, Poor. Burns with dull flame.

Maple, Good.

Oak, New oak gives a poor flame and the smoke is foul, but dry old oak is excellent for heat, burning slowly and steadily until whole log collapses into cigar-like ash.

Pear, Good heat and a good scent.

Pine,Burns with a wonderful flame, but often spits. The Resinous Weymouth Pine has a lovely scent and a cheerful blue flame.

Plane, Burns nicely, but will spark if very dry.

Plum, Good heat and smell.

Poplar, Very bad.

Rhododendron, The thick old stems burn well.

Robinia (Acacia), Burns slowly, with good heat, but with foul smoke.

Spruce, Burns very quickly and with lots of sparks.

Sycamore, Burns with a good flame, with medium heat. But do not use green.

Thorn, Very good. Slow burning, with good heat and little smoke.

Walnut, Good, and so is the scent.

Willow, Poor. It must be dry to use, and then it burns slowly, with little flame. Will spark.

Yew, Among the best. Burns slowly, with strong heat, and the scent is nice.

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