The photo above shows us backing South Yorkshire Fire Services in there push recommending people to have there chimneys swept to avoid chimney fires,see full story here http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/barnsley/firefighters_warn_of_chimney_blazes_1_4106838

Areas Covered: Derbyshire, South Yorkshire,worksop e.t.c 

 All types of chimneys argas,rayburn and stoves swept.stoves(log burners) supplied and fitted by H.E.T.A.S registered installers,chimney c.c.t.v surveys carried out,cowls supplied and fitted,liners installed,call for a no obligation quote on 01246 436486 or 07854947851 

    FREQUENTLY ASKED  QUESTIONS



Do you know, for example, that the heat generated around a stove pipe inserted into an unlined chimney can reach temperatures of 800 degrees fahrenheit

IAN is I.C.S trained and is  a full member(membership no 0552)

 Here is alink to I.C.S http://www.instituteofchimneysweeps.com/index.php

NB   The 4 recognised Associations for Chimney Sweeping in the UK are

  • APICS

  • HETAS

  • NACS (National Association of Chimney Sweeps)

  • I.C.S  (Institute of Chimney Sweeps)

Q...  I have a thatched property. Do I need to have the chimney(s) swept every year? 

A... YES  you do need to have a thatched property swept and importantly be quite sure in your own mind that the sweep has been right to the top of the chimney.

In any case, your Insurance Company will insist on it being swept at least once a year.                                                                            Most insist on twice a year or more though.


Q... Stove or open fire?

A... There is no real right or wrong answer here! It's a matter for personal choice.
A run down of the pros and cons are:

PROS

Open fire
 Visually appealing         
 Traditional                   
 Cosy                                                      
 Cheaper to install               

CONS

Very dusty                         
 Not very controllable
 Can be dangerous (spits/falling logs etc)    
Cannot be left unattended 
 Least efficient method of heating and more fuel thirsty
(80% heat
 goes up the chimney instead of into the room)
Needs a chimney 

PROS

Wood/Multi Fuel stove     
 Visually appealing               
 Can be vented through to an outside wall and a chimney                
     
  built or a stainless steel chimney fitted           
 Cleaner (most dust is contained inside)                            
 Safe to leave overnight
 Radiant heat in the room from the stove and/or pipe
 Will last for years if maintained well 
 Very efficient and controllable, especially if fitted well and lined
 Different kw outputs for different size rooms

CONS 

-Can be expensive to buy and install

Needs quite a large installation area to comply with Building 
    Regulations

May need planning permission 

  


Q... How many times a year do you think I need to have my chimney swept?

 A...  it can vary greatly, depending on many factors
       ... The type of fire you have
       ... 
How often it is used
       ...
 What you burn on/in it etc

All appliances which use fossil fuels,wood, gas or oil need sweeping


  The reccomended amount of sweeps per year:

 

Smokeless coals………once a year

Wood……………………….twice a year

Coal …………………………once a year

Gas,oil………………………once a year
The heat from stove
 fires cools rapidly as it rises and this is why soot and creosote (created from the use of wood) will adhere  the chimney. Rods and brushes will remove most of that build up, but only if swept at regular intervals


Q...What's the best way to look after my stove?

A...Have it swept! 
 A lot of people will spend ages polishing and cleaning the glass etc, but neglect to have the
 chimney swept. If it is not kept clear, then the firewill not work to its best ability and you will have ensuing problems.
Stoves which vent straight into the chimney and do not have a liner, also get a build up of soot on the registry plate, this needs to be cleaned  off when the chimney is swept, to many so called sweeps leave it in place, this is wrong and could start a chimney fire


Q... I don't need a Carbon Monoxide alarm. 

      

A...  YOU DO need an audible Carbon Monoxide alarm if you burn or use any kind of fossil fuel - gas/oil/wood/coal.You can be           dying whilst the little patches are changing colour. You need to know you have a Carbon Monoxide problem immediately.

And NO, you will probably not know if anything is wrong as it is Tasteless and You cannot see it nor smell it 

It is known as the 'Silent Killer'. It can kill you whilst you sleep and without an audible alarm you may never know anything was wrong.we recommend and sell the fireangle carbon monoxide detector with a 7 year battery life

You also need a smoke alarm as a general precaution for a fire in the home.(you can buy combined ones) to warn you of that particular danger. A smoke alarm will not warn of Carbon Monoxide 

 HERE,S A LINK TO A GREAT SITE FULL OF INFORMATION ABOUT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING http://www.thesilentkiller.co.uk

Q ... How long will you be in my house?

A ... It depends.
If it is a
 chimney we have not done before, we allow at least one hour as we do not know what we will encounter up it (ie birds nest).
At the least it will take half an hour by the time we cover up and get our equipment in (especially if we have to carry over some distance).


Q... How do you sweep the chimney?

A...We sweep the full length of the chimney using brushes and rods, as well as using our industrial vacuum in order to leave no mess 


Q   Birds nests. I have one in my chimney. Can you get rid of it?


A... Birds nests are all part of a chimney sweeps work. However, there rules regarding the removal of a nest which is known to have eggs or chicks in. We will refuse to remove a nest if this is the case so between late Feb/March and August, be extra vigilant. If you know birds are building a nest (the jackdaws, which are the ONLY birds to build in a chimney, are easy to spot going to and fro the pot) during the early part of the year then CALL US THEN. We can remove the nest and if necessary either fit a cowl or pass you the details of someone who can. A one off payment for a cowl is much cheaper than several visits by the Chimney Sweep!

Q... Do you do weddings?

A... We have been asked this question many times and the answer is NO...but we know a man who can!!


Q...What other services do you provide?

A..we sell and fit all types of cowls give us a call for a no obligation quote

BELOW ARE A FEW PHOTOS OF FIRES WE'VE DONE             

A chimney stack, pot and any cowls should be able to withstand a chimney sweeping, if for any reason a pot/ cowls breaks or become dislodged during this process the sweep cannot accept  any responsibility