It’s time to make sure your chimney is swept and your open fire or multi-fuel stove is in good condition for the approaching winter. Taking good care of your chimney and appliance helps protect against damage and chimney fires, and also helps ensure the longevity of your appliance, as well as keeping your fuel burning as efficiently as possible.
How often should my chimney be swept?
Smokeless Coal – At least once a year
Wood – Up to 4 times a year
Bituminous coal – Twice a year
A good chimney sweep will ensure that the chimney is cleaned correctly, as well as carrying out any appropriate safety checks to the fireplace and chimney itself. If any problems are identified your sweep will be able to advise the best route for repair.
We recommend the hiring of chimney sweeps that are registered with any one of the agencies below, each of whom has their own strict code of guidelines and assessment required for membership.
Association of Professional and Independent Chimney Sweeps (APICS)
The National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS)
The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps