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Looking After your Fire and Chimney

Save Money by looking after your fire

Keeping your fire as efficient as possible will help you to save both fuel and money. Regular chimney sweeping, appliance maintenance and the use of fuels that are specifically designed for your fire and appliance will help you achieve higher temperatures, and increase efficiency.

General Fire and Chimney Safety

Although we're naturally clued up on fire safety, we've jotted down a few guidelines, just to ensure you don't forget anything:

  • Don't store wood next to your fire or stove.
  • Try to use wood that is dried to less than 20% moisture, as it results in less tar build up in the appliance.
  • Don't leave open fires unattended.
  • Use fire guards where appropriate.
  • Use audible smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Have the chimney swept regularly by a registered chimney sweep. They will do much more than just sweep the chimney to ensure your continued safe use of the fire.

Keep your Chimney Clean

To ensure maximum efficiency from your fuel and appliance it is important to sweep the chimney regularly. Keeping your chimney clean will minimise the risk of chimney fire, improve efficiency, and help protect against any damage or dangerous gases such as Carbon Monoxide.

Sweeping Frequency

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The sweeping of your chimney by a properly trained and registered sweep should be a quick, and clean process with very little disruption to you and your home. The frequencies below are only a guide and are the minimum recommended by the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps and the National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS). Your own chimney sweep may advise more regular cleaning depending on your particular situation.

  • Smokeless Coal - At least once a year
  • Wood - Up to 4 times a year
  • Bituminous Coal - Twice a year
  • Oil - Once a year
  • Gas - Once a year