The winter period is now truly upon us with temperatures dropping and homes looking to light their stoves and open fires after months of sitting idle. One important consideration when using solid fuel appliances is flue and chimney care.
Looking after your chimney is important not only for the longevity of your appliance, but also for the safety of those around it. A well maintained chimney reduces the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, damage to your appliance and chimney fires. It also improves the efficiency of your appliance helping to get better value on the fuel you burn.
What Causes a Chimney Fire?
Chimney fires occur when there is a build up of material in the flue which then ignites. The material gathers for a number of reasons, the most common are the incomplete combustion of fuel and insufficient sweeping. Keeping the chimney and flue clean and swept reduce the risk of a fire substantially.
When using a chimney sweep it is important to get a professional who is registered. Using a well trained sweep provides peace of mind that everything is being done correctly with the appropriate methods and techniques in place. Once the chimney has been swept you should receive an approved certificate confirming it is safe for use.
To read more on chimney care and general safety then see our Chimney Safety page.