About

We are a local, family run business, with a strong focus on delivering a professional and friendly chimney sweep service covering Birmingham and the West Midlands, providing the following:

  • A comprehensive powered sweeping system for domestic and commercial properties

  • Removal of Birds Nests

  • Supply & fit of Bird Cowls

  • CCTV Inspections

Whether you have an open fire (including open plated & Inglenook), or closed appliances such as a wood burning stove, an Aga or Rayburn, I can check, clean and certify your chimney/flue and offer advice on how to safely heat your home efficiently.  Contact me for further information and no obligation advice.

How often should I have my chimney swept?

Frequency will depend on a number of factors which include the type of fuel used, appliance, duration of use, moisture content of wood fuel and the type of chimney you have.  I can advise you on the sweeping frequency during the appointment.  The sweeping frequencies below are for guidance purposes only:-

  • Smokeless fuel: At least once a year

  • Wood: Quarterly when in use

  • Bituminous coal: Quarterly when in use

  • Oil: Once a year

  • Gas: Once a year

 

As a general guide, for occasional evening and weekend use, once a year is enough. For more frequent use, you should have your fire swept once before you start having fires then once again half way through the burning season.

These are recommendations only and I will always advise you if I feel your circumstances should vary.  It is important to check the wording of your home insurance policy as some companies have their own particular requirements, especially if you own a thatched property.

Pollution & Smoke Control areas
Birmingham was designated as a Smoke Control Area in 1995 to improve air quality.  As a result of this, residents are only allowed to burn authorised fuels in an open fireplace or an exempt appliance.  Burning coal is not permitted in Birmingham.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have recently launched a practical guide on the use of open fires and wood burning stoves.  This guide covers advice on fuel use, maintenance of the open fire / stove, choosing the correct appliance, the law around smoke control areas, outdoor burning and the benefits arising from following these steps.  This guide can be found by clicking on the downloadable leaflet.
 
In 2017 the new Woodsure scheme Ready to Burn was launched.  This scheme identifies wood fuels that have been seasoned for up to 2 years so as to contain dry wood which produces fewer harmful emissions.  A list of certified wood fuel producers who have achieved Ready to Burn status is available on the Woodsure website.  The Ready to Burn scheme is supported by HETAS and DEFRA.  More information about Woodsure or Ready to Burn can be found by clicking on the downloadable leaflet.
Further advice on how to correctly use a wood burning stove can be found at BurnRight, a national consumer awareness campaign which seeks to address the issue of domestic combustion and unnecessary air pollution.  It is particularly concerned with the issues concerning wood burning stoves.  The campaign is spearheaded by professional chimney sweeps.  Chimney sweeps have a unique insight into the causes and solutions regarding this problem. They understand the relationships between the appliance, the fuel and the way the consumer operates their stove.  They have the knowledge and the opportunity to make a very positive difference to most consumers burning habits.  With BurnRight they now have the tools to help them deliver the right messages.
                                                           

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