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The history of the chimney sweep

A chimney sweep is a person who clears away the ash and soot from chimneys. Chimneys may be straight or contain several changes of direction. During the normal operation of the fire below, a layer of creosote tends to build up on the inside of the chimney, this can restrict the flow of the gasses that are trying to escape. The creosote can also catch fire, setting the chimney and the building alight. The chimney must be swept regularly to remove the soot. This job was historically done by the master sweep.

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The solid fuel stove: In the past and today

Way back in the 16th Century before any substantial numbers of people moved the fire in their home against a side wall to be vented up through a chimney, most fires were central to the living area.

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Chimney safety and carbon monoxide poisoning

Most people tend to associate the issue of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning with gas appliances such as ovens and modern fires. However, a solid fuel stove or an open fire can still pose a serious threat to your health.

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All about chimneys

A chimney is a structure for venting hot flue gases or smoke from a boiler, stove, furnace or fireplace to the outside of a building. Chimneys are usually vertical to ensure that the gases flow smoothly, drawing air into what is known as the stack, or chimney. The space inside a chimney is called a flue. Chimneys may be found on the roof of buildings and on the top of steam locomotives and ships. In the United States, the term smokestack, these are colloquially known as a stack, is also used when referring to locomotive chimneys or ship chimneys, and the term funnel can also be used.

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The benefits of solid fuel, wood burning and other multifuel stoves

Solid fuel, or as they are sometimes referred to, Multifuel stoves are quickly becoming the new trend in a lot of homes. With the prices of gas and electric increasing at an alarming rate it is the new alternative source of heat.

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Why you really should have a chimney liner installed

This article details a few of the reasons why you should have a chimney liner fitted when you use an open wood burning fire, a gas fire or a a solid fuel stove.

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Why you really should have a solid fuel stove installed

More and more people today are choosing to have a solid fuel stove fitted in their home. Is it a case of nostalgia gone mad, or a more solid reason?.

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The Lucky Chimney Sweep

Over the years there have been many different theories as to why a chimney sweep is considered to be a good luck omen. Some believe that the luck from a chimney sweep only applies to weddings, whereas others feel that the luck flows from the sweep to many other scenarios.

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Solid fuel stoves, chimney liners, cowls and bird guards and chimney sweeping

Sadly the warmer and lighter months are drawing to an end! The mornings are getting steadily darker and the amount of natural light available in the evenings is becoming less by the day. This is the first indication that Autumn is upon us and that Winter is lurking just around the corner.

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The services of a chimney sweep are needed more than ever

You could be forgiven for thinking that with the advances in modern heating technology, the chimney sweep would be a thing of the past. In reality, a chimney sweep is more important today than the have ever been, but why?

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Solid fuel stoves are not a thing of the past!

Today we rely on modern radiators, electric heaters and gas fueled boilers to provide our homes with heat, but with the ever soaring costs of gas and electricity the solid fuel stove is making a welcome return to our homes.

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Further information

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