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Valiant stove thermometer

The  Valliant stove thermometer is a temperature indicator tool that at a glance will tell you if your stove is burning at an efficient temperature. What I love is the simplicity; it has a thermal expansion coil that affects the needle as your stove warms up which

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The start of a busy season

This September we envisage the start of a very busy season with the previous long drawn out winter and a cold wet summer saw us all using our stoves and open fires for a much longer period than normal.Even sweeping in august I had some customers still

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If I have a lined stove, does that mean I do not have to sweep my chimney?

Wood stoves are notorious for producing vast quantities of creosotes along with water vapour .If you burn wet unseasoned logs, and if the appliance is fitted to a non-insulated flue, tar will quickly build up in the cold flue; you then have a sure-fire (pun intended) recipe

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Torbay chimney sweep summertime

Why Should I have my Torquay Chimney swept in the summer? Most people wait until just before the heating season to have their chimney swept. Here are five great reasons to get the job done now. When the heating season is done, it’s only natural for you to

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When is the best time to sweep my chimney?

When is the best time to sweep my chimney? Now is the best time. There are a number of reasons for this amongst which are; As your fire has had fairly recent use the soot is still dry and can be removed better.  It is always a

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New Law To Protect Tennants From Carbon Monoxide

Millions of people in rented accommodation will soon be safer as the Government moves to make sitting carbon monoxide (CO) alarms mandatory. From October private landlords will be breaking the law if they fail to install CO alarms in the properties they let out. This is an

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Creosote

Creosote         What is creosote A product of incomplete combustion: deposits of unburned, flammable tar vapors from wood smoke. Sometimes it is crusty or flaky in texture, but often sticky or hard. Creosote deposits are often hard to remove from chimneys, and pose a serious

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A house fire waiting to happen

Another dangerous install, a house fire waiting to happen. This customer had recently moved into a cottage that already had a stove fitted. Unfortunately not only was it too big for the opening but it had been installed incorrectly, there was no access for sweeping the unlined

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Time for Second Sweeping of the Wood-burning

Now that the wood-burning season is in full swing, it’s time to think about booking another sweep to keep your wood-burner functioning properly and reduce the risk of chimney fire. Wood-burning stoves smaller flues and chimneys than open fireplaces, so the interior size is reduced dramatically as

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Chimney fires are avoidable   One appliance was mobilised following a report the Fire Service Control Room of a chimney fire . On arrival at the scene crews confirmed a chimney fire involving a wood burning stove and got to work with chimney gear. One chimney fire

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