Frequently Asked Questions


These are some of the most frequently asked questions I get from people about getting their chimney swept or installing a stove. If you don’t see the answer you are looking for, feel free to contact me, I will be happy to answer your questions.

 

Getting Your Chimney Swept

1. Why use a certified Chimney Sweep?

Some insurance companies now require certified proof of a chimney being regularly swept.
It also gives you peace of mind that the work has been done properly.

2. How often should I get my chimney swept?

NACS regulations suggest
• Gas fire – once a year
• Solid fuel fire (coal) once a year
• Wood burning appliance (quarterly when in use)
You should get your chimney swept regularly to ensure an efficient and safe working chimney/flu. A build-up of fumes is a silent killer, much like a faulty boiler, both will emit C02.

3. What happens if I don’t get it regularly swept?

Build-up of soot / tar deposits which can ignite
Build-up of debris like birds and squirrel’s nests which can also ignite and cause blockage.

4. Should my chimney be lined?

Any chimney built before 1966 is recommended to be lined. Before this date they could possibly be brick internally.
The mortar may have depleted between the bricks causing dangerous fumes to escape back into the property.
A chimney built after 1966 should have a purpose built clay pot liner in situ. If in doubt, an approved installer / chimney sweep will check for this.

5. Why use a HETAS installer and not just by builder?

A HETAS registered installer is up to date with the most current building regulations and has been trained and checked for competency to meet Document J Regulations. This is a guarantee that the work is completed safely and to the legal requirement.
A HETAS installer will issue a certificate to you as well as send a copy to HETAS.

1. Which is better, an open fire or a stove?

While there is no denying the feel of a roaring crackling open fire on a chilly evening is one of life’s pleasures, 86% of the heat from an open fire is lost straight up the chimney. A stove on the other hand can be heat efficient up to 96%. What this means is up to 96% of the heat is distributed into the room rather than being lost up the chimney.

An open fire will also require more feeding (logs/coal) whereas with a stove you can control the air flow into the stove determining the temperature.

In the end it is always a matter of personal choice as to what you have and I am happy to advise you on both.

2. If I install a stove, do I need to install a vent as well?

An air vent should be always installed in the wall for an open fire or for a stove over 5kw to bring it in line to current HETAS standards.


Stoves

1. Why use a certified Chimney Sweep?

Some insurance companies now require certified proof of a chimney being regularly swept.
It also gives you peace of mind that the work has been done properly.

2. How often should I get my chimney swept?

NACS regulations suggest
• Gas fire – once a year
• Solid fuel fire (coal) once a year
• Wood burning appliance (quarterly when in use)
You should get your chimney swept regularly to ensure an efficient and safe working chimney/flu. A build-up of fumes is a silent killer, much like a faulty boiler, both will emit C02.

3. What happens if I don’t get it regularly swept?

Build-up of soot / tar deposits which can ignite
Build-up of debris like birds and squirrel’s nests which can also ignite and cause blockage.

4. Should my chimney be lined?

Any chimney built before 1966 is recommended to be lined. Before this date they could possibly be brick internally.
The mortar may have depleted between the bricks causing dangerous fumes to escape back into the property.
A chimney built after 1966 should have a purpose built clay pot liner in situ. If in doubt, an approved installer / chimney sweep will check for this.

5. Why use a HETAS installer and not just by builder?

A HETAS registered installer is up to date with the most current building regulations and has been trained and checked for competency to meet Document J Regulations. This is a guarantee that the work is completed safely and to the legal requirement.
A HETAS installer will issue a certificate to you as well as send a copy to HETAS.

1. Which is better, an open fire or a stove?

While there is no denying the feel of a roaring crackling open fire on a chilly evening is one of life’s pleasures, 86% of the heat from an open fire is lost straight up the chimney. A stove on the other hand can be heat efficient up to 96%. What this means is up to 96% of the heat is distributed into the room rather than being lost up the chimney.

An open fire will also require more feeding (logs/coal) whereas with a stove you can control the air flow into the stove determining the temperature.

In the end it is always a matter of personal choice as to what you have and I am happy to advise you on both.

2. If I install a stove, do I need to install a vent as well?

An air vent should be always installed in the wall for an open fire or for a stove over 5kw to bring it in line to current HETAS standards.

 

 

 

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