After you stop using your fire, soot remains in the chimney and starts to mix with the water in the atmosphere rather than getting burnt off. This can cause your bricks and mortar or expensive chimney lining material to corrode. Getting your chimney swept in the Summer months helps avoid this damage and also saves you the stress of busy chimney sweeps at Christmas time. The fire service recommend that you get your chimney swept annually (at least) as this helps prevent dangerous chimney fires. To book your chimney sweep online visit chimneysweep.info/diary
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Your stove will not save you money on gas bills if you do not maintain your appliance. Wood burners need some attention after a few years so check that the grate and the fire bricks that line the walls of the stove are not damaged. Check the glass and the rope around the door seal. If this is damaged or frayed, too much air will enter the burner and unnecessary fuel will be burnt. Check your fire proof gloves are still intact and think about buying a stove thermometer as these are an excellent visual guide to help you keep your fire burning at its most efficient temperature. Contact us for our repair services.
Autumn is a great time for collecting dry twigs that have fallen off the trees. These make excellent and free kindling so stock up early. Also keep a store of newspapers and old bills, so that you can burn them to start off your fire. Logs also have been known to rise in price after the burning season starts so fill up your log store early. Remember to burn seasoned wood only, as wood that has not dried out properly will coat your chimney lining with flammable residue that can cause a chimney fire. Ask your supplier to prove the moisture content is below 20%. If you have a lot of wood that you have been storing and are unsure as to whether it is 'seasoned' yet, invest in a moisture meter to be safe.
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Blockages in chimneys and flues can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that has no smell or taste. Breathing it in can make you unwell, and it can kill. Every year in the UK, over 200 people go to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, which leads to around 40 deaths. It is a legal requirement to have a CO detector in any property using a wood, log or solid fuel burning stove. It is recommended to have one located near the fire in use and also in every bedroom in use. Check early that yours is working and that it is correctly positioned and that it conforms to the British Standard. We will install one as part of your installation if you do not already have one.
A simple check that saves lives. The fire service recommend that you check the batteries in your smoke alarm at least once a year. Even if you have a long life battery that lasts several years, you should still test it regularly. Check also that it is located and positioned properly. To book a free home fire safety check visit www.fireservice.co.uk.
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Dont wait until its cold to plan for Winter. Be more like the humble squirrel and you could save yourself some money as well as keep your family safe.
Below are 6 helpful tips for getting ready for Winter and save money on your heating bills. Here they are in a nutshell!
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To reduce your carbon footprint buy your wood or coal locally. Here are reliable local companies (in no particular order) that we use ourselves. We avoid buying bags of coal from shops as they are usually overally expensive. For sold fuels we recommend;
W Jellis Coal Merchants in Stevenage. Call 01438 741409 for competitively priced solid fuels delivered quickly and tidily.
Here are reliable local companies that will deliver logs to your door, that we use ourselves. We avoid buying bags from retail outlets as they usually have a high moisture content which means they burn inefficiently, add to pollution and fill your liner with corrosive soot.
Mr Goddard in Pirton. Call 01462 712692 for competitively priced logs and kindling delivered to your door
Phillip Allen; Tree Surgeon in Arlesey. Call 01462 834411 to arrange for a delivery of logs to your house.