Chimney sweeping in Winchester today. I came across a jackdaws nest in a chimney flu which was removed, a quick camera inspection assured me the chimney was clear, clean and safe to use. If you need a fully qualified chimney sweep in Winchester please call us today.
Chimney sweeping in Winchester this week. If you burn predominantly coal on your fire we advise you to sweep your appliance twice in the burning season. Coal produces a lot for soot then wood hence the need for an additional sweep.
Out and about chimney sweeping in Andover today. We sweep both wood burner flues and open fires and recommend you sweep your flue once a year (twice a year if burning coal).
If you have a wood burner that needs a fully qualified and insured chimney sweep to give it a thorough clean, please give Test Valley sweeps a call. We cover Andover, Winchester, Romsey and Southampton.
While chimney sweeping in Winchester today I came across this old jackdaws
Nest. Removing a bird’s nest from a chimney can take time…in this case 3 hours and 7 bin bags of nesting material removed…you have to respect a jackdaws tenacity !!!! Once the nest was removed a camera inspection was completed to make sure the chimney was clear.
If you suspect a bird’s nest or need a chimney sweep in Winchester, Andover or Romsey, please give us a call us today.
Most commonly, a small fire of kindling wood is stacked and bigger logs are added to this. The trouble with this, is that as gases are released from the bigger logs, there are no flames at the top to ignite them. They will pollute rather than give heat. There is a solution….place your logs on the bottom of your stove, then place your kindling on top of these. Soon the fire will burn its way down; as the logs heat up and produce gas, there will always be fire on top to ignite them.
This method also works well, as you can start a fire and keep it burning in one step. This is particularly helpful in wood burning stoves when opening the door to add more logs. When the stove is not up to efficient burning temperature, smoke can easily escape back into the room through the open door, when using the usual method of adding kindling before logs.
Fires smoke and pollute it they do not burn intensely. A temperature of 300 – 350 degrees Celsius is required to burn all the gases emmited from wood. At a lower temperature, the gases (smoke) will go up the chimney unburned. For this reason, a hot fire will burn cleanest; all the pollution is simply turned into heat. You will get a good indication of how efficiently your fire is operating, by simply going outside to check the colour of the smoke. There should only be a thin, pale emission from the chimney. Once your house is warm, control the temperature by the amount of wood you add not by closing the airvent.