Fire Safety – Chimney Best Practice

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Today’s post will be aimed at hopefully making homes a little safer with some general tips and advice about fire safety and best practice with:

  • Chimneys
  • Log burners
  • Open fires

Open Fires | Safety 

firstly, it is important to ensure that you are burning the correct fuel for your area. A common mistake is to go to your local local petrol station for a bag of quick fuel. Different areas recommend burning differently fuels.

Some areas are are known as Smoke Control Areas and the government provide guidelines on the type of fuel that is able to be burnt in that particular area. To find out which fuel is advised to be burnt in your open fire – click the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/smoke-control-area-rules

Different fuel types burnt include:

  • Anthracite
  • Semi-anthracite
  • Gas
  • Low Volatile Steam Coal

Burning Wood

When burning wood it is important to ensure your chosen kindling is kiln dried or well seasoned to ensure the moisture level is reduced dramatically. This means that the wood burns more efficiently and is at its best quality.

Fire Guard

It is always advised to use a fireguard on an open fire. Particularly if you have pets or children as the fire and the area surrounding burns extremely hot. It is also advised not to build your fire too tall – this can increase the chance of large pieces of burning wood and coal from falling on to tiles in front of your fire.

Always ensure you empty your ash pan regularly.

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Log Burners | Safety

The most important part to remember with your wood burner is ensuring that your wood burning stove has adequate ventilation. Approximately 90% of fires are caused by insufficient ventilation.

Secondly, you must ensure that you have an approved stovepipe that connects to the chimney breast. It is important that your installation provider is HETAS approved (or another accredited body)

Always dispose of ash from your ash pan.

Chimney | Safety

Chimneys are open to the elements and over time can collect a vast amount of debris. The most common things I have found over the past 25 years includes:

  • Bird nests
  • Leaves
  • Excessive soot
  • Cobwebs
  • Build up of toxins

It is important to have your chimney checked by a trained professional. To find out how regularly, click the link to my blogpost on

How Often Should I Sweep My Chimney?

Go to my Services Page to find out the Services that I offer.

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Thanks,

Rob Eckersley Chimney Sweeps

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