Are wood burners bad for the environment?
We examine London's pollution problem and how burning wood can offer a more environmentally-friendly solution to heating your home than fossil fuels.
The Guild Trade Exhibition and AGM 2019
An amazing weekend with sweeps from all over the UK at The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps trade exhibition and AGM 2019
Is it safe to burn your Christmas tree?
If you have a wood-burning appliance it may make sense to chop it up and burn it during a cold January........Is it safe to burn your Christmas tree?
Roasting your nuts on the fire this year? Don’t get burnt!
Roasted chestnuts are what comes to mind when most of us think of Christmas. We share our tips on how to sucessfully roast chestnuts on an open fire.
The best funny stories from the trade!
We tasked tradesmen (and women) across the world to share their best funny experiences with us! Here are the results...
Here’s how to enjoy your open fire at Christmas!
To get you in the mood for the fast approaching festivities, there’s not much more ‘Christmassy’ than cosying up around a warm open fire or a log-burner.
Why You Should Open Up Your Fireplace.
How will a working fire benefit your home - Here’s all the reasons you’ll benefit from opening up your fireplace.
FIREPLACE SAFETY ADVICE.
A fireplace in your house can potentially be very dangerous – but it doesn’t need to be. Read our latest blog for some general safety tips
CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
Nearly all of us will have at least one appliance in our homes that produce Carbon Monoxide.You can't see, taste or smell it but it can be deadly.
How will the Clean Air Strategy affect wood-burners?
The Environment Secretary Michael Gove has published a Clean Air Strategy. What is the new strategy and how will this affect wood burning stoves? Are wood-burners really being banned?
FIREPLACE LANDLORD AND TENANT ADVICE
If you are a tenant or landlord you need to READ THIS - This blog outlines responsibility between the landlord and tenant in regards to a fireplace and the safety measures required.
LONDON’S AIR QUALITY – Burning wood correctly
There is a problem with air quality in London which can cause health issues for all of us. Wood burning is responsible for a part of this problem but if we understand why, we can make a big difference.
Brief History of Chimney Sweeps
People needed sweeps to keep their chimneys clear, the best way was to send little children or ‘climbing boys’ to dislodge the soot. The smaller the boy the better.
Birds nesting in chimneys
Birds find chimneys an ideal place to set up home owing to the warmth and shelter that they provide. Having birds’ in your chimney can lead to dangerous blockages, chimney fires, infestations and damp.
Legislation for Landlords
Regulations require both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms to be installed in rented residential accommodation. Failure to comply can lead to a civil penalty being imposed of up to £5,000.
A Stove is a great addition to any hearth, it looks fantastic and is a green way to heat your home efficiently and economically. At our sister company StoveSmart we offer fireplace and stove installations.
Why do I need my chimney swept?
As the days become colder and the nights longer, more and more people will start lighting up their fireplaces or stoves. Get your chimney swept and relax in front of your fire with peace of mind that your chimney is clear and safe.
The importance of testing your smoke and CO alarms
Take a second every Tuesday to test all your smoke and CO alarms. Push and beep the button. The Silent and Invisible Killer. Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas that has no colour, taste or smell, making it impossible to detect without an alarm.