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  • Footballer and pilot deaths in carbon monoxide plane crash

    EMILIANO Sala’s death in a tragic plane crash has brought the issue of carbon monoxide in aeroplanes to the forefront of national news. The Argentinian football star was on his...

  • Your AGA / Rayburn flue definitely needs sweeping

    You MUST have your AGA or Rayburn cooker flue swept if they run on oil or gas or solid fuel. Regular servicing alone is not enough.        ...

  • Learn about Chimney Fires

    CHIMNEY fires are a hazard posing a risk to people and property. That is why the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps is supporting the national Chimney Fire Safety Week, September...

  • Devoted couple died in their own garage

    DEATH can be the tragic outcome within just minutes when people encounter carbon monoxide (CO), a deadly poisonous gas. The Independent reported on the inquest of a couple who tragically...

  • How to light a perfect barbecue – tips

    NOTHING beats a perfect barbecue at this time of year when the Sun is shining and everyone is having a good time in the garden. On that note, don’t forget...

  • Fighting for his daughter in the Sahara desert

    WHY would a chimney sweep put down his brush, get on an aeroplane bound for Morocco and then run across the Sahara desert? For Paul Blinstone the answer is simple:...

  • 14 wheelbarrows of nest removed from chimney – a warning for new homeowners!

    IF YOU have recently moved into a new home - you may want to study these photos closely. The pics were taken by respected Guild member Alec Osborn, who covers...

  • Dead people found inside chimneys

    IT’S not a cheerful subject - terribly morbid in fact but nonetheless fascinating. People have been discovered dead after getting stuck in chimneys and it’s nothing new. Boy and girl...

  • Chimney sweeps’ cancer – What happened to that?

    CANCER was once an occupational hazard for chimney sweeps. And as if that wasn't bad enough, cancer of the scrotum was a particular problem. Before increased knowledge of protective clothing,...

  • Cost / quality? Choosing your chimney sweep

    “What do you charge? Thanks, I'll get back to you.” Perhaps that’s the sort thing you might say if you phone a tradesman to ask for some work in your...

  • The tale of a chimney sweeper war hero

    Bethune was destroyed in the Great War _ WHERE do we even begin to find out how many chimney sweeps died in the First World War? The Commonwealth War Graves...

  • Dead Bird Scam

    Last summer we reported on a “Dead Bird Scam” being run around West London and Home Counties. A distressed lady contacted us to say that a so called “chimney sweep...

  • Nests in your chimney can be a BIG problem

    JACKDAW nesting season is here - and that could be a problem for your fire and chimney. There are around 1.4 million pairs of Jackdaws in the UK! Kevin Voice,...

  • Beware of ‘hubbly bubbly’ pipes!

    HUBBLY bubbly pipes, also known as Hookah or Shisha smoking pipes, have gained in popularity in recent years. Regular and occasional smokers have chanced upon Shisha pipes as offering something...

  • Adele’s family died from carbon monoxide poisoning – don’t let it happen to your loved ones!

    McCauley, aged 5, with mum Adele. He died alongside his grandparents (below) _ PERHAPS it sounds dramatic to say book a chimney sweep to protect your children’s lives from the...

  • Your chimney sweep is not just a ‘chimney sweep’

    ‘CHIMNEY SWEEP’ - it’s a job title that has existed for many, many years but the job description is too often misunderstood. We all know about the chimney sweeps of...

  • Why the Guild trade exhibition matters

    YOU probably aren’t aware of a big event happening in the chimney trade this week - the annual trade exhibition by the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps. That’s good news...

  • Telltale signs of a truly professional chimney sweep

    Guild chimney sweeps offer a friendly service but take their profession of protecting lives very seriously _ THE MODERN HISTORY of chimney sweeping, in the past 200 years or so, is...

  • Take precautions when storing wood pellets

    WOOD pellets seem harmless enough but if they are not stored correctly - they could kill you. If that sounds far-fetched, consider these real life stories (names not published), which...

  • Warning after spike in chimney fires

    A SHARP increase in chimney fires last month (January) has caused concern that chimneys are not being swept regularly. Buckingham Fire & Rescue Service said that firefighters had been called...

  • How often does your chimney need sweeping?

    IT’S FAR too easy to forget that your chimney needs regular sweeping by a professional. After all, the inside of the chimney is hidden from sight and so the condition...

  • Be aware of the limitations in house buying surveys when it comes to chimneys

    MONEY is the main concern for a mortgage company when a house buying survey is organised. The company want reassurance that there are no structural issues in the property, for...

  • Prevention is better than carbon monoxide detectors

    CONSUMERS are often advised of the importance in installing a working carbon monoxide (CO) alarm - and rightly so. CO alarms give a level of reassurance to the householder that...

  • How to prepare for your chimney sweep’s arrival

    CONSUMERS can worry about how to prepare for a chimney sweep ringing the doorbell and setting to work clearing all the muck out of the chimney. Your Guild sweep can...

  • Warning – burn your Christmas tree safely!

    WARNING - now that the festive season is over you may be thinking of burning your Christmas tree or large parts of it in your woodburning stove or open fire....

  • Put sweeping appointments in your diary for 2019

    YOU are likely to have all sorts of plans for 2019 - changes to the home, holidays, commitments to relatives, etc. It’s a strange time of year when we think...

  • Chimneys & folklore at Christmas

    Christmas is a time where myths come into play - it’s all part of the fun - and the chimney retains a central role in setting the stage for festive...

  • Get your chimney swept by a Guild sweep in time for Christmas!

    In case you hadn’t noticed(!) - Christmas is coming. It’s that traditional time of year when our heads spin with a massive list of Things-To-Do. And whatever we tick on...

  • 8 steps to the perfect fire

    Getting it right is easy once you know how - you can have a great fire, pollution will be minimised, you’ll save money and your chimney will be cleaner and...

  • Get it right

    Getting it right is easy once you know how and it really is important. You can have a great fire and chimney with lovely dry fuel, but if it’s not...

  • Quick Tip: You can burn any wood

    You can burn ANY type of real wood, as long as it's  dry. You may have heard softwoods create “tar” problems in chimneys but it’s not true. All wood needs...

  • Birds down your chimney?

    If you have a real fire, stove or woodburner you may have heard the fluttering and flapping occasionally. When birds land on the chimney, the sound can travel down the...

  • Moved house? Your chimney questions answered…

     I've just moved house, should I get my chimney cleaned? Yes! 100% and please do not be tempted to “try it out” before it’s swept. A chimney fire isn’t the...

  • Help prevent a chimney fire

    There were around 5000 reported chimney fires 2014 – 2015. The real number will be far greater as not all fires result in an emergency call. Also, as professional sweeps,...

  • Looks pretty (pretty dangerous!)

            Looks pretty but could be deadly. Logs stacked around a stove might look nice but it’s an accident waiting to happen. As professional sweeps we see this sort of...

  • Dos and Dont’s

    DOS AND DONT’S Do Don’t Bring the stove to operating temperature quickly and try to keep it there Don’t close off the air to “slumber” the fuel for long periods...

  • Smoke Control Areas

    All larger towns and cities have Smoke Control Areas, often called “Smokeless zones”. If you use a woodburner or open fire in a Smoke Control Area it is important to know the...

  • Useful Tools

    USEFUL TOOLS Flue pipe thermometer Moisture meter Stove fan These tools will help you get the very best from your stove and your fuel. They can save you money, help...

  • We all breathe the same air

    There is a health problem in the UK which affects us all. Air pollution can come from a number of sources such as vehicle engines, construction, agriculture and roads (dust...

  • What types of wood can I burn on a woodburner?

    CAN I BURN PINE / CONIFER / WILLOW / POPLAR / SOFTWOOD ON MY WOODBURNER? Yes, of course, as long as they are dry. You may have heard that these...

  • Storing Logs

    A well ventilated log store is best. Stacking the logs will ensure they are well ventilated and it’s a good idea to keep some air below them so stacking on...

  • Sweep for a week

    Radio 4 presenter Steve Carver's documentary on the run up to Christmas following a Cambridge Chimney Sweep!

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