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  • Can my chimney sweep visit during a lockdown?

    We all need people to visit our homes to carry out essential repair and maintenance work. It’s no surprise that many people have been putting things off lately but delaying...

  • Sweeps response to crisis “Just Outstanding”

    “JUST OUTSTANDING”. That’s how Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps chairman Lawson Wight described the way professional sweeps are meeting the coronavirus challenges head on. He explained: “We work in people’s...

  • Amazing Natural Firelighter

    Getting your fire up to temperature quickly reduces unnecessary pollution. It's also rather satisfying. This completely natural firelighter will surprise you. It's quick and effective and it's FREE! The Birch...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

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