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, we know that some customers have smaller chimney fires they are unaware of. Chimney fires can be slow and quiet or burn explosively – noisy and dramatic enough to be detected by neighbours or passers-by.
Logs stacked around a stove might look nice but it’s an accident waiting to happen.
Getting it right is easy once you know how - here's some quick tips
If you use a wood burner or open fire in a Smoke Control Area it is important to know the rules.
These tools will help you get the very best from your stove and your fuel. They can save you money, help keep the chimney cleaner and reduce unnecessary air pollution.
How to reduce pollution, stay safer and save money when using your woodburning stove
You can actually burn any type of wood on your fire - as long as it's dry and not treated.
A well ventilated log store works best with some air below (stacking on an old pallet is perfect!).