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Keeping on top of wood burning stove maintenance

There's some simple hints and tips for what everyone that owns a wood burning stove needs to be aware of.

Tip 1: Get your chimney sweeped!

In order to ensure that your stove remains safe to use, it's really important to ensure your chimney is kept clear. We use some of the latest equipment to ensure this is carried out safe and thoroughly, and recommend sweeping annually at the very least, with some chimneys requiring cleaning more often depending on how you use it. We can also check to ensure the stove is receiving adequate ventilation, and also ensure that the equipment and environment is safe. Contact us today for more information!

Tip 2: Servicing

Whilst is is important to ensure your chimney is clean and free of debris, it's also also important to ensure the appliance itself is kept in good condition and is regularly serviced. A service ensures that any seals (such as from repeatedly opening and closing the door) are in place, and also ensures that the glass is clear and free of dirt. The glass found in stoves is usually 'Pyro Ceramic', with specialist fixings to ensure it remains in place. However, it's important to ensure that these fixings and glass remain in good condition, along with any controls - and we can carry out a full equipment service at the same time of a chimney sweep - we're HETAS qualified, meaning you benefit from access to highly qualified professionals.

Tip 3: Carry out routine maintenance yourself!

Whilst a professional chimney sweeper can help with the more labour-intensive jobs (such as the servicing, or cleaning of the chimney), there are a few things that you can do to yourself.

> Regularly remove any ash from the fire bed or inside of the equipment.

> Inspect the equipment and surroundings (including the doors, fixtures, fittings and firebricks) for any cracks, movement or breakages, and regularly clean the glass.

> Remove the baffle plate and check the flue-way for soot or blockages every month.

> Only burn seasoned or dried kiln wood - this is especially designed for stoves, and burning wood that has a higher water content could damage your stove, and even potentially cause a fire!

Risks from not carrying out above

> Equipment failing early

> Invalidated manufacturer warranties

> Carbon Monoxide poisoning

> Fires, including stove, house and chimney fires

> Higher maintenance costs over the long term

Remember, if you're in any doubt as to what you need to be doing to keep your stove and chimney in a good and safe condition, contact us today by visiting, or by phoning us on 07522 109065. We cover the whole of West Yorkshire, including Halifax, Bradford, Huddersfield and Leeds.

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