Changes to the UK Solid Fuel Industry Highlighted

I spoke in other posts of impending changes to our industry, changes that will affect all of us. This blog documents in brief some big changes that we know are forthcoming so that you may better prepare your company for the future.

1, Eco design appliances.

What does this mean?

Europe and the U.K. set out strict air pollution guidelines. From the 1st Jan 2022, it will be illegal to manufacture and sell new stoves that do not comply with the Ecodesign regulations. Stoves that were already in the chain of supply, in showrooms, warehouses etc may still be sold, however, an enforcement team has been set up to verify products sold comply with regulations.The government is already working with the stove industry to ensure clean air target are met.

For the chimney sweep association UK it will mean that we should be promoting clean burning advising to our customers, and that cleaner burning appliances are available . It also means that the products we sell will change.

2, The future ban on the most polluting fuels.

In DEFRAs clean air strategy the government sets the foundation for legislation that will eventually ban the sale of the most polluting fuels.

These fuels will likely be fossil fuels of one type or another.

So how will this effect us sweeps?

This will undoubtedly shrink our market place unless we relentlessly act to convert our customers to the virtues of burning sustainable wood logs or approved smokeless fuels. Ideally in an eco design stove.

This of course will also affect fuel suppliers, perhaps more than us sweeps. Many suppliers are already diversifying their products in readiness.

3, The changing market place.

It is a fact that the sale of stoves across the board has been in decline now for several years. Compound this with the loss of many open fires that will no doubt come about when the polluting fuel ban hits, our market will likely be noticeably smaller.

As we all know there are more registered sweeps than ever before so in real terms there is less work to go around unfortunately.

I believe that this will likely get worse before it gets better. The industry will become more cut-throat as companies jockey for position within the market place. Some companies will no doubt do well while some will fall by the wayside. The changing situation will not only affect the sweeps it will also hit industry stakeholders too, again some will adapt, change, adjust their pricing structures, modernise and some will not. I’m sure you would have seen strong animosity and negative posts from some on social media, Unfortunately in a contracting market this is expected, the pie is smaller and people are hungry. Of course Brexit has a part to play in the economic situation too, hopefully a line is soon drawn one way or another and our country can resume business as usual.

There are some positives here though for the sweeps. There is a vast opportunity for sales pushing the eco design option appliances along with the required servicing of stoves and biomass which are far more complex, involved and carries a much higher value to the consumer than the standard sweep. Diversifying your company into offering these services seems like a no-brainer.

Furthermore many members of the public associate or have associated chimney sweeps association with the pollution of the Victorian days. smog, smoke, etc. although this is mostly unfounded. The modern chimney sweeps image will change as the most polluting fuels are banned and we move towards renewables with Chimney Sweeps becoming advisers on clean burning of sustainable fuels.

4, Biomass.

From 2025 it is likely that gas and other fossil fuels will be banned from new build homes according to Mr Phillip Hammond the then chancellor.

This leaves huge opportunities in renewables and biomass.

For us sweeps it’s a one door closes and another opens type of thing. Training in Biomass servicing will be a must for future sweeping and servicing businesses.

2025 seems like a long way off however I have served this industry for 25 years now, I like many others are here for the long haul and this will no doubt I pact the way we operate.

5, Consumers.

The consumer today expects much more of us than a sweep of yesteryear. They expect an approved certificate, advice, safety check, professionalism, courtesy, value etc. Many customers now also expect a sweep to be part of an approved trade organisation along with the safety net this brings them. Undoubtedly, because of the advertising power and trusted brands of the orgs this will grow evermore in future years. Customers are extremely brand aware today and success or company brand awareness can be easier for those who adopt or ride on the back of those existing and accepted brands.

6, Is qualification or competency going to be a requirement for UK chimney sweeps?

Chimney sweeping has always been an unregulated or self regulated industry in the UK, with no requirements for formal qualifications.

As a person who speaks regularly with industry leaders I can confirm that no discussions I know of have taken place which would ever make any formal qualification a requirement. As changes in the UK solid fuel industry happen very, very slowly and no discussions have begun then it is highly unlikely that any requirement will come about any time soon.

I have been asked if the level 2 NVQ that is available to our industry is ‘the way forward’ for us, and if I answer in all honesty I would say no its not, My view is that a competency for sweeps via a competent persons scheme would be the only rational leap forwards. The organisations already assess members to a very high standard and we have had qualifications in the past, the city and guilds and the NACS NVQ. Both failed as both were not necessary. On the other hand Competent person schemes in solid fuel are proven, time tested and successful.

The other concern I have with the NVQ is that sweeps within the UK are self employed, either company owners or management level and I cannot see how an entry level qualification fits their many year of experience and management?. Level 2 qualifications are typically used to demonstrate to employers that a basic skill level has been met, however we are our own employers are we not?

A formal qualification might be one of the methods for proving competence under a future competent persons scheme but as I said this is not on the table right now.

I’m not anti qualification, I just cant see how the current iteration of the NVQ2 fits the established industry which has a proven track record without it. If you can find a way to make your company profit from undertaking the NVQ and it fits into your costings then I say go for it

With the above in mind I will persist in pushing HETAS and other industry leaders to work towards a competency for sweeps. The organisations have done a fairly decent job in raising standards over the years and obviously care for the sweeps. Hopefully they can come together to help set out what competency means and work collectively to obtain it?

Although it will annoy some reading this, I firmly believe that the reality is, the days of the independent sweep are numbered. Just 10 years ago there were less than 400 registered sweeps in the UK from around 5500 in total. Today its closer to 2000 registered sweeps from a similar total number. If you also include sweeping associations who are not Hetas approved the 2000 figure rises sharply.

Original Source:- Solid Fuel Industry Highlighted

Chimney Cleaning & Maintenance Services

Chimney sweep is a person who performs the activity of chimney cleaning and inspections of the chimneys. This term has a long history in the society and culture. Our profession has evolved from a socially very old job to a modern certified professional attributes.

Chimneys and fireplaces are the two most important components of a house in London. They play an important role in fighting the chilling weather that the city harbors all through the year. Nothing can equal the pleasure of sipping a cup of coffee sitting aside a fireplace and enjoying the warmth of the evening. But, carelessness regarding the maintenance of the chimneys can put a full stop to this pleasure. Chimney sweep services helps to maintain the chimneys and keep your home safe from unwanted mishaps that may ruin your evening.

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When it comes to cleaning and sweeping the chimneys, everyone is not specialized for the task. Cleaning and sweeping a chimney on your own can be an uphill task. Numerous chimney sweep services have embraced the burden of maintaining the chimney structures of the houses in London. Most of the Chimney sweep companies have their own websites. Details of their services can be gathered from their respective websites.

There are many issues regarding the maintenance of a chimney structure in a house. When you burn your fireplace, soot and tar gets collected in the interior lining of the chimney structure. The clogged soot and particles start developing a foul smell which starts coming out from the chimney. The entire house is filled with this unpleasant odour and can even result in suffocation of the members of the house. Chimney sweeps services are specialized in dealing with such issues. Many of these chimney sweep London companies have high-end apparatus to clean the chimney. The chimney sweeping professionals in London check each and every chimney structure of all the houses in London at regular intervals. With this they ensure that in future such foul smell does not cripple the prosperous environment of a house.

The basic chimney sweeping tool kit of a chimney sweeping professional in London contains the following instruments –

  • Brushes and tools according to the type of chimney to be cleaned
  • Brushes that have mechanical heads that help clean better and faster
  • CCTV cameras and machines that generate smoke so that testing and surveying of the chimneys can be done properly

Apart from maintaining the chimney structures, the chimney sweeping professionals of the Chimney sweeps services educate their customers in adopting preventive measures to avoid accidents in the future.

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Why you need a Chimney Sweep and How to find a certified Chimney Sweep?

When you have a fire place or perhaps a wood burning stoves in the home, chimney cleaning gets to be vital. Cleansing of the fire place is essential to hold the area clear and doing work correctly. In addition, it helps avoid fire accidents. To make certain that there is no need to handle any nagging problems because of clogged or dirty chimneys, choose chimney cleaning services. You will need to select an organization that ensures straight forward expert services within your locality. Before you decide to finalize the chimney sweep, note that it employs skilled professionals and tradesman who undertake chimney cleaning tasks. You can have a look at the web site of the business you are likely to choose to get yourself a better idea concerning the chimney services and cost involved.

 

So why do you want these Chimney cleaning services providers?

 

Chimney cleaning providers involve cleaning, servicing and retaining the chimneys in wide open fires and kitchen areas. By using these ongoing services, the probability of dangerous fumes spreading in the house and chimney fires reduce. Once you light open fire or cook anything in your kitchen, it get clogged with minute tar and soot particles that may easily catch fire in the event the number becomes an excessive amount of. Clean-up it guarantees no many of these occurrence occurs at your house on a regular basis.

 

Chimney sweeping method and process?

 

chimney sweep business utilizes techniques to completely clean chimneys at your house most beneficial. No real matter what the height in the chimney is, the experts from your on-going firm can perform the job for you personally.

 

The cleaning up method involves sweeping the chimney till enough time the dirt and soot debris happen to be taken away all. Particular musical instruments and brushes are employed for the intended purpose of clean-up the chimneys and flues. Not brushes just, industrial use floor cleaners may also be put to utilize so the material collected round the chimney could be removed properly. The experts utilize:

 

  • equipment and Brushes based on the kind of chimney to get cleaned out

  • Brushes which have mechanical minds that help clean up better and more quickly.

  • CCTV cameras and equipment that generate smoke so that trials and surveying on the chimneys can be carried out properly.

 

What more is it possible to count on from your local chimney sweep Provider?

 

A lot of the businesses usually do not only present sweeping solutions simply, but also deliver complementary reports to see you the issues that the chimney could be facing plus some techniques to steer clear of fire within the chimneys. It is possible to take an annual contract with the business in which potential future chimney cleaning sessions already are planned and you also don’t need to worry about contacting and selecting the local chimney sweep Provider over and over.

 

So just go online at Chimney Sweep Local , Find Sweep Safe Certified, experienced and Insured Chimney Sweeps near you.

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Chimney sweep Vacuum pre separators

Sweep Safe ongoing education series

We all love our vacuums but no matter what model, after sucking up lots of fine soot eventually the filters will begin to block or the bag will be full and suction will be lost. Over time there have been some big innovations to dust separation but for some reason us chimney sweeps have missed out on what is available to resolve the issues we know exist.

This article focuses on one device that has tremendous benefits to chimney sweeps association and a low cost too. That device is a cyclonic pre separator.

Cyclonic pre separator

A pre separator is a device with a catchment drum that attaches via hoses before the vacuum and thus becomes the first line of defence.

The device works by cyclonic action, the vacuum draws air and particles through the device where centrifugal forces separate the soot particles from the air causing them to fall out of solution and into the drum rather than the vacuum container or bag.

Why is this good for sweeps?

Chimney sweeps utilise the power of their vacuum to control dust while sweeping but as the vac fills up the suction and therefore control over the dust is lost, increasing the risk to the property and user. Some factor manufacturer pre separators boast over 95% efficiency meaning the vast majority of soot will never enter the vac or block the filter or bags.

Size and available collection volume. The attached cyclonic container may be much larger than the bag or drum of the vacuum meaning a small powerful vacuum can perform as well or even better than a very large vacuum and actually collect much more dust between emptying and bag changes.

There is a massively reduced requirement for both cleaning of the vac itself, the use of expensive bags and changing filters. This reduction in wear and bag use results in lower user costs.

Finally some vacuums run hot and even cut out as the filters clog because airflow over the motors is diminished. It is this airflow that cools the. Keeping the filters cleaner for longer results is a vac that can be run for prolonged periods with a lower change of overheating or even damage that may be caused as a result overheating.

Pressure relief anti crush valve

Due to the volume requirement of the drum traditionally only very large vacuum cleaners were deemed suitable for sweeping many chimneys. The big negatives of using a behemoth of a vac being the associated weight and costs. With a pre separator it is possible to deal with large volumes of soot and without loss of suction.

Smaller vacs have grown in favour recently as us sweeps start to age and now that engine design has made them in general far more powerful.

Shown in my pictures is pressure relief valve. This valve is important when using larger plastic or even steel drums these can crush under the vacuum force when the hose nozzle is blocked. A small pressure relief or anti crush valve prevents this.

Various barrel sizes can be used

Using barrels as shown in the pictures has a huge benefit when sweeping large or commercial chimneys. As they fill you can simple change the lid of a new barrel for the separator, attach a new barrel and carry on sucking away with the soot now safely stowed within a sealed container ready for safe disposal. Furthermore a barrel or drum size can be tailored to fit specific job requirements or even the size of your van or truck.

Thank you all from the sweep safe team. Remember you heard it here first.

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For the environment

For chimney sweeps

For the consumer

Original Source: Chimney Sweep Association UK

Chimney Sweep Specialists in London

always a challenge to do the maintenance of the house. Not only the painting, the wood doors, the fences, the roof, the plumbing, the garden, panes, furniture and all part about it is always a challenge.

When you do everything by your own, you will need to spare a whole working time to finish all in one shot which is quiet impossible to do alone. There is some part in your home which is not possible to be cleaned by yourself; otherwise, you will need to buy a very expensive and hard to manage equipment and tools if you insist to do all by yourself. Chimney is an example. For this one you definitely need a Chimney Sweeps London service.

Chimney Sweep London apply basic and standard techniques of cleaning your chimney as they are trained and certified by the official or the associations to make sure that the chimney becomes a vital part of every home in London.

As all family living in London understand, chimney is a vital part that gathers all the family and brings comfort to all the loved ones. Chimney is a nice decorative part of a home that become a very special touch and recognition of London culture.

Chimney is part of sanitation system in your home. It is like a hole in your home which makes it possible to make air from the outside go into your home and make it possible to dump air pollution from the oxidation process of firing wood and warming system in your home. Chimney Sweep London is not quite new service as it has been in existence for a while and has been a very popular help that people in London needs to do the regular maintenance of their chimney.

Find a chimney sweep London will do whatever it needs to make your chimney back to work properly and make sure that there is no harm in your home. The service is specialized by those who are specially trained and equipped with sufficient tools to make sure they do their code of conduct properly.

The team of Chimney Sweep London will clean the excess of the waste and will make your chimney bring back warmth to your home. This is for sure what a home needs to make sure the regular maintenance is done; to rely on a service that is reliable.

So, to make sure that your home in maintained well and all parts work properly to make sure the security, comforts and health of your home, you need to do a little research to find the one; a Chimney Sweep London that fits your need and match with your budget. A basic research will do as generally the services they offer are differ by the price and the quality of their work including the quality of tools they use.

Original Source: local chimney sweep

What to burn? The solid fuel minefield.

There are several fuel types available to the solid fuel user, coal, peat, wood logs, compressed wood products, smokeless coals etc.

With so much negative info in the press let’s take an objective look which is the right fuel for you to burn.

Firstly you must look at your appliance, follow manufacturer guidelines as burning the wrong fuel type can be dangerous and at the very least invalidate your warranty. If your chimney sweep is a registered professional it would pay to listen to them, generally sweeps are a hive of knowledge.

If you care about the environment, and you should, then you must focus on renewable fuels such as wood logs.

Selecting and purchasing wood logs

Ash and beech are some of the best wood logs to burn however most logs burn perfectly well if they are dry enough and have been adequately seasoned.

Wood should be purchased from a reputable supplier who will have to comply to regulations and a vested interest in planting more trees to replace what has been felled.

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Wood logs must have less than 20% water content when they are burned. You can ascertain this several ways the easiest and probably most reliable is to purchase logs approved by Woodsure who will have done all of the eco checks and tested the moisture content in random batches. You will also be able to complain should the wood you purchased have too high a water content.

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If you chose to purchase unseasoned logs then you must season them (typically for two years or more) after seasoning you must test the moisture content with an electrical conductivity moisture tester prior to using them, if they’re still wet it’s back to the seasoning pile. Again a moisture content of below 20% is required for efficient combustion and to prevent excess soot, increased risk and unnecessary environmental impact.

Users burning wet wood is one of the biggest problems and challenges our industry faces however it’s one of the easiest fixes too.

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Why is mixing fuels a problem?

Wood and coal burn quite differently. Wood burns through a process of gasification where the volatile oils within become heated, turn to a gas, mix with oxygen above the log and eventually combust.

Coal on the other hand is primarily a carbon burn where oxygen must enter and mix from below the fuel as combustion takes place inside and not above the coal itself

There are distinct differences between the two types of appliances

Let’s look at some of the issues associated with the incorrect use of fuels

1/ Wood on top of coal

If we try to burn wood above a bed of coal we will need to open the top air intake drawing air above the coal and not through it. When this happens the coal which is burning poorly produces high levels of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, in doing so our wood gasses which should be bathed in oxygen are now shrouded in the same fire suppressant that is in the black fire extinguishers. The affect is compounded by the adequate heat from the coal, what happens is that the wood pyrolysis in the heat, volatiles hydrocarbons are emitted and become gaseous. Normally these hot gasses mix with oxygen and burn with the yellow flame we associate with wood however in the reduced oxygen environment above a coal bed the volatile gas emitted by the wood log will travel into the chimney where it will deposit as flammable creosote. The final issue when combustion temperatures and oxygen levels are too low is the later hotter stages of gaseous combustion will not effectively take place. During these later phases carbon soot particles should be burned, if they are not they will exit the chimney as fine dust pollution harming our air quality and shortening our lives.

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2/ Coal on top of wood

We now understand that coal requires oxygen from below to burn effectively, think bellows in a foundry. If we burn wood below a coal bed we will have a situation where our coal is bathed in carbon dioxide leaving an incomplete burn. The second issue here is that wood produces lots of ash which in turn blocks the riddle grate further lowering the amount of available oxygen to the coal. If the coal used is smokeless coal then high levels of sulphurous compounds will also be emitted, these compounds are highly corrosive and will eat through stainless steel liners in no time. The one exception to the wood underneath coal scenario is kindling a fire with wood where it is very likely that the air intakes or even the door will be open in order to provide enough oxygen for both fuels for a limited time.

Historically blacksmiths used a bellows to pump air below the coal from under the fire bed. Nowadays they inject neat oxygen or use a pumped fan.

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Slumbering

The term slumbering relates to the user loading the already burning appliance and then closing down the air supply in an attempt to make the fire burn for long periods, typically overnight.

There is a huge problem here and that is the fact that fuel requires oxygen for combustion. There are several results that occur when oxygen is limited in a combustion reaction, I’ll list a few.

  1. Much of the volatile content within the fuel is emitted due to the heat but it does not combust, it rises up the flue coating the chimney with volatile fuel and greatly increases the risk of chimney fire and the requirement for sweeping, Many of the unburned hydrocarbons exit the chimney as smoke and pollute our planet.
  2. Carbon requires lots of oxygen and heat for the particles to combust. When the oxygen supply is limited, dangerous pm2.5 and pm10 sized carbon particles are released. Many of these particles make it to the outside air as fine dust pollutants causing health problems such as respiratory and lung diseases.
  3. Heat or lack of. In order for a fuel to release its stored heat, it must react with oxygen. Oxygen is the catalysing agent within the combustion reaction.
  4. Cost.
    Slumbering will shorten the life of stainless steel liners, increase the need for servicing, sweeping and maintenance and reduce the heat value that you should get from the fuel making it less cost effective.

To conclude

Ideally you will burn only dry wood logs in an environment that has adequate air for moderate flaming combustion.

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Adjust the air supply so that flames are not sucking up the chimney but doesn’t limit it too much. Smoke should not be visible in the firebox, only fire.

Add as much fuel as in needed to fill the fire box with flames, burning too much or two little fuel at a given time is another avoidable we can negate.

You can ask you profession chimney sweeps for tips on fuels and how to achieve moderate flaming combustion, fuel storage, type, sweeping frequencies and many other important factors surrounding burning practices.

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For the environment
For chimney sweeps
For the consumer

Original Source:- Chimney sweep association UK

How to Avoid Danger of Poisoning by Carbon Monoxide?

Fossil fuel burning normally leads to the creation of carbon-monoxide and it cannot be inhaled as it is highly poisonous for human health. Sometimes, malfunctioned heaters, ovens or other related devices release this gas but of course in a smaller quantity.

It is very essential using advanced battery-operator detectors so that the presence of this gas can be easily detected.

Easy detection can help in the effective prevention of the element at the end of the day. It is the chimney problem or malfunction that also gives birth to this issue. In this case, experts recommend opting for a chimney sweeping in order to stay away from the harmful impacts of carbon-monoxide.

Best tips of Avoiding Dangerous Carbon-Monoxide:

Chimney Sweeping:

Since fuel burning within chimneys often creates carbon-monoxide therefore chimney sweeping is very much important. This function is usually being performed by an expert local chimney sweep. Chimney sweeping not only helps in preventing the production of this gas but it also helps in reducing chimney hazard to a great extent. This activity should be included within a regular routine for preserving a perfect chimney and health and that too in the long run. Though there are many other improved techniques of reducing the disastrous impacts of carbon-monoxide but amongst all this option seems to be the best and effective.

Regular Maintenance:

Inspection of house’s heating system is one of the foremost things that need to be performed in a consistent manner. This inspection will help in detecting the underlying defects of heating appliances or devices and if the detected defects are being corrected on time then the gas production can be minimized to a great extent. This is how human health and life quality can be slowly improved like anything. Heating systems can be efficiently maintained only by highly skilled professionals having lots of experience and specialisation in the concerned field. In this respect, calling an expert chimney sweep is also a great idea and thus you can definitely go for the same.

Checking of Vehicle’s Exhaust System

This is also another great option that really works in this scenario. Every year vehicle’s exhaust system creates lots and lots of carbon-monoxide that create a lot of air pollution and when this air is being inhaled by humans then they fall severely ill. Therefore, the exhaust-systems of vehicles need to be examined on a regular basis so that the defects can be corrected as soon as possible. Every car owner should take this initiative on their own for reducing the amount of this poisonous gas in the air. The gas fumes often get deposited within the garage space and if your garage is near to your home then your family members will definitely get affected by these dangerous fumes.

Camp stoves or charcoal grills should be always used outdoors so that the in-house ambience can be maintained in a completely purified state. If you are using electric generators then you should always place them minimum 20-feet away from your residential space so that inhaling of the produced gas can be avoided.

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Female Chimney Sweeps Across the World

If you have read the poem Chimney Sweeper by William Blake, then you know that in those days, kids were appointed to sweep the chimneys in rich households. However, that was 1789, and this is 2019, the time has gone through an evolution.

In recent days chimney sweeping is no rare work and women are doing it like men. If you have a chimney in your home, then you can always hire a woman sweeper who can be from a company or owner of their business. You will find women doing this work just as efficiently as a man can do it. So, before you hire someone for this task, you need to know some important things.

The Need for Chimney Sweep

Creosote is a chemical which stores inside the chimney and if you are not careful enough, it may burn down your house. The cleaning of chimneys is the only way to get rid of creosotes and keep your beloved home safe. If you clean the chimney periodically, soots, dirt and other damages will stay away from the tunnel. Also, it will be able to give you proper warmth in winter times. If you clean the chimney after a long time, the cost of it will be higher. If you hire female chimney sweep it will be the same for the most part and you will get better cleaning.

Strong references

When you are looking for a chimney sweeper you have to search for the best reference you can get for them. The worker can give you the same from your friends or some reputed company. Or you can ask your neighbors or colleagues for the reference of chimney sweepYou can also go for a contractor about this, but if they refuse to give you references, you must not hire them.

Insured for work in a home

Before you hire a worker whether they are female or male, you have to look for their insurance, if they are insured to work in a home or not. This happens that local chimney sweep sometimes ends up damaging the house or if they get injured; they might ask money for you to cover their injuries. So, to avoid these scenarios, you must look for the insurance and if a company or individual refuses to do so, find another suitable one.

Right identification

You need to ask the sweeper about their ID. You must not allow anyone who you do not recognize as the legit worker. A chimney sweepers costume and ID badge is the proof of their authenticity, and you can trust them.

Telephone scams

The world is filled with scams, and when you are about to find a local chimney sweep, you will get telemarketer’s phone. They might tell you that you will get a special discount, but you can end up with a non-professional chimney sweeper. This will not be a waste of your money but your time too. So, try not to believe this thing, and search a good worker on your own. It will always be better if you hire a woman chimney sweep.

A woman chimney sweeper will work just as a man and they will always give value for their work, and you will get the satisfaction.

Original Source: Local Chimney Sweep

Important Tips For Shower Door Rollers

When your shower doors do not open easily, it can be one of the most frustrating experiences in the world, which is why you should get your shower door rollers checked out. You want to make sure that these are not damaged or rusty. Here we are going to talk about how you can check these rollers on your own so that you can save the money of hiring someone else.

When you buy these rollers now, you are going to see that they are often made from stainless steel. However, in the past this was not the case. If your door is not opening properly, you should check the shower door rollers to make sure that they are not rusty. This is the main reason that they will not be working correctly. If you find that they are rusty or damaged, then you can order new ones online. The key is to first figure out what you need.

Shower Door Out of the Frame

You are going to need to take your door off of the track that it is on so that you can fix the shower wheels. This can be hard to do if you are not incredibly strong, so you may want to invite someone over to help you. However, first you have to figure out if you are going to take the door out from the inside or the outside.

Fixing the Roller

Once you figure out how to get your sliding glass door out, you can begin to figure out how to fix the shower door rollers. The key is to take your time so that you can figure out what is wrong. If you have to replace the rollers, then you are going to need to either go to a hardware store or order some online. It will not be very hard to get the rollers off of the door, but once you do so, you have to be sure to replace them with the same type.

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Fake News about Wood Burning Stoves Pollution

Wood burning stoves have been unfairly targeted by the press, blogs and videos lately and are being painted in a very negative light. So let’s take a look at the reality, which in our view is very different to the portrayal in the press.

Firstly wood is one of the only truly renewable fuels. It is often compared to diesel due to some of the particles that are emitted when burned. As we know diesel is a fossil fuel derived from crude oil and although some particles are emitted during burning wood badly in old appliances, we are pretty sure that diesel does not produce a major percentage of the worlds oxygen like trees do.

With the massive deforestation that has takes place in our recent history, ethical log suppliers are rapidly planting trees which will help safeguard our future generations. Those same planted trees will store the carbon released from today’s log burning making the cycle a neutral one.

Statistics are a funny thing and are taken on an annual basis, as we know the wood burning season in the U.K. is a very short beginning late September through to the end of February, occasionally March. During the rest of the year any measured pollution does not come from wood stoves. Ironically it is the summer months when pm10 and pm 2.5s the dangerous carbon dust particles are often at their highest levels.

As far as we are aware there are no statistics specific to wood-stoves published in the U.K. with regards to air quality/pollution. Instead statistics are based on all domestic burning of wood and derivatives. This includes open fires, camp fires, pizza ovens, BBQs and bonfires the last two in the list are some of the very worst polluters and yet advertising often only mentions stoves, how can this be?

As conscientious industry professionals Chimney sweep association we understand that there is a genuine problem with the use of some wood burning stoves.

There are four main issues that we as chimney sweeps must advise on in regards to wood burning in order for clean combustion.

  • Moisture content and quality of wood logs. During the combustion process it is necessary for there to be high temperatures within the firebox in order to burn the majority of the carbon particles. When excess water is present the energy which would usually ignite these particles is instead utilised to evaporate the water contained in the log leaving much of the fuel contained within the wood to go unburned and emitted instead as smoke.

Can you imagine how well your car would run if you were to fill the fuel tank with 30% water? There is an easy fix here Only burn sustainably sourced logs with less than 20% moisture content. Using wood-sure logs will help as the checks have already been done.

  • The way the end user burns their stove specifically the dangers of slumbering, over-fuelling or under-fuelling.

In years gone by some strange tales have developed with how stoves should be used. It has unfortunately become a normal practice for many to fill the stove with wood and then reduce the air supply in order to make it last through the night, this process is referred to as slumbering and it is very bad indeed with regards to air quality and pollution.

To put this in terms understood by all, think back to the science lab in school, remember the Bunson Burners when the hole on the side is open the flame is sharp, blue and clean limit the oxygen by closing that hole and the result is a flame that becomes lazy and yellow and soots up whatever it touches.

This flame in also inherently more dangerous as the levels of carbon monoxide are very much higher in a reduced oxygen environment. Finally limiting the oxygen results in a much lower combustion temperature meaning many volatiles go unburned when slumbering, meaning its far more polluting.

Like all hydro carbon based fuels Wood needs oxygen in abundant quantities in order for all of the gasses emitted within the fire box to burn completely and cleanly. Limiting the air does not limit the gas released by the logs it only limits how much of the gas will burn.

On the upside the fix here is simple; just advise the user to always burn the quantity of wood that the stove was designed to with the air open enough to provide moderate flaming combustion. That’s when the entire window is filled with rolling fire and no smoke is seen but not so much that the flames can be seen sucking up the chimney.

  • The third problem is a little harder to address as it relates to the age and efficiency of the stove. It is a fact that older stoves are very much more polluting than new appliances. Consumers should be advised that new appliances will save on fuel, give more heat and be very much better with regards to the quality of the air we breath.
  • Finally, servicing and maintenance. It is understood that regular sweeping chimneys, cleaning flueways, servicing and Chimney sweep training appliances are all essential for efficient combustion. Those chimney sweeps that have not already done so must now take charge upskill and ensure that stove servicing and the education is a major part of your repertoire in order to bring this essential service to the consumer.In a nutshell we should be advising, burn clean dry logs, do not slumber use the correct amount of fuel in each fill, update outdated appliances where necessary and sweep service up-to twice per year.

We do understand as an industry that their is an issue that we are working hard to address. We feel that further debates or articles should be measured and not unfairly target wood burners alone.

What is being done to educate the consumer with regards to, BBQs Chimeneas, patio heaters and pizza ovens? Millions of these are sold each year they are heavy polluters and never make the press? What’s worse is that they are used in the summer when pollution is the highest.

Finally, should we start pointing fingers, let’s look hard at bonfires and burning urban dung fires which produce insane amounts of pollution.

The fixes for wood burning stoves are simple and we are already getting there. The issue of particulate emissions now rests firmly in the hands of other industries which now need to do their bit, step up-to the plate, be ethical as we are, engage in the debate and affect change.

Clean Wood burning needs to be addressed holistically and not simplistically target one tiny segment of the overall market.

Original Source: Chimney sweep association UK