The type of fuel you use, and the frequency, will affect when you should have your chimney or stove swept. The following is recommended:
Your chimney should always be swept before the start of the season if you know it needs doing. Do not take the risk of leaving it!
A clean and clear chimney is essential for your safety, the longevity of your chimney system, reducing the environmental impact, and the impact on your wallet!
Combustion relies on 3 components: a fuel source, heat, and oxygen. This reaction produces energy, carbon dioxide and water. The by-products are harmless, and if any of these 3 sources are removed, the fire will go out.
If any of these elements are compromised, then combustion may be incomplete. When this happens, carbon monoxide (CO), carbon, and water are produced. Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, gas and can be fatal.
When your chimney operates at an optimal temperature, with a clear exhaust pathway, the hot air rises and creates a pressure differential in the flue. Cold air is drawn in, and the products of combustion are pushed up and away from your house. The oxygen from the cold air increases the combustion effect as it rushes in past the fuel, and the cycle continues. This is why sufficient ventilation is critical for operating efficiently and safely. A blocked exhaust pathway, or a fire that is not hot enough, may result in carbon monoxide moving back down the chimney and into the room.
The Burnright website has a wealth of useful information for homeowners on what materials to burn, how and why.
Read this digital leaflet about how to protect yourself and your home from Carbon Monoxide.
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