"The Good Fuel Guide is the essential handbook for getting the most out of your fireplace or stove. It includes information on operating and maintaining your fire, looking after your chimney and choosing the right fuels.
Selecting the right fuel and burning it in the right way is essential for safety and efficiency.
The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps (The UK’s best trained sweeps) have teamed up nationwide with CPL Distribution (The UK’s largest distributer of solid fuel) to create “The Good Fuel Guide” to raise awareness and safety in the solid fuel industry.
This great little handbook is full of loads of information on solid fuels, selecting the correct fuel for your fire or appliance, a list of HETAS approved fuels, lighting and operating your fire or appliance safely and efficiently and proper maintenance intervals for your appliance & chimney.
When you book a service with 'The Master Sweep' or 'Survey & Sweep' not only are you guaranteed a service of the highest standards available but you will also receive a free copy of this very useful handbook along with a voucher for 20% off your first order with CPL Distribution.
Filmed at the SureFire Centre - Derby: Iain Stevens shows an example of a chimney cowl that is commonly in use but should NEVER be used on a live chimney as it greatly reduces the flue size. This makes it more difficult for the toxic gasses to escape causing a backup of harmful fumes and a much higher risk of chimney fire due to soot & tar buildup in the chimney. These cowls are ONLY for ventilation of flues that are not in use...
It is ESSENTIAL that the wood you burn on your open fire or in your wood burner / multi-fuel stove is properly seasoned (ideally for 2yrs) or kiln dried. Many of the sacks of logs you can pick up at garages, local shops or roadside vendors you will notice are quite weighty to lift - HIGH MOISTURE CONTENT! This is a false economy as it will not burn effectively and will coat the inside of your chimney or flue/liner with creosote (it is also dangerous as burning wet wood can produce high levels of Carbon Monoxide!). It is extremely acidic and if left to build up over time breaks down the mortar in your chimney, gradually destroying the chimney stack. It will also erode stainless steel greatly reducing the life of your liner/fluepipe. Creosote is extremely difficult to remove and HIGHLY flammable - hence the large number of chimney fires in Cornwall!
This is why if you are buying wood - buy wisely!!!!
(Please see below the link to a video explaining moisture content.)
Also be careful to avoid burning treated wood due to the harmful effects of the chemicals used.
Remember to get your chimney/flue swept regularly and your appliances checked and serviced by a CERTIFIED Chimney Sweep - http://guildofmasterchimneysweeps.co.uk/.
Safety is key and nothing is more dangerous than fire!!!
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