Fitting bird guards to old chimneys

September 21, 2014 / Posted by in Chimney Services

Fitting a cowl or bird guard is usually a straight forward job but sometimes things can get a little complicated. Some chimneys don’t have a pot to fix to and often the top of the stack is in very poor condition. If the brickwork needs a lot of work we usually recommend that you have it repaired by a competent builder or roofer but we do carry out the occasional repair if we’re not too busy sweeping! This chimney on

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Burning wood

September 7, 2014 / Posted by in Chimney Products, Chimneys, Wood

Most people believe that they know how to burn wood, it’s simple isn’t it, you just light your fire and chuck the wood on, right? Most of what burns when using logs are VOC’s, (Volatile Hydrocarbon Compounds) these take the form of of tar, creosote and resins. They are an excellent fuel but if the fire is not burned hot enough they cause a problem. These compounds need to be turned into a gas but if they’re not completely burned

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Where to buy logs?

August 31, 2014 / Posted by in Chimney Products, Wood

One question I’m asked nearly every day is, “Where is the best place to buy my logs”? I can give customers the phone numbers of several local suppliers but in reality it’s not where you buy your logs, it’s what you do with them when you’ve bought them. All logs contain moisture, even an average sized log can hold up to half a pint of water! It’s this moisture content that is important, the lower the content the more efficiently

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How long does a flexible steel flue liner last?

January 6, 2013 / Posted by in Chimneys

Most stoves and wood burners are nowadays installed with a flexible steel flue liner. The quality of the steel used can vary greatly, as can the price. If you burn smokeless fuel in your multi fuel stove you will need the highest grade liner because the fuel is very corrosive. As with most things in life you generally get what you pay for and sometimes it is tempting to buy the less expensive option. This customer decided to buy a

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Pigeon in a Chimney emergency!

September 28, 2012 / Posted by in Chimney Products, Unwelcome Visitors

Had a call from a panic stricken customer, “There’s a pigeon stuck in my chimney, what can I do?” Birds in chimneys can cause a lot of mess if they fly into the room so I got there as soon as I could. “He’s in there” said the lady helpfully pointing at the fireplace, “he’s pushing all the soot down.” Using a torch and mirror I look up the chimney. Sat on a ledge looking back at me is a

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Chimney Sweeping Time?

September 28, 2012 / Posted by in Chimney Services, Chimneys

To most people autumn is the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, but to us at SWCS it’s the silly season! The telephone rings nonstop as people suddenly remember it’s time to light the fire. It’s lovely to have so much work and even nicer to talk to old customers we only meet once a year but it’s also frustrating. Both myself and Maxine (my glamorous assistant) are here all year round and can sweep your chimney or flue anytime.

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103 Westmead
Princes Risborough
HP27 9JG

T: 01844 343726
M: 07936 791833

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