Due to the sheer workload we have been experiencing of late the writing of our blog has been somewhat neglected. We will hopefully be getting it back on track over the coming weeks and months.
Our journeys to undertake the sweeping of chimneys have seen us travel far and wide recently. We have been up to the South Suffolk coastal areas and down as far as Hastings.
We are noticing on our travels a rather alarming amount of badly installed Stoves.
With the Government body HETAS in place and overseeing the Stove and Chimney industry we would have thought that the shoddy practice and workmanship by a “small” minority of installers would have been stamped out by now.
We have seen Class 1 Chimney Liners which are way too short for the Flue. Unlined appliances with Stove Pipes running up through Register plates with no Sweeping hatches in place. Five inch Stove pipes being fitted into six inch Stove Collars. If a liner is installed it must run the total length of the flue and where it exits the top it must be finished off in a manner so as when a Sweep goes along to clean it ALL the debris can be contained inside the liner and not allowed to fall down between the liner and chimney flue. When a liner is not sealed properly and debris does fall between the two it is a certainty that sometime in the near future there will be a chimney fire.
We had a customer who a year or so previously had paid to have his Stove installed with a Class 1 Liner. Over the course of time he felt that something was wrong with the installation and having had no joy in getting the installers back to check things out the customer called us in and asked us to CCTV the installation for him. The CCTV inspection showed that six feet of Liner had been shoved up his Chimney and attached to the Stove Pipe. From there until approximately three feet from the top of his Pot there was “NOTHING” yep zilch!! A Suspending pot hanging cowl had been clamped to the chimney pot with three feet of liner dangling from it. There was black smelly tar running down and staining the brickwork behind the Stove and the air inside the property smelt of a mixture of Tar and Wood smoke.
Below is a picture of a properly installed Rayburn Cooker in a Listed Cottage in North East Essex. It has a stainless liner in-situ and a sweeping door in the stove pipe allowing easy access for sweeping. This appliance has been in-situ for over twenty years, it is swept every eight weeks when in use, has never given any cause for concern and has always functioned correctly.
It just goes to show that a properly installed and maintained appliance will give you years of untroubled service.