Stan The Sweep is a clean, fully insured first class sweep who has a wide range of equipment for all types of appliances and flues. Working to & beyond British Standard 6461 and the Industry Standard National Code of Practice for Chimney Sweeps.
Stan The Sweep offers annual servicing for woodburning/multi-fuel stoves and fires:
Silver servicing is the minimum maintenance that should be carried out for your closed appliance. It includes the following:
- All the following internal parts removed - baffle, firebricks, grate and ashpan
- Vacuum any remaining ash and debris from inside the appliance
- Clean the internal surfaces using a wire brush and scraper as required. Vacuum and resulting debris.
- Clean the grate and any grate parts with a wire brush and check for any damage and replace any damage parts.
- Clean the firebrush with a soft brush, check the bricks and although some surface wear and tear will occur with use, damaged or broken bricks should be replaced.
- Re-fit all cleaned internal parts and replacement parts.
- Check glass and remove and replace old or worn rope seal required.
- Check Door rope seal.
- Lubricate internal screws.
Gold servicing is Silver servicing plus the following:
- Replace Door rope seal.
- Lightly oil the door catch mechanism and hinge pins.
- Refresh the exterior look of stove with aerosol paint or colloidal black cleaner. Enamelled surfaces should only be cleaned with a lightly dampened, soft cloth only.
Why are Chimney Sweeps lucky?
In the 18th century King George II was out riding in his carriage when all of a sudden his horses bolted. A chimney sweep stepped out from the crowd to stop the carriage and calm the horses. Having saved the Kings life, the King declared that all chimney sweep from now on would be lucky omens. When people saw a chimney sweep they hoped that they would have good luck and as time went by the tradition of having a chimney sweep attend your wedding evolved and therefore blessing the future marriage with good luck and happiness.
You too can carry on this tradition and have a real life chimney sweep dressed in traditional working sweep clothing attend your wedding, shake the hand of the groom and bless the marriage with good luck and happiness. It is a lovely addition to the Wedding Album.
Let me know what you want?
I can greet the groom, guests and bridle parties as they arrive giving plenty of opportunity for photos. I can stay for the ceremony and afterwards have a photo with the bride and groom and present them with a good luck gift. I will be happy to accommodate to your ideas.
Main services include:
- Solid fuel, gas, oil biomass Open fires swept & cleaned.
- Open fires, wood/multi-fuel stoves, jet masters, cassettes & boilers.
- Latest specialist equipment for steel liners & twin wall flues.
- Replacement bricks, rope, glass and parts for stoves supplied and fitted.
- Stubborn screws on your stove door? - I can fix it!
- Stoves refurbished & re-sprayed
- Carbon monoxide alarms supplied & fitted.
- Camera Inspections.
- Integrity Tests.
- Tar & Creosote removal.
- Supply & fit chimney cowls.
- Remove bird nests with camera assist to check all nesting material is removed.
- Power Sweep as standard.
- Offer free advice and recommendations.
- Provide & fit chimney liners.
- Diagnose chimney problems.
When booking please give as much information about your house and flue as possible. For example semi/detached/bungalow, the number of stories, type of fire place and property. Don't worry too much if you don't know everything as it will be assessed upon arrival.
Should I do anything to prepare before the chimney sweep arrives?
I have all the equipment to complete an excellent clean sweep of your chimney and appliance. In nearly all cases you will need to do no more than clear the area in front of fireplace so that the sweep has room to work. Remove hot ash the evening prior to your sweep. I take every care as not to damage anything whilst in your house however delicate items should be removed or covered before arrival. If there are any narrow passages or obstacles they should be cleared or removed as I will have to bring in equipment. When it is wet cover the path from the door to the fireplace with old towels or dust sheets would also be useful, although I do carry some myself.
Can I have a fire the night before a chimney sweep arrives?
Stoves and open fires you may use but any hot ash will need to be removed before the sweep arrives. Appliances that take a long time to cool down such as Rayburns's, AGA's, and Boilers should be turned off at least 24 hours before arrival.
How often should my chimney be swept?
|Oil and Gas
(if designed for sweeping)
|Once a year|
|Solid Fuel||Once a year for smokeless
Twice a year for coal
|Wood burning||Quarterly when in use|
Why should I get my chimney swept?
Nationwide some 9000 homes were destroyed by chimney fires, it is very important that your chimney should be swept to help prevent chimney fires from occurring. Clean chimneys do not catch fire!
What would happen if my chimney caught fire?
There are two types of chimney fires, some burn quietly and some explosively.
Due to a lack of air or fuel fires that burn quietly burn slowly and are less dramatic than the explosive type. Very high temperatures are reached which will cause damage to the chimney structure and nearby combustible parts of the house.
Explosive burning chimney fires are often detected from the outside by neighbours or passes by. Flames and dense smoke will probably appear from the top of the chimney and homeowners often report a low rumbling sound that may resemble a low flying aeroplane.
How do chimney fires damage chimneys?
Due to the very high temperatures they reach, the mortar in masonry can melt and tiles can crack. This may cause the liners to collapse and the outer masonry material of the chimney may be damaged. If the mortar is melted and tiles crack and displace this will allow a pathway for the flames to reach more combustible area of the building. One chimney fire may not harm a home but the second could burn it down.
How can I do to help prevent a chimney fire?
- There are a number of things you can do to help prevent chimney fires.
- Ensure your chimney is swept in accordance with the type of appliance.
- Use seasoned woods only look for a HETAS approved fuel supplier.
- Build small hot fires. They will burn with less smoke and more completely.
- Do not burn xmas trees, cardboard or waste paper.
- Use the appropriate recommended fuels for your appliance and flue type.
Important information for landlords
The sweeping of chimney flues cannot be delegated to tenants. It is the landlords’ responsibility to ensure the solid fuel appliances are maintained and in a safe working order.
To find out more about the dangers of carbon monoxide click here.
Cowels and terminals
To read more about the correct chimney terminals to use click here.