Heritage Sweep & Chimney Services provides a professional, high quality Sweeping Service from the Old Traditional Fireplaces to Modern Contemporary Wood/Multifuel appliances in homes around Exeter City Centre and the many surrounding Towns & Villages.
Wood Burning Stoves have become almost as popular in city centres as it is in the rural countryside, with the ever increasing cost of Gas, Electricity and oil it appears the Fireplace has been raised from the ashes.
Gone are the days of poor air quality, pollution and smog caused by the burning of fossil fuels to heat the home, with the huge advances in modern stove design and the use of fuels such as wood and wood chip pellets which are now considered to be carbon neutral especially when used as fuel for a modern efficient DEFRA exempt appliance, thus allowing urban households to enjoy the many benefits of a wood or multifuel stove, whether it be as a primary or secondary source of heating for the home.
Wood burning is better in environmental terms as the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere is the same as that absorbed by the tree during growth. It is also a renewable resource; particularly when derived from plantations and cultivated woodland also it provides a very attractive focal point in your home
Homeowners updating older properties in and around Exeter are now considering these alternative forms of heating as a primary or secondary source of heat, Depending on the age of the property a simple camera survey to check the condition of the existing masonry chimney may be required. If in poor condition the chimney may need to be relined with a flexible flue liner or some other suitable relining system for safety reasons, Always use a HETAS Registered installer to carry out Chimney Re-ling.
Personally I would recommend having an old chimney relined as it will improve the efficiency of the appliance and reduce excessive tar build up due to the existing flue being oversized for the appliance; it also makes for a much cleaner and efficient job when the chimney has to be swept.
An ideal solution to households wishing to enjoy the benefits of a stove but have no chimney… is to have a simple Stainless Steel Twin-Wall Insulated Flue System Installed. (Subject to building regulations).
The twin wall system can travel internally within the building or externally on an outside wall to then safely take the combustion gases from the stove and release them into the atmosphere, these systems are suitable for many types of fuels from wood and multifuel appliance to wood pellet stoves and high temperature oil systems, this is an ideal solution to households wishing to install a stove but have no existing chimney.
As Areas of Exeter have been designated as Smoke Control areas (contact your local authority for advice) It is now approved in such areas to use authorised smokeless fuels or alternatively when burning wood a clean burning DEFRA EXEMPT APPLIANCE in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations.
A full List of exempt appliances and authorised fuels are available by contacting your Local Authority or Defra (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs).