wood burners

(18 Posts)
TippyToes248 Wed 02-Nov-16 19:57:36

Hi all

I wonder if there are any firemen out there that can answer this vexed question. My neighbour has told me that I am wasting my money having my wood burner swept by a chimney sweep every 4 months because I will never have a fire as I use kiln dried wood. I had it swept at the beginning of February this year and used it for roughly 3 hours every night (never let it smoulder) until June and I have just had it swept again as I started using it a couple of weeks ago. Is my neighbour correct?

All the blogs say wood burners that burn just wood should be swept regularly every quarter when in use.

Any information would be much appreciated.

Many thanks.

DairyingLass Wed 02-Nov-16 20:23:41

That sounds excessive to me. My multifuel stove is on more or less 24/7 in winter- I burn wood during the day and chuck some coal on last thing at night, and mines only swept once a year. Chimney sweep says that's enough. My wood is soft wood and not kiln dried either.

dontcallmelen Wed 02-Nov-16 20:33:31

I have mine swept once a year, we use a mixture of kiln dried hardwoods & seasoned woods, the installer said once a year enough, unless you are burning logs that are not seasoned properly/pallets etc.
Think quarterly is a bit excessive especially for such light use.

TeaBelle Wed 02-Nov-16 20:36:32

Our advice from manufacturer, installation team and sweep has all been annual sweeps.

CountryFeedback Wed 02-Nov-16 20:37:30

Our chimney sweep says annual is fine

Bertucci Wed 02-Nov-16 20:40:19

We had our multi fuel stove installed in 2002 and we have had the chimney swept once, last year. There wasn't much soot. We use it about 5 times a week in winter and burn mostly seasoned wood, but coal sometimes too.

CrossfireHurricane Wed 02-Nov-16 20:41:29

I would say that burning wood only is less risky than coal as the wood leaves much less residue behind.
Remember a chimney sweep isn't going to talk themselves out of business are they?

PotteringAlong Wed 02-Nov-16 20:41:52

We have ours swept once a year. It's been lit tonight for the first time and will probably be on every day now until march.

ShatnersBassoon Wed 02-Nov-16 20:43:34

Once a year is sufficient, as long as you know how to use the stove efficiently and are using decent fuel.

Bumplovin Wed 02-Nov-16 20:45:35

We have a wood burner and sweep it once a year it's been in use every night since beggining october and will prob continue up until March time x

Shadowboy Wed 02-Nov-16 20:46:51

Ours is swept yearly- usually sept/October before the winter season begins

SpookyMooky Wed 02-Nov-16 20:59:41

Ours is done annually. Our house insurance requires this. It's never that bad so it's never crossed our minds to do it more regularly.

Ruhrpott Wed 02-Nov-16 21:05:10

Annually here too

JaniceBattersby Wed 02-Nov-16 23:55:02

<outs self> My husband is both a firefighter and a HETAS reg log burner fitter.

He advises once yearly sweeps. The only chimney fires he ever goes to are those that have structural problems, those where burners have been incorrectly fitted, those where dodgy fuel is being used (plastics, for example) or those where they have not been swept for donkey's years.

thewookieswife Thu 03-Nov-16 10:10:24

I've been trying to get a log/multi burner quote since August !! My local company are pants as I'm still waiting despite chasing them several times ! If you are in Dorset and your husband is interested, JaniceBatersby, PM me ! Thanks !

JaniceBattersby Thu 03-Nov-16 20:51:28

Oh sorry Wookieswife, we're miles and miles away. Have you checked the HETAS website for registered fitters?

dotty2 Fri 04-Nov-16 09:29:33

I had bees in my woodburner chimneys so had to get mine swept in a hurry in the summer and the lovely sweep who came to do it at an hour's notice said once a year was absolutely fine for light use. So some sweeps will talk themselves out of a job!

thewookieswife Fri 04-Nov-16 17:24:36

Thanks JB looking on there shortly!

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