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Sep
12

Most chimney fires are preventable. Regular inspection and cleaning of chimney flues will help prevent fires within chimneys.

The latest statistics show that there are approximately 7,000 chimney fires a year in E…ngland, but most of these are preventable.

To keep yourself and your family safe from fire you should take care to have your chimney swept regularly, depending upon what fuel you burn, before the colder winter months set in and you begin to use your fire and chimneys again.

If the worst should happen, a smoke alarm can give you the extra time you need to escape in a house fire – make sure you test yours regularly.

Regular maintenance of your chimney will depend on the fuel you burn:
•Oil – Once a year
•Gas – Once a year
•Bituminous – coal Twice a year
•Wood – Up to four times a year depending on the quality of wood burnt
•Smokeless coals – At least once a year

The most common causes of chimney fires are:
-Improper appliance sizing
-Burning unseasoned wet wood
-Infrequent sweeping and cleaning
-Overnight burning or smouldering wood for long periods in wood stoves without correct maintenance
-Incorrect installation of appliance
-Obstruction within the flue igniting with a single spark (debris or birds nest, etcetera)

It is recommended that these measures are taken to help reduce the risk of chimney fire:
-Chimneys must be swept on a regular basis this can be as much as three times in the burning season (winter) but at least once per season regardless of fuel type
-All wood burned must have a moisture content of no more than 20 per cent
-It is important to purchase the correct size appliance for your room as an appliance which is too large will never be used hot enough to volatize all of the fuel within the wood and unburned fuel will pass up the chimney as smoke and condense within the flue as extremely flammable creosote

It is important when using a multi fuel stove that you control the burning of the appliance by the air inlets provided for this purpose, not using dampers which could obstruct the safe passage of exhaust from being able to exit the appliance.   Remember, a blocked flue can kill and the exclusion of air will put out a fire.

Carbon Monoxide poisoning (CO)
All chimneys and flue-ways should be cleaned and checked during the summer months to ensure they are free from debris and in full working order before the heating season. A blocked or defective chimney can cause both chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisonings so it’s very important to employ a professional qualified Chimney Sweep who will also check your appliance to ensure it is in perfect working order

And if you have had a chimney fire remember that the temperature within the flue can reach up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit which is sufficient to crack the flue linings.  Never use a flue after a chimney fire until it has been safety checked by a professional.

Myth:  “A good chimney fire cleans the flue”.  Not so.  Nonsense in fact.  “A good chimney fire” can DESTROY the flue lining and there are inevitably combustible materials against stacks in houses.  When the flue liner has been compromised, these combustibles can slowly smoulder and ignite.

Call us today to book in your chimney sweep and stove maintenance check onchimneyfire4 chimneyfire3 chimneyfire2 chimneyfire1 Seasonal hazard

Aug
18

From 6th to 30th September we will be offering a £100 credit against installation costs with VLJ plus a free starter pack when you purchase one of the following stoves from stock:-

Esse 500 in black

Meg 4.5 in cream

Aarrow Acorn View in anthracite

Clearview Pioneer 400 black

OER 5 in black

This offer is only available whilst current stocks last so do call in and see us anytime between 6th and 30th September to secure this great pre-season deal and bring the hearth back into the heart of your home

Aug
06

We are pleased to be promoting a brand new product in Jersey for the re-lining and renovation of disused chimneys.

FuranFlex RWV has been specially developed to cater for solid fuel open fires and has been tested to 1000°C by many European Test Houses and by BSRIA and is certified by BBA in the United Kingdom.  FuranFlex RWV is the only composite chimney lining to have been tested and approved to the relevant British Standards and be listed by HETAS.

  • FuranFlex RWV has been used on many listed properties and thatched properties to bring chimneys safely back into use. The liner is installed into the chimney as a flat flexible hose, inflated with air at only 0.1-0.2Bar reducing any stress on the existing structure. The liner is then “steamed” and this process begins a reaction in the resin and once the resin reaches 1000 celsius it sets as hard as steel.  Once this reaction has taken place the liner is cured and ready to use.
  • FuranFlex RWV chimney linings has been used for many years in 27 european countries and 2,000 metres have been successfully installed in the UK over the last 24 months.  Only factory trained and accredited engineers are allowed to install FuranFlex to ensure high standards of installation are maintained.
  • FuranFlex RWV can be installed freestanding inside the chimney or, as the lining is less than 4mm thick, moulded to take the shape of the existing chimney to maximise the cross sectional area of the flue, reducing the need to fit chimney fans saving time, money and maintenance costs.
  • FuranFlex RWV is available in diameters from 80mm to 1000mm and in one piece lengths up to 80 metres long.
  • FuranFlex chimney linings are usually installed in one day and the fire can be commissioned immediately after the lining is “cured”.

FuranFlex RWV carries a manufacturer’s 25 year guarantee in addition to a unique 25 insurance backed guarantee.

Applications:  Kitchen extractors, plastic ductwork, chemical ducts, ventilation, SE & U ducts, DFE gas fires, oil and gas boiler flues, solid fuel heating flues

 

Composition:  The internal foil facilitates installation, it is a thin-walled (100 – 150 microns) plastic hose made of a mixture of thermoplastic components.  The intermediate composite layer is the heat, flame and corrosion resistant structural material of the FuranFlex® liner. Composite means resin of high solidity reinforced with thin glass fibres. The solidity of composite materials is determined by the amount, type and direction of the thinner-than-hair reinforcing fibres. One square metre of the wall structure of the FuranFlex liner tube contains 3,000,000 metres of factory specified fibre

The external layer is a thin fabric woven from synthetic fibre. Its function is to protect the composite layer and to ensure the exact perimeter of the chimney tube. Its other function is to form a homogenous external surface. The brand name “Kompozitor-FuranFlex®” is printed on it, as is a metre scale indicating the length of FuranFlex used

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Jul
07

Take advantage of our special offers in the showroom on ex-display fireplaces and stoves with savings of up to £800 on complete suites!  For installation before the winter season call in to see us where our HETAS registered engineers are available for showroom consultations and free site visits.  If you are using a registered installer you will not have to submit an application to Building Control.  However, with some new chimney installations a Planning application may be required but our team are able to assist with all of this for you ensuring a hassle free project.

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Jun
26

We have a selection of ex display stoves on special offer including the Meg 4.5 contemporary inset shown below

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We are also holding all Hunter stoves on 20% discount into the Autumn seasonhunter herald 6

As well as ex display stoves, we also have a range of fire surrounds and natural stone fireplaces which are being sold ex-display to make way for new stock arriving for the Autumn

 

 

 

Mar
20

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Think about cooking to perfection, in a whole range of styles and all with that distinctive character that only comes from wood-fired cooking.
The beautiful Fire Stone is an outdoor oven designed and built in Britain, which forms the perfect centrepiece of any garden, patio or terrace.
The ESSE Fire Stone outdoor oven was tried, tested and trusted by top chefs at six different restaurants, including two Michelin-starred establishments.
The ESSE Fire Stone is a completely new way to bring together cooking and dining with al fresco living, turning any meal into an occasion.
Fantastic homemade pizzas can cook in just two minutes, and the Fire Stone is equally impressive at roasting, baking, braising and char-grilling. This wood burning pizza oven imbues dishes with an unmatched flavour.
Choose ESSE’s British-built Fire Stone for your home and it will be delivered ready to cook, so all you need to do is light it and start thinking about what delicious wood fired creation to try first.
The Fire Stone outdoor oven even has a pivot feature to allow you to adapt to changing weather and wind direction.
Pizza oven tools:
Supplied complete with pizza peel, heat-proof leather mitt, pizza pan and cleaning brush, the Fire Stone design also incorporates a tool hanging rail.

Mar
13

image imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageBe sure to pop in this weekend from Friday to Saturday from 10am until 4pm when we are holding open days to launch our exclusive showroom extension to coincide with our twentieth anniversary.

In the extension we are launching new range cooker products, brand new pellet stoves, an outdoor oven and kitchenware area.

During the two day launch the range cookers will be on live demo to offer tasters to our visitors from Carey Ann @ Thermo Jersey, Mel from Cookie Crew and tasters from Martin’s homeland, Poland.

Be sure to call in and try your hand at decorating American style cookies in time for Mothering Sunday!

Lots of great gift ideas on offer too