Advice from Swept.

Gary, owner of Swept. Chimney Sweeping Services in Huddersfield, is a HETAS trained and approved chimney sweep, co-founder of, and an award-winning direct marketing expert. Raised on a small holding with a passion for wood burners since the 80s, Gary is City & Guilds NPTC qualified in Chainsaws and Tree Felling. He advocates for sustainable heating fuels and possesses a passion for wood burning stoves. 

Spring maintenance for solid fuel stoves

Spring Maintenance Guide for Solid Fuel Stove Owners

As the days lengthen and the temperatures rise, solid fuel stove owners find themselves transitioning away from the cosy warmth of their stoves to the allure of outdoor activities. However, before you fully embrace the springtime vibes, it's crucial to ensure that your stove and chimney are in optimal condition for the upcoming months. Here's a comprehensive guide to spring maintenance for solid fuel stove owners.

Young couple choosing wood burner

Guide for First-Time Stove Owners: Tips for Using and Maintaining a Wood-Burning Stove

Whether you've just moved into a new home equipped with one or you're considering adding a stove to your home, there's a lot to learn about how to use and maintain them properly.

Stack of kiln dried logs

Exploring the Heat: Pros and Cons of Kiln-Dried Firewood

The choice of firewood can significantly impact the efficiency and enjoyment of your fireplace or wood-burning stove. Among the various options available, kiln-dried firewood has gained popularity for its purported benefits. In this blog post, we will delve into the pros and cons of kiln-dried firewood to help you make an informed decision when it comes to heating your home.

Pub with log burning stove

The Importance of Annual Chimney Sweeping for Pub and Hotel Owners with Log Burners and Solid Fuel Stoves

For pub and hotel owners focused on pragmatic business operations, the importance of annual chimney sweeping cannot be overstated

Ecodesign wood burning stove in fireplace

What are Ecodesign stoves, do I need one? 

After 1st January 2022, all new solid fuel burning roomheater appliances will be required to have been independently tested to show that they meet the seasonal efficiency and four emission limit provisions as laid down within the Ecodesign regulations.

Wood burning stove in smoke control area

Can I have a wood burning stove in a smoke control area?

The simple answer is Yes, but there are certain considerations that need to be made.
Understanding Wood Burning Stove Regulations in Smoke Control Areas: A Factual Guide to Defra Approved and Ecodesign Stoves in the UK.

Black stove fan

How do stove fans work?

One question we are regularly asked is 'How do stove fans work?', the evolution of technology has introduced accessories like stove fans that can significantly enhance the efficiency of your wood-burning stove. In this blog post, we'll dive into the mechanics of stove fans, unravelling the mystery of how they work and why they're becoming a must-have for wood-burning stove enthusiasts.

Jacket potato on wood burner

Baking Perfect Jacket Potatoes in a Wood-Burning Stove: A Rustic Delight

There's something inherently comforting about cooking with a wood-burning stove.
The opportunity to infuse your meals with a smoky, rustic flavour is a culinary delight. One such dish that complements the ambiance of a wood-burning stove perfectly is baked jacket potatoes. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the steps.

Landlords To Let Sign board

The Crucial Role of Landlords in Chimney Maintenance: A Practical Guide

Help for landlords to understand their responsibilities to ensure the safety and functionality of wood-burning stoves, open fires, and chimneys in rental properties.

New home with wood burner

Selling Your Home? The Chimney Dilemma: To Sweep or Not to Sweep?

Selling a home involves a myriad of decisions, both big and small. Among these considerations is the often-overlooked question of whether the vendor should have the chimney swept before putting the property on the market. In this blog post, we'll delve into the factors that sellers should weigh when deciding whether to invest in a chimney sweep as part of the pre-sale preparations.

Loading night briquette into stove

Unveiling the Night Briquettes: Do They Really Illuminate the Darkness?

As the quest for energy-efficient and eco-friendly alternatives persists, night briquettes have emerged as a unique solution for those seeking warmth and light during the evening hours. These specially formulated briquettes are designed to provide a longer and more sustained burn, promising to illuminate the night while keeping the chill at bay. 

Mulled wine on wood burning stove

Crafting Perfect Mulled Wine on Your Wood-Burning Stove

As the temperatures drop and winter blankets the world in a snowy embrace, there's no better way to warm your spirits than by indulging in the aromatic and soul-soothing delight of mulled wine. 
Elevate your winter evenings by crafting this classic beverage on top of a wood-burning stove, allowing the crackling flames to infuse your drink with a rustic charm. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the steps.

Stacked coffee logs

Are Coffee Logs Any Good? Brewing the Truth on this Sustainable Heating Solution

In the pursuit of sustainable living, eco-conscious individuals are continually seeking alternatives that align with their commitment to the environment. One such innovation that has piqued interest is the coffee log, a renewable and eco-friendly heating solution crafted from recycled coffee grounds. But, the burning question remains: Are coffee logs any good? 

Smoke not escaping from stove

How to Prevent Smoke Escaping from Your Log Burner Door

One common frustration that many Stove users encounter is the escape of smoke when adding more wood. This issue is not only unpleasant, but it can also be a sign of inefficient burning. Fear not, though, as we've compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you prevent smoke from infiltrating your room and keep the warmth inside the log burner.

Annual chimney sweep appointment

How often should I have my log burner swept?

A question we are regularly asked is, "how often should I have my chimney swept?"
To ensure that your stove operates efficiently and safely, regular maintenance, including chimney sweeping, is crucial. In this blog post, we'll explore the importance of sweeping your stove and how often you should schedule this essential maintenance task.

Cracked stove brick in woodburner

Why do stove bricks crack?

Stove bricks play a crucial role in the efficiency and safety of wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, and even some industrial furnaces. They are designed to withstand high temperatures and provide insulation, helping to keep your home warm during the colder months. However, if you've ever noticed cracks in your stove bricks, you might wonder why this happens and what can be done to prevent it.  In this blog post, we'll explore the reasons behind stove brick cracking and offer some tips on how to minimise this issue.

Fireplace set for top-down lighting

The Top-Down Method: A Brilliant Way to Light Your Wood-Burning Stove

Lighting a wood-burning stove can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. Enter the top-down method – a technique that not only simplifies the process but also enhances the efficiency of your stove. In this guide, we'll explore the steps to master the top-down method and ensure a hassle-free and satisfying experience.

Domestic chimney with repairs

Why Do Domestic Chimneys Fail? Understanding Chimney Issues in Solid Fuel Stoves

Solid fuel stoves are a popular choice for heating homes, offering both warmth and ambiance. However, they rely on a functional chimney to operate efficiently and safely. When domestic chimneys associated with solid fuel stoves fail, it can lead to a range of problems, including decreased heating efficiency, smoke infiltration, and even fire hazards. In this blog post, we'll delve into the common reasons why domestic chimneys on solid fuel stoves fail and explore ways to prevent these issues.

Correct chimney bird guard cowl

Choosing the right Chimney Bird Guard Cowl

 Your chimney is not only a passage for smoke and gases but also a potential entry point for birds, pests, and debris. To protect your chimney from unwanted visitors and maintain efficient ventilation, installing a bird guard cowl is a wise choice. In this blog post, we'll explore which chimney bird guard cowls are suitable for solid fuel applications and why they are essential.

Problems lighting stove

Why Won't My Stove Light? Common Issues with Solid Fuel Stoves

Solid fuel stoves are known for their warmth and cosy ambiance, making them a popular choice for heating homes. However, if you've ever experienced frustration trying to light your solid fuel stove, you're not alone. There are several reasons why your stove might refuse to light, and in this blog post, we'll explore some common issues and troubleshooting tips to help you enjoy a toasty, well-lit fire.

Frequent chimney sweep

The Importance of Chimney Sweeping for Your Solid Fuel Appliance

If you're among the many homeowners who rely on solid fuel appliances, such as wood-burning stoves or open fireplaces, you're likely well-acquainted with the warmth and ambiance they provide. However, while these appliances bring comfort and style to your home, they also come with the responsibility of chimney maintenance. In this blog post, we'll explore the crucial reasons why you need to have your chimney swept regularly to ensure the safety, efficiency, and longevity of your solid fuel appliance.

HETAS Advice Before your Purchase

Advice leaflet from HETAS containing useful information before you purchase a solid fuel appliance.

HETAS Advice After your Purchase

Advice leaflet from HETAS containing useful information after you have purchased a solid fuel appliance.

HETAS Advice Protect Yourself from Carbon Monoxide

Advice leaflet from HETAS containing information around protecting yourself from carbon monoxide.

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