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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

In this blog post, we'll cut to the chase and outline the straight forward reasons why this routine maintenance task makes good business sense.

The frequency of chimney sweeping for a log burning fire in a pub or hotel depends on several factors, including the type of wood burned, the frequency of use, and the specific conditions of the chimney. However, a general guideline is to have the chimney professionally swept at least once a year.

Here are some factors to consider when determining the frequency of chimney sweeping:

Type of Wood:

  • Different types of wood produce varying amounts of creosote, a flammable by product of wood combustion that can accumulate in the chimney. Hardwoods tend to produce less creosote than softwoods.

Frequency of Use:

  • The more frequently the log burning fire is used, the more often the chimney may need to be swept. Regular use can lead to the build up of creosote and other debris in the chimney.

Moisture Content of Wood:

  • Burning seasoned wood with lower moisture content helps reduce creosote build up. Wet or unseasoned wood tends to produce more creosote and can accelerate chimney fouling.

Chimney Type:

  • The design and type of chimney can influence how quickly creosote accumulates. Some chimneys may have more twists and turns, making it easier for creosote to adhere to the walls.

Burning Practices:

  • Proper burning practices, such as maintaining a hot and efficient fire, can help minimise creosote build up. Avoiding smouldering fires and ensuring good airflow are essential.

Professional Inspection:

  • Regular inspections by a qualified professional can help determine the condition of the chimney and whether sweeping is necessary. Issues such as cracks, blockages, or structural problems may also be identified during inspections.

Local Regulations:

  • Some local authorities may have specific regulations or recommendations regarding chimney maintenance. Owners should be aware of and comply with any applicable guidelines.

While a general recommendation is to have the chimney swept annually, owners should monitor the condition of the chimney and adjust the frequency based on individual circumstances. If there are signs of excessive creosote build up, such as a strong burning odour or visible deposits, more frequent cleaning may be necessary. Additionally, if there are any changes in usage patterns or burning practices, owners should consider adjusting the maintenance schedule accordingly.

Regular chimney maintenance not only ensures the safety of the establishment but also contributes to the efficient and effective operation of the log burning fire. It's advisable to consult with a qualified chimney sweep or professional for personalised advice based on the specific conditions of the chimney and fireplace.


Written by Gary Walker 
Gary, owner of Swept. Chimney Sweeping Services in Huddersfield, is a HETAS trained and approved chimney sweep, co-founder of GD Logs (, 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. 

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