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Maintaining & cleaning your chimney

Cleaning your chimney or flue on a regular basis is important as it will prevent a build-up of soot in the chimney.

The frequency will depend on a number of factors including how often the stove is used, the moisture content of the wood used and the type of chimney.

At the very least the chimney should be swept at the start of the heating season. The Guild of Master Sweeps recommends that the chimney be swept quarterly during the period when the stove is lit.

It is recommended that you engage a trained chimney sweep to clean your chimney.

A chimney is designed to safely transmit the products of combustion to the atmosphere. If you are at all concerned about the integrity of your chimney you should seek professional advice right away and have it repaired by a competent person.


The Federation of British Chimney Sweeps (FBCS) provides a single point of contact for the main chimney sweeping trade associations in the UK.

Each association maintains a register of members so it should be relatively each to find a chimney sweep or engineer in your area.

Consumer Advice

The SIA is here to help consumers with all things wood-burning stoves and biomass appliance related. From understanding the benefits of SIA Ecodesign Ready stove to the importance of using dry wood and a guide on how best to light the stove.