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Chimney installationPlymouth, Ivybridge, etc.
Stove installationPlymouth, Ivybridge, etc.
Wood burning stovesPlymouth, Ivybridge, etc.
Multi fuel stovesPlymouth, Ivybridge, etc.

Stove and Flue Servicing, Maintenance and Safety Inspection

Flues and chimneys

Wood and Multi-fuel Stoves and Flues need Maintainance too

Wood-burner and multi-fuel stove installations require servicing, maintenance and safety inspections just like any other heating appliance. Many people wrongly assume that because they are used for secondary heating they don't require an annual service.

An enormous amount of heat is produced inside the stove that can crack fire-bricks and even warp throat-plates. Soot and particles can build up within the stove and cause a narrow passage for the exhaust of gases. Rope string used for door and spigot seals also need regular inspecting and possible replacement. The stove-pipe and liner can also become narrow or even blocked if not swept regularly. Many cowls have a mesh to prevent birds and squirrels entering the chimney that must be cleaned to stop the build-up of soot and unburned particles.

Burning wood and Biomass fuels have the potential to produce Carbon Monoxide (CO) an extremely deadly gas that causes several unintentional deaths each year.

Another risk from a lack of servicing is build-up of particulates and creosote in the liner/flue. Creosote is essentially wood tar that bakes to the walls of the liner or flue and can ignite developing into a roaring chimney fire which can be very difficult to extinguish. A chimney fire is potentially dangerous and can cause a lot of damage and mess.

All these risks can be avoided with regular maintenance. Tim and Martin are HETAS registered Engineers and qualified Chimney Sweeps. Maintenance, sweeping and safety inspections are all part of the service Devon Stoves Wood-burner Fitters provide after the installation of your stove.

We carry out most of our sweeping and maintenance from May through to the end of August. Please use the contact page or call 01752 402971 to book sweeping and maintenance services.

Our full Service Includes:
  • Visual inspection of stove body and feet.
  • Inspection of door glass and rope seal.
  • Removal, inspection and clean of fire bricks and baffle plate.
  • Inspection and cleaning of air dampers and other internal stove components.
  • Inspection of stove pipe and spigot join.
  • Inspection and clean of register plate. Re-sealing if necessary.
  • Chimney sweep.
  • Smoke / draw test.
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