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Note for Spring 2015
We shall NOT, under any circumstances, undertake to remove birds nests from chimneys where the birds are actively nesting.
PLEASE do not embarrass yourself by asking us to remove it

Over the years, Chimney Sweep North Devon have swept and examined many, many stoves and fireplaces. As with anything, some are great (play on words here!!) and some not so great. Some are traditional in design and some are very contemporary - see Hwam stoves  UK link

Stoves are available in a range of kw,from diddy 4kw up to wopping 12kw or more. The size you need is dependent on your room size, so check carefully. Too small and you'll all be wearing hats & coats too - too large and you'll be sitting in the hallway 'cos it's too hot!!
Have a look at the local stove suppliers below, who between them stock a fabulous range of stoves suitable for the most discerning buyer and reasonably priced too. has  even done a spread on their idea of the 10 best stoves around  

So, as you have gathered there are many types of wood and multi fuel stoves on the market. A lot are imported.
To the uninitiated most stoves will probably look very similar and the specifications will sound the same.
This is not the case. Not all stoves are the same by any means.
Having said that, there 
are many manufacturers of great stoves around and some can be seen at

     Rangemoors, Winkleigh                  Kenwyn Stoves, Torrington           Stove Centre, South Molton    

Mark Broadhead        01805 640027 also via  Kenwyn Stoves 01805 623521
Graham Watts                 01237 476604 or 07789405088
Stacks n Stoves               01271 863338   

stove is only as good as the owner. If it is neglected and ill treated it will cease to work properly.

  • Treat your stove with respect and look after it. See this video which shows you how to keep your stove nice and clean.
  • Burn dry wood. Damp or green wood (new wood which still retains sap) will create a creosote encrusted chimney which can lead to a chimney fire. A chimney sweep cannot get years of creosote off the sides of the chimney. It looks very pretty and sparkly, but it sets like concrete and even the stiffest brush will not remove it all.
  • Use a chimney cleaning log.
    Burning a chimney cleaning log approximately 2 weeks prior to a sweep will help 'flake' the **creosote so the chimney sweeps brush can do its job. It genuinely does what it says on the packet BUT please do not think this will replace a sweep and you can just burn one or two of these a year instead. Your chimney must be swept as well to remove the flakes and to clean it right to the top. 

 ** Creosote is the resulting hard crust formed in the chimney after burning wood - especially from green wood(new wood still holding its sap)  
Tar builds in the chimney near the top where the air cools and it hardens. 
It looks very pretty (all sparkly) but it is almost impossible at this stage to get off with a brush.
Creosote has 3 stages of transition - hit 'go' to visit a site which explains it perfectly