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Finding Strange Things up the Chimney – A Bird of Pray

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Finding Strange Things up the Chimney – A Bird of Pray

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I very recently found this bird of prey up a large inglenook chimney in a thatched property at Tindon End. Looking at the colouring and plumage of the bird, I think it was a Kestral, but I could be wrong, I’m no ornithologist! As can

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An Unusual French Mirus Wood-Burning Stove

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An Unusual French Mirus Wood-Burning Stove

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I swept this unusual but rather attractive French Mirus Wood-Burning Stove very recently in a property in Mill Lane Saffron Walden. The stove is unusual in that the fuel is not loaded from the front, but from a side door. Looking on the web it

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Running Hares – Finchingfield/Stambourne

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Running Hares – Finchingfield/Stambourne

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Time for another thatched animals’ picture, I’ve not had one on the blog for sometime now! This time it’s running hares as opposed to the boxing hares I’ve posted previously. This picture was taken on a thatched cottage’s roof between Finchingfield and Stambourne; so very

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Something Unusual Found Up a Radwinter Flue & the Value of Power Sweeping

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Something Unusual Found Up a Radwinter Flue & the Value of Power Sweeping

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An unusual item literally for this weeks blog, something found up a flue which really shouldn’t have been there! The customer had asked me in to sweep the lined flue to her old Rayburn Range at a property in Radwinter. The customer reported that despite

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Large Yeoman County Multi-Fuel Stove Swept

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Large Yeoman County Multi-Fuel Stove Swept

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I recently swept this Yeoman County Multi-Fuel Stove with its rear flue and T-Piece. This and the smaller Exmoor Multi-Fuel Stove are unusual in the Yeoman Range in that they have a contemporary appearance with their large window to the firebox. This monster has a

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A Thatched Owl from Ashdon

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A Thatched Owl from Ashdon

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I haven’t included a thatched animal in the blog for some time now, so I thought I would present this example from a roof in Ashdon. Clearly, this is an owl, but what type? Is it a Barn owl, Tawney owl or Little owl? Yes, there are

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Aga Little Wenlock Classic Stove Wood End Widdington

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Aga Little Wenlock Classic Stove Wood End Widdington

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I recently swept this very attractive Aga Little Wenlock Classic Multi-Fuel Stove in a house in Wood End Widdington. I also ordered and returned to replace the rear ceramic firebrick in the stove; the original having almost completely crumbled away after 16 years of use.

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Chesney Beaumont 6 Stove – Sweep and Some minor repairs

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Chesney Beaumont 6 Stove – Sweep and Some minor repairs

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Here is an example of some of the minor repairs I do on some of the woodburning stoves I get to sweep. I discovered that this rather attractive Chesney Beaumont 6 Stove required a little servicing attention when I attended to sweep the flue this

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Clearview 750 Stove Swept in Steeple Bumpstead

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Clearview 750 Stove Swept in Steeple Bumpstead

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A good news story this week! Here is a Clearview 750 Stove that I swept in Steeple Bumpstead not too long ago. Its an impressive stove, the largest on in the Clearview range. It has a phenomenal heat output of 14Kw. As you can see

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Stove Not Working Properly, Its those Pesky Jackdaws Again????

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Stove Not Working Properly, Its those Pesky Jackdaws Again????

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It’s a few months ago now that a lady customer called me to her farmhouse outside Hempstead, because her stove wasn’t working properly. She told me that the woodburning stove just wasn’t drawing properly, she was having difficulty getting it lit and when it was

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