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Unusual Combination Stove Swept in Stebbing

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Yes, this is a rather unusual Combination Stove I recently swept at an address in Stebbing. I have not seen one like this previously, although I do see many other combination stoves, usually Dovre or Nord which seem to be the most common varieties. The customer told me that this stove was fitted in the mid 1960’s and was, manufactured in Sweden, but could not remember the makers name or model. There was no plate that could give any idea as to who the manufacturer is or what model it was? I did try and see if I could find anything like it on the internet but was unsuccessful. The customer said although it looks like an open fire that could burn anything, it is actually designed to only burn wood and that it burns the wood very efficiently and thoroughly. The installation is on the original chimney clay liners which date to the early 1960’s.

The customer was also experiencing Jackdaw activity in the chimney. There was no cowl fitted to the open chimney pot, so I suggested fitting an anti-bird cowl as a terminal to prevent the Jackdaws building a nest in the chimney. I gave him contact numbers for Gary Wats of Watson & Woolmer Ltd in Debden, who fits a good quality anti-bird cowl – 01799 541846, (M) 07736 678877

Efel Harmony 1 Wood-Burning Stove Swept in Ashdon

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I do see small numbers of these Efel stoves whilst on my travels around the area. I recently came across this one in an address in Elsenham, but I can think of other examples I sweep, two in Kedington, one in Great Bardfield and another in Bardfield Sailing. They can be slightly more awkward to sweep as they all have a fixed baffle and require some form of additional sweeping access. I often think to myself, ‘thank heavens for flexible power sweeping click rods’, otherwise some jobs would be impossible to sweep.

Feel stoves are now Nestor Martin Stoves and who still produce the Nestor Martin Harmony. This stove has a totally different interior construction with a number of different removable baffles. Nestor Martin are a Spanish company and have a head office in Soto De La Marina, Cantabria.

Fireline UK FX5 Multi-Fuel Stove Swept in Great Bardfield

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Perhaps not the most interesting of stoves, but certainly a rareaty in these parts; a Fireline UK FX5 Multi-Fuel Stove that I swept recently at an address in Great Bardfield. The customers had inherited this stove, along with a Charnwood C-Five Wood-Burning stove in their kitchen when they recently mode into the address. Some of their neighbours had kindly referred then to Walden Sweeps when they had enquired about getting their chimneys swept. Perhaps not the most inspiring of stoves, the customers said that they had lit it on a number of occasions since moving in and they it had worked very well and warmed the sitting room up to a nice temperature. They went on to say that when it was lit along with the Charnwood stive in the kitchen, the house was lovely and warm and there was no need to have the central heating on.

Fireline UK are not a company I was aware of as I had never seen any of their stoves before, let alone the FX5 Multi-Fuel Stove. Looking at the plate that came with the stove it shows that Fireline are a subsidiary of Charlton & Jenrick Ltd of Telford. A google search revealed that this company maked a number of different brands along with Fireline, including Infinity HD, Katell, Purevision and Paragon. The company sales blurb states that they have been manufacturing stoves and fireplaces since 1986 and was founded by Barry Charlton and Bill Jenrick and now employs over 125 people across two sites.








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Meg 4.5Kw Contemporary Multi-Fuel Stove Swept in Littlebury

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I recently swept this Meg 4.5Kw Contemporary Multi-Fuel Stove at an address in Littlebury – Had to ask the customer what type of stove it was as I had not come across this make before. She informed me that it was a Meg Stove, but that she had very little paperwork for the installation as she had not had the stove installed having only moved into the address last year. She was very happy with the stove’s operation stating that it more than adequately heated the room even though it is rather diminutive in size! The customer stated that she only burnt wood on the stove, despite it being manufactured as a multi-fuel stove. A google search revealed that Meg Stoves was founded in 2009 with a brief to combine contemporary design with precision engineering.

The company is based in Hooton, on the South Wirral / Cheshire border, and all manufacturing takes place at the Meg factory. Many manufacturers claim their products are made in the UK, when in fact they are largely produced overseas and only the final assembly stage takes part on these shores. At Meg Stoves sheet steel is laser cut, folded, welded, finished and painted all under one roof, nothing is subcontracted out so there is complete control from start to finish.

All Meg multi-fuel stoves burn with an efficiency of at least 80% and burning wood means you are using a carbon neutral energy supply.  Amazingly low emissions of less than 0.2% CO, five times better than even the strict European Standard, also mean that the whole range is Defra Approved for burning wood and smokeless fuels in smoke-controlled areas. Giant ash bins to ensure infrequent emptying and ultra-resilient stainless-steel grates are two more of the benefits offered, put simply; only a Meg fire will do.

Bird’s Nests Tackled and Removed This Year

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Yes, it has been a year when I have taken a large number of bird’s nests out of chimneys all across the area. Many more than I have in other years, with customers who are now spending larger amounts of time at home due to Covid and home working, many chimneys that have not been used previously are now being pressed into service. In some ways doing birds nests is the Bain of a chimney sweeps life. Of course, these nests were only removed when the birds were not nesting, as this is illegal. So, none of these jackdaw nests were removed between mid-March to Mid-August. There is an exception to this rule, nests can be removed for safety reasons and only if you have a current License from the Ministry to do so. I keep a copy of my License on the van but have never actually had to use it.

They are time consuming to remove from the chimney and it is frequently dirty work as the nest is often packed with soil, bird droppings and frequently dead birds of other vermin as well as being mixed with old soot that lines the chimney. Plenty of dust sheeting is always required.

As the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps point out, it is Jackdaws that cause a problem for people wishing to use their chimneys. There are around 1.4 million pairs of Jackdaws in the UK! Jackdaws love to set-up home in chimneys. They generally nest in dark enclosed spaces from March / April, depending on the weather. Emily Bignell, Supporter Advisor for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), said that nests found in chimneys were most often jackdaws. She added: “All birds and their nests are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981). The birds cannot legally be removed for being a nuisance or an inconvenience.” Lawson Wight, from the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps, said: “As the RSPB says, there can be legal obligations. However, if the nest represents a danger to the occupants of the house it’s a different matter. Seek advice from a professional sweep as individual situations can vary.”

Wasps Eat Firebrick in Radwinter

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Last summer I went to an address in Radwinter to sweep an ILD 1 Wood-burning stove. As I began to dismantle the stove, I discovered that almost a third of the rear firebrick was missing and that a lot of the vermiculite from the brick was crumbled across the floor of the firebox. The customer told me that the had been experiencing problems with wasps down the chimney and that wasps had built a number of large nests in the garden over the summer. Now I know that wasps chew up wood into a pulp in order to build their hexagonal paper nests, but I had never heard or seen them chew up vermiculite board??? Clearly, they see it as an available, wood like material that was easily chewed and just made best use of it. To do so they were flying down the chimney, negotiating their way around the two baffles into the firebox, chewing the rear brick and then making their way out the stove and chimney and back to their nests. How very resourceful of them, its amazing how fantastic nature and animal behaviour can be! Not so good for the customer, I had to order her a new firebrick from ILD at some cost!

Bosca Firepoint 360 Multi-Fuel Stove Swept in Stoke-By-Clare

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For this week’s blog, here is a rather unusual stove that comes all the way from Chile in South America, a Bosca Firepoint 360 Multi-Fuel Stove. I recently came across this stove in a house in Stoke-By-Clare and just had to put it in my blog as I had not come across one of these before. It was not the easiest stove to work on, as to access the flue I had to unbolt the baffle, all ways a trick process inside a stove as there was little room to move the socket and the bolts do tend to get baked into the stove. I managed it though with the assistance of a little WD40!

Reading the label affixed to the bottom of the stove it would appear that at the time the stove was installed, Bosca Stoves were imported into the UK by Yeoman Stoves. This is still the case, a Google search of Yeomans website revealed – https://www.yeomanstoves.co.uk/special-promotion-bosca-bonus-continues/

With three different Bosca stoves being offered to the UK maket, the Bosca Limit 350, the Limit 350S and the Limit 380 a 7Kw rated stove.

NVQ in Chimney Sweeping

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I have recently successfully completed the NVQ in Chimney Sweeping, this had long been delayed by the Covid lockdown conditions. The NVQ was split into two main sections, a knowledge section, and a practical sweeping assessment. I had completed the knowledge section sometime ago, prior to lockdown, but what with all the covid restrictions I was only able to complete the practical sweeping assessment in the spring.

The knowledge section included a number of specific areas of learning, including: health and safety, the different types of chimney testing and how to complete chimney testing, the principles of combustion, chimney sweeping techniques and tools, the sweeping process, the different types of chimney terminals, the different types of flues and chimneys, Building Regulations (Approved Document J), fuel types and carbon monoxide, Lining old chimneys, New technical information and information on the industry in general. All in all, quite a comprehensive list of learning out comes I think you will agree.

The practical sweeping assessment involved me completing a normal day’s work whilst being followed around by an assessor who watched and filmed everything I did. I had selected a day where I had a large variety of different kinds of work, to give the best impression of my ability. This included a number of different kinds of wood-burning stoves, some of which were lined and some of which were not, open fires and a cooking range. Given the variety of work I was also able to use a variety of different sweeping techniques, including manual sweeping with brush and rods, power sweeping using click rods and a drill and Viper sweeping (rods on a reel).

I think it is reassuring for all my customers to know that I have undertaken this course of learning and I have successfully completed this qualification.

A Stately Home – Sweeping at Moyns Park Birdbrook

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I thought everyone might be interested in the sweeping job we completed not so very long ago at Moyns Park close to Birdbrook. Expecting the usual job, I was rather surprised to find myself driving through a couple of miles of parkland to reach a moated Elizabethan country house with chimneys over 20 meters tall! As you can see in the photographs, the chimneys are tall, elegant Elizabethan chimneys, which are in groups of three with wind gaps between. At one time there probably would have been four groups of three chimneys, but as you can see the end group of stacks is now missing and has been replaced by an ugly square stack. With the original four groups of chimneys the house would have had an elegant symmetry. The house is an amazing place, we entered the house across a foot bridge spanning the 40 foot wide moat. In front of the house is a formal garden constructed from yew topiary in various formal designs. We swept the inglenook chimney in the great hall, something that took a little time to complete! It was rather a large opening inglenook, so thank heavens for aluminum stiffening rods, that’s all I can say!

The Wikipedia entry for Moyns Park tells us the following: Moyns Park is a Grade I listed Elizabethan country house in Steeple Bumpstead, north Essex, England.

The home of the Gent family, until the late 19th century, was once owned by Major-General Cecil Robert St John Ives, maternal grandfather of Ivar Bryce, the next owner. Bryce was a close friend of the author Ian Fleming, who stayed at the house in the summer of 1956. When Bryce’s wife, Josephine Hartford, an A&P heiress and sister of Huntington Hartford, died in 1992, she left the estate to Lord Ivar Mountbatten and George Mountbatten, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven. Ivar Bryce’s first cousin Janet Mercedes Bryce had been married to David Mountbatten and was the mother of Ivar and George Mountbatten. Lord Ivar Mountbatten lived in the house with his wife, Penelope Thompson, before selling it in 1997. It is said that Fleming made final changes to his novel From Russia, with Love in the house. The house was also the location for several Hammer Horror films. The house was also used as a residential Riding School in and around 1949, with courses in dressage, show jumping and short B.H.S courses. The chief instructor was C. Coombs MBE.

The name Moyns is believed to have its origins in the name of the Le Moyne family who under Gilbert Le Moyne remained in England after the Norman invasion of 1066. The family ran through several major and minor lines of nobles and gentry such as the De Warrens, Gents, Darbys, Dalstons (of Cumberland), and many others. The family is now linked to many others by marriage, e.g. Speakmans, Boutflowers, Glasses, Chenevix-Trenchs, and more.

The area in the Le Moynes once had lands that encompassed Hedingham Castle and other villages over a swathe of Essex. The Gents held their first court at Moyns in the early 16th century and the estate grew and continued to do so under Sir Thomas Gent (Queen Elizabeth’s Baron of the Exchequer, Sergeant-at-Law and later judge).

According to an article in The Essex Countryside of May 1965 by GC Harper, the house was once moated, and takes its name from its first owner who had it built, Robert de Fitzwilliam le Moigne in the early C14, but little but the SW wing remains from C15. It remained in that family for 200 years, then passed by marriage to William Gent. His son Thomas became MP for Maldon in 1571 and a ‘trusted assistant’ to Sir Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth 1’s Secretary of State & spymaster, whence he rose to 2nd Baron of the Exchequer. He sat in judgement at the trial of the conspirators of the Babington Plot to assassinate the Queen and replace her with Mary Queen of Scots. His wealth & status led him to rebuild the west front, completed by his son Henry, as he died in 1593. Thomas signed a petition to Walsingham requesting he write to the governors of the Dutch congregation in Colchester & demand that 20-30 families return to Halstead to resume the cloth trade there, but to no avail. George Gent d. 1818 was a magistrate for more than 60 years. The right to appoint the headmaster of the school in Steeple Bumpstead belonged until c.1835 to the owner of Moyns. The Moyns occupancy ceased in 1879 when it was sold to Major General Cecil Robert St John Ives, whose grandson John Bryce occupied it in the 1960s. The gardens of the 200-acre estate had yew topiary, and the paths were said to be planted to a plan by Lord Bacon, with a bowling green one of the oldest.

Stuv 30 Wood-burning Stove Swept in Purton End

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Here is an unusual contemporary stove, a Stuv 30 Wood-burning Stove that I Swept recently at an address in Purton End. The customer has two of these Stuv 30 Wood-burning Stoves, but only really uses one of them on a regular basis during the winter months. They are certainly a very contemporary stove and can actually be unlocked so that the fire-box can be directed to a particular part of any room. The stove itself has a double baffle arrangement which makes its operation very efficient.

Stuv are a Belgian company with a large factory at Bois-de-Villers. They pride themselves on their innovative stove design. Their Company blurb states: Stûv applies the principles of Design Thinking to all of its activities as a way of approaching design and improvement. According to Stûv, design is a technical, aesthetic and functional solution applied to the product, so that it fully and sustainably responds to the user’s expectations. The simplicity of the end result guarantees its sustainability. Design by design, part of our DNA. Stûv has an in-house design team that gets involved in all aspects of the company’s projects.


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Rue Jules Borbouse 4, 5170 Bois-de-Villers, Belgium

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