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Dimplex Bellingham Inset SE Multi-Fuel Stove Swept in Hanchett End

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Back now after a lovely two week Easter break and rearing to go! Until the other day I had no idea that Dimplex made solid fuel stoves, I thought they just made gas and electric fires, just shows how wrong you can be! Dimpex among other things have the Optiflame stove range, although it is true that Dimpex are largely a manufacturer of electrical appliances under trade names like Creda, Morphy Richards, Goblin Vacuum Cleaners, Roberts Radios and LEC Refrigeration. Having said this, the customer is more than happy with his inset stove tells me that it more than adequately heats the room even on the coldest of days. He is also happy that it is very neat and tidy in the room and doesn’t therefore take up too much space.

Dimplex Glen are an Irish company whose head office is in Dublin, although they have factories across the UK, notably in Mexborough near Doncaster. They also have branches in North America, Germany, Holland, Japan, Poland, Belgium, France, Australia and Scandinavia.


Dean Forge Eight Ate Wood-Burning Stove Swept in Wratting Common

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Here’s a stove you won’t see every day, a Dean Forge Eight Ate Wood-Burning Stove that I recently Swept in an address in Wratting Common. As you can see it is a stove that has a cooking compartment above the fire box. Ideally, this stove is located in the kitchen area of the home. The customer told me that the stove works very efficiently and that the cooking compartment is not just a novelty idea as they regularly use it, although this is mainly to cook pizza. Having said this they have used it to cook other things, including to bake bread and cakes which it does very well. What’s not to like, a beautiful wood-burning stove and yummy home-made food!

Dean Forge are a British stove manufacture, based in Dean Prior Buckfastleigh and Marsh Barton Exeter in Devon. Close to Dartmoor National park and the South Hams, two areas of outstanding natural beauty. Dean Forge production facility is conveniently located beside the A38 between Exeter and Plymouth and in easy reach of Torbay, Dartmoor and the surrounding area. The company was established in 1969 and are now one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of Eco 2022 compliant wood-burning and multi-fuel stoves.

Dean Forge, Dean Prior,
Devon, TQ11 0LS

T: 01364 643 574

Dean Forge, Unit 21, Norman Court Business Estate,
Budlake Road
Marsh Barton
Exeter, Devon
T: 01392 348335

email at


This stove was installed by Cut Maple Stoves in Sturmer/New England:


Cut Maple Stove & Fire Company,

Sturmer Road,

New England,

Halstead CO9 4BB

Telephone: 01440 788788

Email: cutmaple@fireplacesetc.co.uk

Website: http://www.fireplacesetc.co.uk

Nordpeis Bergen Wood-Burning Stove Swept in Duxford

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As can be seen from my blog, I do sweep a number of Nordpeis stoves, although they do remain relatively rare across the area, they do tend to be unusual and very contemporary. They also tend to be the smaller models of Nordpeis. Well for this week’s blog, I came across this Nordpeis Bergen Wood-Burning Stove at an address in Duxford, as can be seen from the photograph it is significantly different than those stoves which I have previously featured in my blogs. For one thing it has a much more traditional appearance than other Nordpeis stoves, for another it is significantly larger than other Nordpeis models that I sweep. Having said this, its size is deceptive as surprisingly the Bergen has only a 5Kw rated output. The stove is situated in a rather large room, but despite the size of room and its 5Kw output, the customer tells me that it more than adequately heats the room even on the coldest of days.


A Google search reveals that Nordpeis are based in Norway and were established 30 years ago.


It would appear that Nordpeis are sold in the UK are part of the Stovax Stove Company and are sold through approved retailers.

Stovax Limited,

Falcon Road,


Industrial Estate,

Exeter EX2 7LF

T: 01392 474000

Brent Pelham – Bees Nest Removed from a Redundant Chimney

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Just the other week, I encountered a really tricky job, that took quite some time to complete. Fortunately, we had set aside a long appointment to complete the work, as the customer had requested that we sweep an unlined Charnwood C-Five Multi-Fuel Stove, two open fire bedroom chimneys and a redundant chimney that had an old bee’s nest in it. The redundant chimney being accessed by a small ventilation panel low down in the wall. The customer had had a mesh fitted across the chimney and an anti-bird cowl fitted and believed the bees long gone. This small vent opening made accessing and sweeping the chimney very difficult, let alone removing the horrible sticky, sooty nest deposits that were swept down. I used 18mm power sweeping rods with a large scrubber head and driven by a Boch 36 Volts cordless drill to remove the deposits.

The nest was rather extensive and was around 2 meters in length at the top of the stack. It consisted of old nest at the bottom and new nest at the top. I’m thinking that it had been there for a number of years with the bees adding successive new layers of nest year on year. The bottom metre of nest was dry old nest material and filled a large trug. The top metre of nest was more recent and consisted of honey combe and lots of sticky, runny honey mixed with chimney deposits, 2nd trug (See photos). The very top of the nest was still active and full of live bees! I only discovered this at the conclusion of the sweeping process. This said, I was able to sweep out all the nest and removed most of the material via the vent opening. I was able to do this as I had been removing the material a bit at a time whilst sweeping.

Unfortunately, towards the end of the process I had to stop removing the swept material from the chimney as numerous live bees were starting to come down the chimney and out into the room. At this point I quickly put the vent cover back on to prevent large numbers of bees coming into the room. Fortunately, I had time to remove the majority of the rather sticky, material from the base of the chimney via the vent. This material had a very unpleasant consistency, as it comprised old nest and honey combe, dead bees, honey and sooty chimney deposits. All this material was enough to fill several large gardening trugs. After a tidy up, everything was left nice and clean and tidy, so a job well done in the end. All that was left to do then was to later clean all the sticky rods and equipment! Not a short job in itself!

Brabas Bellfire Unilux 640 Cassette Wood-burning Stove Swept in Radwinter

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 Here is a very tidy cassette stove, a Brabas Bellfire Unilux 640 Cassette Wood-burning Stove that I recently swept at an address in Radwinter. Brabas Bellfire is not a make of stove that I was aware of, so on returning home I immediately Googled the company so I could see what I could find out about them. The stove itself had a system of two separate baffles in order to increase its operational efficiency and was a little tricky to dismantle. I say a little trick, when I really mean quite awkward!!! The customer reported that it does work very well when alight and heats the room, which apparently is a very cold room, more than adequately.

Barbas Bellfire are based in Holland and Belgium, they employ over 160 staff and produce 120 different models of stove. So, they are a large concern on the continent and have been manufacturing stoves since 1976. They manufacture wood-burning stoves as well as gas fires. Some of their wood-burning stove models include the Evolux 100-45 range, and the Box range. The box is what it says on the tin a box stove in various sizes.

Barbas Bellfire

Hallenstraat 17

5531 AB,



T: (0)49 733 9200

E: info@barbasbellfires.com

More Medieval Churches Visited Whilst Sweeping for the Dioceses of Chelmsford

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For this week’s blog I thought I would write about some more of the beautiful medieval churches we have visited whilst sweeping for the Dioceses of Chelmsford. These examples were all located in Northeast Essex, so lots of driving involved! But this does mean that we get to see lots of the beautiful Essex countryside. The only downside of this is that working six days a week as we do, we can only fit the Dioceses of Chelmsford work in on Sundays, because of the additional travelling involved. The upside is that the churches are usually open because it’s a Sunday.


St Michael’s Church Ramsey

St Michael’s Church Ramsey is located at the crest of Church Hill, so is quite unmissable. Ramsey is close to the port of Harwich and the church can be found at postcode CO12 5EL. The church at Ramsey was built gradually altered between the 12th and 16th centuries. However, it was later restored in 19th century, like many other old religious buildings during that century. In the 12th Century, the main part of the original church was built. The north doorway and the small window to the right of it (as you look from the entrance porch) are Norman. In the 13th Century, the main part of the original church was improved in the Early English style. A picina, to hold Holy water (by the pulpit) was added, and the staircase (above the organ console) was built to connect to the rood loft (from which minstrels used to play).

Improvements in the Decorated style were added in the 14th Century. These were two north and two south facing windows in the nave. Remember that we are talking about the 1300’s, when no tower or chancel existed. The 15th Century Perpendicular style followed, and this era saw the tower being constructed, the doorway (by which you enter the church) being decorated with figures of Our Lady; representing her coronation and the Holy water stoop being used. The font dates from this period. Note the shields and scroll design, a local trademark. The Tudor 16th Century saw the building on of the chancel, with large simple windows above the main altar. The roof dates from 1547. The window by the pulpit was added at this time. The 17th Century saw the construction of the intricate Jacobean pulpit – a real treasure. The 18th Century saw the first rebuilding of the tower, with a belfry, lattice windows inserted and battlements added. The bells would have been rung during this period and on into Victorian times, of course.The 19th Century Victorian era saw much rebuilding of the nave floor. Perhaps, fortunately, no stained glass windows were inserted. Inside the church there is a memorial for Lieutenant-General Daniel Burr. Burr was originally a cadet with the East India Company. He later rose up the ranks and within 30 years he had reached his full rank.


St Mary’s Church Lawford 

St Mary’s at Lawford is a very interesting church with a long history and is a Grade 1 listed building. The oldest fabric in the church is in the south wall of the nave, dating from 1200 or earlier. The chancel, the south porch and the first tower were built in 1340. The tower was rebuilt in the 16th century, and again in the following century. In 1826 the north wall of the nave and the north aisle were added.[3] In 1853, when the rector was Revd Charles Merivale (later the Dean of Ely), the interior of the chancel was restored by the Lancaster architect E. G. Paley. The nave was restored in 1864, followed by the chancel walls in 1887. In 1944 the east window was damaged by a bomb. In 1991 an extension was made to the north of the church to house a vestry and meeting rooms, and in 2009 the roof and tower were repaired and parts of the interior of the church were modernized.

The church is constructed in flintseptaria and brick, with limestone dressings and a tiled roof. The plan consists of a three-bay nave with a south porch, a north aisle, a chancel, a north vestry, and a west tower with a stair turret on the southeast. In the chancel are a 14th-century piscina and a triple sedilia. The octagonal pulpit dates from about 1906. In 1906 a two-manual pipe organ made by Norman and Beard was installed. This was replaced by an electronic organ made by Copeman Hart in 2005. There is a ring of three bells, dated 1667, 1714, and 1907.

The churchyard contains the graves of the war poet Robert Nichols and his father John Bowyer Buchanan Nichols, also a poet. The grave of the Canadian politician John Robertson also lies in the churchyard, as do the war graves of a soldier and two airmen of the Second World War.

St Mary’s Church Wivenhoe

The present Church is possibly built on Roman foundations, which is why there are so much Roman brick and tiles in the walls of it.  After the original building, the Anglo Saxons probably built a wooden church.  Then came the Normans who built a church in stone which is the basis of our Church.  It did not have a tower; the nave and chancel were smaller than now, and the North and South aisles were not built, but it is the basis of our Church.

St Mary`s is a very early church name but Wivenhoe church is not mentioned in the Domesday Book. In fact hardly any church was mentioned in Essex, although in Suffolk all the churches were mentioned. Did Essex people upset the people working on the book?

The North and South aisles were built in 1340 and 1350, and so our Church is the oldest building still standing in Wivenhoe. Until the early 1500s, the Nave floor was just beaten earth and the walls would have been covered with paintings of scenes from the Bible painted by local artists. The columns would have also been painted with flowers or ivy running up them.  So very old churches could be very cheerful places to be in.

The Nave was separated from the chancel by a wooden screen called a Rood Screen.  The upper part of the screen was pierced with carvings, while the lower half would have had pictures of Saints on them.  Above the screen was a large wooden cross called the rood, which is why they are called Rood Screens.

The congregation did not take part in the Mass only the priest did so. The early communion chalices were like small wine glasses. The congregation only took communion at Easter after an all-night vigil in the Church. Generally speaking, there was nowhere to sit so services could be tiring. All you could do was use your rosary beads, look at the wall paintings or even pray. You only left when the priest said you could go.

When people died, they were not buried in a coffin but in a wool or cotton shroud. The South side of the churchyard was the preferred place to be buried as the North side was, in folk lore, the devil’s side, and was used for suicides, murdered, drowned and unbaptised people.  The churchyard was not only used to bury people but also for general festivities including dancing. We get Carol as in Christmas from the old name for a dancing tune as they were called carols.

Saltfire ST2 5Kw Multi-Fuel Stove Swept in Haverhill

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I recently came across this Saltfire ST2 5Kw Multi-Fuel Stove at an address in Haverhill. It was not a stove that I was familiar with, and I was keen to find out more about the stove and the company that made it. I was also keen to find out how it had ended up being installed in a house in Haverhill and initially, how it came apart so that I could access the flue to sweep it. I do a lot of sweeping work in Haverhill and had not come across any Saltfire stoves let alone this particular model. Speaking to the customer it transpired that the customer had selected and bought the stove online and then had it installed by Cut Maple Fires and Stoves from Sturmer: https://www.fireplacesetc.co.uk/

Saltfire Stoves are based in Wareham Dorset (a very picturesque part of the country), and design and manufacture several ranges of precision-engineered stoves, designed for maximum efficiency and all extremely cleanburning, all Saltfire models are DEFRA certified for use in Smoke Control areas in the UK. Efficiency ratings up to 83.9%! The make a number of different models of stove, including The Scout, Scout Tall, Peanut 5, Bignut 5 and Peanut 8. Their ST range of stoves, numbered 1 through to 8 extends over fifteen different models. They also make stoves under the brand name Ekol, which includes models such as the Apple Pie, Adept Classic, Ekol Double-Sided, Crystal 5, Clarity 5 Clarity Vision and Adept Steel Frame.

Saltfire Stoves

Station Works

John’s Road


Dorset BH204BG

T: 01929 555211

E: enquiries@saltfire.co.uk



Contura 520T Style Soapstone Wood-Burning Stove Swept in Berden

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Although I sweep many Contura Stoves, particularly as they are one of the ranges installed by Cut Maple Fires and Stoves from Sturmer: https://www.fireplacesetc.co.uk/ for whom I do a lot of sweeping work, I have not come across many of the Soapstone models. I recently came across this Contura 520T Style Soapstone Wood-Burning Stove at an address in Berden. As you can see from the photos, it is a very attractive contemporary appearance. Contura explain on their website what the advantages of a soapstone stove are and how they work: “Soapstone stoves produce and store heat at maximum output. The soapstone stoves have, as well as their natural good looks, the ability to retain heat over a long period and heat is produced at a comfortable and even level”. So, the advantage of a soapstone model is that they work more efficiently and effectively by storing heat in the soapstone and releasing it gradually. I should think that this not only saves on fuel use making the stove more environmentally friendly, but also makes any heat in the room more even and comfortable.

Contura Stoves are a Swedish company based in the town of Markaryd – Markaryd is a municipality in Kronoberg County at the southern tip of Sweden. Contura Stoves are known for their distinctive contemporary stove designs and the appliance of the most up to date stove technology.


Contura Stoves

Box 134

Skulptorvagen 10

285 23 Markaryd, Sweden

T: 046433275100


Unusual Art Decco Parkray Swept in Great Canfield

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I have previously written a blog about the number of old Parkray room hearters that I come across and sweep on quire a regular basis, but this week’s blog is an absolute first. I came across this Art Decco appearance/design Parkray in Great Canfield and was actually located in the office for this property. The main sitting room had an open fire and the property had an oil fired boiler to sweep in the utility room! As can be seen in the photograph, this Parkray appliance has a beautiful rich golden brown colour, it put me in find of the French enameled stoves of the 1920’s and 1930’s that I sometimes see in people’s houses and sun rooms. It always amazes me to find these Parkray room heaters in people’s homes, still working very efficiently after having been installed many, many years ago! They certainly are a testament to great British design and engineering of the past. Things were definitely made to last in those days!


Parkray have been the leading name in solid fuel stoves for more than a century, producing heating components since 1850. Originally known as ‘Park Foundry’, the company quickly became the leading name in solid fuel appliances. Today, Parkray is based near Exeter in Devon. Parkray room heaters have been in existence for over 40 years, some of the older applainces (some 20, 30, 40 years old or in some cases even older) are still in existence and used daily by households all over the UK.  This is a testament to the build quality of some of these earlier Parkray models. As there are so many models and sizes of the Parkray, they can look very similar, however, the parts inside of them are different.  Some parts fit many appliances and others are more specific.

A new Hare on a Thatch at Radwinter End

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This was an opportunity that was too good to miss, this customer had only just had her thatch renewed and had decided to put a thatched hare on the roof. Indeed, the thatch was so new the scaffolding was still up and the thatchers had only finished working the day before! I like this one as not only is the hare a very handsome fellow, it’s quite close to home the beautiful North West Essex village of Radwinter. The lady customer told me that she had decided to have a hare on the roof because she frequently saw them playing and boxing in the field immediately opposite the cottage. Radwinter End is rather out in the sticks if anyone knows it, one road in and the same road out and miles and miles of farmland with not much in between.

Hares are rather fascinating animals, so here are some interesting facts about hares: Hares form part of the genus Lepus, the same family group as rabbits. Young hares are known as Leverets and the collective noun for a group of hares is a ‘drove’. Although, characteristically hares are a solitary animal or live in pairs; they live in a den formed on the ground which is called a ‘form’. A male hare was once called a Jack and a female a Jill. Mother hares have between 1 to 4 litters, usually three, a year, with one to four leverets per litter, with the Leverets being born from February to October. A new litter is conceived before the previous one has been born. Hares can run very fast reaching speeds of 45mph which is how fast these two on the roof are probably going! They also tend to run in straight lines, and if they are seen to turn whilst running it will normally be a right-angle turn.

Hare is a hare poem I found on the internet which I think is quite fitting for this blog:

Hares at Play by John Clare

The birds are gone to bed, the cows are still,
And sheep lie panting on each old mole-hill;
And underneath the willow’s gray-green bough,
Like toil a-resting, lies the fallow plough.
The timid hares throw daylight fears away
On the lane’s road to dust and dance and play,
Then dabble in the grain by naught deterred
To lick the dew-fall from the barley’s beard;
Then out they sturt again and round the hill
Like happy thoughts dance, squat, and loiter still,
Till milking maidens in the early morn
Jingle their yokes and sturt them in the corn;
Through well-known beaten paths each nimbling hare
Sturts quick as fear, and seeks its hidden lair.