My name is Duncan and I'm a qualified chimney sweep and certified installer with years of experience. Prior to this I served 23 years in the British Army (RGJ, Rifles) and achieved the rank of Warrant Officer. I provide a professional, diligent, punctual and clean service to all our clients. I will not leave until you are completely happy with our work. I'm married to Katie and have two wonderful children Eileen and Harry.
Here at Stonehenge Chimney Sweeps we take a professional and diligent approach to sweeping or installing. Every aspect is looked after and your satisfactions is important.
We cover Wiltshire and Hampshire including all surrounding areas and tend to all needs listed below.
"Duncan provided an excellent, efficient service. He was punctual, very pleasant and willing to offer useful information about our installation. I would certainly recommend him."
We are able to undertake an extensive set of services enabling us to take care of all your stove and fire needs.
Below are some links and Frequently Asked Questions we hear from our customers. If you have any further question please Get In Touch
Q1. When should a chimney be swept?
A - At least once a year when using smokeless fuels
B - At least twice a year when using bituminous coal
C - Every three months when burning wood (Only in constant use)
D -Once a year when using oil
E -Once a year when using gas.
This is a guideline and may differ depending on the fuel quality, knowledge of the user and work rate of the stove or fire. If in doubt, sweep it out!
Q2. What should I do if my appliance begins to burn slowly, goes out frequently or if you smell or suspect fumes:
A - Open doors and windows.
B - Carefully put out the fire or allow to burn itself out.
C -Do NOT stay in the room any longer than necessary.
D - Do NOT attempt to re-light the appliance until a professional has checked it.
E - Contact your local HETAS heating engineer or approved chimney sweep or the Solid Fuel Advice line on 0845 601 4406/01773 835 400.
Q3. What wood can I burn?
This poem will say it better than I could. Remember, wood should be as close to 20% moisture as possible.
Beech-wood fires burn bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year;
Store your beech for Christmastide
With new-cut holly laid beside;
Chestnut's only good, they say,
If for years 'tis stored away;
Birch and fir-wood burn too fast
Blaze too bright and do not last;
Flames from larch will shoot up high,
Dangerously the sparks will fly;
But ash-wood green and ash-wood brown
Are fit for a Queen with a golden crown.
Oaken logs, if dry and old,
Keep away the winter's cold;
Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke;
Elm-wood burns like churchyard mould,
E'en the very flames are cold;
It is by the Irish said;
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread,
Apple-wood will scent the room,
Pear-wood smells like flowers in bloom;
But ash-wood wet and ash-wood dry
A King may warm his slippers by.
Q4. What if there are birds nesting in the chimney?
Under section 1 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, subject to provisions in the Act, it is an offence if any person intentionally –
• kills, injures or takes any wild bird.
• takes, damages or destroys the nest of any wild bird while that nest is in use or being built; or
• takes or destroys an egg of any wild bird
Seek advice from either a qualified pest controller or RSPB. Then call us as your chimney sweep.
Q5. Is there a chance that my cowling will come off when the brush is at the top?
Every effort will be taking by the chimney sweep to ensure this does not happen. However, if the cowl was not firstly installed properly or, not maintained then there is a chance it may come off. Correct fitting, annual checks will ensure that your cowling will last a long time to come!
Q6. What is meant by the ‘draw’?
The term ‘draw’ is the air (gases) that flow up the chimney .
Q7. I have lit my fire but my room is very smokey?
There could be numerous reasons why this is happening. Call a chimney sweep that would be happy to talk through the possible problems.
Q8. Do I receive a certificate?
Yes, after each sweep.
Q9. What information do you need from me prior to visiting?
• How long since your last sweep?
• Make and model of the appliance, if known?
• What fuel?
• Any problems since the last sweep?
• Who fitted the appliance?
• Do you have a certificate from the previous sweep?
Q10. I have a chimney fire, what do I do?
Wet a towel and place it carefully over the fire, this will produce steam that will extinguish the fire. Call 999 and seek advice from the fire brigade. Call your chimney sweep and your appliance installer before attempting to relight the fire/stove.