ABoC Solid Fuel Centre
for Open Fires; Multi-Fuel, Wood Burning and Pellet Stoves

Approved Retailer
  • Stoves, Installations
  • Renewables, Biomass, RHI explained
  • Fireside Accessories, Fireplaces
  • Solid Fuels (Smokeless, Coal, Logs, Pellets)
  • Stove Care, Safety and Maintenance
  • NACS Approved Chimney Sweep
  • Tel: 0191 295 0523 ; Email: contact@
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Tyneside Sweeps at ABoC, NACS Approved

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NACS Certificate  HETAS Approved Chimney Sweep  NACS Approved Member
HETAS Approved / National Association of Chimney Sweeps

Why Sweep?

Sweeping your chimney is an essential element for the correct operation of your stove or open fire.  Soot and tar deposits build up on the inner walls restricting the area so reducing draw and fuel efficiency.  If left unchecked soot will build up to such an extent it will either block or result in a soot fall causing carbon monoxide to enter your home;  tar will build up and may cause a chimney fire; obstructions such as birds nests may result in a build up of gases.  Any of these problems can kill.

Many Insurance companies are now including clauses about open fires or stoves in the small print of policies. These clauses invalidate the insurance liability if the chimney or flue has not been swept and a chimney fire later on causes damage or a claim is made.  It is clearly important to use the service of a qualified and registered chimney sweep who will issue a valid certificate which can be presented to the insurance company in the case of a claim for any kind of damage.  The insurer may also want to see that the correct fuels have been used, ABoC issue a ACM (Approved Coal Merchant) endorsed receipt for all fuel purchases.

Regardless on the insurance issues, these problems cause many deaths in the UK each year.  If you are using Solid Fuel please have your chimney swept on at least an annual basis by a member of one of the accredited bodies any of which will be happy to provide free advice on any safety related issues.

The NACS service ensures you have the chimney (smoke) tested, cleaned and are advised on any safety issues relating to your fire: ventilation, fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, fuels, potential chimney or cowl problems.

 Please refer to any of these safety related sites:

References / Safety Videos / Youtube

How Often?

This depends on: the fuel you are using; how well your wood is seasoned; how often you use your stove; the construction and type of your chimney eg if its lined, a flue as apposed to an open chimney.  The recommendations are:

  • once per year if using smokeless fuels
  • twice if housecoal (bituminous), not authorised in smoke controlled areas
  • four if burning wood, dependant on many factors

How will you ever know? Its fairly easy but ABoC will not be able to advise until your second clean when an assessment can be made since the first.

Burning the correct fuels is vitally important

ABoC recommend any of the approved smokeless fuels (ovoids) or branded logs where a stricter control of seasoning and moisture content can be relied on.  Logs do not need to be hardwood and do not need to be kiln dried.  Seasoned air dried softwood logs are fine as long as you can trust the source.

In the long run, for both safety and financial reasons, the pounds saved purchasing dumped bags of logs from an unknown source are paid for with inefficient running and damage to your flue lining or appliance and may lead to invalidity of your guarantee for either running into hundreds of pounds.  Always buy fuels from an Approved Coal Merchant or Approved Woodfuel Merchant as these adhere to a strict set of standards.


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