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Reduce chimney fire risk - lowering the risk of chimney fires UK

  1. Always connect a stove to an insulated chimney (as per building regulations)
    That means using twin wall flue pipe, insulated flexible chimney liner, or pumice chimney liners.
  2. Regularly have the chimney swept - at least once a year before the start of the burning season.
  3. If burning wood then a second sweeping in the middle of the burning season is advised.
  4. When burning wood only burn seasoned wood.
  5. Regularly have hot fires - once a day - this will help to dry out the tar that has built up. You can also occasionally burn dry untreated skip wood as this has a very low moisture content.
  6. Use Chimney cleaner - helps tar flake off the chimney.
  7. Do not use salt or zinc based additives as they can corrode the chimney. 

All these recommendations will help to reduce the amount of tar build-up in the chimney and therefore the risk of having a chimney fire. These recommendations should be used together, only implementing one of these recommendations is not enough.