Smokeless fuel:         At least once a year
Wood:                         Quarterly when in use
Bituminous coal:       At least twice a year
Oil:                               At least once a year
Gas:                             At least once a year
Biomass:                     At least once a year




Virgo Chimney Sweep will be able to advise you on how often to sweep your chimney during the appointment.

How often to chimney sweep will depend on a number of factors including: type of fuel, appliance used, duration of use, moisture content of wood and type of chimney.

Use the correct fuel and if using wood it must be very dry or else it will cause tar build-up on the flue surface.

Sweeping your chimney will help in the prevention of chimney fires and reduce the risk of dangerous fume emissions from blocked heating appliances, flue-ways and chimneys.

Clean chimneys are safer and help your environment by assisting the complete combustion of the fuel.

Soot is an insulator and a clean stove will be more efficient heating your home.


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Sarah from Sindlesham

I would highly recommend Paul, he was easy to contact, arrived promptly and did a great job with no mess whatsoever. He was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful and I will certainly use him again.

Pauline from Chazey Heath

Many thanks for coming at such short notice for my ‘chimney emergency’ which was dealt with confidence, efficiency and a very friendly manner. I will contact you again – hopefully it will just be a routine chimney sweep!


Bredon from Theale

Great service! Prompt appointment, arrived on time and swept flue (log burner). There was no mess and everything was left clean and tidy. Will definitely use Paul as a chimney sweep again.


Martin from Finchampstead

As it was the first time that the flue of our Wood Burner had been swept we were a little apprehensive but Paul quickly put us at ease.

The process was efficient and clean. Paul also provided some expert advice and maintenance on the stove itself.
We are looking forward to a cosy winter!


Claire from Goring

Professional, efficient. Paul is very knowledegable and helpful.


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