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Nov. 20th, 2009

11:16 am - #When I'm cleaning windows ^H^H^H chimneys

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Date:November 20th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
Are you in London? I'm thinking about using my fireplaces for the first time since I moved in eight years ago... I still don't actually know if they are open, what I can burn, and what ironwork I need to safely burn stuff...
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Date:November 20th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
Yup, I'm in South Croydon, and this is a "smoke control area". I think I got some blurb about that when I moved in, but I can't remember where from, e.g. whether it was from the council or part of my leasehold. Anyway, there's a list here that you might find useful:

As for your fireplaces, I strongly recommend getting a chimney sweep in before you try lighting a fire! In theory, there's a risk of setting fire to the chimney if there's too much soot up there. More importantly, the sweep will be able to check how far up the chimney goes, i.e. whether he can stick his brush out of the top. When I moved in here, the fireplace was boarded up, so I had it opened and then we did a "smoke test" to make sure that nothing leaked into the flat above.

When you say ironwork, do you mean tongs, shovel, etc.? Anything from a fireplace shop should be fine for that, since it will be designed to withstand the heat.
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