Stove Maintenance and Servicing

Like most things in life stoves need to be maintained to ensure they continue to run efficiently so here at Glenalmomd Stoves we offer professional and reliable maintenance and servicing.            

 

Chimney Sweeps – How often should I sweep my chimney?

Sweeping your chimney is an important part of maintaining your stove and it is advisable that you keep on top of this. Using your stove leads to soot, tar and deposit building up in your chimney which, if not maintained can lead to your stove running inefficiently and can lead to chimney fires.
 

It is difficult to say how often you should get your chimney swept as this depends on many factors:

  • what type of fuel you burn,
  • whether your wood is seasoned,
  • how old your appliance is,
  • how often you use it,
  • if it is lined and insulated,
  • if you use an insulated flue.

At an absolute minimum, you should get your stove swept once a year.

Our chimney sweeping service consists of:

  • Fully sealing off your fireplace/stove to stop any soot or debris entering the room.
  • All debris and soot will be removed using our modern techniques collecting and removing waste from your chimney.
  • Removal of birds’ nests, if necessary and fitting bird guard cowls to prevent them from re-nesting.
  • Smoke testing to your chimney to ensure it is working correctly and safely.
  • Give advice on cowls and chimney pots plus do measurements and calculations for installation of stoves and other fireplace accessories.

 

Servicing of stoves (replacing fire rope, fire bricks, internal plates etc…)

We recommend that your wood burning or multi-fuel stove undergoes a standard annual service, this is usually a condition of most manufacturers to insure the warranty is valid. We can provide a full service for you which includes the following as required:

  • Removal and replacement of internal parts such as – baffle plate, firebricks, grate and ashpan etc…. 
  • Using our commercial vacuum cleaner, we remove any remaining ash and debris from inside the appliance
  • Using specialist equipment, we clean the internal parts and surfaces of your appliance
  • Check for any damaged parts and replace as necessary 
  • Re-fit all cleaned internal parts and replacement parts
  • Removal and replacement of door glass 
  • Discard old or worn rope seal if required and replace with new rope
  • Refresh/Re-paint the exterior or the stove  

We work using a tidy, clean system, using modern techniques to ensure minimal disruption and we always clean up thoroughly.

Chimney Cowls

Chimney cowls are fitted to the top of a chimney pot or flue. There are several reasons for fitting a cowl.

  • To improve the chimney or flue function. 
  • To stop birds from using your chimney for nesting 
  • To prevent rainwater from falling into your chimney and stove, more of an issue when your stove is not being used in the summer months (although we are in Scotland...!) 
  • To increase up draughts or decrease down-draughts

We can supply and fit the best quality makes of cowls so please get in touch if you require further information.