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A local chimney sweep is backing a national campaign to help reduce pollution and keep homes safe. James Holbrook from Heritage Chimney Sweeping based near Axminster, has signed up to the Burn Right campaign.
The Burn Right campaign was formulated by chimney sweeps and professionals in the solid fuel industry to educate people on how to use their wood burners and multi- fuel stoves correctly. If not properly operated, appliances can not only pollute the atmosphere, but also pose a risk to life and property.
James Holbrook, of Heritage Chimney Sweeping, said:
“The Burn Right campaign has come at a critical time, as the government is looking closely at emissions from domestic fires.
“The root of the problem is that wood is often not burned at a high enough temperature. If it’s not hot enough, then unburned fuel vapours travel up and out of the chimney causing unnecessary pollution. There is a real lack of awareness with some of these issues and many people who use a stove don’t even know there is a problem, let alone think that they might be a part of it.”
The design of the stove and the moisture content of the wood are two factors that affect the burning temperature, if the air supply is closed off too much, the wood can’t burn hot enough. Closing the air off too much does not save fuel, it wastes fuel. The Burn Right campaign is being spearheaded by professional chimney sweeps across the country: “I’m pleased to be one of them. We have a unique perspective of the stove, the fuel, the chimney and the customers burning habits and can advise accordingly.”
For further information visit heritagechimneysweeping.co.uk. or www.BurnRight.co.uk