How often should you sweep your chimney? Experts give their verdict

chimney sweeping carried out by professional chimney sweep
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How often should you sweep your chimney? This is a common question to ask now that summer is a mere memory and temperatures have taken something of a downward turn.

Owners of open fires and log burning stoves can now get ready to reap the benefits of their cosy heat sources and hopefully put off turning on the central heating for just a little longer. However, for all their benefits, open fires and stoves do need a degree of maintenance if they are to perform at their best. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.