Hello Dear Reader,
You often ask me about my woodstove and you've been interested in how much it cost me and the cost benefits and how long it takes to pay for itself. Our stove works really hard for us and has been lit almost every evening, including the 'summer' when it used to get chilly in the evening.
Stoves need maintenance, safety checking and the chimney needs cleaning and all this needs doing at least once a year. You have to have an air vent fitted in the room and a carbon monoxide monitor fitted in the room. The stove has to be fitted and safety checked by a HETAS engineer. Most HETAS engineers are plumbers and not brilliant with woodstoves and you have to find someone who fits stoves and knows what they are doing.
We called out local woodstove engineer Robbie Savill to check ours and to clean our chimney. A high speed rotating brush gets all the soot out of the stainless steel liner and it was checked to make sure there was no tar build up (which can cause chimney fires). It's all vacuumed out with a huge machine and there's no dust. He then resealed the glass and everything was done and left spotless within an hour.
Robbie is an apprentice trained and time served Blacksmith and Chimney sweep, who uses his blacksmith skills to service and repair woodstoves. He comes from a long line of chimney sweeps and he's well known and respected in our area.
So, you call him out, with 24 hours notice, get him to come out really early on a Saturday morning. He issues you with a safety certificate which validates your insurance and your wood burner is checked and safe to use. All sounding incredibly expensive? £40! That cost will save our lives and will ensure our house doesn't burn down. I think as far as extending life and well being goes that is extremely frugal good value.
He's also friendly and punctual to the minute. Here's his number if you need a sweep or a stove installed or checked over in South East Cornwall. I like to share 'good deals' with readers and really believe his service is brilliant value for money and for £40, I have peace of mind for another year. I paid full price for his service and was glad to.
Over to you Dear Readers, please leave the comments to share any great value trades folk in your area, county, country or zip code!
Love Froogs xxxxx