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HETAS registered installer since 2012

Tar removed from chimney
Lined chimney blocked with tar. Very danerous.

Why is stuff falling down my chimney?

29th Jan 2023

There can be a few things going on here. If you have an open fire it is most likely to be parging which is the old dry cement that used to line the chimney originally. This does not indicate anything is wrong structurally and happens a lot. The parging will land in your fireplace ready to swept away.

If your chimney flue is properly lined by a HETAS installer then any falling debris is safely contained within the flexible liner or clay liner blocks. It will be sooty/ crystalised tar and will be landing on the top of the throat plate of the stove, ready to be re-burnt. This is fairly normal and nothing to worry about unless it happens a lot, in which case could indicate that you are burning the fuels too low and not achieving full combustion. A stove thermometer would help with this (if you don’t already have one). Buy one in our online shop.


Chimney not lined?


f there isn't a liner there then the debris would fall on the register plate, along with other debris waiting for a spark to set it alight again. This could cause a chimney fire which could set fire to your house. Contact us for a quote for fitting a flexible liner.

This is why it is important to have your chimney sweep check that your woodburner or multifuel stove has a physical connection from the appliance to the top of the chimney. If it hasn't then give us a call if you are local and we can quote for fixing the problem. Book a chimney sweep online

Poor Quality Fuel



If the chimney isn't swept often enough and / or the fuel being burnt isn't seasoned properly, the tar and soot can build up and completely block a liner as in the photo above. A blocked liner, as in the photo, will reduce the draw of the stove and it will not burn as well as it used to, lots of smoke my also come back into room when the door is open. This is likely to contain carbon monoxide and thus should set off the alarm.


Damaged or breached chimney stack



Another cause of debris is a degrading chimney stack so if you are getting a lot of cement or bricks in your fireplace, then its worth taking a look at the stack when the fire is on to check that the smoke is only exiting via the chimney (and cowl). If you can see it coming out of other parts of the chimney stack, e.g. holes in the brickwork, then it's time for some maintenance before things get any worse (and expensive).