Do I need an Anti-Downdraft Cowl?

Does your open fire have a weak draw of air whilst burning? Even after its just been swept? Do you you find that the air in your room is smokey when the fire is on? Do you find you only have these symptoms on odd occasions such as windy days? Chances are you need an Anti-downdraft cowl. There are many available for purchase so check with your chimney sweep before buying one.

Please note that anti-downdraft cowls are not designed to stop drafts coming down the chimney when the fire is not in use.


How can I get a discount on my installation?

If you can wait until Summer then we can offer you a discount as this is traditionally our quiet period. This year however, we are already fully booked until the end of July and can only fit in 4 more full installs before the busy season starts again in September.

Thus if you are a bargain hunter, now is the time to book in your survey. Give us a call, or drop us an email on to arrange.

Invicta Sedan S Woodburner for sale

One of our customers bought this wood burning stove but its a little bit too large for their fireplace/ chimney. The stove is brand new and has never been used. It cost £900, and they would really like £700 for it, but any sensible offers will be considered.

Please email us at if you are interested and why not book in a free survey for its installation also?

For sale, brand new woodburning stove

For more information and technical specs visit the Invicta website:

Do you accept credit cards

Unfortunately we have decided that we are no longer able to accept credit cards nor debit cards. This is because of the new legislation that stops us from adding the cost of the bank charges for processing the transaction to the bill. This on average is around £60 per customer, and would mean increasing all our prices at the quotation stage, for all our customers, regardless of how they are planning to pay, and also purchasing a hand held device that costs around £300.

In the last year only 2 customers have asked to pay by credit card and so for the time being, we would rather keep costs low and so ask that our customers pay by cash, cheque, bank transfer or PayM.

Need a good chimney sweep?

Our sister company Cleansweep Vac Services has been in the business for over 25 years and can bring a wealth of experience and expertise to your chimney and fireplace.

You can book a chimney sweep online at or over the phone on 01462 671555

There is even a loyalty card scheme starting up in September in which your 6th sweep is free.  Visit the Cleansweep website for more information.

How often should I sweep my chimney?

How much does a woodburner installation cost?

To be honest its hard to say, which is why we need to visit and take a look at what you already have, before quoting you for the job.

Each chimney stack is unique, even the house next door probably has a slightly different set up to yours and without taking a look at the age of the house, the height of the stack and its state of repair and the fireplace area it would be impossible to quote you accurately.

If you are thinking of buying a woodburner and having it installed, I would make sure that you have at least £1500 put aside (including VAT) and that you get quotations from HETAS registered installers, so that you make sure that you have a safe installation and can cut out the planning permission process. Contact GTD Installations to arrange a free site survey today.

How long will it take?

It depends on what you want done. A flexible liner install will be completed in under one day, a wood burner or solid fuel stove will take a whole day and installations also involving hearths, fireplaces and opening up a blocked off chimney may need 3 or 4 visits. If you require a new hearth, we will measure up one week before, so as to allow plenty of time for the stonemason to cut it to the size needed.

Choosing a High Rating Stove?

Choosing a wood burning or multifuel stove can be mind blowing. There are literally thousands to choose from!

Maybe you have a really cold room and like to be hot and are thinking of buying a stove that is hotter than recommended for your room size. If so there are a couple of important things to think about.

One, you are obviously going to be really hot and will need a lot of fuel to burn. A high kilowatt stove doesn’t magically turn the fuel into higher heat, they burn more fuel to create the heat!

Two, if you are too hot and because of this burn small fires to keep the heat down, or use with the air flow turned very low, you will be burning the fuel inefficiently which will produce more soot and let more pollutants into the atmosphere. A fire is burning inefficiently produces a lot of soot that will coat the inside of your liner and run the risk of a fire in the liner, which could spread to the house. Also any soot left sitting in the liner over time, will corrode the liner which will mean it will not last the recommended time suggested by your installer or the manufacturer of the liner. Thus needing replacing more often than the usual 10 years.

A high kilowatt output stove should be installed in a large room, or a open plan room, or a large draughty room. Any stove over 5kw will also need an air vent to feed air to the stove in order to work properly and safely. A stove pipe thermometer would also be a must, so that you can see when your stove is operating at an optimum temperature.

Always check with your installer or use an online calculator to work out the ideal size output for your room. Take a look at some high kilowatt stoves on

Which gloves to buy?

If you are planning on getting a woodburner installed then one thing you will need is heat resistant gloves. It can be tempting to not use gloves occasionally and this almost always ends up in painful burns, if you are burning your stove at the correct temperature. I have tried out a few kinds and can recommend the following;

Stovax Leather Heat Resistant glovespurchase here – these cover your whole arm and are very thick. Very hard wearing and long lasting. Only downside is can be cumbersome due to thickness.

Arada Hot Glovespurchase here – Feel like woolly gloves but are incredibly heat resistant. Thin and not restrictive, but do not protect whole arm from heat nor dirt.

If you would like to add the arada gloves to your quotation send us a message now

Answers to your woodburner and chimney sweeping questions. Contact us if you have a different question.