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Modern Chimneys Help Fight Climate Change

A great deal of attention is being dedicated lately to "solid fuel" systems in which the fuel is burned in a single, safe space.  The warmth from the fire of that fuel spreads throughout the house and keeps it warm while the dangerous elements of the fire (the smoke, the soot, the carbon monoxide) are carried safely out of the house through the unit's chimney or a system of pipes.  Some people believe that the modern heating systems which have become popular in the last forty or fifty years are better than the "old fashioned" solid fuel burning heating devices.  While modern devices have their benefits, solid fuel heating devices are wonderful for people who want to save energy and reduce their carbon footprints.

Here are just a few of the major benefits offered by a solid fuel heating devices:

  • Money goes farther with a solid fuel heating device than it does with a modern heating system.
  • Solid fuel is more versatile than other types of heating systems.
  • A solid fuel heating device is easier to control than some of the more modern versions of heating devices.
  • Solid fuel is more reliable than other types of heating systems.

These factors aside, solid fuel heating devices are not without risks.  UK homeowners need to make sure that their chimney systems get cleaned regularly or they run the risk of getting carbon monoxide poisoning.  This is because the chimney system is the mechanism by which carbon monoxide and other dangerous materials are removed from the home.  There are many mechanisms that can be built into modern solid fuel heating devices that help to keep the chimneys unclogged and easier to clean.  Inspect these mechanisms regularly and hire a professional to check your entire system on a regular basis.

The nice thing about solid fuel burning devices is that they do not use power or raise your electric bill when you use them.  You simply need to find something that is safe to burn to heat your home. 

Some people find wood burning fireplaces and pellet stoves a great "in-house recycler" as it allows them to use their junk mail or other unwanted burnable items as kindling when a fire is built and the heat from a fire is much easier to control than the heat from a wall unit.  Simply build a smaller fire or add more fuel to decrease or increase the heat. 

The biggest benefit of a solid fuel heating device is are not dependent upon electricity for operation so you do not have to worry about your electric bill or how you will heat your home if there is a power failure.  They also help reduce the carbon foot print of the person who owns the device.


This page has been written with contributions from experienced heating engineers from Kent and plumbing and heating engineers from Mill Hill. Several of the company's experienced plumbers from London have worked on similar issues as well as some of our Gas Safe engineers from Greenwich and our Ealing qualified plumbers.

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