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General History / Re: Chimney Sweeps
« Last post by filmer01 on July 07, 2019, 10:12:23 »
Just got the reminder from our chimney sweep for our annual visit, as like DTT we have a log burner - that he installed.

He also still checks that the brush has reached the top by going outside and looking up at the pot. I certainly remember doing that in the 50s when the open fires were our only source of warmth.
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General History / Re: Chimney Sweeps
« Last post by DaveTheTrain on July 06, 2019, 22:00:32 »
Can anyone remember the last time they used a sweep - I certainly can't.

Yes, we have our chimney swept every year.  We have a log burner and it protects the flue liner.
Cheers
Dtt
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General History / Re: Chimney Sweeps
« Last post by Mickleburgh on July 06, 2019, 16:23:44 »
I'm glad I can remember what it's like to sit in front of a proper coal fire. :)


Aye, `twas  great, but I fancy there are a few wives yet around who remember the chore of putting the ashes out!
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General History / Re: Chimney Sweeps
« Last post by smiffy on July 06, 2019, 13:28:11 »
I'm glad I can remember what it's like to sit in front of a proper coal fire. :)
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General History / Re: Chimney Sweeps
« Last post by Mickleburgh on July 06, 2019, 11:27:51 »
In many rural areas `sweeps` turned to supplying and servicing wood burning stoves, but it seems these are also now deemed `bad thing` so what their future will be, who knows.
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General History / Re: Chimney Sweeps
« Last post by lutonman1 on July 06, 2019, 10:52:16 »
 The last time I saw one was only a few years ago
 Our flats had the opening sealed up after, except for an air vent.
 Lately, our gas oven top, has been replace, by an electric one
 The only gas we have now, is the boiler for hot water.

 He did eight single chimney`s, a good contract --- for him.
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General History / Re: Chimney Sweeps
« Last post by smiffy on July 05, 2019, 13:34:46 »
After doing a little bit of research, it turns out that there are still around a hundred Chimney Sweeps still operating in Kent, so there must still be a demand. I would think it costs a bit more now than it used to though. Can anyone remember the last time they used a sweep - I certainly can't.
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General History / Re: Chimney Sweeps
« Last post by pr1uk on July 04, 2019, 11:32:16 »
Think most of us remember watching  and waiting for the brush to come out of the chimney pot, it was a good way to get the kids out of the way for a few minutes.
 
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General History / Re: Chimney Sweeps
« Last post by Mickleburgh on July 04, 2019, 11:21:28 »
Once witnessed another method whereby a shotgun was discharged upward behind the fireplace covering and hastily withdrawn. Quite effective.
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General History / Re: Chimney Sweeps
« Last post by smiffy on July 04, 2019, 00:26:52 »
I think I lived in Wayfield the same time as you Lutonman, so we may have had the same Chimney Sweep. Definitely remember watching the brush pop up out of the chimney - not a sight you tend to see these days.
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