Chimney rods come in a variety of sizes and materials, from plastic to bamboo, and are highly flexible to get the job done in the most awkward of places.
It's extremely beneficial to have a set of chimney rods in the home if you have open fires that you use regularly, or even from time to time. Chimneys require inspection and cleaning to ensure they don't catch fire and potentially burn down the house, possibly causing injury or worse to the occupants.
Whatever type of fuel you're burning ? anything from coal to timber and manufactured products such as peat briquettes and compacted fire logs ? it's going to leave a lot of residue all up along the chimney walls. This is soot and creosote, a tar-like substance that itself is flammable and poses a risk to the house. If enough of it builds up, it can catch fire.
Chimneys need to be cleaned depending on how often fireplaces are used, but at the very least they should be done one a year. Getting in a chimney cleaning service once or a couple of times a year could cost well over a hundred pounds or more, depending on how many chimneys need to be cleaned.
Bear in mind that if your chimneys are not protected at the top with wire structures or similar, they?re going to be a magnet for nesting birds, and all too often the results of this avian home building come crashing down the chimney. If nests get stuck anywhere along the chimney, there?s a good chance it will start a blaze the next time you light a fire.
It therefore makes sense to have your own set of chimney rods. They won't cost you the Earth and you'll have them for years, easily being able to clean your own chimneys at a moment?s notice.
You don't have to have had training to sweep a chimney clean. Today, chimney rods are simple to use, and so flexible they can meander along any chimney. All that's required is protective clothing for yourself and protective material around the area of the fireplace. Then just attach the chimney brush to one of many rods in your set ? achieved by just screwing it into place ? and send it up into the dark regions of your chimney. Keeping going, adding additional rods as you get further up the chimney, until you reach the top. Then it's a simple, if dirty, matter of jerking the rod line around the sides of the chimney so that the coarse bristles of the brush dislodge the residue lining the chimney. Do this all the way down until you reach the bottom, at the fireplace, unscrewing rods as you go.
If a lot of residue has been dislodged, you might want to give the chimney a second sweep to make sure as much soot and creosote has been removed as possible. If your fireplace and chimney are big enough you can use a torch and peer up to inspect the walls.
Then it?s just a case of cleaning your rods and storing them away until the next time you want them. In the meantime, you can enjoy roaring open fires without the worry of unwanted blazes.