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5 perfect reasons to book a chimney sweep RIGHT NOW!

James the Sweep supports the Burnright campaign (burnright.co.uk) educating consumers on the safe use of woodburners and other solid fuel appliances

James the Sweep is the local master chimney sweep for Tunbridge Wells and nearby towns: Tonbridge, Southborough, Pembury, Hadlow, Paddock Wood, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Orpington and Crowborough. If you need a chimney flue inspection or advice on your woodburner or other appliance – James is your go-to chimney sweep near you.

Here are five perfect reasons why it makes sense to book a chimney sweep – even in the midst of this Covid pandemic – right now:-

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Are you aware of carbon monoxide risks?

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Carbon monoxide (CO) poses a very real threat to loved ones in your household – approx 50 people die each year as a result of CO poisoning. That’s probably the last thing you want to read with the Covid pandemic going on. We’re all fed up with doom and gloom news at the moment.

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Simple truths about using woodburners

No doubt you’ve seen recent media headlines warning people not to use woodburners for health reasons.

University of Sheffield researchers looked at particulate matter (PM) produced in ‘20 different [DEFRA certified] stoves over four weeks, recording 260 uses’ (Atmosphere journal). PM is an air pollutant deemed harmful to health and types such as PM2.5 are produced by fire combustion.

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Not again… ANOTHER chimney fire near T Wells

Groan would be the right word to start this update – this is the THIRD time James the Sweep has noted chimney fires in the county of Kent in recent times!

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Merry Christmas from your local chimney sweep!!!

James the Sweep wishes all his customers in Kent and East Sussex, from Tunbridge Wells to Crowborough, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Enjoy Christmas safely this year

Please don’t put decorations near your fireplace

Well… we all knew 2020 would end in tiers but Kentish folk are strong minded, even in the face of the latest news about high rates of Covid-19, and we will get through this together. Safety is the key word at this time and let’s be positive about Christmas.

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Another chimney fire – this time in Tunbridge Wells!

Another chimney fire has been reported in the county of Kent – this time in Tunbridge Wells.

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Warning issued after spate of chimney fires across Kent

Prevent chimney fires. Call James the Sweep!

Chimney fires are dangerous: risking the lives of everyone in your family – but the good news is that fires in your flue can be avoided if you book regular appointments with your local chimney sweep in Kent (T Wells): James the Sweep.

Why does anyone need reminding about chimney fires? Because there have been a spate of chimney fires recorded across the county of Kent recently.

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Have you got a carbon monoxide alarm?

Carbon monoxide kills – no doubt you’ve read that before but it’s always wise to have a reminder.

This invisible, odourless gas kills people each year. Inhaling the gas (unknowingly) blocks oxygen from reaching vital parts of the body organs. Serious injury or death is too often the result.

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Warning: Stop water damaging your chimney

Colder weather can lead to problems in your chimney structure unless you book regular maintenance check-ups with your local chimney sweep – such as James the Sweep in the county of Kent (Tunbridge Wells).

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Book a chimney sweep if you live in Kent

James the Sweep is still jolly – sweeping chimneys even in this hard time of lockdown with the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is a difficult period for us all at this time as Kent wrestles with the virus. Even so, people need a reliable heat source as the weather gets colder and that’s why chimney flues need regular sweeping; so that consumers can use indoor fire stoves with peace of mind about the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning or chimney fires.

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3 simple reasons why you need to book a chimney sweep

James the Sweep is the Master Chimney Sweep for Tunbridge Wells

Colder times have officially arrived now that the season of Autumn is under way across the counties of Kent and East Sussex.

That means your chimney and indoor fireplace are going to be in constant use in the months ahead. Nothing beats the warmth of a fire and the cheerfulness that it brings. That’s something certainly needed during these difficult times with the Covid-19 pandemic!

Here are three simple reasons why booking a chimney sweep ensures that you can safely enjoy a fire indoors this Autumn and Winter.

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Chimney fire safety advice

Chimney Fire Safety Week has recently passed but fire safety is important all-year-round.


When it comes to enjoying woodburners, there are ABC steps necessary for every householder if they are to have peace of mind.

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Enjoy peace of mind in turbulent times – prepare for your indoor fires this Winter

The spike goes down… the spike goes up… this Covid-19 pandemic is tiring when you’re trying to live a normal life!

That’s why it’s important to reach for creature comforts in these turbulent times. Enjoy a simple life and don’t watch the news too much!

James the Sweep has been very busy making sure customers’ chimneys are ready for the Winter. Perhaps you’ve seen Ol’ Sweepy, his van, tootling along the streets of Tunbridge Wells or further afield (he covers most of Kent, from Maidstone to Orpington and even to Crowborough).

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Warning about smoke from your chimney

The sight of smoke wafting from a chimney might cheer you up if you look across the rooftop scene in Tunbridge Wells or another town or village in Kent.

In fact, the smoke may indicate the fire is not being maintained properly. The only time when smoke should emit from a chimney flue is when lighting or refuelling. Smoke can otherwise indicate that the flue needs sweeping, or that you’re not burning wood or other suitable fuel correctly.

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Fighting air pollution together

THE GOVERNMENT continues to push to reduce air pollution, a target given approval by James the Sweep – who sees the benefit for the county of Kent.

An update on progress for the Clean Air Strategy was published this summer under the title:-
‘25 Year Environment Plan Progress Report April 2019 to March 2020’.

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7 reasons why your own woodburning stove saves you money in a recession

Recession. Don’t we all hate the word and what it entails? We live in such difficult times with this coronavirus and the knock-on effect on the economy. Even so, there is a glimmer of hope when it comes to your heating bills. Autumn is just around the corner and NOW is the time to think about saving costs in the colder period ahead.

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Keeping healthy in the coronavirus crisis

The next few months look very uncertain as the cold weather arrives with the coming of Autumn and Winter.

We don’t know how people will be affected by Covid-19 at the same time as the flu season arrives. It’s a nervous time but one thing is very clear: we all need to keep ourselves as fit and healthy as possible.

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Prepare now for the colder season and keep healthy

Autumn is coming… book a chimney sweep now!


The next few months look very uncertain as the cold weather arrives with the coming of Autumn and Winter.

We don’t know how people will be affected by Covid-19 at the same time as the flu season arrives. It’s a nervous time but one thing is very clear: we all need to keep ourselves as fit and healthy as possible.

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Hot ash warning after bedroom fire in Tonbridge


All it takes is a stray fire spark to ignite flammable material – and you have an out-of-control fire.

That’s what happened at a home in Farm Lane, Tonbridge, at 3.30pm on July 27.

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