About London Chimney Sweeps (LCS)

There’s nothing quite like a proper old-fashioned fireplace for making an interior really cosy. You just can’t beat it. It appeals to something deep and instinctive in all humans, and few things are quite as soothing and relaxing as the meditative act of staring into flickering flames. Harnessing fire for warmth and for cooking food is one of the things that’s uniquely human. In London these days, you may have to use a proper approved fireplace to burn wood and smokeless fuels these days, but with a good firebox or stove, you can still have the pleasure and comfort of a proper log fire.


You have probably heard the old saying that there’s no smoke without fire. The reverse is true as well: where there’s fire, there’s smoke – even if you mostly use smokeless fuels on your wood stove or other approved fireplace. That smoke could go up your chimney, and some of the soot carried on the smoke will land on the inside of the flue. This builds up over time, meaning that someone has to come in and remove it.







Wood, Smoke And Carbon


You’ve probably heard it said that wood is a carbon neutral heating source, unlike coal. This is because while the tree is alive, it pulls carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and uses it for, well, becoming a tree. Most of what you see in wood is carbon. When the wood is burned, some of that carbon goes back into the atmosphere but not all of it. The amount of carbon dioxide that is released is about the same as what would be emitted by a log just breaking down slowly and naturally once the tree fell over and died. Some of the rest of the carbon becomes ash (and it’s very good for the garden, so dig it into your compost heap or add cool ashes to the organic waste collection system) and some becomes smoke and soot. Soot can be defined as a carbon deposit that accumulates on the inside of fireplaces and in chimneys. There tends to be less soot created by burning wood and it’s less noxious than the ash and soot produced by burning coal like they did in the old days – that was really nasty stuff and was responsible for some of the foul London “pea soup” smog events depicted in books and movies.


The wetter a log is, the less efficiently it burns and the more smoke it gives off. This means that the carbon that goes up in smoke and then lodges on the inside of a chimney is still combustible. If the soot builds up thickly enough, it may catch fire when a spark flies up the chimney as well. These conditions create terrifying chimney fires that can cause a lot of damage, especially if they occur in one of London’s many terraced houses. This is why getting the chimneys cleaned regularly is very, very important for safety.


Nests And Other Chimney Pests


Soot isn’t the only thing that can create a fire hazard. If a fireplace hasn’t been used for the summer or has been left unlit for a while for whatever reason, birds can decide that the nooks and crannies in the flue are a perfect place to make a nest. When you decide to light that fire again, the nesting material left inside the chimney also makes extra fuel that could burn nastily if a spark catches on it. Even if sparks don’t catch on old birds’ nests, nests can block the flue and drive the smoke back down the flue so that it makes you cough and your eyes sting when you open the door of the fireplace to put more wood on the fire. Blockages from nests and other material (e.g. dead leaves that have blown into old-fashioned brick chimneys) also reduce the draught of the flue, meaning that your fire burns less efficiently and doesn’t give as much heat as it ought to. The only way to be sure that your chimney isn’t blocked by nests is to ensure regular inspections and thorough cleaning.


Ensuring that fires burn efficiently with good draught is an absolute must in the areas of London that are Smoke Control Areas such as Greenwich, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Kensington, Chelsea, Redbridge, Barnet, Bromley and Croydon. While fires are still permitted in these areas, they have to be operated correctly and not emit smoke. Even so, these chimneys will still need regular sweeping and cleaning!


Old-Times Chimney Sweep

LCS' Chimney Cleaning Services


Chimney sweeping probably isn’t one of the jobs you really want to do for yourself in your London home. Even if you can get hold of the specialist chimney cleaning brushes, there’s the issue of the soot falling down the chimney. If you’re not careful, this will go everywhere through the room and it can be very hard to clean off. In other words, it’s much, much easier to do what Londoners have done throughout the centuries: send for the chimney sweep!


London Chimney Sweeps (LCS) is very proud to carry on London’s ancient tradition of chimney sweeping. We might not wear top hats to work any more but we still use brushes to clean the flues – as well as modern equipment that ensures that all the soot leaves the chimney properly. We also carry out chimney inspections to make sure that all the smoke goes where it’s supposed to (up and out) rather than leaking into attics and wall cavities. We know the tricks of the ancient trade to ensure that the soot is trapped neatly and is taken away and disposed of appropriately without getting all over your interior.


These days, London’s chimneys and fires come in all styles. Chimneys come from classic old traditional brick and stone chimneys to modern metal styles with cowls to prevent downdraft. Similarly fireplaces come in a range of styles, including wood burners, log stoves, Agas and more. The good news for you is that London Chimney Sweeps' team can get them all clean!


No matter where you are located in the Greater London Metropolitan Area, inside a Smoke Control Area or outside of one, LCS' hardworking team of chimney sweeps can help you out. We provide our top-quality chimney sweeping services for domestic customers and also for commercial customers (e.g. those nice old-fashioned pubs that know the benefits of a real fire for ambience). We believe in bringing you the best of the old and the new: modern techniques and equipment along with old-fashioned courtesy, professionalism and punctuality.


One more thing: we’ve heard all the wisecracks about Mary Poppins, Bert and “chim, chim cheroo” already, possibly a thousand times. It just goes with the work of sweeping chimneys. So before you ask, yes, we are real London chimney sweeps. No, we don’t climb up inside the chimneys and get soot all over our faces. Yes, some does get on our hands. Yes, we use long brushes at times. No, we don’t get sucked up from the fireplace to the roof by the pull of wind on the brushes. No, we don’t dance and perform acrobatics on the rooftops in the company of magical nannies. Yes, you can shake hands with us if you like but we can’t guarantee good luck. Some of the people working for LCS' chimney sweeping team can sing and some can’t, but we hire them for their professional talents and skills rather than their musical ability.


As for good luck? Well, there’s an old tradition that says that if you see the brush come up out of the top of the chimney while the sweep is at work, it’s good luck and you can wish on the brush like you would on a falling star. But don’t tell anyone your wish!


To find out more about our London services or to make a booking, please get in touch with our helpful customer services team. 

There’s nothing quite like a proper old-fashioned fireplace for making an interior really cosy. You just can’t beat it. It appeals to something deep and instinctive in all humans, and few things are quite as soothing and relaxing as the meditative act of staring into flickering flames. Harnessing fire for warmth and for cooking food is one of the things that’s uniquely human. In London these days, you may have to use a proper approved fireplace to burn wood and smokeless fuels these days, but with a good firebox or stove, you can still have the pleasure and comfort of a proper log fire.


You have probably heard the old saying that there’s no smoke without fire. The reverse is true as well: where there’s fire, there’s smoke – even if you mostly use smokeless fuels on your wood stove or other approved fireplace. That smoke could go up your chimney, and some of the soot carried on the smoke will land on the inside of the flue. This builds up over time, meaning that someone has to come in and remove it.


Wood, Smoke And Carbon


You’ve probably heard it said that wood is a carbon neutral heating source, unlike coal. This is because while the tree is alive, it pulls carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and uses it for, well, becoming a tree. Most of what you see in wood is carbon. When the wood is burned, some of that carbon goes back into the atmosphere but not all of it. The amount of carbon dioxide that is released is about the same as what would be emitted by a log just breaking down slowly and naturally once the tree fell over and died. Some of the rest of the carbon becomes ash (and it’s very good for the garden, so dig it into your compost heap or add cool ashes to the organic waste collection system) and some becomes smoke and soot. Soot can be defined as a carbon deposit that accumulates on the inside of fireplaces and in chimneys. There tends to be less soot created by burning wood and it’s less noxious than the ash and soot produced by burning coal like they did in the old days – that was really nasty stuff and was responsible for some of the foul London “pea soup” smog events depicted in books and movies.


The wetter a log is, the less efficiently it burns and the more smoke it gives off. This means that the carbon that goes up in smoke and then lodges on the inside of a chimney is still combustible. If the soot builds up thickly enough, it may catch fire when a spark flies up the chimney as well. These conditions create terrifying chimney fires that can cause a lot of damage, especially if they occur in one of London’s many terraced houses. This is why getting the chimneys cleaned regularly is very, very important for safety.


Nests And Other Chimney Pests


Soot isn’t the only thing that can create a fire hazard. If a fireplace hasn’t been used for the summer or has been left unlit for a while for whatever reason, birds can decide that the nooks and crannies in the flue are a perfect place to make a nest. When you decide to light that fire again, the nesting material left inside the chimney also makes extra fuel that could burn nastily if a spark catches on it. Even if sparks don’t catch on old birds’ nests, nests can block the flue and drive the smoke back down the flue so that it makes you cough and your eyes sting when you open the door of the fireplace to put more wood on the fire. Blockages from nests and other material (e.g. dead leaves that have blown into old-fashioned brick chimneys) also reduce the draught of the flue, meaning that your fire burns less efficiently and doesn’t give as much heat as it ought to. The only way to be sure that your chimney isn’t blocked by nests is to ensure regular inspections and thorough cleaning.


Ensuring that fires burn efficiently with good draught is an absolute must in the areas of London that are Smoke Control Areas such as Greenwich, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Kensington, Chelsea, Redbridge, Barnet, Bromley and Croydon. While fires are still permitted in these areas, they have to be operated correctly and not emit smoke. Even so, these chimneys will still need regular sweeping and cleaning!


LCS' Chimney Cleaning Services


Chimney sweeping probably isn’t one of the jobs you really want to do for yourself in your London home. Even if you can get hold of the specialist chimney cleaning brushes, there’s the issue of the soot falling down the chimney. If you’re not careful, this will go everywhere through the room and it can be very hard to clean off. In other words, it’s much, much easier to do what Londoners have done throughout the centuries: send for the chimney sweep!


London Chimney Sweeps (LCS) is very proud to carry on London’s ancient tradition of chimney sweeping. We might not wear top hats to work any more but we still use brushes to clean the flues – as well as modern equipment that ensures that all the soot leaves the chimney properly. We also carry out chimney inspections to make sure that all the smoke goes where it’s supposed to (up and out) rather than leaking into attics and wall cavities. We know the tricks of the ancient trade to ensure that the soot is trapped neatly and is taken away and disposed of appropriately without getting all over your interior.


These days, London’s chimneys and fires come in all styles. Chimneys come from classic old traditional brick and stone chimneys to modern metal styles with cowls to prevent downdraft. Similarly fireplaces come in a range of styles, including wood burners, log stoves, Agas and more. The good news for you is that London Chimney Sweeps' team can get them all clean!


No matter where you are located in the Greater London Metropolitan Area, inside a Smoke Control Area or outside of one, our hard working guys hardworking team of chimney sweeps can help you out. We provide our top-quality chimney sweeping services for domestic customers and also for commercial customers (e.g. those nice old-fashioned pubs that know the benefits of a real fire for ambience). We believe in bringing you the best of the old and the new: modern techniques and equipment along with old-fashioned courtesy, professionalism and punctuality.


One more thing: we’ve heard all the wisecracks about Mary Poppins, Bert and “chim, chim cheroo” already, possibly a thousand times. It just goes with the work of sweeping chimneys. So before you ask, yes, we are real London chimney sweeps. No, we don’t climb up inside the chimneys and get soot all over our faces. Yes, some does get on our hands. Yes, we use long brushes at times. No, we don’t get sucked up from the fireplace to the roof by the pull of wind on the brushes. No, we don’t dance and perform acrobatics on the rooftops in the company of magical nannies. Yes, you can shake hands with us if you like but we can’t guarantee good luck. Some of the people working for LCS can sing and some can’t, but we hire them for their professional talents and skills rather than their musical ability.


As for good luck? Well, there’s an old tradition that says that if you see the brush come up out of the top of the chimney while the sweep is at work, it’s good luck and you can wish on the brush like you would on a falling star. But don’t tell anyone your wish!


To find out more about our London services or to make a booking, please get in touch with our helpful customer services team.