Chimney sweeping - how often should it be done?

The guidelines for the frequency of having your chimney swept vary depending on a number of factors, being:

  • the type of fuel used,
  • the duration of use,
  • the type of appliance,
  • the moisture content of the wood,
  • the type of chimney or flue

This table is for guidance only:

Fuel Type Sweeping Frequency
Smokeless Fuel At least once a year
Wood Quarterly when in use
Bituminous coal Quarterly when in use
Oil Once a year
Gas Once a year
Multi chimney