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  1. Embrace the holiday spirit while prioritising safety!

    Christmas decorations in front of fireplace

    As the Christmas season approaches, many of us are gearing up to deck the halls, and it's crucial to ensure that our fireplace decorations are both festive and secure. Transform your fireplace into a cosy focal point with these safety guidelines in mind.

    Elevate your mantel and hearth with a beautiful display, but keep in mind the importance of safety. Experts recommend maintaining a minimum three-foot distance between the fireplace opening and any combustible materials, including pillows, blankets, and seasonal decorations. Whether it's stockings or garlands adorning your mantel, exercise caution to prevent potential fire hazards.

    Candles add a classic touch to mantel decor, but they require careful consideration. Since many mantels are constructed from flammable materials, opt for candles with appropriate containers or drip trays. For a safer alternative, consider LED candles to achieve a warm glow without the risk of fire.

    Refer to the manufacturer's instructions

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  2. Why is insulation essential for your chimney?

    Chimney with smoke coming out

    When it comes to maintaining your chimney, safety and efficiency should be your top priorities. Ensuring that your chimney is properly insulated and sealed is crucial for preventing damage, improving performance, and enhancing overall safety. Essential components for achieving this are vermiculite, rockwool and Flexwrap. In this blog, we will explore why you should consider using insulation in your chimney.


    Insulation and Heat Retention

    Vermiculite is a naturally occurring mineral known for its excellent insulation properties. When applied in the chimney's flue liner, it helps to keep the heat inside the chimney, rather than letting it escape into your home. This insulation not only enhances the efficiency of your heating system but also reduces the risk of structural damage to your chimney due to extreme temperature fluctuations. By retaining heat within the chimney, vermiculite prevents

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  3. How to prevent your stove glass from turning black

    Wood Burning Stove

    Real fireplaces are now incredibly popular in the UK. Many of us enjoy the appeal and comfort of a woodburning stove or open fire, and for some people it has once again become an important part of home heating. But if you don’t know how to use your fire correctly, you could not only be wasting money, but damaging your appliance, your chimney and polluting the environment.

    Blackened glass is caused by a buildup of soot, creosote, and other combustion byproducts. If the fire doesn’t burn hot enough or wood used is not seasoned properly, it can produce more creosote which caused the glass to blacken. Check out our top tips to prevent your stove glass from turning black:

    1. Burn Dry Wood

    Generally, seasoned wood is seen as the most environmentally-friendly fuel and therefore the one that is the most widely-recommended. However, it’s important to use only dry wood, which should contain 20% moisture or less. Smoke

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  4. Why do modern wood burning stoves have an important role to play in our low carbon future?

    Mom and daughter in front of modern wood burning stove

    A wood burning stove costs about a third of the price of electric heating and approximately 13% less than gas central heating for the average household under the current price cap. 

    A modern stove will use less than a third of the amount of wood fuel compared to an open fire to give the same amount of heat. 

    Wood fuel is renewable and sustainable, and can be locally sourced, helping to further reduce the carbon intensity of home heating. For example the number of logs required to produce 4kW of heat over a 5 hour period is 16 for an open fire, but only 5 are needed for an Ecodesign stove!

    Choosing a modern Ecodesign stove, such as a clearSkies certified model, is a highly efficient, cost effective, low carbon and low emission way to heat your home.

    At Flexi Flue Direct all of our stoves are highly efficient and Defra Approved

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  5. Save £££'s Today with Our Price Drop on Multifuel Stoves

    Are you looking to add warmth, charm, and efficiency to your home? Look no further than Flexi Flue Direct!

    We're excited to announce a special offer that will help you save on your heating expenses. With our latest price drop on multifuel stoves, you can enjoy significant savings while creating a cosy and inviting atmosphere in your living space. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to upgrade your heating system and enhance the ambiance of your home. Read on to discover the benefits of multifuel stoves and how Flexi Flue Direct can help you save money today.

    The Versatility of Multifuel Stoves:
    Multifuel stoves are a popular choice for homeowners seeking flexibility and efficiency. With the ability to burn multiple types of fuel, including wood, coal, and smokeless fuels, these stoves provide you with options. Whether you prefer the natural warmth and crackling sound of wood or the longer

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  6. Keep your family safe – top tips to prevent chimney fires

    smoking chimney

    Fire and Rescue services are advising people to take extra care after a spate of fires involving chimneys and wood burning stoves. People with wood burning stoves, which are growing in popularity due to the spiralling cost of gas and electricity, are reminded to get them correctly installed and regularly maintained. HETAS, the Heating Equipment Testing and Approvals Scheme, provides details of chimney sweeps at

    Sweeping your chimney at least once a year and using a quality-assured fuel is the key to prevention. Not only does this remove soot and tar deposits but also gives chimney sweeps the opportunity to check for any problems with the chimney or liner. A typical sweep only takes about 90 minutes and doesn’t make a mess. Professional chimney sweeps use modern methods and tools such a

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  7. How to install a screw type suspending cowl in less than a minute!

    Our new screw type suspending cowl is designed for easy connection to your flexible flue liner and chimney pot, saving you time and money by using less components.

    • Stainless Steel Construction
    • Fast Connection to Flexible Liner
    • No Need for Top Plate, Sleeve and Clamp
    • Speed Up Installation Time
    • Cost Effective

    The screw type suspending cowl has an integrated screw thread on the liner spigot, this allows the flue liner to be screwed onto the cowl without any need for any additional drilling or screws to hold it in place. Simply screw it onto your flexible flue liner until it is hand tight, making sure it is level with your chimney pot before tightening the locking band to secure it in place.


    • Make sure you have a clean cut on the liner to allow the cowl to screw onto the flex liner smoothly
    • When cutting flue liner ensure you use heavy duty safety gloves at all times
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  8. The Real Facts About Wood Burning Stoves

    Modern wood burning stoves and fireplaces provide low carbon and low emission heating using renewable and sustainable fuel. However, through a combination of reported misconceptions and lack of awareness, these appliances are often portrayed as negative and responsible for contributing much more particulate emissions than they actually do.

    Misconception 1

    The first of these misconceptions is the notion that woodburning stoves are the biggest cause of small particulate matter in the UK. According to the Stove Industry Alliance, at the root of this myth is a statement within Defra’s Clean Air Strategy that says domestic combustion accounts for 38% of fine particulate matter. This number was based on a government survey in 2015 which incorrectly over-estimated the amount of wood being burnt on stoves and fireplaces in the UK.

    A much larger survey carried out in 2019 showed the true figure was less than a third of what the

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  9. How to get the most from your wood burning stove or open fire

    Wood burning stove

    To get the most out of your wood fuel it needs to be dried and ready to burn, this will help you to:

    • Get the most heat out of your stove or open fire
    • Maximise efficiency, meaning you will burn less fuel and save money
    • Reduce the risk of chimney fires
    • Reduce air pollution which is harmful to you and your neighbours
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  10. What Can You Insulate Your Chimney Liner With?

    What Can You Insulate Your Chimney Liner With?

    Currently there are no building regulations that say you must insulate your chimney liner when installing into a chimney stack.

    There is however a regulation in place though where gases must be vented safely out a building.

    Insulating your chimney liner ensures that waste gases are safely vented and travel externally away from the burning appliance. 

    If your existing chimney is located on an outside wall it is advised to insulate your liner, similarly if you have a large chimney stack it is also recommended. 

    Choosing to insulate your chimney liner, ensures that gases are safely vented and will travel directly up from the multi-fuel stove.

    So by insulating your chimney liner within

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