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The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps was established with the goal to improve standards within the industry by introducing professional training and assessment for sweeps.


Today, the Guild is both nationally and internationally recognised for its efforts and achievements in improving standards for both chimney sweeps and their customers.


The Guild’s ethos is to provide the highest quality of training and service for chimney sweeps in the UK and this is the reason our members join us; Because they want to be the best at what they do. So you can be sure when choosing a Guild Sweep you will be receiving a service from a dedicated and proactive chimney sweep.

Stephen Rhodes Chimney Services are Qualified Members of the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps


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Our method statement/risk assessment to ensure an effective and safe sweep:

  1. On arrival the floors and surrounding areas will be covered with clean dust sheets.
  2. The method of sweeping will be ascertained to suit the type of chimney/flue to be swept
  3. The chimney opening is sealed to avoid soot ingress into the room with an industrial vacuum cleaner in situ.
  4. When sweeping is complete any soot and debris is removed and taken away.
    The chimney is smoke tested to ensure effective up-draught.
  5. A visual inspection of the chimney pot is made to advise suitability.
  6. A certificate will be issued which will include any recommendations eg fitting of carbon monoxide alarm/advice on required ventilation. This certificate, generally, will be required by house insurers.

Recommendations for chimney and flue sweep intervals

  • Seasoned Wood – Twice yearly
  • Smokeless Fuel – Yearly
  • Bituminous Coal – Twice Yearly

Chimney Sweeping Methods

Traditional Rod and Brush

This system has been used since chimney sweeping began many years ago. A suitable size brush is chosen and rods are added until the brush passes through the chimney pot.The cleaning process is then carried out removing rods as each section is completed.

Rotary Power Sweeping

This is a relatively new system which involves the use of spring loaded button lock rods and a similar type brush head to a garden strimmer. The bottom rod is connected to a hand held drill which rotates the head throughout the chimney at high speed.This is a very effective system ,other head attachments can be used to remove stubborn tar and creosote deposits within the chimney.


Vipers come in many forms and are generally used to sweep lined solid fuel stoves and many other flues. Instead of attaching individual rods they have a continuous fibreglass rod with a plastic coating which is fed up the chimney as with other methods. There are various types of Viper including floor standing and hand held for use through inspection doors installed within,usually, the stove pipe.

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