When most people think of chimney sweeps, they conjure up an image of a soot-covered child in the midst of the Industrial Revolution. Chimney sweeping is an ancient profession. Records of people earning their living by cleaning chimneys go back as far as the 16th century.
However, in a world in which modern conveniences such as central heating have largely replaced the once ubiquitous coal and wood fires used to heat homes, one could easily assume that chimney sweeps no longer exist. This would, however be a false assumption, chimney sweeps are not the anachronisms most people presume them to be, but thoroughly modern professional tradesmen. If you are one of the growing number of people who have a functioning coal fire or a wood burner in your home, it may well be in your interests to acquaint yourself with a modern day chimney sweep.
Old-fashioned fireplaces and modern wood burners are becoming increasingly coveted, and for good reason, a well restored fireplace or a new wood burner can add great character to a room, and if it is well maintained, can be an excellent source of heat during the cold winter months. However, in order to reap the benefits of having an open fire or a wood burner in your home you must ensure that your fireplace or wood burner functions both safely and efficiently, for this to happen you must make sure you have your chimney swept at least once a year.