In order to keep my fees as equitable as possible I have introduced a couple of price points, which attempt to reflect the type of installation being serviced. These are used to provide a guide or estimate as to the cost of sweeping your flue(s) when you contact me.

For example; It often takes a little more time to clear away the ornaments and decorations displayed on the hearth, and then to clear the ‘makings’ and/or ash (if necessary) from a stove or open fireplace before I can start to sweep the flue. In such cases I make a small extra charge to reflect the extra time taken.

Similarly stoves and fireplaces can be linked to flues which are lined or unlined. With an unlined flue attached to a stove, there can often be more work in removing the soot from soot boxes and through soot doors than from one that is attached to a flue which has been lined and can be swept through the stove.

The basic price points

  • An open fire place with or without a lined flue is £58 including the function test, certificate/report, assuming that has been emptied of ash/logs/paper etc. If it has to be cleared or there is an internal or external soot box because the flue has a turn or other restriction and cannot be swept from the hearth, it will cost £63


  • To sweep the flue connected to a stove is normally £60 and includes a basic service (checking seals and components for wear etc.), and function test and report/certificate. This is for a Multi fuel or Wood burner. This is for a stove which has been emptied of ash/logs/paper etc. and professionally installed with a lined flue connected to a bird/rain guard which is fixed using clamps or straps to the chimney pot

A bit like this…. Image result for chimney liner


  • Very tall flues (more than one set of rods) over 11 metres or 35 feet, may also cost slightly more


  • Stoves and open fireplaces connected to a flue which is not lined; making it necessary to access the flue through a soot door in the chimney breast or via a register plate to remove soot and debris from sweeping the flue attract a supplementary charge of £5.


  • Flues with external soot doors also cost an additional £5 depending on the access to the soot box door. Sump lids or closure plates into twin wall flues do not carry a surcharge unless access is restricted.


  • A straight forward birds nest removal will normally cost £75. However after the first 90 mins, each additional hour is based on an hourly rate of £56/hour (up to a maximum of £200). Rest assured I will discuss any additional costs before they are accrued and of course the cost includes the smoke test, and an inspection with CCTV (where access permits) to make sure all the debris have been removed. In very extreme cases a cleaning charge is levied if the equipment used is heavily contaminated with creosote or some of the less savoury residues associated with birds nests and everything is bagged and sealed before disposal.


  • An AGA or Rayburn cooker costs £65. Provided there is access into the flue via the air vent at the base of the flue.  I can sweep the flue (up to 11 metres or 35 feet) and remove most debris from the internal cavities in the vicinity of the base of the flue and dismantle the cooker to clear all the debris from around the ovens in solid fuel appliances, Regrettably I am not qualified to dismantle Oil or Gas fuelled appliances and these are best serviced by the AGA engineer just after I have cleaned the flue


Image result for fireplace full of ash

  • Clearing out the fireplace or stove before I can seal it to sweep the flue, will cost an extra £5

Please also bear in mind that…

  • Fire surrounds made of exposed brickwork take a disproportionately long time to seal in order to prevent the room in which they are situated becoming contaminated with dust or soot. I have a wide variety of methods I can employ to do this but again I may add a supplementary charge if a reliable seal is impractical, and subsequently takes longer to seal and clear the flue than normal

Stoves and fireplaces connected to a flue with a ‘wire basket’ or ‘steel rod pyramid’ cowl  which are not permanently fixed into the chimney pot, are at risk of being dislodged by pressure from the brush and rods. With your help I will endeavour to keep them in position but cannot guarantee it as they are often a very loose fit and/or can be badly perished. Other types of Cowl fixed in place with hooks can also work loose over time and may be dislodged by the brush and rods

Image result for basket chimneycowl   orRelated image may be dislodged and can cause damage on the way down…

  • I am able to replace cowls (subject to reasonable access), but I charge £75 for roof access (single storey bungalows £50)  not including the cost of new cowl the prices of which can range from £20 to £300 depending on the customers choice
  • I use Brewer Cowls when installing and replacing cowls the full range of their products is available here

if you need a more accurate estimate please use the enquiry form and give me as much detail as you can.