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Turner Baker Chimney Cheltenham Services

Here at Turner Baker, we are a family owned company that specialise in the construction and repair of a huge variety of new and existing chimneys and flues, plus dealing with all problems from the hearth up to the chimney pot. Our friendly team have experience in working on all different kinds of properties and appliances from cottages to castles; open fires to boilers. Our many services include inspection of chimneys and flues with detailed reports; consultation on all aspects of fireplace, chimney Cheltenham and flue design as well as installation and repair work carried out by our team of fully trained Chimney Cheltenham Technicians.

Chimney Inspections

One of the services that we offer is a chimney inspection. This means reviewing the structure and soundness of your chimney Cheltenham and flue to guarantee that it is safe to use.

When you use your open fire, wood burner, gas appliance or boiler you want to do so with the safe knowledge that any fumes produced can escape up the flue without any risk of carbon monoxide poisoning or a dangerous chimney fire.

A flue is a hidden part of your property that can pose various risks to your safety if not properly looked after or lined.

Having your chimney surveyed can give you a detailed understanding of the condition that it is in and is very useful in the following scenarios:

  • When looking at reinstating a flue that hasn’t been used for a long time in older buildings
  • To check if flues are safe to use in their existing condition
  • To find out if there has been any damage to the flue after a chimney fire
  • To plot the course of a flue in an older property
  • To provide evidence on the condition of the flue to Insurance Companies

The Inspections that we offer

  • A CCTV survey will give you a detailed report on the condition of the inside of your flue. What it won’t tell you is how well your flue works.  To establish this, there are two different smoke tests that we offer:
    • A Dynamic smoke test which checks the draw of an appliance or open fire. In other words, when there is a fire lit, a dynamic smoke test is designed to establish if the smoke escapes up the flue efficiently or if it fills the room with smoke. This is the test that most chimney sweeps will offer to undertake.
    • A Static smoke test which checks the integrity flue. When an appliance is used or a fire is lit, does smoke leak from the flue into other areas of the property.

Chimney Design

As well as chimney Cheltenham inspections, we also offer a chimney consultancy and design service which is popular with many Architects and Building companies.

We work closely with clients, architects and engineers to ensure that any planned or completed flue is suitable and safe for the desired application. We can provide a full design service using CAD software, specifying flue size and materials, and then either supply materials where required or undertake the full installation.

Installation and Chimney Cheltenham Repair Work

Turner Baker has a team of highly qualified Chimney Technicians who are trained in all aspects of chimney and flue work including installation of new systems and repair of old ones.

One of our most popular services is chimney lining, of which we have several systems available to suit many kinds of chimney and flue. Below are 3 examples of the liners that we supply and fit:

Furanflex liners

A relatively new entrant to the market is the Furanflex thermosetting resin lining system.  In laymen’s terms this refers to a liner that is supplied as a soft malleable material which can be inserted into a chimney. It is then steamed or ‘cured’ into a hardened structure that is resistant to heat and high temperatures.

It was introduced to the UK in 2010 following a rigorous testing programme to ensure that the product met UK standards. The product has been certified by BBA (British Board of Agreement) see website here.

There are many benefits to using a Furanflex lining system. Firstly, the product is installed as a flexible and shapeable tube which is perfect for properties with chimneys that have bends in them. This is certainly the case for a lot of older properties.

Secondly, the liner can be installed freestanding and it can mould to take the existing shape of the chimney which maximises the cross-sectional area of the flue. Many other lining systems are a set shape and sometimes reduce the size of the flue which in turn affects its’ performance.

Additionally, the Furanflex liner doesn’t stick itself to the chimney and can therefore be removed when necessary.  This makes it an ideal option for heritage properties with listing restrictions which won’t allow for permanent changes to the structure.

The Furanflex lining system is guaranteed to last for 25 years. The Furanflex system is able to withstand very high temperatures. It is even able to survive a chimney fire! However, any chimney flue that has suffered from a chimney fire, no matter how long ago, should always be inspected along its length prior to being reused.

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Stainless steel flue liners

The entry point into chimney and flue linings is stainless steel.

They can be available in either a the common flexible format (to accommodate bends in the chimney or flue) or as rigid pieces. The flexible stainless steel liners are supplied as one long piece whereas the rigid stainless steel is supplied in pieces which are slotted together.

Flexible stainless steel flue liners are available from us at Turner baker for either multi fuel stoves or for gas and oil appliances.

Pumice Flue Liners           

Isokern Flue Pumice is a natural insulator. This is what makes it a popular choice and separates pumice from all other chimney Cheltenham materials.

The insulating properties of Pumice allow the flue gases in the chimney to reach their optimum temperature quickly and therefore enabling the heating appliance to reach its optimum performance shortly after lighting.

It also keeps the chimney itself warmer longer as the heat output of the appliance decreases – once again aiding it’s performance and reducing the likelihood of soot build-up that cause blockages and potentially cause a chimney fire.

We aren’t just all about lining flues, we are also fully capable to deal with damp, structural issues, fireplaces and hearths, cowls, chimney pots and chimney fans.

Turner Baker is a certified supplier and installer of the Exodraft range of chimney fans. These can be used to improve the draw in existing installations where an open fire or appliance spills smoke into a room, or as part of a new installation where a tall flue is either not possible either due to design or cost limitations.

If you would like more information on any of the services that we provide, please contact our team on (01242) 649660

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