Central to your stove maintenance plan is a regular inspection. The frequency of these inspections is affected by how often you use your stove; a wood-burner or multi-fuel stove that is only used very occasionally won’t require checking as often as one which is lit a few times every week.
A good rule of thumb is to book an inspection at least once a year. Try to arrange it the same time as other annual checks, such as your car’s MOT, if finances allow. This way, you’ll not forget about it.
The inspection should be carried out by either a Hetas professional installer or an independent registered chimney sweep who will check the chimney and appliance thoroughly for any signs of deterioration, such as cracks, leaks, warped areas, baffle gaps or signs of creosote.
Any of these issues has the potential to result in a devastating chimney fire if left unresolved, so it really is vital that a regular inspection is carried out. Get your stove and chimney inspected during the late summer to ensure it is in tip-top condition for winter.