How well do you understand your log burner and chimney?

Check your score to determine your risk levels and understanding on the potential for a fire in your thatched property. By completing the form below and adding up the score can provide a guide to measuring the risk associated with the particularly type of heating installation in your home.

APPLIANCE
Wood-burning stove (More than 6 years old) Y N + 4
Wood-burning stove (1 to 5 years old) Y N + 3
FLUE
Not lined with stove Y N + 6
Solid fuel flexible liner Y N +5
Rigid single wall flue pipe Y N + 5
Rigid twin wall insulated flue (more than 11 years old) Y N + 4
Rigid twin wall insulated flue (less than 10 years old) Y N + 2
No knowledge of flue lining age and type Y N + 6
INSULATION
Clay/pumice solid block liner Y N – 2
Stack vented top & bottom Y N – 2
TERMINATION
Less than 1800 mm from roof surface Y N + 5
Spark arrestor Y N + 5
No pot no bird guard Y N + 4
Other type of cowl Y N + 4
FUEL
Unseasoned wood and builders waste Y N + 8
Seasoned wood Y N + 3
Smokeless fuel Y N + 2
Gas/oil Other Y N 0
OTHER
Tar on inside of flue Y N + 5
Tar on inside of chimney Y N + 5
Chimney / flue not swept regularly Y N + 4
Appliance not serviced regularly Y N + 3
Rope seals damaged / not replaced Y N + 4
Appliance installed incorrectly Y N + 20
Flue system touching / too close to inside brick Y N + 15
Chimney brickwork in poor condition Y N + 5
Clean bird guard fitted Y N – 3
Tar coated spark arrestor Y N +4
Multi-layered thatch (straw) Y N +8
TOTAL Y Score

Total = 0 – 10 Low Risk, 11 – 20 Med Risk, 21 – 30 high Risk, 31 + Very High Risk.

Any don’t knows consider further investigation or add 6 to the score.