Chimney sweeping services etc.

  • NACS (National Association of Chimney Sweeps) registered chimney sweep covering Cardiff and south Wales.

  • Cardiff based HETAS approved chimney sweep.

  • Full liability insurance, domestic and commercial.

  • Nests removed, cowls sold and fitted. Click the link for more information.

  • NACS certificate issued with every sweep.

  • Every flue swept given a basic smoke test.

  • A written report  is given for every chimney swept.

  • Copies of the chimney report and the NACS chimney sweeping certificate are kept by me for 5 years in case you need advice in the future. Click the link for more details.

  • Building regulation checks on solid fuel/ wood burning appliances.

  • Chimney camera surveys carried out.

  • Pressure testing of flues available with 2 page NACS certificate. I have passed the relevant course for this. Click the link for more details.

  • Solid fuel and wood burning HETAS registered installer/ engineer.

  • Fireplaces fitted.

  • Flexible liners, wood burning and solid fuel stoves fitted.

  • Twin wall insulated flues fitted.

  • Hearths supplied.

  • Ceramic flue lining advice given.

  • Carbon Monoxide alarms sold. Click the link for more details.

  • I offer a clean convenient and reliable REGISTERED chimney sweeping service in South Wales. I cover an area including Cardiff, the vale of Glamorgan, Caerphilly, Machen, Rogerstone and Newport.

  • I carry full public liability insurance and use high quality equipment

  • I am happy to remove old birds nests and other obstructions and will never charge you more than the maximum fee quoted for this work no matter how long it takes.

  • If you require advice on chimney condition, new appliance installation and problems relating to your chimney/ appliance please ask. I am a HETAS registered installer so am well qualified to offer advice.

Picture of the outside of my chimney sweeping van for sweeping chimneys in Cardiff and other parts of South Wales.
I am a National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS) registered chimney sweep covering Cardiff and other parts of South Wales. This is a link to the NACS website.
Picture of an AArrow wood burning stove I fitted in Cardiff with a flexible twin wall stainless steel liner. AArrow stoves are made by Arada and a link is in place to their websiite.

Arrow stove installed by me in an existing opening in Radyr, Cardiff. The stove was chosen because its approved for smoke controlled zones so it can run on a 5 inch liner which would go through the existing clay liner, a 6inch liner may not have gone through.  All work is given a HETAS installation certificate and a chimney data plate is placed in the house.

Philip Lowe is a HETAS registered engineer and stove installer covering Cardiff an other areas of South Wales.


Fitting a ventilation cowl on top of your chimney pot will save you money by reducing the heat loss from the building. The cowls reduce the air flow through the chimney to the minimum to keep the chimney dry. They can only be fitted if you have a chimney pot and your chimney is redundant. 

Philip Lowe is a HETAS approved chimney sweep covering Cardiff and other areas of South Wales.
Pictute of a Aarrow wood burning stove Philip Lowe fitted in Cardiff with a twin wall flexible liner.

Aarrow stove fitted by me in Cyncoed Cardiff. The stove was bought on line and the riven slate hearth with polished edges and expansion allowances was supplied by us. The hearth size was determined just to cover the edges of the existing wood block floor.

For information on Carbon Monoxide click on the logo. It is very important that your carbon monoxide detector is in the correct location, it will not work if it is not. Ask me if you are not sure and remember it is odourless and colourless.

link for gas safe a charity with information on carbon monoixde poisioning in homes. Covers signs and symptons.
A picture of the Burnright logo with a link for the Burnright website a free information website with videos on burning wood and solid fuel.

Check out the burnright website for great information on burning wood. Click on the logo. Watch the helpful video on the home page about the correct use of a wood burning stove.


I get a lot of calls about damp in chimneys so I thought I would list a few possible causes as follows.

  • Defective chimney pot benching which lets in water. The benching is the mortar around the pot itself.

  • Defective stack pointing.

  • Defective lead flashings and soakers. The soakers are the lead sections under the flashings.

  • Years of burning can lead to tar and salt deposits that build up in the chimney and leach into the structure. The salts are hydroscopic so they absorb moisture from the atmosphere, this can spread into the plaster work.

  • None ventilated chimneys. If a fire has been removed and the opening blocked up without  fitting a vent then any damp that gets in the chimney has little chance of drying out. Of course for a vent to work the chimney must be ventilated at the top to, ideally with a pot and ventilation cow (see page on cowls). I ventilate blocked up chimneys but it is easy to do yourself. Do not use a vent with a fly screen, they tend to get blocked by dust.

Of course  a large number of chimney stacks have had no work done on them since the house was built, so it is no surprise that they ingress damp.


Check out the fire mizer at It is supposed to save up to 33% of your fuel consumption and can be used on stoves or open fires. If you have experience of it drop me an email and let me know how you got on with it.