Last year I got my licence to chimney sweep/soot and clean my own wood-fired heating boiler. Feels really nice to be able to do this job myself, as I learn more how my house’s heating system works – and surely I also save some bucks by doing it myself.
I attended a packed course (I was the only woman there) at the fire station where we for the most part focused on fire safety. Very interesting and informative, and a bit scary (and sometimes funnily) to hear storys about what happened when fire safety was ignored.
How to actually sweep the chimney and clean the heating boiler was mostly up to myself to find out, but it is not that difficult at all, it is actually pretty easy when you have done it once and developed a routine for it.
So the easiest and fun part was to get up on my old roof, find a safe position and do the chimney sweep. The dirty part was to afterwords go down to my basement and clean the whole heating boiler and channels inside by scraping, brushing and vacuum clean it all.
It’s a dirty job alright, but what a good feeling when the whole heating system is cleaned and ready to be filled with dry wood to warm up my house on chilly days… yess indeed, it’s a priceless feeling when you have experienced how grisly and uncomfortable a cold house really is.