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There are approximately 60,000 thatched properties in the UK, of which 50-80 suffer a serious fire each year, most of which are completely destroyed. 90% of the homes struck by thatch fire have a combination of a wood burning stove either a flexible chimney liner or no liner at all.
Chimneys should be checked to ensure the brick or stonework is in good condition. Old or poorly maintained chimneys with loose or missing bricks & mortar and not lined, could allow hot gases and smoke to escape into upper rooms, the loft space or directly onto the thatch. If re-thatching works are taking place and the thatch around the chimney stack is removed, the thatcher will be able to advise on its condition.
Ensure chimneys are regularly swept by an experienced and qualified chimney sweep. This normally needs to be done at least twice a year, however if the chimney is used frequently during the winter period then additional sweeping may be required. Your sweep will be able to offer you further advice. Many chimney engineers and other specialist companies offer a CCTV survey, this is recommended to check the internal condition of the flue. Again check with your property insurer because some of them have a list of approved companies.
A number of thatch fires occur as a result of old or inappropriate flue liners, therefore chimneys serving either an open fire or multi-fuel appliance should be suitably lined. Contact an appropriate professional body such as HETAS so a registered chimney engineer can review the liner (if already installed) to ensure it is fit for purpose for the type of appliance or fire in use.
An engineer will also be able to advise on the condition of the liner and recommend on how often it should be checked. If you are considering installing a wood-burner or similar, again contact HETAS who will advise on the most suitable appliance and liner for the property.
Thatching Advisory Services will be attending
The National Society Of Master Thatchers Annual Conference and AGM.
Entitled ‘For the Good of Thatch’
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th March 2014
It is to held at The Norfolk Arms Hotel, Arundel in West Sussex.
The agenda will include discussions on: The Thatch Mark Standard, Chimney safety and Fire barriers and insulation.
The show, which was held at the NEC, Birmingham, saw Grant demonstrating his craft on a stand organised by the Heritage Skills HUB.
Heritage Skills HUB is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, set up to promote and support traditional building skills to all those who care for traditional buildings.
Local Thatched Landmark – Restored
Following the arson attack in March of this year, the cliff-top shelter in Seaton, East Devon has been totally restored.
Thatching Advisory Services advised East Devon District Council with regard to the provision of Fire Barriers as part of the reconstruction of the shelter. Prior to the new thatch going on, the top and underside of the roof timbers were clad with TAS100 Thatch Fireboard and Thatchbatts® were placed between each of the timbers.
Once the rebuilding and fire prevention works were completed, the shelter was completely re-thatched by local Master Thatcher, Philip White.
Chris Beardshaw returned to Chelsea this May with a design to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Furzey Gardens in Hampshire and the achievements of its learning disability team. Simon Sinkinson, an experienced and talented thatcher collaborated with Chris to build the spectacular thatched Lantern Folly in the Garden.
Furzey Gardens Charitable Trust operates in conjunction with its sister charity, the Minstead Training Project, to provide a wide range of services for students with learning disabilities. The students are helping to grow plants for the show garden and assisting Chris in the garden build. This is the first time students with learning difficulties have been involved directly with a Chelsea garden. (source: www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show/2012)
Simon undertakes contracts for the National Trust, The Barker-Mills Estates and Furzey Gardens as well as countless private houses and agricultural buildings throughout the New Forest and further afield. If you’d like to see more of Simons photo’s of his involvement at Chelsea check out his blogspot.