This is a perfect example of how quickly a flue can end up with a blockage of creosote and tar, which will lead to damage to the liner and potentially a chimney fire.
The owners of this stove were keen slumberers – this means that they would load up the stove overnight with wood and close it down, with the aim of keeping it going until the morning. A combination of slumbering and poor quality wood (e.g. with a high moisture content) has led to this flue having to be replaced.
The customer was advised and warned of the dangers of slumbering the stove, and the importance of using seasoned, dry wood.
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