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Tricks of the Trade - The truth about open fires, multi-fuel stoves and log burners [Kindle Edition]

Jethro Vivian
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

I've been a chimney sweep for more years than I care to remember and I truly believe I have the best job in the world. I have managed to build an impressive customer database including the Crown estates, the Diocese of York estates, the police force and many, many others.

‘Tricks of the Trade’ was written with YOU in mind, and to help YOU get the very best out of your open fire, wood burner, or multi-fuel stove. I always take the time to explain the combustion process to my new customers and the importance of burning wood fuel at the right temperature.

In this book I will be covering topics and explaining subjects in a simple, jargon free language. Subjects like: the location of your open fire; interior versus exterior chimneys; lighting your open fire; multi-fuel stoves and log burners; creating chimney draft; firing your stove; how to avoid a tarry chimney, and lots, lots more.

I will also teach you the best ways to get improved performance out of your stove and bring it up to maximum efficiency throughout the burning season.

Tricks of the Trade is a must have if you have an open fire, multi-fuel stove or log burner.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2461 KB
  • Print Length: 22 pages
  • Publisher: Jethro Vivian; 1 edition (14 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DQW98EI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #139,837 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Information correct but not comprehensive enough and where are the trade tricks?

This “book” is only 30 pages long with 1 duplicated page. Take away, 8 intro pages, at least 4 pages of testimonials/adverts for the author and you have 17 small pages of content. Even the kindle description (which I missed) estimates only 23 pages. Fine for a £1.00 but not £2.99. I expect more.

The book took me less than 30mins to read!

The information is sound but not nearly enough if it and nothing that I had not already learned. By “tricks of the trade” I expected some inside info, such as tips for getting the stove glass clean, where best to buy fuel from and other gems. But the only new tip was water and vinegar for a stove cleaning solution.

The testimonials to the authors work were irritating and were just adverts. Now I don’t mind putting up with these on free websites but in a small booklet I have paid for I object.

So my advice is save your money, there is nowhere near enough content in this book to justify the price and the information within can easily be gleaned in a simple google search. If you want more detailed information on wood burners in particular, and the science of the combustion process, then there are far better books available on amazon at just a few pounds more.

Note to self, check the page count before committing to buy in the future!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book for any stove user. 29 Aug. 2013
By Marion
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This great little book tells you everything you need to know about getting the best from your stove. After reading it we realized we were wasting fuel and filling the chimney with tar. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get the best from their stove.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and informative 10 Aug. 2013
By Lolly
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Jethro has been our chimney sweep for the last four years and I would really recommend him. Jethro and Angie are an excellent team and certainly know their stuff. They have always been very informative and this book is no exception. For anyone who has a multi-fuel stove, wood stove or solid fuel fire this book is definitely worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This man knows the business.... 9 Aug. 2013
First of all I must add I haven't read this book yet but I'm giving my review on the working relationship I have had with Jethro and Mrs Sweep over the years....
Jethro has to be one of the finest sweeps in the uk.. His knowledge of anything fire/chimney/flue related is second to none and between us we have sorted some of the most difficult tasks you can imagine!!!
I will now be purchasing this book but i would love to see it in a printed version...
Well done Jethro..... Keep up the good work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Joy of a Sweep! 22 July 2013
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Containing the best of Jethro's expert knowledge, this book is a great reminder of how to maximise the benefits of the living flames in your hearth. It is always a pleasure to welcome Jethro and Mrs Sweep into our home: their service and expertise is first class.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Average! 28 Nov. 2013
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If you don't understand anything about stoves etc then not a bad book I suppose.
If you understand anything then this a book of the flaming obvious with over 3rd made up with customer testimonials.
If only I could have my £2.99 back!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best stove to put in 14 Dec. 2014
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You will have this manual read in about 10/minutes. It gives advice on chimneys and stoves not an exact science from a long working life as a Chimney Sweep. The best stove to put in. How to start your fire off and the best way to burn the fuel to get the best combustion along with self promoting ditties from valued customers. Is it worth £3? for a digital read I should think £1.50 would be better value for what it is.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 19 April 2014
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Thought I was going to learn something new but pretty much everything I was already doing. I'm sure would help someone who had never lite a fire.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very good little book.
Good advice and well laid out. I learned a lot. And I was just in time to stop buying a fire advertised as multifuel, when I had just found out how to tell its difference from a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by beau nydle
4.0 out of 5 stars Good little book
Good little book, points out do's and dont's of running a log burning stove and how to avoid wasting valuable heat!
Published 6 months ago by kevin radford
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful tips
Very useful for all owners of log or multi fuel burners.
Published 9 months ago by Tortietart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, informative read.
Really enjoyed reading this, I found it helpful and explained things very well. Would recommend to all with or without a log burner.
Published 9 months ago by Sheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, very informative!
A very knowledgeable man that's for sure I just wished h lived nearer me in Leicestershire!! Long live Jethro and Wife
Published 16 months ago by Tony W
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read, full of useful tips and hints
Easy to follow, concise and packed with useful tips, for novice stove owners. Would recommend this to the reader who wants a quick and concise guard.
Published 19 months ago by MR S B TURNER
3.0 out of 5 stars Tricks of the Trade
Haven't read it as did not realise it was not a paper book until too late to cancel order so can't comment.
Published 20 months ago by Dodi Daniell
5.0 out of 5 stars Grumpy Sumpy
Jethro cleaned my chimney and told me about his book, he told me how to get the best out of my multi fuel stove, which had never been fully explained. Read more
Published 21 months ago by kit
5.0 out of 5 stars good sound advice
Well written and full of usefull tips and advice.
Any newcomer to open fires and stoves this book will tell you everything you will need to know.
Published 21 months ago by Nick
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