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

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

Jethro Vivian
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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: 2079 KB
  • Print Length: 23 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 (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #225,108 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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
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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, very informative! 21 Feb 2014
By Tony W
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A very knowledgeable man that's for sure I just wished h lived nearer me in Leicestershire!! Long live Jethro and Wife
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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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