Chimney cowls and birds nests removal

Chimney cowls may seem simple, but they can provide a huge benefit to the maintenance of your chimney and fireplace.


Chimney cowls may seem simple, but they can provide a huge benefit to the maintenance of your chimney and fireplace.

What is a chimney cowl?

Essentially a chimney cowl is a metal cover that is fixed to the top of your chimney that allows smoke to ventilate out, but limits ingress into your chimney from issues such as excess rainfall or birds and bird waste.


How can a chimney cowl help prevent birds nesting in a chimney?

A chimney cowl can also limit gusts of wind affecting the smoke in your fireplace, ensuring that you don’t experience smoke blowing back into the fireplace and into your room, rather than rising upwards as you would normally expect.

Chimney cowls are also essential to help prevent birds nesting in your chimney place. Jack daws, often use chimneys as a place to nest, collecting large amounts of twigs and nest material over a period of time. A jackdaws nest is usually large and will block the chimney causing both a fire and CO risk and requires considerable work to be removed. Bird droppings down a chimney can also be a nuisance, especially where a fireplace is not regularly in use.

A chimney that is not in use should be capped with a vent cap. This prevents animals or rain from entering but still allows a little ventilation through the chimney to reduce the likelihood of damp.

A chimney cowl is the perfect way to prevent these issues: ensuring that your chimney and fireplace are protected and that smoke is getting out, while nothing else is getting in!

Fire Work Chimney Sweep

Fire work are a full service chimney sweep company, offering sweeping, inspection and maintenance services for residential and commercial clients throughout Scotland. We are GOMCS approved, providing certification of all works completed for each job.

Chimney Inspections

We service and maintain chimneys of all shapes and sizes. In addition to sweeping your chimney, we can also inspect all elements of your fireplace and appliance to ensure safe and efficient operation.

Chimney Sweeping

We are able to sweep, survey and maintain all varieties and sizes of fireplaces, chimneys and stoves.

Tar and Creosote Removal

Using a specialist creosote modifier, we are able to reduce the amount of tar and creosote that can build up in a chimney over time.

Chimney Cowls and Birds Nest Removal

Chimney cowls may seem simple, but they provide a huge benefit to the maintenance of your chimney and fireplace.

New Homeowner Chimney Inspection

Undertaking an inspection of your chimney and fireplace provides excellent peace of mind in your new home.
We issue GOMCS certificates with each sweep for submitting to your insurance agents.

Commercial Chimney Sweeping and Inspections

We have a team of 4 experienced chimney specialists who are able to undertake projects across Scotland. Contact us today to make an appointment.

Barbara, Edinburgh

“The young lad who did the chimney sweep at my flat was very professional. He did a great job and kept the living room very clean. I would recommend this service to anybody and will definitely use it in the future if needed.
Many thanks”

Jenny Kury, Kinfauns

“I just wanted to email you to give recognition where it’s due. The young lad who came out today was very pleasant, professional, courteous and respectful. We felt completely safe with the COVID measures too. He kept mess to a minimum and took a lot of care when cleaning up. Gold star service! We will definitely use Fireworks again.”

Chris Munro, Drumsmittal, Inverness

“Just a quick note to let you know how pleased we were with the job you did yesterday.
It was the best clean of the chimney we have had in over 20 years.
There is a significant difference in the heat output from our radiators and a better draw from the chimney.”

Lavinia Turner, General Manager, Aldourie Castle Estate

“Very professional team, excellent service, tidy and reliable.

Very happy to recommend their services.”

Godfrey Macdonald, The Lord Macdonald

“We have used Jason Ross and Fire Work for more than eight years, both in a personal and business capacity. In total they clean at least five chimneys on a quarterly basis with care, efficiency and a complete professionalism in all aspects of their work. I cannot recommend them highly enough and wish them even greater success in the future.”

A Crossley

“Very helpful and informative sweep. Highly recommend.”

A George

“Had these guys sweep our chimney for several years, nothing is too much trouble for them. They are so helpful, polite, punctual, and tidy, you’d hardly know they’ve been.

A couple of years ago they went above and beyond when we found out we had chimney issues during a sweep, and thanks to their investigation our cottage is safe again.”

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