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Spring Update from Mr Soot: HETAS Refreshers and New Developments

Here is the latest update from Mr Soot, including HETAS Refreshers and New Developments from within the industry.

new practical training rigs at mr soot

NEW: Practical Training Rigs

We’re delighted to launch our practical HETAS installer course at Mr Soot Training Centre. Following feedback from candidates, we’ve had a new practical training rig constructed where you can:

✅ Install a flexible chimney liner and twin wall insulated system

✅ Connect it to a live appliance

✅ Undertake full commissioning including Type 2 smoke testing, a flue draught reading and a spillage test

✅ And finally… light the appliance you’ve actually installed yourself!

We have also installed a live open fire rig, to give installers and sweeps an insight into how they are constructed and potential trouble-shooting remedies. The flue systems for each rig were supplied by Flue & Ducting – and candidates will be able to use both their flexible flue liners and twin wall insulated systems on our H003 & H006 courses.

gary walker, successful chimney sweep who used mr soot training

From Black Tie to Black Hands!

Well done to Gary Walker, who is celebrating a year in business as a chimney sweep soon. Gary was on our first H011 sweeping course and swapped black-tie dinners for black hands when he decided to change careers. A marketing high-flyer, Yorkshire-based Gary knows a thing or two about branding, with his company Swept quickly establishing itself.

Listen to his full interview on our founder David’s very own Trade Entrepreneur podcast.

Beat The ‘Silly Season’ Rush…

hetas refreshers at mr soot

Are you due for a HETAS refresher this year? Don’t wait until silly season – we have dates available for the H003R and H006R in July. Remember, you can take your HETAS refresher up to six months before renewal.

And securing your place is easy with us as you can reserve and pay online!

CCTV & Integrity Testing Course

Our next additional chimney training course CCTV & Integrity Testing is taking place on July 4th. Led by 6th generation chimney sweep Josh Firkins, the one-day programme covers:

  • CCTV Inspections
  • Smoke Testing
  • Chimney Integrity/Pressure Testing
  • Reporting Any Findings
  • Common Issues To Look Out For

Places are still available for just £130 plus VAT. Book online at https://mr-soot.com/product/cctv-integrity-testing/

Welcome to Flue & Ducting, Wohler and Recoheat

Three major brands have joined our popular Mr Soot Affiliates Programme. Flue & Ducting, Wohler and Recoheat products are now available in our HETAS-approved training centre for candidates to use and try out.

major brands join the mr soot affiliate programme

As a centre, we want to have the latest products available for the benefit of our candidates.

So if your company is interested in joining our Affiliates Programme, please drop us a line at https://mr-soot.com/partner-with-us-mr-soot-affiliates-programme/

And Finally…

It seems energy saving gadgets for fireplaces were around long before stove fans! This fascinating advert from ‘Do It Yourself’ magazine in 1963 shows the ‘Magni Reflector’. Sat above an open fire, it was said to throw back heat into the room, reduce draughts and keep your feet warm.

Internet searches reveal very little about the Magni Reflector. Have you ever seen one? Did they actually work well? Let us know!

For more information, visit the Mr Soot website here.

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