Chimney Sheep EGEA Green Economy winner 2013

Chimney Sheep Winner in Green Economy Awards!!!!

The Green Economy Awards celebrate the pioneers of Britain’s brave new green economy. The awards recognise excellence in environmental responsibility, reconfiguration of business models around sustainability principles, and the unsung heroes of the environmental services industry. They are the UK’s most comprehensive awards on the subject. With categories for sectors such as sustainability, green data, …

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Sally owner of Chimney Sheep - standing by full shelves of Chimney Sheep

It’s Our Anniversary!

It’s our anniversary! One year ago in August the first sheep was sold. One year ago in September Chimney Sheep Ltd was incorporated. So what’s happened in that time? The product range has grown from 3 to 9 sizes of sheep, as people have kindly got in touch with their various chimney dimensions. The product …

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Chimney Sheep logo

The Saga of the Logo

As I’ve said, when developing Chimney Sheep I tended to focus on one bit at a time. A few times along the way people asked me about my logo. I was aware that I would need something, but I thought it was a small thing that would be a bit of fun to create in …

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High altitude bicycle repairs, along the Helvellyn ridge

How do you eat an elephant?

Q: How do you eat an elephant? A: One bit at a time. This may sound a bit grim but it was actually the wise words of a bike training motivating man I was biking with recently… Enthused by the experience, my bike buddy and I have been taking on harder and harder biking challenges,  the most …

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Spring Lambs

Last time I wrote it was the middle of winter. Now it’s the first day of spring but it feels just as cold. I was going to write to celebrate the sale of my 1000th sheep, but that happened the week after I was interviewed on the Radio 2 Drivetime innovation feature and I haven’t …

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A young herdwick sheep and it's mother precariously perched on a mountain side.

Why Herdwick?

I’ve been asked a few times why I specifically use Herdwick felt. I’ve tried so many different blends, and Herdwick always comes out the winner. Although the Chimney Sheep™ is a very low tech product, it relies upon the felt to be the right texture to hold itself in the flue, without being so soft …

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chimney pots at Canpbelltown

Chimney Sheep. Is it Safe?

From when I very first had the idea, and started working on designs for the handle, I was concerned that the product must be safe for people to use. If you stuff newspaper or old pillows up your chimney then it’s your own problem if you forget they are there. If you are providing something …

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Namaste red metal heart

Chimney Sheep decorations

Hang a dangle from the handle and cheer up that fireplace when there’s no fire to brighten up the grate. And when all the decs come down in January, the Sheep dangle can stay. There’s all sorts to choose from. It’s not all hearts and stars, there are some wacky and colourful ones made out …

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Infrared image of house

Chimney Insulation

I really don’t understand why the issue of heat loss up chimneys is not more high profile. Fortunes are spent on loft and cavity wall insulation, double glazing and exterior cladding. Yet having an open flue is like leaving a window open all the time. Worse than that, because chimneys are designed to draw air …

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A prototype of the chimney sheep threaded parts

Tooling

Oh, I did go on a bit about the handle design, didn’t I? Well you probably didn’t read it all the way to the end and I can’t blame you. Anyway, I said I’d write about the tooling adventure next but I promise I’ll keep it brief. The handle needed to be extendable, light, strong, …

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An autumn day looking over a lake in Cumbria

Door Lingerie

There’s no fighting it, summer is over, we’ve given up hope of an Indian Summer here in the Lake District, and are resigned to enjoying a cold and colourful autumn. Time to start saving the pennies for a ski holiday. And to start draught busting all over again. If you have a large hole with …

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A giant Herdwick sheep looks quizzically at the camera

Giant Sheep saves bat roost

I received a call from someone who looks after a big old property in the south Lake District that is rented out for holiday lets. Some guests had been very upset about bats getting in down the chimney and flying around a bedroom. So upset that they cut their holiday short. A voluntary batworker investigated …

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hedgehogs are cute harmless little creatures - unless you are a grounded bat

Bats down your chimney?

Bats are having a tough time this summer. They have highly refined echolocation, which means that they can exploit a niche and forage at night. They have hardly any competition for food and hardly any predators (just tawny owls, mostly). The heavy rain this summer has created problems for them though. They might emerge from …

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A brown long eared bat perched on the trunk of a tree looking directly at the camera

From Bats to Sheep

For the past 15 years I’ve been involved with bats. I lived in an old house in rural Lake District, and found that bats kept getting in. I phoned for more information and before I knew it I was crawling about in other peoples’ lofts looking for bat poo. I even went abroad on bat …

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The Chimney Sheep took two and a half years to go from idea to market ready product

We’re finally ready to go…

When I moved into my Victorian terraced house, I did two things. I opened up a couple of chimneys, and went about the place blocking draughts. I soon realised that I had created a massive hole through which all my warm air was being sucked out. While stuffing old clothes in to stop the heat …

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