A prototype chimney sheep made with felted wool and a bamboo handle

Handle saga

Do you ever have Adele songs going round your head? At the moment she’s turning tables – it’s not even a song I like that much, so I don’t know it that well and the same bit keeps going through my head. I know I’m supposed to be writing about Chimney Sheep™ but it’s hard …

Sally Phillips holding two Chimney Sheep infront of a flock of herdwick sheep with the picteresque Lake District in the background

Grand Designs Live Autumn 2014

Each year Kevin McCloud hand picks a selection of the best eco-innovations on the market. As the face of the Grand Designs brand, Kevin McCloud has documented hundreds of buildings over the past two decades. This has given Kevin an enormously wide knowledge of materials, the latest technologies and new sustainable practices out there in the construction …

Herdwick ewe and lamb at Crummockwater

Summer Sheep

It’s summer! Sales have quietened off but there’s still a steady flow of orders. So why would you want to buy a sheep in the summer? Well, there are a number of reasons. Firstly, a lot of people bung up the chimney at the end of the winter, to reduce draughts over the summer while …

A Pallet of tools wrapped with black shrink wrap

Chimney Sheep launches in America!

It’s the end of March and it’s the first decent frost we’ve had all year! It always seems to happen when the lambs come along, but they seem to cope with it. It’s been a long dark torrentially wet but mild winter here in the UK. The same weather pattern has caused unprecedented cold weather …

An infared image showing the effectiveness of a chimney sheep in preventing heat loss

Hot Chimney, Cold Chimney

On the 15th January 2013 it was -13°C. On the 15th January 2014 it was plus 13°C. 26 degrees difference! Bulbs are growing, birds are singing…is that the end of the winter? But even in these mild temperatures, heat is shooting up chimneys across the country. Have you tried the stack effect calculator? With a …

Chimney Balloon

Chimney Sheep Vs The Chimney Balloon

A few customers have asked whether there are have been any comparative reviews between Chimney Sheep™ and Chimney Balloon. I’ve got the greatest respect for David Woodman, who came up with a solution to the problem of heat loss up chimneys in the 1980’s. Since then Chimney Balloon has become the “Hoover” of chimney draught …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …