Posted: 28/12/2015 at 18:45
Could it be they are burning damp wood? If they are they are in for a deal of trouble.
Wood for a log-burner must be very dry, not any old stuff you happen to forage. The chimney will tar up in no time and they will have to sweep the chimney frequently or they will have a chimney fire! Our neighbours down the road - not country folk - didn't know that and had two chimney fires and expense when they had repairs to carry out.