One of the chores associated with a wood stove is the annual (2012) sweeping of the chimney. It’s not a bad job but it does leave you coated in a black film of soot.
It takes more time to find the sweep then it does to do the actual job.

Tools of the trade

The first batch of soot

The top end with the cap and the anti-bird netting

Looking down the chimney

The underside of the top cap

In the end we had a few inches of soot.

The end results