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Most home owners love the warmth of their fireplaces or wood stoves. However many don’t know how important it is to inspect and sweep a their masonry chimney. The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) recommends that chimneys venting solid fuel –wood, coal, or pellets — be inspected annually and cleaned as needed.
Routine sweeping and maintenance ensures structural integrity and identifies defects that can allow combustion gases to vent into living spaces, or heat to exit the chimney and come into contact with concealed combustible framing — with possible tragic consequences.
Chimney sweeping also helps prevent chimney fires caused by creosote buildup, a byproduct of burning wood.
Unfortunately, few homeowners who have chimneys that vent gas or oil-fired furnaces and boilers are aware that maintenance apply to those as well. Byproducts of burning gas and oil are just as dangerous as those from solid fuels. Chimneys flues must be clean and sound to carry heat and gases safely to the outside atmosphere, but the products of oil and gas combustion can deteriorate a flue’s inner surface over time.
If your chimney is inspected and the flue tiles are cracked, broken or deteriorated so that they no longer have the ability to contain the products of combustion, heat, moisture, creosote, flue gases, your flue needs to be relined.
One common reason for relining a masonry chimney is that it wasn’t built right in the first place! If the chimney does not meet minimum clearances to combustibles or the flue is over or under sized for the appliance it vents, relining can fix these problems. Relining can improve draw/draft and remedy smoking issues. Any and all of these issue can likely be solved by re-lining with an insulated stainless steel liner.
Insulated stainless steel UL listed 1777 zero clearance liners when properly installed are gas tight.