Why You Should Install a Chimney Flue Liner
Building regulations do not insist that you fit a chimney flue liner. However, it is generally recommended that you line your chimney in the following circumstances:
- When your brick chimney has become porous over time.
- When you have a modern, highly efficient stove that produces low-temperature smoke. For the smoke to rise without interference or turbulence, a smooth flue is required.
- Modern stoves also require a smaller flue than an open fire, so a liner with a smaller diameter is placed within the old chimney to make it more efficient.
Consequences of Not Lining Your Chimney
If you don’t install a chimney flue liner, there are many potential consequences. Below, we’ll take a closer look at some of the potentially disastrous repercussions of this course of action.
Smoke Infiltrating your Room
If the chimney is not sound, then smoke and carbon monoxide can enter your property. Not only can this lead to health issues, but it can be fatal under certain circumstances. Furthermore, it can lead to unpleasant odors infiltrating and being absorbed by various articles of fabric and furniture.
Without a chimney flue liner, the combustion byproducts may not rise and will cool down. They will deposit tar and condensation, both of which can damage your property. Tar will also eventually bleed through the mortar staining walls and wallpaper.
Increased Risk of Chimney Fires
Many of the byproducts caused by combustion are combustible in their own right. Tar is one such byproduct, and tar deposits will eventually burn to cause a chimney fire. On the other hand, fires in liners are extremely rare and would be contained within the stainless steel tube.
Not installing a chimney flue liner, therefore, fleads to an increased risk of chimney fires, which can result in extreme safety risks.
A Poor Draft
In a chimney without a properly sized and insulated liner, the draft may be compromised. This type of weak draft may lead to the inefficient removal of combustion byproducts like smoke and other gases. This also leads to the inefficient operation of certain wood-burning appliances.
Because soot and other combustion byproducts tend to build up on rough surfaces, a chimney without a liner is often dirtier than a lined chimney. This buildup of soot and other byproducts isn’t only difficult to clean, but it also creates the potential for dangerous fires.
Chimney Liner Benefits
Installing a chimney liner has many incredible benefits. Below, we’ll discuss some of the many excellent benefits gained when you install this kind of liner.
A properly installed chimney liner of the correct size can improve the draft in the chimney. A good draft is essential for ensuring that the chimney efficiently and effectively removes combustion byproducts from the fireplace or appliance in question. This ensures that the smoke and gases are vented outdoors.
It Prevents Corrosion
Over time, acidic flue gases and other combustion byproducts can degrade the cement used to seal the interior of a chimney. This can make the chimney porous, leading to fumes entering rooms and staining walls. A chimney liner made from corrosion-resistant materials helps to protect the chimney’s structure, thereby extending its lifespan and reducing the maintenance requirements.
Increased Appliance Efficiency
Certain types of wood stoves and appliances may require a specific type of chimney flue liner in order to operate efficiently. A chimney liner of the appropriate size can optimize the appliance’s performance, leading to improved fuel combustion and heat transfer.
Compliance with Regulatory Codes
To meet safety standards, and comply with regulatory requirements, the installation of a chimney flue liner is often required. Adhering to these codes guarantees that your heating system is installed in such a way that it minimizes risks like fire hazards.
It Makes Cleaning Easier
A properly installed chimney liner can help to make chimney cleaning and maintenance easier. Creosote and other residues resulting from combustion are less likely to stick to a smooth surface than a coarse one, so chimney cleaning becomes considerably easier than it might otherwise be.
It Improves Energy Efficiency
As you can see, installing a chimney liner is a useful, and almost essential step to ensure proper chimney function. For more information about chimneys, and the importance of chimney liners, take a look at our Blog which offers plenty of useful information.
If you’re ready to buy and install a chimney liner for your home, feel free to contact us. We’d love to help you find the right product for your chimney.
Smoke in your room
If the chimney is not sound, then smoke and carbon monoxide can enter your property.
the combustibles may not rise and will cool down. They will deposit tar and condensationes, both can damage your property. Tar eventually bleeds through the mortar staining walls and wall paper.
Tar deposits will eventually burn to cause a chimney fire. On the other hand, fires in liners are extremely rare and would be contained within the stainless steel tube.
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