Chimney Liner Options Explained for the Homeowner

Marge Padgitt

Homeowners often get confused when they hear that their chimney needs to be relined. The first thought that may come to mind is, “What the heck does that mean?”  This writer will attempt to explain – in laymen’s terms – what relining is, why it may be needed, and all of the options available so that you can make an informed decision about your chimney repair.

EPA’s Proposed Air Rules for New Masonry Heaters

Oliver Beauchemin

On Jan 3, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed updates to its air emission standards for new residential wood heaters that would strengthen the requirements for new woodstoves, while establishing air standards for several other types of wood heaters for the first time, including masonry heaters already in use in homes or currently for sale today.

Cast-in-place Flue Lining Systems

Marge Padgitt

Homeowners have asked for information on what types of flue lining systems are available for masonry chimneys and what the advantages or disadvantages are among them.

Chimney liners overview

Contributing Author

Some homeowners have asked to provide some basic information about their chimney liner.  With all the different types of chimney liners, the strength and weakness of each and their different applications, one can understand the need for clarification.  This article will attempt to provide answers.

Anatomy of a Masonry Chimney and Fireplace

Marge Padgitt

Masonry chimneys are more complicated than most people think.  If a chimney isn’t built or maintained correctly, it may not work properly.

A Listed Chimney Liner Insulation That Doesn’t Work!

Chimney Savers Inc.

What has been brought to my attention is the improper use of poured insulation around stainless steel liners. From my experience, correctly installing insulation mix around stainless steel liners (to get a zero clearance rating) is a next to impossible. Besides the fact that this installation is widely and incorrectly used, manufactures seem to be pushing installers towards this method.

Chimney Relining

Golden's Chimney Lining

Chimney liners are used to protect the inside of a masonry chimney from wear and tear caused by wet conditions. Moisture, over time, will cause decay and corrosion of mortar, clay, and brick liners. How? Moisture reacts with the exhaust gases to form an acid that slowly “eats away” at the chimney. Moisture also, can collect and seep into cracks, mortar and bricks. In colder climates, this moisture will freeze, expand and then thaw, thus causing chunks of the chimney to break and crumble.

Cost comparison of a Cast-in-place chimney liner

Golden Flue

When contemplating the repair of a chimney, there are, unfortunately, many considerations which do not become apparent until after the work has been completed and the contractor is long gone. This frequently occurs as the result of misleading or misinformed analysis of the damaged chimney. It is all too true that when repairs are being discussed, one concern, regretfully, attracts more attention than others: price.

A chimney without a cap

Golden's Chimney Lining

Imagine how much water would come into your home during a rainstorm if you had a hole in your roof twelve inches square. Chimney flues may be even larger than that, so where does all that water go? It runs down the chimney and seeps into the bricks and mortar, settling behind the firebricks.

Chimney liner: cast masonry vs stainless steel

Golden Flue

What concerns should you have: what is the longevity of these products? What is their endurance capability? What about the safety of the system? What you are really asking is, What is the difference between products?

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