What to Consider When Choosing a Cast Liner

Golden Flue

The longevity of a Cast-In-Place Liner is a result of the technique and equipment used during the installation of the product. A great deal of concern should be taken into consideration as to how the Cast Liner is installed. For example, the wall thickness and how this thickness is maintained throughout the entire length of the chimney is very important.


Todd Woofenden

One of the great misunderstandings in the world of woodstoves is how creosote fits into the picture. Contrary to popular belief, creosote is not an inevitable product of wood burning. Creosote forms when wood is burned incompletely, and is an indication of improper use, poor installation, or a poor wood stove design.

Woodstove problems: poor performance

Todd Woofenden

Sometimes it seems that the stove just isn’t working as well as it used to. If there is no obvious problem, such as smoking, catalyst malfunction, etc., but it just doesn’t seem to be doing the job it used to, consider the possibilities in this article.

Smoky woodstove: smoky on wet days in other rooms

Todd Woofenden

Some stoves seem to work just fine except when it is wet out. If this seems to be the case, pay close attention to the weather when you have smoking problems. It is easy to confuse wind-related problems with rain-related problems.

Smoky woodstove: smoking on windy days

Todd Woofenden

Some stoves seem to work okay except on windy days, or if the wind is coming from a specific direction. Chimney height should be considered as a possible cause. We will look at this and other possible causes.

Smoky woodstove: constant or erratic smoking

Todd Woofenden

If your stove seems to smoke all the time, or erratically, consider these possibilities: undersized flue, blockages, multiple appliances connected to the same flue.

Smoky woodstove: smoky startups

Todd Woofenden

If your wood stove smokes when you first light it, but works properly after a few minutes, here are some things to consider:

Smoking chimney and smoking fireplaces part 6: fireplace smoke enters rooms

Todd Woofenden

Fireplace smoke enters other rooms in your home. How does this happen and some tips on fixing the problem. Smoking chimney problems.

Smoking fireplaces part 5: fireplace smokes on wet day

Todd Woofenden

Wet chimney flues are much harder to heat than dry chimney flues. This is because it takes an enormous amount of heat to convert water to steam. The water absorbs so much heat that the flue doesn’t warm up effectively. The tall column of cold air in the flue wants to sink, drawing smoke into the house.

Smoking fireplaces part 4: smokes on windy days

Todd Woofenden

A fireplace that smokes on windy days is subject to its own set of problems and fixes. This article will look at a number of those problems an how to fix them.

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