Ceramic Liner Collapsed

Connecticut, United States   

As stated above my Liner collapsed on my 104 yr old Field stone chimney.

The Flue was ceramic clay, it blocked part of chimney which responded in calling Fire Dept.

The Opening to my chimney Interior is 36 in wide and 32 high 22 deep.

The Sweeper only removed a chunk of ceramic then inserted 6 inch galvanized Tubing and the end piece coming into house did not reach wall depth. He asked me to go to Home Depot and get 6 in tube elbow and also a straight connector.

I feel it’s not right ?

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by Rhino | February 03, 2017
Mount Vernon, Ohio

Assuming this is an open fireplace 36” x 32”, you are correct to question it!  6” is not large enough.  And looking at the picture, I have no idea why there would be a tee on the bottom of the liner for an open fireplace.  If you have a stove or insert, this might be acceptable.  I am also hoping he didn’t really install galvanized, but stainless ... either way (if it is an open fireplace) 6” is still not sufficient.  Unfortunately, I think you have been scammed.

by Home Service Experts, Inc. | February 06, 2017
Farmingdale, New York

Unfortunately it doesn’t sound like you had a reputable company there as no chimney service worth it’s salt would ever have you go to Home Depot to purchase anything.  Also, as Rhino chimney stated, it should be stainless steel not galvanized.  We suggest you get a reputable company in to inspect.  You may check the Connecticut dept. of consumer affairs for licensed contractors.

by ChimneyChick | February 07, 2017 ChimneyChick's avatar
Midland, Ontario

If your ceramic/clay flue tile liner has collapsed there is only one avenue to approach on this situation.
After having the damaged tile liner removed by a Qualified Technician…..AND the metal liner that they installed.
You should have the entire chimney relined with one of the acceptable materials on the market to ensure that you have enough liner width to allow the chimney to draw properly, minimum of 9” depending on fireplace size and height of chimney.
[there is a mathematical equation for this]
If you talk to your Service Professional they will be able to acquaint you with the different processed available.
2/ consider having a full stainless steel liner installed with a Code Conforming EPA Rated insert.

Either way, your fireplace is non-operational as it is now.

by ChimneyChick | February 07, 2017 ChimneyChick's avatar
Midland, Ontario

If your ceramic/clay flue tile liner has collapsed there are two avenues of approach on this situation,
This is AFTER having the damaged tile liner removed by a Qualified Technician…..AND the metal liner that they installed.

1/ You should have the entire chimney relined with one of the acceptable materials on the market to ensure that you have enough liner width to allow the chimney to draw properly, minimum of 9” depending on fireplace size and height of chimney.
[there is a mathematical equation for this]
If you talk to your Service Professional they will be able to acquaint you with the different processed available.OR

2/ consider having a full stainless steel liner installed with a Code Conforming EPA Rated insert.

Either way, your fireplace is non-operational as it is now.

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