New wood burning insert and chimney repairs

KY, United States   

Hi,

I just read this in an article about wood-burning inserts:

“A Level II internal camera inspection will be required prior to wood-burning insert installation by code. If repairs to the chimney are needed this will need to be completed prior to the installation of the insert.”

If I get a new liner with the new insert, what kind of problems with the chimney would require repairs? Would the smoke chamber require parging before a new insert/liner could be installed, for example?

Thanks,

Nancy

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by ChimneyChick | November 28, 2017 ChimneyChick's avatar
Midland, Ontario

The chimney and fireplace must be structurally sound before the installation of any hearth appliance.
The smoke chamber will not require parging as all the emissions will vent up the properly installed stainless steel liner.
The damper may have to be removed to accommodate the liner and the heatform top may have to be partially removed.
The chimney will have to be totally swept free of all accumulated soot and/or glaze.
Without seeing the actual fireplace I can only make assumption on your situation.
Your CSIA Certifed Sweep/Installer will make assessments when they do the initial visit.

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