Wood Stove Chimney Liners
A wood stove needs to have a steel chimney liner running from the stove to the top of your chimney. As wood stoves are free standing this usually involves a piping system from the stove to the wall and then a breech pipe through the wall and t-pipe connected to a liner going up the chimney. On top of the chimney there should be a proper rain cap to keep water, birds and animals out, as well as a covering over the flue tile for the same purpose.
Stoves need to have attached liners for safe operation. They help prevent carbon monoxide and other gases from entering your home as well as keeping creosote from entering structural areas of the house outside the chimney system.
The flue tiles and mortar inside a chimney almost always have cracks and damage. Even if it was originally well constructed, expansion/contraction, water damage, chimney fires, and age, make gaps and cracks in the flue system inevitable. Smoke leaks through these cracks and fills unseen areas outside the flue system with creosote. It can be between the flue tiles and bricks or inside the walls and structure of the house. Then, if there is a chimney fire, it can result in a house fire.
The round shape and proper sizing of a steel liner creates a “cyclone” vortex effect, which makes the stove draft and burn better than the original square or rectangular flue tile system.
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