When chimneys get old or are not maintained properly they can deteriorate and create hazardous conditions. Cracked tiles and deteriorating masonry can allow hazardous gases or even fire to enter your house. In order to remedy these situations there are two things that can be done: the entire existing chimney can be torn down and rebuilt, or you can reline your chimney with a stainless steel chimney liner.
This chart is designed to assist you in selecting a rectangle shaped liner. The key when calculating the measurement of a shaped liner is to match as closely as possible the area in square inches of a recommended round liner. Complete instructions are included below the chart. You can also try our Liner Shape Calculator.
Which pipe should I use when venting my furnace, boiler, or corn appliance? High efficiency appliances such as furnaces and boilers. These appliances are a great way to cut down on your heating bills.
A chimney liner, or flue, is the inner portion of a chimney that contains and channels the products of combustion. For a chimney liner to work properly, it must be free from perforations, cracks, or damage of any kind. If it isn't intact it can allow the products of combustion, such as carbon monoxide, moisture, smoke, and creosote, to seep into the living spaces of the home, or the heat from the products of combustion to pose a fire risk to combustible materials near the flue such as framing, walls, ceilings, insulation, or floors.
Rockford's Terra Cotta Top Plates are designed to mount onto chimneys where the terra cotta clay liner tile extends above the level of the chimney. Measure the outside dimensions of the clay tile liner. Then use the chart to find the Top Plate that will fit your chimney.
Many homeowners decide to sweep their own chimneys. This is perfectly acceptable with the right tools and knowledge. You will need to understand which tools are right for your appliance, the proper sweeping procedure, and why you need a chimney inspection annually. Sweeping your own chimney can save you money and helps ensure a safe chimney system.
A chimney brush is a tool that is used to clean the chimney flue, a task that can be accomplished by the do-it-yourselfer. Cleaning the inside of your chimney will help prevent fires and harmful fumes from coming into your home. It is recommended that you clean your chimney at the end of the heating season, or before making the first fire of the season.
When installing a chimney liner, getting the liner through the damper opening can be something of a challenge. A typical 6" round liner is 6.25" on the outside diameter. Your damper opening is probably in the range of 5". There are generally two ways to get around this problem.
Do I need chimney liner insulation? This is a common question you might be asking yourself when you are getting ready to purchase a stainless steel chimney liner. It is always a good idea to insulate a stainless steel chimney liner. The insulation will enable the flue to heat up more quickly and to a higher temperature. This helps reduce the risk of having an inadequate draft. In addition, while the flue gasses stay hot, less creosote will form and less fuel will be wasted.
Simply put, convection stoves heat the air, where radiant stoves will heat nearby objects. You'll want to choose a model that is primarily the type that will work best in your situation.