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    Installing a Wood Burning Chimney Liner

    Wood-burning chimney liners are an important part of any wood burning insert fireplace system. For more details on fireplaces, see:

    There are few things more calming than the crackle and glow of a fire from a wood burning stove. The only thing that can be a draw back about a wood fireplace is the chances of a chimney fire. Traditional chimneys with clay tile liners are a typical construction of most masonry fireplaces in the world. However, when these liners fail, there are few options. The best option is to install a completely new chimney liner and a wood-burning insert. These inserts are extremely efficient and allow the chimney liner to be ran down the existing chimney without any major modifications, cutting down on overall cost of the project. This project is still involved and needs to be approached in the proper way to be fully affective and safe or the home and its occupants.

    Cleaning the Existing Chimney

    The existing chimney probably has a layer of built up creosote and tar that occurs from burning wood in a fireplace. This needs to be thoroughly cleaned before a liner is installed. Using a chimney sweep, stand at top of the chimney and brush the inside of the chimney. You will get dirty, so wear cloths that you do not care about. Then go to the fireplace itself and clean the firebox out with a scrub brush. Make sure you get into the smoke chamber to knock off all of the creosote to avoid any possible chimney fires. Clean the brick as best as you can and vacuum the remains up with a shop vacuum.

    Installing the Liner

    Wood burning chimney liners for fireplace inserts are made of stainless steel and are flexible. From the roof, drop one end of the stainless steel liner down the chimney. Attach the top of the chimney liner to the chimney cap designed for the wood-burning insert. The gaps need to be fire caulked in order to be airtight and function without fail. The bottom of the liner is attached to the fireplace insert at the chimney flange. This is also fire caulked in order to seal the chimney. If you have any doubt about your ability to remove the old liner or install the new one, you should call a reputable contractor like Grand Rapids Roofers. This would also be a great time for them to inspect your home’s roof and exterior to ensure it is in tip-top shape.

    Converting From Gas to Wood

    If you have a gas-burning unit that you are converting to a wood-burning unit, you will need to replace the liner also. Gas burning units have an aluminum liner that will overheat and form holes in the liner wall because of the extreme heat. Failure to replace gas liners with wood burning liners could result in a serious fire hazard.

    Installing a wood burning chimney liner is a simple process. Just make sure that you follow all of the manufacturer recommendations and installation instructions and clean the chimney prior to installation. This will give you a problem free chimney for the life of the insert.