Category “Chimney Maintenance & Repair”

Winter is still here

Wednesday, 12 February, 2014

If you have been thinking about putting off the installation of a new stainless steel chimney liner, you should think twice. Chimney Liner Depot has great pricing on standard chimney liner kits. We can also build you a custom package to fit your unique chimney liner needs.

We carry several types of flexible chimney liners to fit any unique situation. We also offer rigid chimney liner for any chimney that is straight. Flexible chimney liners are perfect for when your chimney has bends in it, if it’s straight your best bet is to install a rigid chimney liner.

If you live in the North East you have no doubt been experiencing a tough winter. It’s been cold and that means increased stress on your venting system. Call us today to discuss your chimney lining project.

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Why buy a Chimney Liner now?

Friday, 6 September, 2013

Why should you buy a chimney liner now?  Some people think they will now wait until spring to install a chimney liner.  There are multiple reasons to install a chimney liner now and not wait.

First, it can be very dangerous to wait.  The chimney may appear to be in good condition on the outside but the inside could be a different story.  Chimneys deteriorate from the inside out.  So even though the outside looks good the inside, the flues, could be cracked and allowing poisonous gasses into your home.

Second, prices are going up.  As you can see, we are the cheapest online because we are the manufacture of the chimney liner.  But our prices will increase soon.  So buy now to save money and keep your family safe.

Flex King Pro HD, what is it?

Tuesday, 9 July, 2013

What is a Flex King Pro HD?

The Flex King Pro HD is our new Heavy Duty Smooth Wall flexible chimney liner. It’s made to perform under the most extreme conditions. It’s smooth wall construction is made to stand up against the most harsh wood stove applications. It’s heavy duty but light enough for an easy install. This is the best flexible stainless steel chimney liner we offer.

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Why use a Flex King Pro HD flexible chimney liner?

If you plan on using your burning your wood stove as your main source of heat, the Flex King Pro HD is the liner you need.  The advantages of the Flex King Pro HD is the thickness of the steel used.  The additional strength of the chimney liner allows for a more aggressive cleaning.  You will need this liner if you are going to install this chimney liner to a wood furnace.  It will give you the best flexible chimney liner available on the market.

If installing the Flex King Pro HD flexible chimney liner, you will need insulation.  Check us out on Facebook for a sale offer on insulation when you purchase a Flex King Pro Hd chimney liney kit.

Is it too hot in June to install a chimney liner?

Monday, 3 June, 2013

Remember that summer is always over before we know it. If you need a chimney liner for a fireplace insert, for a gas boiler, or oil furnace… now is the time to get moving on the project. If you want to do the job yourself, you need to call Chimney Liner Depot and let our trained staff help you with the chimney relining project.

We have the highest quality chimney liners on the market at very competitive pricing. All our stainless steel chimney liners carry a lifetime warranty.

Call us today, 1-866-941-5112

Chimney Liner Top Plate options

Sunday, 12 May, 2013

Chimney Liner Top Plate Options

When you buy a chimney liner kit, it includes a top plate.  These top plates can vary in style and size.  It is very important to purchase the size you need.  Sometimes you can “make it work” and others times you cannot.  So it is best to do your research before purchasing.

Flat Top Plate

Flat top plates are just that, flat.  It is designed to sit flat on top of the chimney.  These are to be used when you have no terra-cotta flue extending above the crown or when you plan on removing the existing flue.  This style of top plates is not designed to sit on top of the flue.  The standard size is 13″ x 13″.  These are the outside measurements of the top plates.    Our flat top plates are also available in 13″ x 18″ and 18″ x 18″.  But any size is available upon request.

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Terra-Cotta Top Plate

When you have a terra-cotta flue that extends out of the chimney, a terra-cotta top plate is suggested.  The top plate will wrap around the sides of the terra-cotta and secure to the outsides of the flue using 4 bolts that are adjusted tight to the flue.  Using this top plate is recommended when the terra-cotta is extending above the chimney because many times if you try to break the flue, it may crack the crown. terra-cotta top plate, chimney liner top plate  Terra-cotta top plates are available for all common flue sizes.

Deluxe Top Plates

Deluxe top plates come in either flat or terra-cotta style.  The only difference is that is has a square chimney cap built in.  The cap is hinged on one side that makes it a breeze for cleaning.  The deluxe top plates are the best looking top plates on the market.

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Flex King Vs. Flex King Pro

Tuesday, 7 May, 2013

Flex King Vs. Flex King Pro

Many people see our Flex King and Flex King Pro chimney liners and wonder what chimney liner is best for their application.  There is no one answer that fits all.  Lets talk about when you would use a Flex King or a Flex King Pro first for a wood stove, then an oil furnace and finally a gas furnace.  You can clearly see the differences between the Flex King (on the left) and the smooth inner wall Flex King Pro (on the right).

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Flex King Pro for Wood stoves

Generally we will say Flex King Pro is the best liner for wood stoves.  This is because it has a smooth inner wall.  That smooth wall creates for better draft and less creosote build up.  So if you plan on using your wood stove for more than just the occasional fire, the Flex King Liner is what you want.  If you are not going to burn your stove regularly, possibly just here and there on weekends, the Flex King will work just fine for you.  One thing you need to use, no matter what liner you install for your wood stove, is insulation.  Click here to learn why it is required.

So the verdict is if you burn more than here and there, install the Flex King Pro for your wood stove.

Flex King or Flex King Pro for Oil

Oil furnaces can go either way.  Sometimes it is recommended to use a Flex King Pro and other times a Flex King.  This is mainly determined on how well the furnace burns.  Sometimes an oil burner can be sensitive to draft, especially when the chimney is shorter than normal.  Sometimes the oil burner does not burn very clean and creates a thick soot in the chimney.  This can lead to a blocked chimney.  We highly suggest hiring a furnace specialist to clean and adjust the furnace immediately.  So if you have no issues with draft, your chimney is plenty tall enough and the furnace burns clean you can use the Flex King chimney liner.

Flex King for Gas Furnaces

The modern gas furnaces burn fairly clean.  When there is perfect combustion water is one of the by-products.  This is not just any water, it has acids within it.  This is no good for masonry chimneys.  The masonry will soak in the water and the acids will quickly eat away at the terra cotta flues and the bricks or blocks.  To prevent this damage you need to install a Flex King chimney Liner.  Some high efficient furnaces have cooler exhaust temperatures so the water condenses quickly inside the chimney.  In rare cases the water condenses at such high rates inside a cold chimney, water can be seen leaking out of the bottom of the chimney.  If you have this problem, you will need to insulate the chimney liner to keep that water inside the chimney as a steam.  This will prevent it from condensing and causing more problems.

If you have further questions, please contact us. We will help you decide what Flex King Liner will be best for you.

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How do you clean a Fireplace?

Sunday, 5 May, 2013

Why do you clean a Fireplace?

Many people love coming home to see a cozy fire in the fireplace.  This is always a favorite for special family occasion.  Some people only burn wood in the fireplace occasionally while others have a warm fire every evening during the winter months.  A fireplace can also be extremely dangerous.  According to www.usfa.fema.gov, “Heating fires account for 36% of residential home fires in rural areas every year. Often these fires are due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes.”   The main reason for these fires is carelessness and a lack of cleaning.  We will discuss how to clean a fireplace.

How do you clean a Fireplace?

Cleaning and inspecting a fireplace annually can prevent multiple issues.  Many homeowners clean their own fireplace chimneys.  This is fine as long as you know how to thoroughly and properly clean a fireplace chimney.  As seen in the diagram below, there are multiple components to a fireplace and its chimney.  fireplace chimney

Once you seal up the opening of the fireplace to prevent dust from escaping, you can proceed to the roof.  The first thing you need to know is the size of your chimney flue.  The most common sizes for fireplace flues are 8″x13″ and 13″x13″.  You will need a wire brush that fits snugly inside the flue.  Now you can start by inserting the chimney brush from the top and working your way down.  Sometimes if the flue has extra creosote build up, you may need to pass the brush through the flue multiple times.

The most important thing to know when you clean a fireplace.

Look at the above diagram closely.  When you clean a fireplace flue, all the highly flammable creosote is not swept down the fireplace floor.  It is resting on top of the smoke shelf.  This is the most important spot to clean when you clean a fireplace chimney.  Now you have a pile of flammable creosote just a few inches above the flame.  You will need to reach up into the fireplace with a vacuum hose or other appropriate tool to remove all the creosote.  Once you remove all of the creosote that is on the smoke shelf, you now need to sweep out the rest of the firebox and discard of all the ashes.  These are the most basic steps in how to clean a fireplace and the chimney.

Why do you need a chimney liner?

Wednesday, 1 May, 2013

Why do you need a chimney liner?

You may ask, “Why do you need a chimney liner?”.  You may think that your chimney has been there for almost a hundred years and as far as you know it is safe.  So why is my chimney sweep telling me I need to install a chimney liner now?

Chimney liners are designed to keep the harmful gases of your furnace or creosote from the stove inside the chimney and keep them from entering your home. Many homes have a chimney with very old technology. They have terra cotta (clay) flue liners. They were designed to work with coal, they still do work for coal. But now very few people burn coal as a main heating source.

Why do you need a chimney liner if you are burning gas, oil or wood?

Today many people burn natural gas and home heating oil. The terra cotta flues were not designed to withstand the acids inside the exhaust. Wood burning stoves create creosote, that when hot, is a flammable liquid. This creosote can be seen in the picture leaking into the home.  This is an extremely dangerous chimney.  As you can see the flammable creosote is now entering into the home and can easily ignite, catching the home on fire.  With gas and oil burning appliances, eventually the terra cotta deteriorates, creating he possibility of the chimney flues falling over inside the chimney.  This will creat a blocked chimney, a very dangerous situation for your family.
Why do you need a chimney liner
You need a stainless steel chimney liner, it is what will stand up to the harsh exhaust from a modern furnace and the dangerous creosote from a wood stove.

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Home Inpection of a Fireplace

Monday, 21 June, 2010

Below are some excellent videos about inspecting your fireplace.  Keep in mind Chimney Liner Depot carries a full line of chimney liners for fireplace chimney relining. Give us a call and we can help you determine what size chimney liner you need for your chimney relining job.