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Chimney Lining

jim lockard
jim lockard Member Posts: 1,059
What is the current condition of your chimney? Is it brick or block? Is there a clay liner in it now? what is the condition of that liner is it of proper size for the load? What type of fuel has been exhausted up the chimney? Jeff Just because the chimney is in the center of the home and some what protected does not mean its safe. I would suggest you contact a good chimney sweep. Get you chimney checked and consider having a properly sized liner pulled down it. Look at the top of your chimney we call it the crown if the bricks are spliting or leaning or just look nasty your chimney needs help. Go up in the attic if the mortor joints are black or loose if the bricks are cracked or loose again you need help. Best Wishes J.Lockard

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  • Jeff_53
    Jeff_53 Member Posts: 39


    I'm considering replacing my old steam boiler and am working with a company in preparation for the swap from old to new. When I asked the contractor if I needed a chimney liner he indicated that the chimney that services the boiler and hot water tank runs inside the house and therefore, does not need a liner.

    Does this sound like sound advise?

  • jeff_51
    jeff_51 Member Posts: 545
    unless you have a metal liner, you need one

    oil or gas? If gas, you can use steel, aluminum or stainless, (at least around here). one of the byproducts of combustion is acidic and will destroy the clay linner or brick and mortor
  • jeff_51
    jeff_51 Member Posts: 545
    guess you better check with the bldg insp

    around here we are required to line, but as the previous post suggests, that is not required everywhere
  • jim lockard
    jim lockard Member Posts: 1,059
    Jeff H

    If it was a brand new chimney I would line it. Maybe run pvc down it for the condensing boiler/ furnace. J.Lockard
  • Jeff_53
    Jeff_53 Member Posts: 39


    The chimney is all cinderblock except for the brick portion above the roof line. I can see the chimney from the attic and garage and there are no black spots. The boiler burns natural gas but was converted from oil many years ago. From the outside, the visual apperance of the brick portion looks healthy (from 30 feet below), no leaning, falling brick, etc.

  • John Mills_5
    John Mills_5 Member Posts: 950
    Without a tile liner

    I would certainly line it. Condensation is much more likely with the new boiler and will destroy the unlined chimney rather quickly.
  • jim lockard
    jim lockard Member Posts: 1,059
    Jeff

    Line it dude. Best WIshes J.Lockard
  • jeff_51
    jeff_51 Member Posts: 545
    sorry Mr Lockhard

    I misinterpreted your no. As you have noticed, there are two Jeffs here. Does get a bit confusing don't it
  • jeff_51
    jeff_51 Member Posts: 545
    can't spell the mans name right either

  • Bob Harper
    Bob Harper Member Posts: 1,026
    Level II inspection & liner

    You need a level II inspection first. Then that will help in choosing the proper liner. The presence of flue tiles or not is a joke. Terra cotta flue tiles are:
    fragile and don't hold up
    usually oversized
    a massive heat sink
    have lousy or missing mortar joints every 2 feet.

    Even with a brand new chimney that meets the code, which you'll never find, you'd probably need the liner for sizing if nothing else. Interior chimneys perform better than cold exterior chimneys but that is not the basis for liners.
  • terry_5
    terry_5 Member Posts: 92


    inspect it , qoute it and let the customer choose!
  • jim lockard
    jim lockard Member Posts: 1,059
    Jeff H

    its ok
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