Below are just a few reasons why you should have a chimney liner fitted when you use an open wood burning fire, a gas fire or a a solid fuel stove:
Unfortunately building regulations don't insist on the fitting of a chimney liner, as long as the following points are satisfied, no chimney liner need be fitted:
I should point out that I always strongly advocate the fitting of a suitable chimney liner and this isn't just because I install them as part of my business. Chimney liners are by far the safest way to prevent chimney fires from happening in the first place and if they do, the fire is unlikely to cause damage to the property as the flames will be confined to the inside of the metal liner. Chimney liners are also a great way of fine tuning the diameter of the chimney aperture too. No more worries about missing render or masonry that will create ideal conditions for tar deposits to build up to dangerous levels. I also feel that by installing a good quality chimney liner, I am ensuring that any stove fitted will work properly and most importantly, I will be less likely to have the deaths of my clients from carbon monoxide poisoning on my conscience.
I strongly advise my customers to have a chimney liner fitted for the following reasons:
If your chimney is not sound, has cracks or holes then smoke and carbon monoxide can escape into your house. As chimneys are often on joining walls, these killer fumes may even be able to seep into your neighbours home. Imagine how you would feel if members of your family or your neighbours died as a direct result of carbon monoxide escaping into their living or sleeping space!
It only takes a blockage in the chimney to cause the smoke and other harmful gases to come back down the chimney or to go through any gaps, holes or cracks in the brickwork of the chimney. These blockages could be caused by a build up of tar and soot deposits, or the nest of a squirrel or bird.
Remember that hot air and smoke rises, whereas cooler air will slow, stop or sink back down the chimney. This happens when there is no chimney liner fitted and the chimney is rough and cold. The burning process will deposit tar and condensation which can seep through walls both inside and out, making a terrible mess.
By not having a chimney liner, a chimney fire is far more likely to occur.
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