Like wood burning stoves, real fires also need a chimney lining and choosing the right one will go along way to ensuring that your heating source is efficient and safe. Open fires tend to be larger and need to contend with drawing large plumes of smoke up the chimney. Operating efficiency of an open fire is critical – an inefficient fire will produce deposits of creosote and tar which, in time, could lead to a chimney fire and cause smoke to leak back into the room which could result in CO2 poisoning.
Choosing the right lining...
A.S. Chimneys are experts in relining open fires. First, we will inspect your chimney to ensure that it is structurally sound. Then we will assess the integrity of the existing flue (cleaning may be required before a thorough inspection). If it is determined that a new liner is required then we will specify the correct lining solution taking into account a number of variables (size of the fire, type of fuel being burned, age of chimney etc).
For example, A.S Chimneys is a leading installer of Eldfast ceramic flue liners, which is a product used extensively in open fires (read more about Eldfast Chimney Linings). Other options include liners manufactured from stainless steel – these liners are flexible and offer good corrosion resistance too.
One fundamental difference between open fires when compared to wood burning stoves is flue gas temperature. In open fires, the flue gas temperature is much higher because wood burning stoves are more efficient. Curiously, this is more of a problem for wood burning stoves. The flue gas temperature is considerably lower and condensation is more likely as a result, which in turn can produce sulphuric acid. Therefore, considerations for the type of flue lining to be used varies dependent on the heating source being deployed.
Regardless of whether you have an open fire or a wood burning stove, A.S. Chimneys can provide you with a high-quality solution which is both efficient and safe.
Get in Touch...
Whether you need a new stove, fireplace or just need a good chimney clean, talk to A.S. Chimneys today – your local, friendly Derbyshire Chimney Sweeping Company. Call us on 01332 824212.