Chimneys play a crucial role in all homes, allowing us to safely enjoy fires in our fireplaces and venting out hazardous gases from our furnaces. However, as time passes, most chimneys naturally deteriorate, posing potential risks if used in this condition. That’s why many homeowners opt to have their chimneys relined, or they may be compelled to do so if they delay the necessary maintenance.
A chimney flue serves as a vertical passage or duct extending from the firebox, where the fire burns, to the top of the chimney. Technically, a flue refers to any open vertical space in a chimney that facilitates the escape of smoke from the firebox. However, since every chimney’s flue requires lining, a chimney liner is often referred to as the flue itself.
Each wood-burning or gas fireplace is equipped with a flue, while gel and faux fireplaces lack chimneys or flues. Traditionally, chimney flues have been constructed from fireclay flue tile, but more recently, stainless steel flues are used in conjunction with clay tiles.
Chimney relining proves to be an effective and cost-efficient method for repairing a damaged chimney. This process involves the installation of a new flue and liner within an existing chimney, replacing the old and damaged liner. The benefits of replacing your chimney’s flue and liner are numerous and include enhanced safety and performance.