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What is a chimney relining system?

A chimney relining system is an economical way to reline your chimney. It is a stainless steel pipe that is inserted inside the existing chimney. The relining system comes complete with all the components and connectors, so it will fit properly inside the chimney. The relining system will take the place of the existing flue, which will be safe and secure for a chimney. Once the relining system has been installed, all gasses, toxins and smoke will be safely directed through the new chimney line, and outwards through the chimney, which will keep a home safe.

There are several different types of chimney relining systems. A few types include stainless steel, which is UL approved, rigid, and flexible flue relining systems. It is most versatile, and often the best choice, because it easier to work with and is long lasting, and durable. A stainless steel relining system results in less creosote buildup, and provides the homeowner with a better draft over other relining systems. It is an affordable way to reline a chimney flue.

Chim-Fab stock tons of chimney relining systems. All of our chimney relining systems come with different kit options. We offer a warranty on our systems, and they are all made in the United States. We are Connecticut’s chimney supply company, because we have every chimney part available to keep a chimney operating properly. For more information on Connecticut’s chimney supply leader, click here!

Why does my chimney deteriorate?

A chimney can deteriorate mainly due to water, which causes more damage than a fire. A chimney that is exposed to the elements of rain, snow, and ice enters the chimney flue. A chimneys metal parts will start to deteriorate as a result of the contact with the elements. A freeze and thaw process will make a chimney deteriorate quicker, because the metal parts will freeze and expand, then this causes stress to the metal parts, which will weaken and destroy the metal parts of the chimney.

Water, ice, and snow penetrate the interior of the chimney causing the chimney to deteriorate. The damages can include:

    • A rusted damper
    • Deteriorated metal firebox
    • Mortar will decay and deteriorate
    • Flue liner cracks
    • Brickwork will began to crumble

A chimney cap is the first step in preventing a chimney from deteriorating. A chimney cap is the most inexpensive measure that a homeowner can add to their chimney to protect it from damages and deteriorating. It prevents water, snow, and ice from entering the chimney. It will also prevent birds, squirrels, and other animals from entering the chimney building nests, and blocking the flue. Another essential benefit of having a chimney cap installed is preventing hazardous fires. The chimney cap prevents sparks from landing on the roof.

A chimney can deteriorate quickly if a chimney cap isn’t installed on a chimney. Chim-Fab is Connecticut’s chimney supply company. We offer a variety of chimney caps and all of our chimney caps come with a lifetime warranty.

What is the Difference Between Rigid and Flexible Liner Kits?

The difference between rigid and flexible liner kits are the flexible liner are one-piece liners. The flexible liners should be used in a chimney that isn’t straight or has offsets because the flexible liners are able to form to the shape of the flue in the chimney. The flexible stainless steel is one of the more favorable choices in liners because it will resist acid, and hot and cold temperature cycles. The stainless steel flexible liner kits withstand temperatures of up to twenty-one thousand degrees, and can be shaped into a square, rectangle, or oval cross section. The stainless steel flexible liner can be used with wood, coal, gas, oil, and pellet fuels. Flexible liners come in three different thicknesses, and tend to resist the collection of creosote, because the flexibility of the liner allows the liner to expand and contract with temperature fluctuations.

The rigid pipe comes in sections that range from six inches to four foot sections. Each section needs to be joined together with stainless steel screws or pop rivets. It can be shaped into place, but can become heavy when it is being installed due to each section has to be installed and attached together. A rigid liner can only be used in a chimney flue that has no bends.

Chim-Fab is the chimney supply company that offers rigid and flexible liner kits. It is Connecticut’s chimney supply company source. We offer a lifetime warranty on all of our liner kits, and all of our liner kits are made in the United States. Give us a call today, and let us go over our liner kit options with you today!

Do I really need to insulate my chimney liner?

Is it really necessary to insulate a chimney liner? It is recommended that when a chimney liner is being installed it should be insulated. One that has been insulated will achieve the UL listing of 1777 Standard. The insulation for the chimney liner will minimize creosote buildup, and assist in keeping the chimney liner cleaner. It will also provide a warmer flue temperature, and will also have an effect on stopping drafts. It will minimize chimney odors along with providing a warmer chimney.

Insulation kits can be purchased. There are several different options in liner insulations. There is one that can have a pour down insulation mixture of vermiculite and water for chimney liners that have a small clearance. The pour down insulation mixture will harden, then insulate the chimney liner completely. A wrap kit is a perfect insulation for a chimney liner that has the space allowable for the chimney liner. If a new liner is being installed in the chimney, then it should be insulated at the same time that the chimney liner is being installed.

We offer many options in insulation kits for chimney liners. Chim-Fab is a local chimney supply source in Connecticut. We are proud that all of our products are made in America. All of our liners come with a warranty. Call us today, and let us discuss our insulation options.

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Will insulating my liner help cut down on creosote buildup?

Insulating a chimney liner will cut down on creosote buildup. A chimney liner that has been properly insulated can minimize creosote buildup, and keep the liner cleaner for a much longer time over a liner that hasn’t been insulated. It will also provide a warmer flue temperature because the insulation helps maintain warm flue gas temperatures due to the insulation is blocking any drafts. It will also rid the chimney of any odors that often occur with liners that are not insulated. It will maximize the fireplace or stove, because the warmer the chimney, the warmer the air that is supplied to the home.  It will also cut down on creosote buildup, because it is blocking any moisture from building up.

There are many benefits of having an insulated chimney liner. One thing that many homeowners don’t know is that their insurance company may give them a break on their insurance costs because when the liner is insulated, it achieves the UL listing of 1777 Standard. The insurance company will see that you are protecting your home from any type of fire hazard. It is recommended that all chimney liners are insulated.

Chim-Fab is the chimney supply store of Connecticut. We have insulation options for your chimney liners. All of our liner insulation kits come with a lifetime warranty, and are made in the USA. We carry insulation kits in stock, and at an affordable price. Contact Chim-Fab today, and we can help you with insulation for chimney liners.

What are the benefits of a stainless steel chimney liner?

There are many benefits of a stainless steel chimney liner. These benefits include:

  • Safety – A stainless steel chimney liner reduces smoky down drafts. It will prevent toxins and gases from escaping into a home and also fires. A stainless steel chimney liner will keep your home and family safer.
  • Reduced Creosote – It reduces creosote buildup by reducing creosote condensation inside the flue.
  • Added Performance – It will increase the performance for your fireplace, stove, and furnace. The liner will improve chimney draft, which improves fuel efficiency.
  • Affordable – It is affordable over other chimney liners. The stainless steel liners are affordable to repair and easier to install and clean and maintain.
  • Easy to Install –It comes  in one piece and is very easy to install.
  • Durable –It is durable and cuts down on costly repairs.

Chim-Fab offers a lifetime warranty on all of our stainless steel chimney liners. We have many sizes of stainless steel chimney liners. We are the chimney supply company that Connecticut depends on for all their chimney supplies. Contact us today, and we can assist you in stainless steel liners and kits.

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What is creosote and why should I be concerned about it?

Creosote is highly combustible. It develops when wood is burned at a low temperatures, and the oils in the wood cause an incomplete combustion. The smoke begins to rise through the chimney flue and as it is cooling down it causes moisture. This moisture and soot condense together to the interior surface of the chimney. A residue develops that sticks to the inner walls of the chimney, which is creosote. Creosote can be black or brown in color, and it can be flaky and crusty in appearance. It is a tar-like substance that is sticky or hardened, depending on its age. Creosote is highly combustible, and if the creosote builds up, it can ignite quickly causing a chimney fire. This could result in a house fire if the creosote buildup isn’t removed. It is very dangerous and many homes have become engulfed in flames due to a fire in the chimney, which was due to creosote buildup. Creosote can be easily removed. A professional chimney sweep can clean the chimney and remove all creosote from a chimney. If the chimney liner is deteriorated due to creosote buildup then a new chimney liner should be installed. A chimney liner is the heart of the chimney and should be maintained. ChimFab is the leading supply company in Connecticut for chimney liners. We offer a variety of liners along with kits. All of our chimney liners come with a lifetime warranty. All of our liners are proudly made in the USA. Contact Chim-Fab today for information on our chimney liners. To learn more about Connecticut’s #1 chimney supply company, click here!

When installing a liner how do I get past a damper?

If you are installing a liner, you will need to get past a damper. There are two ways to get past the damper. The first way is to covert from a round liner to an oval liner. This will have to be done at the damper housing, where you will have to convert back to round when you reach the stove or fireplace.

The other way to get past a damper is to cut the damper housing, so you keep the same diameter lining from the bottom of the fireplace or stove to the top of the chimney. This is the most preferred way to install a liner and it is easier to clean it, too. If you choose to do the converting option to get past a damper, then it is more costly to do it this way, and it can make cleaning  more difficult. The reason it can cost more is because you are required to purchase more adapters, plus the oval pipe.

These are the two ways to install a liner and getting past the damper. It may seem difficult, but if you choose the second option, then it is much easier, and affordable. Chim-Fab can also give you advice on installing a liner, and getting past the damper. We are the leading chimney supply store in Connecticut. We have all chimney liners in stock, and they are all made in the USA. Our chimney liners come with an amazing lifetime warranty.

Contact Chim-Fab today, and let us help you get past the damper, and assist you in installing your chimney liner with ease.

What tools will I need to reline my chimney?

Relining a chimney doesn’t require many tools. The only tools that are needed are gloves, a screwdriver, a tape measure, silicone sealant, and a hack saw. Sometimes a pulling cone is needed, along with a crimping tool. It is best to have all these tools ready before you being the project. Before you being to reline, you will need to know the dimension of the chimney flue along with the length of the run from 8” above the top of the chimney. You will also need to measure the outside of the masonry chimney, so you get a proper fit of the top plate. You have to have the measure the exhaust of the fireplace or stove that you are hooking the line up to, so you get the exact fit of the liner.

The best liner to purchase is a flexible liner, because the liner will be easier to work with, and you don’t have to attach pieces of the liner together. The flexible liners measure ¼” from the outside and up to 6.25” in diameter. The pulling cone might be needed when you are ready to guide the liner through the chimney. It makes it easier to grasp onto it, then guide it when you are using the pulling cone. These are the tools that are needed to reline a chimney.

Chim-Fab can assist you in choosing the perfect liner for your chimney. We have different sizes and styles of liners, and many are kept in stock. Chim-Fab is a chimney supply store in Connecticut, and all of our chimney liners come with a lifetime warranty.

What causes chimney and fireplace smells?

Chimney and fireplace smells come from creosote deposits in your chimney.  Creosote absorbs inside the chimney creating odors.  Chimney and fireplace smells are normally worse in the summer months because the humidity is high when it rains, or the homeowner turns on the air conditioning and the odor from the chimney and fireplace will come inside the home. There are two major problems that cause the smells of the chimney and fireplace to enter the home.  One is because the creosote is present in the chimney, and there is negative pressure present with the damper.  The other is if the damper isn’t sealed,  it can allow air to travel down the chimney into the home.

To rid smells from the chimney and fireplace the homeowner should have the chimney cleaned thoroughly.  A chimney sweep will remove all creosote.  The chimney sweep can also examine the damper to make sure that it is sealing properly, and if it isn’t, a new damper can be installed.  Once the chimney and fireplace has been cleaned and the damper has been replaced, the smells and odors should disappear.  These are easy fixes to remove your home of any odors being causes in your fireplace or chimney.

Chim-Fab is the leading chimney supply store.  We are your one-stop-shop for all chimney parts and supplies.  Contact Chim-Fab today for your chimney supplies.  Our parts and supplies come with a lifetime warranty and they are all made in the USA.