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Chimneys & Fireplaces Question
Hi, we live in an old farmhouse and want to put a wood burning stove in our sitting room. The chimney goes up through an internal wall which is 24 inches thick. There used to be a woodburing stove in this room for 15 years but it became old and worn out. we plan to put another one in but everybody seems to say nowadays we need to line the chimney. Why do people line chimneys. Due to the wall being internal it does not get as cold as some. Our chimney has a bend in it where there is a soot box. Do you think we need to line the chimney.
Unfortunately I don't hold a woodburner certicate only gas fires but I hope I can help explain why you may need to line the chimney. If the chimney is old or parts of it are inaccessible for inspections then there could be blockages or damage to allow the fumes to leak into voids or other rooms in the property or adjoining properties. So lining the chimney is the best way to insure a well sealed flue system within the chimney. Any installer should be checking the chimneys intergrity with a flue flowtest and spillage test but lining the chimney is still the safest and best option in the majority of cases.
I hope this helps
Answered 29th Jun 2015