Stainless Steel Liners — Better Draft, Lifelong Service
When it’s time to invest in a new chimney liner, a stainless steel liner is definitely worth considering. These liners are installed in the chimney flue, in place of a traditional terra cotta or tile liner. When might a stainless steel liner make sense and what are the advantages?
When To Reline With Stainless Steel:
- When you’re switching appliances and your existing flue liner is not appropriately sized for your new appliance.
- When you’re switching appliance fuel types and your existing flue liner is not approved for venting the new fuel.
- When your existing clay tile flue liner is beyond repair and you want a long-lasting solution that’s cost-effective.
- When your chimney was built without a liner.
Why Reline With Stainless Steel?
Stainless steel liners are the best metal liner options for several reasons.
One is that, unlike aluminum liners, stainless steel liners are rust-resistant and corrosion-resistant. That means they can handle the moisture, gas, and heat produced by the fire, without corroding or deteriorating in just a few short years. In fact, stainless steel liners (when properly maintained and annually inspected) carry a lifetime warranty against damage.
Another reason stainless steel liners are great is that they come in an array of sizes (which means they can fit just about any flue), and can be installed rather quickly. That saves the homeowner costs on labor, which is always a good thing.
Stainless steel liners also heat up faster, which can help improve fireplace draft and reduce smoke issues. One major reason for smoke wafting back down into the home is that the chimney flue isn’t yet warm enough to suck that smoke up and out of the home quickly. With stainless steel, that’s not usually a concern.
And finally, stainless steel liners are resistant to damage caused by chimney leaks and the freeze/thaw cycles that can destroy clay tile liners over time. Which means your investment will last.
What Else Should You Know About Stainless Steel Liners?
There are a couple of important things to know about the installation of a stainless steel liner.
For one, if you have an existing clay tile or terra cotta liner, it will likely need to be torn out of the chimney before a new stainless steel liner can be installed. This allows the new liner to be retrofitted without altering the size of the flue. Remember, a properly sized flue is key to good fireplace performance.
Another important thing to know is that every stainless steel liner should be properly insulated, per the manufacturer’s instructions. Insulating the liner will help reduce the risk of heat transfer (which can cause house fire), warm the flue faster, protect the liner against damage, and boost fireplace performance and efficiency. Never let someone install your stainless steel liner without insulating it.
Note: If the flue doesn’t allow for the installation of a properly insulated liner, without altering the ratio of fireplace opening to flue, the fireplace opening may need to be made a bit smaller.
Is Stainless Steel Right For You? We Can Help You Decide
Are you wondering if stainless steel is the right liner type for your chimney? We can help. Give us a call to schedule an inspection with one of our CSIA certified chimney sweeps. We specialize in all things chimney and can help you determine if stainless steel is the best and most cost-effective option for you. Call or click here to schedule an appointment today.