Lining a chimney

9 Jan 2008
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I live in a 150 year old cottage. We have been there a year and when we moved in it had a living flame gas fire installed. We wanted a wood burning stove to be installed. I had the gas fire removed and are now ready to have the stove installed.

The chimney has a liner suitable for a gas fire, which only seems to be lined about two thirds of the way? (I have been repointing the chimney breast in the attic and the mortar is very crumbly and has been coming down the liner into the fireplace downstairs)

Another worry is that the inside of the chimney seems to be very crumbly. I very much doubt that the chimney can be used without relining, and would very much appreciate any advise on how this can be done – what exactly needs to be done?

Many thanks
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There's no real way of telling without actually seeing your chimney. I would suggest that the neccessary repairs are made to the chimney to ensure it is safe, then the whole flue needs relining, with a suitable cowel on top.

I think the best thing for you to do is call in your local chimney sweep who will throughly clean, inspect and advise you on what you need to do to legally use a wood burner in there.

By the way, do what ever it takes to get a stove, as they are absolutely fantastic and save you so much money. I use mine every day and keeps the whole house at a toasty 20-21C with the heating off.
Get a quote for a pumped reline.

Stainless are rubbish by comparison!
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It might be where they put a giant sock down your chimney as a mould then pump pumice or cement aroud it. When it sets you have a lined chimney. Never seen it done, maybe TWF will post the correct answer.
Not a cheap excersise though. Expect a quote of between £800 - £1200 depending on the height of the chimney and what fuel you want to burn in it.
Is there a difference between a wood buning fire and a coal fire? My fire place used to be a coal one but a gas fire has been put in its place before i moved in. Would it be ok to just remove the gas fire, sweep and then start with coal/logs or would there be a liner up there for the gas? I would love an enclosed burner sat in the fire place.
Not a cheap excersise though. Expect a quote of between £800 - £1200 depending on the height of the chimney and what fuel you want to burn in it.

Not bad though Giblets, think about usual X metres 316 stainless smooth bore liner (for wood fuel), closure plate, sealing plate, flaunching, vermiculite etc... then the labour and it's not even permanent.
Yep, would agree there Nixt. :p

Kev25v6 - solid fuel fires need a Class One chimney whether wood or coal is being burnt.

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