Can you get a chimney fire with a liner?

Can you get a chimney fire with a liner?

Most chimney fires involve a terracotta (clay) flue liner and a wood stove. Small amounts of creosote may ignite and burn off in a stainless liner with no damage, but they will crack a clay liner. This phenomenon is demonstrated in a chimney safety instruction video.

What are fireplace liners made of?

Primarily made of stainless-steel, metal chimney liners for certain types of gas stoves are sometimes made of aluminum. For either material, metal offers high resistance to corrosion from the byproducts of combustion, protecting your home and reducing the risk of damage and likelihood of needing your chimney repaired.

How do chimney liners work?

Chimney liners are a protective barrier usually made of metal or ceramic. Liners insulate heat moving through the chimney, protecting flammable areas of your home’s structure. They also protect flue masonry from cracks or crumbling mortar due to repeated heating and cooling.

How hot do chimney liners get?

When liquid creosote found in wood smoke condenses into a solid fuel in your chimney, the potential for a chimney fire exists and this can produce temperatures in excess of 2000° F/1093°C.

How quickly does creosote build up?

It typically takes between six months and one year for cut wood to get to a low moisture content. Do not burn artificial packaged logs in your fireplace or your woodstove, since they leave a large amount of creosote deposits. Burn hot fires that have plenty of air.

Do chimneys need a liner?

Chimneys should be lined. The National Fire Code states that a liner can be built of brick, clay or steel. Most homes built in the past 50 years have a clay liner for a wood-burning appliance. Well, the fire code requires that a chimney be repaired or replaced if it constitutes a fire hazard.

Does a gas fire need a flue liner?

A chimney liner is obligatory if you are installing a woodburning stove, gas fire or open fire in a new build property to comply with Document J of current Building Regulations. A chimney liner may be necessary in an older property if the flue inside your chimney is no longer safe to use.

Will a hot fire get rid of creosote?

Avoid Smoldering Many homeowners allow their fire to smolder until it burns itself out. As the fire begins to burn out more creosote is produced at the lower temperatures. Rather than allowing the fire to smolder, it should be extinguished.