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Options for Fireplace Liner Repair

The two most common causes for fireplace relines are chimney fires causing cracked and irreplaceable tiles or that the flue is simply unlined for one reason or another.

You are left with a few options for repair:

  • Insert stainless steel liner and keep it as a standard fireplace
    • This option requires a large diameter liner, custom solution for the base, potential reduction of the fireplace opening, and potential need for an Exhausto Fan. It is the most involved/expensive repair as very particular guidelines must be met to generate a safe draft.
  • Install insert or freestanding wood stove and compatible stainless steel liner
    • Usually does not require additional items
  • Install pellet stove and compatible stainless steel liner
    • Usually does not require additional items
  • Condemn system and do not use as it is unsafe
  • For information on any of these options please ask us!

Fireplace Liner Installation Time-Frame

On average from deposit to completion our liners are installed in approximately 1 1/2 - 2 weeks.  This of course has to do with the time of the year, the weather, part availability, and your and our schedules.

Fireplace relines take on average two to three days due to the complexity of the project and numerous aspects that must be completed to assure proper functionality.  Fireplace relines can also vary greatly in price due to a number of technical variables which must be correct for the system to work properly.  Every home is a bit different and we will discuss your particular jobs requirements with you when we provide our free estimate.

We try our best to get jobs completed as quickly as possible in a clean, efficient, and professional manner.  You won't find us taking many breaks while we're on the job!

Fireplace Reline Smoke Rise (click image to enlarge)

Why Install A SS liner?

Homes that are built with a brick and mortar or what are called masonry chimneys have terra cotta lining which is meant to control exhaust gases from your furnace, water heater, stove, or fireplace.

When this becomes damaged from either moisture, usage, age, a chimney fire, or improper construction a stainless steel liner is inserted and connected directly to your heating device.

Homes in the ~100 year range often do not have a terra cotta liner at all!  These are not up to code and are extremely dangerous.  Bricks can fall out and create blockages or land in a fireplace and cause an explosion and in the event of a chimney fire will *not* contain the chimney fire.

Our general rule of thumb is that any home over 40+ years should be inspected for possible relining.  On average we have found that 95% of the homes we visit with a terra cotta lined oil flue in the 40-60 year range will need relining due to cracks, flaking, and/or missing tile pieces.

Benefits Of Our Liners

There are numerous benefits to a stainless steel liner.  First and foremost is your safety and that of your family as the hazardous exhaust gases will now be properly contained inside the new stainless steel liner.

Our liners are made in the USA right here in Pennsylvania and come with a lifetime transferable warranty.  Our standard offering is a circular .005" thick 316Ti liner which has .05% Titanium for added corrosion resistance and is strong enough to stand on.  We also offer 316L and 304L smooth wall liners if the application calls for additional draft, added coal resistance, or heavier duty at an additional cost.

Another small benefit is that although the inserted liner is technically smaller than your old liner 98% of the time the terracotta lining is square or rectangular with rounded corners.  By moving to a circular system your flue will draft more efficiently as exhaust gases naturally want to spiral.

Schedule A Free Estimate

To schedule a free estimate from us for a stainless steel reline please visit our contact page and we will respond as soon as possible to set up a date with you. We also offer a fully documented visit stating the health of your system via a $99 Level 1 Inspection. This inspection also includes a liner estimate.