Lining a Wood Stove

Lining a Wood Stove

Question- Here is an interesting question about using a Wood Stove that came into Ask the Chimney Sweep

With a fireplace insert, would it be practical to start by just dropping in a new metal flue liner, to TRY to stop the smoke from coming back into the room? (It’s an old home, therefore I am guessing the mortar MUST be getting weak by now, and it will be time for a fix.)

It’s the only fireplace there is. Furnace in basement is turned off. Won’t be turning on at all…might this cause any problem? Previous owners had installed a heat pump, high on wall, in same room as fireplace insert.

(There’s an attic space above the room that has the insert.) Cracking a window doesn’t seem to help. Therefore, I have to assume that the insert worked properly, at least at some point, it seems like the previous owners were there for many years, and had a big supply of wood. Any ideas what it should cost to have chimney person put in a metal liner (in WA State)?

AnswerGreetings Mr. Frustrated,
I’m going to try and save you a lot of grief. First of all, I would call a member of the National Chimney Sweeps Guild to find a chimney sweep in your area to clean your chimney. In addition to this, it is very important that they do a “video inspection” with a closed circuit camera.

Today prices may cost you apx $200 -$350. Most of all, after sweeping the chimney of all lose sweepable deposits, not gummy grazed or tarry creosote as this would be addressed as a separate issued video inspection needs to be completed the service person will be looking to document, scorched burn marks, missing mortar joints, and possible cracked or broken terra-cotta flue tiles.









*Power Sweeping, a fireplace with a spinning brush, mounted on extendable rods has proven to be the very best method to reach all of those difficult nocks in crannies that are hiding up in the smoke chamber.

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Lining a Wood Stove Keeping a close eye on the video monitor while using a close circiut camera. This serviceman is looking for signs of  having a possible chimney fire, or construction defaults, such as missing mortar joints and combustible wood framing that does not belong in this fireplace system


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This is ( Stage 3 Creosote ) and is often associated as being tarry or somewhat gummy. Stage 3 is diffidently the hardest to remove from the chimney flue liner system










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After a chimney fire, looking down this chimney flue you can easily see the flue tile damage.

If” you have experienced a chimney fire, it “may” be covered as a (Sudden Occurrence) Insurance claim.

Now let’s talk about the Stainless Steel (SS) chimney flue lining systems. I know of no wood-stove insert manufacture today, that doesn’t require installing a stainless chimney liner with some type of UL  tested  insulation  material.

These thermal blanket materials have two purposes, first is to provide clearance to combustible that may be in the chimney system and a second is to keep the hot gasses drafting up the chimney flue pipe properly.




All of  the stove  manufactures, that I’m aware of now require  a SS liner to be same size in square inches, as the on the opening of the  outlet on  the stove.screen-shot-2016-12-22-at-9-19-32-am We only will take on a relining job if it is going to be installed all of the way to the top of the chimney flue system.
Estimated price for a SS liner will depend on the installation approach, degree of difficulty, size (6” or 8”) and the actual length of the SS a liner tneeded . Most installation today  call for  a 6” liner and may cost between $2,500 to $4,500.






We have switched to this newer HomeSavers Pre-Insulated HomeSaver Ultra stainless steel pipe



You can find a reputable Chimney Sweep in your area by using this link to the National Chimney Sweep Guild locator:

In addition, be sure and go online so you can read their customer reviews from Google, BBB and AngiesList.
I hope that this information helps!
Burn Safe and Warm

* Sudden Occurrence Insurance Claims

* SIGNS OF a chimney fire

*Installing a Wood Stove Insert

* Sudden Occurrence Insurance Claims

* SIGNS OF a chimney fire

*Installing a Wood Stove Insert

Installing a liner (to stove)


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See Though Fireplace – Double Sided Fireplace

In reply to Lyn.

Lyn, I honestly don’t believe that I have ever seen a blower for a double sided

gas log” fireplace

Gas logs and blowers don’t seem to mix well. I feel you’re in a dilemma that only you will be able to resolve1100x656-main-product-image-bhd4-napoleon-fireplaces.

But I have seen these as a “direct vent” fireplace insert” systems
You must ask yourself, do I want the unusual glamor of seeing a double sided fireplace or have the benefit of the heat source and the beauty of my one sided fireplace.napoleon-bhd4-ascent-multi-view-direct-vent-see-thru-gas-fireplace-66 Historically, I have found that masonry see-through fireplaces, with or without gas logs or a blower, are thought of only being a decorative appliance. The real problem is they just don’t heat a room.

This is primarily because they don’t incorporate a “back wall ” that was designed, and to function to direct and to curl the smoke up the chimney, while at the same time reflect the heat from the fire back into your living space.

It is my own personal feeling that a see-through fireplace design, should incorporate LP or a natural gas supply to work properly and consistently, but the only heat that you will have is from the “open” glass doors
Lyn, my wife and I once had this same issue with our masonry see-through fireplace, and we chose to install a “one-sided” direct-vent gas fireplace insert. And I will say that we enjoy the beauty of the dancing yellow flame, while at the same time of have the ability to adjust the flame height and to control the blower fan speed, all from our remote control.

To benefit you, as well as our other readers I have provided, our step by step construction of a See Through Fireplace

1)- See Through Fireplace 1 of 7 Deconstruction

2)- See Through Fireplace 2 of 7 Gas Line

3)-See Through Fireplace 3 of 7 Smoke Chamber

4)-See Through Fireplace 4 of 7 Rebuild

5)-See-Through Fireplace 5 of 7 Hearth

6)-See Through Fireplace 6 of 7 Granite

7)–See Through Fireplace 7 of 7 Final

Why Install a Fireplace Gas Blower?

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Firewood: Ten hints that your firewood is not “seasoned”

Firewood: Ten hints that your firewood “is not” seasoned


1– Firewood looks weathered but still looks recently cut

2– Pungent smells, of freshly cut  wood3-No obvious  dry cracking on the butt ends of the wood

3-No obvious dry cracking on the butt ends of the wood5.

4-Tree bark still tightly adheres to the wood

5-You hear a hissing moisture sound when the wood starts to burn

6– It is rather hard to get a fire started even using kindling wood or fire starters

7-Sluggish or stalled smoke in the firebox

8-Due to moisture the wood actually feels heavier than expected

9-Hitting two pieces of wood together, there is a deeper thud sound. Not that of a lighter baseball bat ringing sound

10– The best indicator is  found in using a moisture meter; a bad moisture reading is that of above 25%

 How do I know if my firewood is dry; and properly seasoned?

Often  I’m asked when is firewood seasoned enough and ready to burn?

. . . First let me tell you a quick story about a customer, let’s call him Tommy Engineer.

Tommy was preparing to receive a delivery of firewood, in the middle of November. He had negotiated on the phone, for what he felt was a fair price. For a cord of wood to be delivery and to be stacked on the side of the garage. Tommy was told that it has been cut, split and well season and is ready to be burn for the Holidays.


When Tommy’s firewood order was being delivered to his home, he said it looked like a full cord of wood 4’high x 4’wide and 8’foot long as it was stacked on the delivery truck. It looked reasonably seasoned and grayish in color, but as the truck was backing into the driveway he said that the smelled freshly cut wood.

Tommy being an engineer at heart took out his moisture meter and pulled off a couple of pieces of wood. He had to check for the moisture content of the wood delivery before it was going to be unloaded and stacked. The screen on the moisture meter read 37 %, which was rather high for what was to be ready to burn seasoned firewood. He refused that first firewood delivery and then found another supplier, at a higher price, but the second cord of wood was properly seasoned. His fireplace was cleaned and now pretty much uses his fireplace daily, from the week of Thanks Giving, over the Holidays and throughout the Sundays playoff football games, leading up to the “Big game Day


Wood that has not dried below the 25% moisture content mark, will burn less efficiently and will generate a lot more smoke and less heat.

More smoke; means a high potential of building up of creosote in the fireplace chimney flue system. It takes a lot of burned fire energy to boil the water found within the green wood.


The heat needed to burn wet wood also means that the fire burns much cooler. This causes less real fire combustion and much higher emissions of smoke. Freshly cut firewood can contain a significant amount of water. And comes with a lot of problems in sluggish draft and creosote. If the wood is not fully seasoned, you may need to store and cover your wood before it is ready to be burned. Repeat your checklist looking for signs that your firewood might still be green before starting your fire.

So it goes without saying, just because wood looks gray on the delivery truck, doesn’t mean that it has been seasoned

The proper seasoning time for firewood will vary drastically in different parts of the country, as well as from, season to season. The ideal moisture content for firewood is between 15 to 25%. The natural seasoning process can take years if stored, as an “uncut log” . Or just leaving it as a big pile of uncovered wood. It is important to have your firewood split and covered as it will dry at a much faster rate.

Personally,  I cover our firewood, and just on the top of the woodpile and down on the sides, about  16’’.  This shower capping of the fireplace provides so more circulation through the wood stack. Wood will season naturally (air dry) because the water eventually evaporates from the wood surface until it reaches a so-called Equilibrium Moisture Content or being that of the humidity of the surrounding air. Think of this in regards to rainy Portland vs the hot dry air of Phoenix of even down into Florida.

For all of our homeowners that are reading this blog, here are the best ways that I know of for checking to determine your firewood is seasoned or not, is by checking it with a moisture meter.

Hence, the real issue is how are you drying our firewood, and when do we plan to use it. Order your firewood in early spring and in most case it will be the properly seasoned in the fall. This is where that little handy dandy moisture meter will be your truth teller.

Burn Safe and Warm

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49 – How To Fix Leaky Chimney Problems

How to Fix Leaky Chimney Problems – Stuart Karanovich

Join us on Ask the Chimney Sweep Training Stage as we talk with Stuart Karanovich of Chimney Savers on how to fix all your leaky chimney problems. In this episode, we address how to fix water intrusion using a number of methods, such as using crown repair and Chimneysaver’s flagship product Chimney RX.

I NEVER recommend a product or service that I don’t personally use (and love) myself but just to be totally transparent you should know that some of the links on my site ARE affiliate links and I DO make a small commission from any sales that are made. Thanks for your support!
Author of this blog, Clay Lamb, is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep, also the producer of the YouTube channel Ask the Chimney Sweep and owner of American Chimney.




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Ask the Chimney Sweep: Videos , Podcast & Blog sites

It Is official, we have now changed the name of our podcast show Home Contractors HQ over to “Ask the Chimney Sweep

So with over 2 1/2 million views on our Ask the Chimney Sweep Youtube channel, we clearly now understand that a huge amount of viewers are homeowners. Those who are seriously looking for answers to their own Chimney and Fireplace problems.
To better serve the needs of our audience, our newly named (podcast) will begin to be uploaded to our existing Ask the Chimney Sweep (Youtube, site)
We plan to further help homeowner listeners by; chatting and interviewing chimney sweeps, brick masons, fireplace and stove shop owners. As well as lots of chimney and hearth product manufacturers.

May I ask for your help?

We are looking to gather 1,000 pictures and or videos , of the problems that you’re seeing in the field. As well as your installing products or equipment, and those making those needed repairs for your customers.
These pictures and videos will be used in “slide shows” for each Ask the Chimney Sweep podcast. As well as being used to educate homeowner from our Ask the Chimney Sweep (blog site). Please only send “Your own images” that you agree that Ask the Chimney Sweep has your permission. It will be used in slide-shows, Youtube videos, on Facebook or within the Ask the Chimney Sweep blog.
I want to stop and thank so many of you out there, who have already sent some great educational pictures by email, DVD, and even thumb drives.
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