There are 2 General types of chimneys; masonry fireplace – built entirely of bricks, stone or blocks and mortar with or without a tile-lined flue, and also factory built fireplaces consisting of a lightweight metal firebox and a metal chimney. There are also a few hybrids most commonly of a heavy metal firebox and a smoke chamber coupled to a regular brick chimney. If there is no liner, one will need to be installed. If the tiles are cracked or if joints are missing between the tiles, this will need to be repaired by either filling the joints with fireguard, replacing the tiles or installing a new liner.
Types of Liners
Standard Fireplace Relining requires opening the top of the chimney, opening exterior access hole or removing firebox and damper, removing clay tiles, installing a heavy duty liner and insulating between the new Liner and the bricks.
Work may need to be done to the smoke chamber, rebuilding of the top of the chimney and exterior access (or Door) and an upgrade of the damper system.
We use different liners depending on the unit you have:
304- Wood or Pellet burning units
316 – Wood, Coal, Oil, Gas or Pellet Burning
Heavy Duty – Wall thickness .018”, Designed to give maximum draft, 304 – alloy has a lifetime transferable warranty for wood burning and
Pellet applications. The 316 –alloy has a lifetime transferable warranty for wood, coal, oil, pellet and noncondensing gas
Light Duty- These liners are typically used in woodstove insert installations, although they can be much cheaper than a heavy-duty liner, you do sacrifice the durability of the liner for the price
Most common types of insulation are:
Ceramic Wool – Ceramic Wool is made of special ceramic fibers that resist separation, making it perfect for installations with bends and offsets. It also helps to center your liner properly in the chimney. Two wraps of ¼” Foil-Face wrap meets the UL 1777 Zero clearance listing. One wrap of ½” foil face flex wrap meets the UL 1777 Zero clearance listing. Seams are sealed with foil tape and covered with Mesh
Thermix – Thermix is UL Listed, it provides superior strength and stability to masonry chimneys. It effectively insulates the liner and maintains consistent liner temperatures. As a result, it reduces condensation, increases efficiency and aids in a quick start-up helping establish draft and greatly reduces spillage.
FireGuard is a pure Ceramic system specifically designed to correct missing mortar joints within flue liners. FireGuard is the only certified, ceramic resurfacing and mortar joint repair system employing pinpoint vibration, which promotes maximum penetration of tight mortar joints. Without pinpoint vibration, the ceramics do not penetrate tight openings.
FireGuard‘s temperature rating, 3,205 F, is the highest rating in the industry.
The FireGuard process typically costs less than relining.
The FireGuard process does not appreciably decrease the area of the original flue; consequently, the performance of the fireplace or appliance will not change.
The FireGuard process is usually completed in less than a day, with much less disturbance to the inside of the home, since the flue liners are not removed.
Since 2003, the patented FireGuard system has been successfully installed, nationwide.
Limited, lifetime, factory guarantee against material failure is provided with every FireGuard mortar joint repair, and a twenty-five year, limited, factory guarantee against material failure is provided with every FireGuard resurfacing repair
While Most of our liners come with a limited lifetime warranty, this warranty is void if not inspected annually by a licensed chimney Technician. When servicing a warranty we will follow the manufacturer’s procedures for the warranty.