Should I Insulate My Chimney Liner?
If you have questions regarding your chimney and fireside, you're certainly not alone. We are here to help you answer whatever inquiries you have! We often get questions regarding chimney liners and whether they need to be insulated or not. In order to best answer that, let's first discuss the liner itself. The primary purpose of a liner is to funnel hot gases out of your home into the outside air. This is done through the chimney stack. The liner works under negative pressure created between the difference in temperature to ensure that the harmful gases are drawn vertically up the flue system into the atmosphere. Having a stainless steel chimney liner is an incredibly important part of the fuel-burning process. This creates an even and constant flow of heat to release back into the room, while sending hot gases out of your home.
Does it need to be insulated, though? Experts say yes! Ensuring your flexible chimney flue is insulated provides many benefits when it comes to controlling the release of hot gases. While a non-insulated chimney flue may work fine sometimes or even most of the time, you may experience issues when the surrounding air is cold. This causes a reduction in the temperature within the liner which has a potential to create condensation. Why does this matter? It impacts the efficient release of the hot gases into the outside air. You don't want to allow the moisture created by the condensation to flow back down the liner and into your wood-burning stove. If this does happen, it can cause a wide variety of issues that you'd rather avoid. At best, it impacts its overall efficiency.
By insulating your flexible chimney liner, it will ensure that the hot gases remain hot and are safely released into the atmosphere- where they belong. It also negates the potential creation of unwanted condensation and moisture, which in turn will have a noticeable impact upon the efficiency of your stove. The so-called "draw" connected with your wood burner is vital to not only its efficient creation of hot air but also in maximising fuel consumption.
Modern-day wood-burning stoves are exceptionally well designed and extremely efficient. That being said, there are still areas where the user can assist and increase performance. Being as efficient as possible means saving money. Think about potential cost savings! Less fuel will be required to maintain comfortable room temperature when your liner is insulated. The need for more fuel generates a more significant cost impact, which then leads to a reduction in overall cost savings. A wood-burning stove works best when the appliance is operating at or around maximum efficiency.
A flue liner plays a vital role in the efficient operation of any wood burning or solid fuel stove. Here at Fireside Chimney, our online catalogue stocks stainless steel chimney liners that are manufactured from highest grade materials in order to ensure yours will last for many years. This is exactly what you're looking for!