Inglenook relining

Inglenook Chimney Flue Liner Installation

We have many years experience fitting new flue liners into inglenook chimneys for wood burning stoves in Essex, Kent, and London. We treat any large chimney serving a large old brick fireplace with a minimum internal flue size of over 300 mm x 300mm as an inglenook chimney.

The large chimney flue void, originally constructed to move large amounts of smoke from a large open fire, needs a different approach from a standard chimney reline for a wood burner. There are many variations in sizes of inglenook chimneys and in some cases we can climb a ladder inside the flue.

Each inglenook chimney reline has its own site requirements; to gain safe access and to fix and support the liner without detriment to the ancient structure is top of the list. As backfilling the large void around the new flue with vermiculite insulating backfill is unpractical, a better way to insulate is to sleeve the flue liner with a suitable insulating wrap.
Spreading the weight of the new liner is very important. Generally, a liner in an inglenook chimney will need at least 3 points of support. The weight of the liner is increased by the insulating wrap and possible soot build up in the future, simply hanging the liner from an old chimney pot is not good enough in any situation. In some cases, a better approach would be to use a rigid chimney system based upon the old clay structure being able to take the additional weight and support components. The restoration of an old Essex inglenook chimney is a challenging but very satisfying part of our work.

Liners For Inglenook Chimney's

Inglenook chimneys, usually found in properties over 300 years old, were designed to cope with masses of heat and smoke produced by large open fires used for heating, cooking and in some cases for the occupiers' trade (baker, blacksmith etc.). The oversized flues do cause problems with modern living as, even when not in use, the chimney rapidly pulls air from your house. This may be fine in summer, but in winter an inglenook can remove all of the heat produced by central heating in a room every 10 minutes. The perfect answer is to add a smaller, more controllable log burning stove that needs a greatly reduced flue size. We find that stainless steel flexible or rigid flue systems are best to use in inglenooks, as the method of installation allows the least disturbance to the ancient structure.

The main aim of insulating a flue is to ensure the unburned gasses (smoke) from an appliance reach outside without cooling and condensing on the way, creating a sticky tar build up. With inglenook chimneys it is usually not practical to back-fill around the new flue using vermiculite, therefore an insulating wrap is used.

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