Billings are the leading chimney specialist in Surrey, working throughout the county from Farnham to Caterham, from Woking to Haslemere. We are experts in chimney liner installation, including lining or relining flues and offering a full range of methods to suit individual needs.
A sound and leak-proof flue is essential for the safe and efficient working of appliances such as an enclosed stove, boiler, Aga, Rayburn and even open fires. The easiest way to achieve this is to reline the flue. There are a number of chimney liner installation systems on the market and Billings can advise you and help you to choose the perfect system for your situation and needs. Please note that a chimney liner installation will not repair or improve the chimney stack, however a suitably-insulated flue system will control any combustible products and condensation, dispersing them safely into the atmosphere.
With excellent thermal properties, pumice is robust and long lasting and will withstand chimney fires, making it especially ideal for thatched properties. Being an effective insulator pumice helps to ensure that flue gases are expelled properly. For the flue to work efficiently it is important that the flue gases remain hot so that they continue to rise and take with them all the harmful products of combustion. This is achieved by the pumice liner which helps to maintain a good internal flue temperature, particularly useful where cold spots or plugs of cold air can interfere with the updraught.
80% of the heat generated by modern wood burners is available to the room, the remaining heat escapes through the flue, thus their reputation for efficiency.Read More
To install pumice liners into an existing flueway or chimney, access points are created at various positions throughout the flue. This allows for the introduction of the liner. Light expanded clay pellets in a very thin mix of cement are used to fill in the void between the flueway and the liner. Once the liner is in place any fabric that has been displaced is made good and plastered. After the area is decorated the installation is completely hidden from view.
A major benefit of the stainless steel flexible blue liner is that it can be installed without the need to open up the chimney breast. The exception to this is where major bends or obstructions are present in the chimney. Where gas is used, a single walled liner is fitted; for solid fuel or oil a twin-walled steel liner is installed. In most cases the liners are inserted into the flue from the top of the chimney and threaded down to the fireplace, where it can be attached to the stove or appliance via a rigid steel flue pipe made from vitreous or stainless steel. This can be painted to match the stove.Read More
When compared to pumice systems, stainless steel systems are not as robust, so do not last as long, nor do they have the same insulating qualities. Having said that, they give good results, are cheaper and cleaning and maintenance is easier because the properties of the liner mean that the inside surface resists the build-up of tar and soot deposits. Billings will take you through any pro and cons to ensure you get the best out of whichever system you choose.
In cases where there is no flueway to use, or the existing flueway is inadequate for the needs of a fire, then the answer is a prefabricated stainless steel system. Most often affixed to the outside of a building these systems are also suitable for internal use. Whilst they can be more expensive than flexible stainless steel, due to higher cost of materials, they are quick to assemble. The brands we tend to use are Rite-Vent systems, B Vent, K Vent and ICS.
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