1798 E. State Road 18 Brookston, Indiana 47923

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Fireplace nserts became popular in the 1970's. The problem however is that many chimneys are too big to properly vent a fireplace insert and they do not get installed properly. Only Figure 3 with a correctly sized flueliner meets the installation standards insisted on by Certified Sweeps, Master Chimney Sweep, Jim Pritchett.

Figure 1
Incorrect installation. This type of "just-shove-it-into-the-fireplace" installation causes excessive amounts of creosote to build-up on the walls of the chimney flue. Without a flueliner, the chimney is too big for the insert.

Figure 2
This is the MINIMUM installation required by the National Fire Protection Associations (NFPA). The flueliner is attached to the first tile in the chimney. In most cases, it does not work well and is considered an unacceptable install by Certified Sweeps.

Figure 3
Correct installation. A full flueliner running from the stove to the top of the chimney. There are many types of liners to take smoke quickly and safely out of the house without dangerous creosote buildup. Certified Sweeps will help you choose the best flueliner for your chimney.
An improperly installed insert is difficult to service be cause it must be taken completely out of the fireplace to be cleaned. The creosote created by improperly installed inserts is usually the glassy baked-on variety that is very difficult to remove.


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