Last year a friend was having issues with his stove and chimney. It had issues of building up creosote and not having proper draft. I explained the importance of lining the chimney and how the hot gases leave the stove pipe then hit a larger diameter masonry chimney and will slow down then creosote. With cost in mind he didn't worry about lining the chimney and also moved the stove in the basement due to space issues upstairs. I helped him move it to the basement and told him again about lining the chimney and the importance of a proper install. He had a chimney fire this week and thankfully only the chimney is damaged and not the whole house. His family had to evacuate and stay with his parents for the night. When I talked to him on the phone he was asking about lining the chimney and what all he needs to do to make it safe. I am fully aware that I am a bit fanatical when it comes to wood stoves, chimneys and my firewood stash ( two years stocked). There are times when I see the glazed over look when I start to go into detail of the importance of proper clearances, chimney lining and height, seasoned wood and air flow management. However, I am the person that all my friends and family go to when they have issues or questions. Hopefully my friend will do it right or not at all. I don't think his wife will let him half ass it this time. He was lucky. Let's face it, nobody is immuned to the laws of physics or mother nature. I know that I am preaching to the choir but needed to vent a little.