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Chimney Question

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Fishin, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. Fishin

    Fishin Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    A fews years ago I bought a used 2000 woodburning insert and just installed it directly into the fireplace. Of course, it didn't draw well, without the liner, so I took it out. I have a couple buddies that have real old woodstoves installed the same way and they say they work good.

    I hate to spend $1200 on a liner so I was thinking of buying an older model and trying it that way. One guy said the chimney sweep said his chimney looked fine even after burning for 5 years without being cleaned. What are your thoughts? Thanks.

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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    South Puget Sound, WA
    Seems a shame to go backward, particularly if you have a good insert. What is the make and model? A liner is not a big deal. If your insert is of high quality a liner can make a huge difference both in performance and cleaner burning.
  3. mellow

    mellow Resident Stove Connoisseur

    Jan 19, 2008
    Salisbury, MD
    Upside: Older stoves don't require as much draft (no reburn technology)
    Downside: They are creosote machines, unless you burn it roaring hot ALL THE TIME you WILL be creating creosote, most have chimney fires to "clean" out the chimney and are ignorant to that fact.

    Install the newer insert and run the liner, unless you are quoting an insulated liner your costs should be much less if you do it yourself.
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  4. Oregon aloha

    Oregon aloha Feeling the Heat

    Jul 4, 2013
    Willamette Valley and the coast
    You are also looking at going from 75-80% efficiency down to 35-40% efficiency with the old style stoves. The extra wood used would pay for the liner in no time and also you'll have less work cutting, less trips into the house with wood, and less storage space required for your wood.
  5. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

    Feb 14, 2007
    However, if you are burning poor wood, you won't get good results no matter which stove you try to burn it in. Make sure you wood is at least a year old after it has been split. If it is oak, make it 3 years. You need to learn the different types of wood and the proper amount of time to let them dry and also learn they don't dry much at all until it has been split. Then it needs to be stacked outside in the wind!
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