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  1. mtarbert

    mtarbert Minister of Fire

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    I have been pricing liners for my chimmney and it seems the price is .....well Pricey. My question is : Why couldn't I line my chimney with 6" 16 ga steel pipe even if It needs to be replaced every few years?
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    Mike

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  2. MountainStoveGuy

    MountainStoveGuy Minister of Fire

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    Thats a question of function and saftey. Shure that pipe would draft just fine. Its the correct volume. But its not a listed liner, and in the event of a chimney fire, it would be destroyed and possibly destroy your house. If some freak accident were to happen, your home owners insurance would likley dismiss the claim.
  3. jabush

    jabush Feeling the Heat

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    I think the issue is that pipe being able to handle the heat from a chimney fire. I'm no pro, but I figure if you pony up for the stainless liner, you'll be set for many years to come, as opposed to having to worry about when it should be replaced, etc...

    BTW...not a good weekend for wood cutting. How does your schedule look for next Sat or Sunday?? I would still like to get up there for a load or two of wood.

    joel
  4. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Mike I just sent you a PM on a good source for a listed liner kit that won't break the bank.
  5. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Surely you mean 26 ga pipe. A 16 ga pipe would have to be welded and would probably need a crane to drop it down the chimney ;-).
  6. mtarbert

    mtarbert Minister of Fire

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    No......I ment 16ga not 1/6 of an inch........it is probably twice the thickness of 24ga but, sheetmetal is not my forte"
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Actually, you're pretty close, it's about 1/16" - 0598". But for a 25' run it would weigh a whole lot! Might work though, some car headers are made from 16 ga steel.
  8. webbie

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    That is really thick stuff - as mentioned, it will take a lot of drilling or welding to put that together.

    But, to answer your question, if your chimney is already in safe condition...then this would probably work. However, consider that inside a chimney is a tough environment and the pipe is attacked by the elements from both sides.

    If you are a DIY type, you can surely shop around and find stainless liners relatively reasonable. When you consider the extra labor, I think you will be ahead of the game with stainless.

    Also, consider that thicker pipe does not always mean it will last that much longer. In other words, if a .024 pipe would last 3 years, this does not mean that a .06 would last 7 years...

    Lastly, I think Elk investigated a fire last year that was caused by premature failure of a steel pipe liner in a fireplace flue.
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