Liners for fireplaces will generally fall into 2 classifications:
- Open Hearth Fireplace
- Fireplace Insert
Open Hearth Fireplace
Although an open hearth fireplace does not generally need to be relined if it was originally built properly, it may from time to time be necessary due to chimney deterioration, smoke migration problems, or perhaps even poor updraft.
If a qualified professional has determined your open hearth fireplace needs to be relined, Ontario Building Code section 18.104.22.168 for a masonry (brick) chimney requires a liner constructed of clay, concrete, firebrick or stainless steel. We use either rigid or flexible stainless steel lining material, which exceed the ULC Standard S635. We use stainless steel because our many years in business have proved to us that it is the most resilient, economical and reliable material to use.
It is important to note that when relining an open hearth fireplace, a proper transition also constructed of stainless steel must be installed and sealed in the existing smoke chamber. Failure to properly install and seal this transition will result in smoke seeping to the outside of the liner carrying with it by products such as soot and creosote. All liners we install come with an unconditional 10 year guarantee.
A fireplace insert is best described as a woodstove inserted into the fireplace opening. The most common reason for an insert being installed is to increase the efficiency of your fireplace. The Ontario B365 Code which is the regulating authority governing solid fuel burning appliances, states in section 5.5.1:
Where an insert or hearth-mounted stove is installed in a fireplace, a full chimney liner meeting the requirements of ULC Standard S635, Class III, or ULC Standard CAN/ULC-S640 shall be installed in the chimney, and it shall extend from the appliance to the top of the chimney and be securely attached to both.
For our installations we use either rigid or flexible stainless steel lining material which exceeds the requirements of the standards described above. By installing the proper liner, you are ensuring your appliance is operating in the safest manner possible and reducing excessive creosote accumulation. All liners we install come with an unconditional 10 year guarantee.
Free standing woodstoves are usually installed with a specifically recommended stainless steel chimney and a chimney liner is not necessary. If however your woodstove is vented into an existing or new masonry (brick) chimney, each manufacturer will have its own set of clearance to combustible material requirements. Without exception, however, is the requirement that a full stainless steel liner and base tee be installed in the chimney. This liner must conform to ULC Standard S635 and be installed in accordance with proper venting requirements. The diameter and length of your liner will vary depending on many factors. It is imperative that a properly trained, qualified technician do your installation. At Magic Touch, we take great pride in the expertise and skill of our service technicians. When we attend your home you can be sure the technician has been thoroughly trained and is well equipped to handle any situation. All the liners we install come with an unconditional 10 year guarantee.