01-30-2014, 01:22 PM
Mr_Gixxer;133302 Wrote:Try to gain access to the inside of the brick fireplace to see if it's got a liner run up through from the top of the stove. If you can't look up from the inside at all you could probably remove the flashing or at least pull it back. Either way if you don't know if it's lined it needs pulled. Period. Don't risk your house to fire because creosote may be falling behind your insert and piling up. Better to know and do it right if it isn't already.
Seen my fare share of flue fires working for the VFD. All of them are caused by negligence. Don't be THAT guy. And think about this, if you've got a flue fire guess what. No more warm house because you probably cracked the terracotta liner. It'll need fixed before you can burn again and it won't be cheap. Don't want THAT especially considering the weather we've been having.
If the flue were actually getting plugged up wouldn't I start to have issues with the chimney drafting properly and possibly getting smoke backed up in the house? Right now, I have no problems getting it started and maintaining a good draft, I've never had smoke backing up and no strange noises from the flue.
The guy that had the woodstove put in I can still contact him, he was the owner before the family that we bought it from and see if he remembers when he had it cleaned last. The family we bought it from didn't use the woodstove, or really the oil furnace, for some reason they were using kerosene heaters inside.