Choosing the best stove on the market is all very well but the flue system is equally important and should not be overlooked. The performance of your stove largely depends on the capability of your chimney. If a chimney is irregular and rough, or cold and damp, flue gases will move slowly and cool rapidly to form nasty and often dangerous deposits inside the chimney breast.
If the chimney is lined, flue gases will travel faster, maintaining a high temperature and a more consistent draught. A warm flue will collect less deposit and cleaning is much easier, allowing your stove to perform at its best for many years to come.
In most instances chimneys can be lined with a high grade flexible stainless steel flue pipe. This system offers a cost effective solution to protecting old chimneys against deterioration and leakage. It provides a continuous, smooth, gastight flue that is designed to withstand high temperatures, minimising the risk of tar deposits. The flue liner warms up quickly to create a strong up draught.
In situations where a conventional chimney stack is not viable, such as a barn conversion, then we can use our twin wall stainless steel insulated flue systems. This is an incredibly versatile system which can pass through combustible floors, into attics and through a specially made lead flashing. Alternatively it can pass through an exterior wall, and rise vertically. This is a relatively inexpensive system when compared with the cost of constructing a new chimney.
For new build and renovation projects where a new chimney is required for either a stove or an open fire, we always use Isokern pumice chimney systems. Made in Denmark, these chimneys have been installed throughout Europe for the last sixty years, providing excellent performance. The modular construction of Isokern allows easy construction, and a real long- term chimney solution.