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Flue Systems

Standard Flue System Examples

Chimney Pot Assembly

Very rarley are two flue systems exactly the same. And just as important as using dry, well seasoned firewood, a correctly configured and healthy flue system is just as important for the performance of your wood fire. 

Our knowledable staff will guide you through the often complex options and terminolgy that make up the flue system for your chosen wood or gas fire. You don't need to know about casing covers, combination liners and offsets, ADD cowls, trim plates, ceiling plates and penetration units (unless of course you would like to!) as we will discuss with your installer or designer and provide you with the necessary requirements.

Check out more flue and chimney designs on the photo gallery on the Home Page, or send us your plans to so we can size and price a flue system for your chosen fireplace.  

 

 

 

 

 

Like us, your flue system will need some regular check ups to make sure it is working properly and efficiently. One of the byproducts of burning solid fuel (wood and coal) is a sticky, tarry substance called Creosote which clings to the walls of the flue pipe. If left too long it will clog up the inner air way of your flue, thus reducing the available draught and make it difficult to run the fire efficiently. In extreme cases this Creosote can ignite and cause a chimney fire, creating extremely hot temperatures as it burns off all the gunk inside the flue. This is a serious fire risk and material damage is inevitable. Needless to say the safety of your loved ones inside is at risk also. 

Good Flue Maintenance:

  • As always, it starts by using dry, well seasoned firewood. This will reduce, or slow down creosote build up. Smaller, hotter fires (without overfiring) will result in more efficent operation between flue cleaning periods.
  • Have your flue system cleaned (swept) at least once a year. Be careful when working at heights and always take appropriate safety precautions.
  • If your fires are sluggish and non repsonsive, check that you have enough height. All wood fires must have a minimum 4.8m from floor to cowl top (to suit most single story homes with 2,4m wall/ceiling height) but if in doubt please call us or a recommended chimney sweep.

What to do if you have a Chimney Fire:

  • You'll know you're having a chimney fire because you'll think a 747 aeroplane is landing on your roof.
  • Don't panic, just get everyone out of the house and dial 111 for the Fire Department
  • Don't go back inside until given the all clear