Different Types of Chimneys & Flues For Open Fires and Stoves

Having a well-designed and properly-built chimney and flue system which functions correctly is crucial, so you can make sure you can enjoy the warmth and ambience of an open fire or stove through the colder months.

However, not all chimneys and flues are created equal – and as stove and wood burner installation experts across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire we have explored the various types of chimneys and flues typically used within the home, so you can understand their features and benefits.

Masonry Chimneys

Masonry chimneys are the most typically used option for open fires and stoves. Built using bricks and stones, masonry chimneys provide fantastic durability and heat resistance which is crucial for a fireplace.

Masonry chimneys often include a clay or ceramic flue liner to help protect the surrounding masonry from the corrosive effects of using your chimney.

Benefits of masonry chimneys:

  • Built to last – a properly constructed and maintained masonry chimney can last for decades.
  • Full of character – these chimneys can add a touch of charm and character to any home
  • Excellent insulation – the thickness of the masonry helps to retain heat and prevents the transfer of heat to any nearby flammable materials.

Things to consider:

  • Masonry chimneys can sometimes be expensive to install or repair compared to other types of chimneys.
  • The installation time for a masonry chimney can take a considerable amount of time due to requiring skilled labour.

Stainless Steel Flues

These chimneys consist of insulated metal pipes or sections, made from stainless steel which are assembled and connected to the stove or fireplace. They often come with a built-in flue liner and decorative outer casing.

Benefits of stainless steel flues

  • Cost-effective – stainless steel flues can often be less expensive than masonry chimneys, making them a great choice for those with a tighter budget.
  • Easy installation – these flues can be installed in a matter of hours or days, depending on the complexity of the project, however, are often installed faster than other chimney options.

Things to consider:

  • Stainless steel flues often have a shorter lifespan in comparison to masonry chimneys.
  • Limited bespoke options mean you may find it harder to find a stainless steel flue option which matches your home.

The right option for you

Choosing the right type of chimney or flue system for your open fire or stove is essential to ensure you are safe, protected and have an option which matches the style of your home. Masonry chimneys provide excellent durability and a timeless appeal, while stainless steel flues offer more cost-effective installation options. 

It’s important to consider your specific needs, budget and the advice of professionals such as Incendium Stoves and Fireplaces when making a decision. 

For more information or to discuss the options available for you, get in touch with us today and we’ll be more than happy to provide you with further information.

Published On: 18/07/2023Categories: Blog

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