Flue Liners (Woodburners)

  • Insulation is the key when making a property green

    Homeowners should ensure that they install insulation if they are looking to make their property green.

    The step will be especially beneficial if a new wood stove has been put in as the insulation will help to keep heat inside the property and reduce energy bills.

    Anna-Marie DeSouza, editor of Build It + Home Improvement magazine, said that DIY renovations have become a more popular choice because of the UK's stagnant housing market.

    "The marked difference is that people are staying in their homes and improving them – enlarging them or renovating them in some way to make them more modern. The associated costs of moving on are being invested instead into the homes that they've currently got," she noted.

    In terms of energy efficiency, Ms DeSouza recommended insulation.

    Packing as much of the material into a roof space as possible is advised, while cavity insulation will also help to reduce the amount of heat which escapes from a property.

  • Insulation is the key when making a property green

    Homeowners should ensure that they install insulation if they are looking to make their property green.

    The step will be especially beneficial if a new wood stove has been put in as the insulation will help to keep heat inside the property and reduce energy bills.

    Anna-Marie DeSouza, editor of Build It + Home Improvement magazine, said that DIY renovations have become a more popular choice because of the UK's stagnant housing market.

    "The marked difference is that people are staying in their homes and improving them – enlarging them or renovating them in some way to make them more modern. The associated costs of moving on are being invested instead into the homes that they've currently got," she noted.

    In terms of energy efficiency, Ms DeSouza recommended insulation.

    Packing as much of the material into a roof space as possible is advised, while cavity insulation will also help to reduce the amount of heat which escapes from a property.

  • Will higher gas prices see homeowners considering woodburners?

    Homeowners may be tempted to replace their gas fires with woodburners in light of rising energy prices, confirmed in the latest official figures released by the government.

    The price of gas purchased at a commercial level was 34.1 per cent higher during the three months to the end of June compared to the same period in 2010, according to data from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

    Electricity prices also increased, although by a fraction of the proportion seen for gas.

    These figures reflect similar increases across the domestic market, which may prompt some homeowners to consider alternatives to gas to heat their homes.

    Many woodburners have the advantage of being carbon neutral, although it is advisable to consider all of the required changes that would be necessary to replace a gas fire.

    Differences in the temperature and quality of substances passing through flue accessories will likely necessitate different flue liners for woodburners than are traditionally used for gas fires.

  • Homeowners should be wary of trees hanging over chimney flues

    Checking your flue liners for woodburners and gas fires for debris ahead of winter is always advisable, but homeowners can also take other precautionary measures.

    Taking steps to avoid debris collecting in the chimney in the first place will reduce the risk of fires and any need for a major clean-up operation by a chimney sweep.

    Speaking to KLTV earlier this week, Texas Smith County fire marshal Connie Wasson explained: "If you have large fire in your chimney and you have tree limbs hanging over your home be sure to cut those limbs that are hanging close to your chimney so that that can't go up in the trees."

    Choosing to install a chimney cowl is also a good way of preventing larger pieces of debris from making it into flues.

    However, it's worth checking these during or after heavy weather and strong winds, to ensure they have not been displaced.

  • Homeowners should be wary of trees hanging over chimney flues

    Checking your flue liners for woodburners and gas fires for debris ahead of winter is always advisable, but homeowners can also take other precautionary measures.

    Taking steps to avoid debris collecting in the chimney in the first place will reduce the risk of fires and any need for a major clean-up operation by a chimney sweep.

    Speaking to KLTV earlier this week, Texas Smith County fire marshal Connie Wasson explained: "If you have large fire in your chimney and you have tree limbs hanging over your home be sure to cut those limbs that are hanging close to your chimney so that that can't go up in the trees."

    Choosing to install a chimney cowl is also a good way of preventing larger pieces of debris from making it into flues.

    However, it's worth checking these during or after heavy weather and strong winds, to ensure they have not been displaced.

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