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We Install Stainless Steel and Aluminum Liners

Your chimney serves as a source of enjoyment for your whole family. However, if your chimney isn’t properly lined, you may be putting your family at risk. Your chimney liner serves two main functions. First, it gives smoke, gases, and heat a smooth path from your fireplace to outside your home. Secondly, and most importantly, it protects your home from heat produced in your fireplace. At Old Smokey’s, we can’t stress enough the importance of having a liner installed in your chimney. In fact, if you do not have a liner installed in your chimney, your fireplace is not safe to use. Let us help you determine if your chimney liner is functioning properly and ready for use.

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What is a chimney liner?

When you use your fireplace, your masonry naturally conducts heat. Although your masonry is not flammable, it can hold heat and transfer it to your surrounding woodwork. If your woodwork gets hot enough, this can be a serious safety hazard. The National Bureau of Standards tested chimneys with no liner. They discovered a fire lasting over 3 hours with no liner increased risk of a house fire. Because of this, fire codes today require having a protective liner in the chimney. This creates a barrier between the inside of your chimney and your home.

How do I know if I have a chimney liner?

In the 1940s, fire codes became more strict. Therefore, if your home was built after the 1940s, you most likely have a liner installed. If you are unsure whether you have one or not, do not operate your fireplace until you have an inspection. Schedule a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney technician to inspect it and give you guidance.

If your home was built after the 1940s this does not mean that you can just forget about your liner. Chimney liners can crack or become holey, exposing parts of your home to extreme heat. Because of this, you still need to have your liner (along with your entire chimney system) inspected annually to determine if your liner is showing any signs of weakening. If your liner isn’t working properly, it can lead to a number of issues including masonry erosion and carbon monoxide exposure.

We can help!

At Old Smokey’s we offer a number of liner options, however, the most common ones that we install are either made from stainless steel or aluminum. These types of liners are relatively easy to install, insulate well, and are very durable. Our CSIA certified chimney technicians are well trained and have many years of experience installing chimney liners, so you can trust that your chimney liner will function the way it is supposed to.

If you have questions regarding your chimney liner, we here at Old Smokey’s can help you determine the condition of your chimney liner and any steps that need to be taken. Call Old Smokey’s today at 260-424-0009 or schedule an appointment online to have a technician come to your home for an inspection. We look forward to serving you!

Add a Chimney to Your Home or Office

Have you always wanted a fireplace or stove in your home or office? Adding a new heating unit to your home or office can bring you the warmth and comfort you desire during the colder winter months. You might think adding a masonry fireplace and chimney to a room would be a big project, however, there are a lot of other, cheaper and efficient options available. At Old Smokey’s, we are experts at finding the right type of fireplace for your needs. Whether you want something that looks and feels more like a traditional fireplace, or a new stove, we got the heating appliance for you! Let us tell you the many benefits of a new prefabricated fireplace or stove.

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One of the best things about prefabricated fireplaces or stoves is the ability to install them almost anywhere you would like to in your home or office. Ventilation for prefabricated and stove systems are much more flexible than masonry systems, meaning we can install a chimney almost anywhere in your home.

Fuel Options

There are a number of fuel options available with both prefabricated fireplaces and stoves. Wood and gas fuel burning appliances are probably our two most popular options available. However, there are some differences between the two options. Gas appliances are generally easier to operate and maintain. This is because gas can be directly piped into your home and connected to your appliance. This means you never have to collect and store fuel the way you would have to with a wood burning appliance. Also, gas fireplaces generally start by just flipping a switch. Wood appliances on the other hand can be cheaper to operate if wood is readily available. Also, most people think the ambiance created by a real wood fire is impossible to beat.


All of the fireplaces and stoves we install here at Old Smokey’s are EPA qualified, meaning they emit at least 70 percent less gas than a traditional masonry fireplace. Efficiency is important to a lot of our customers. Not only is it good for the environment, but you get more bang for your buck as well. Efficient fireplaces and stoves push more heat into the home instead of out of your chimney, meaning you need to use less fuel to stay warm. An added benefit is that it also creates fewer maintenance issues for your fireplace.

Let Old Smokey’s Help You!

Once you determine where you would like to place your new heating appliance, we can help with the design as well. This could include building a wall or mantle around the appliance. If you want to keep the look of an older style masonry fireplace, there are a large number of brick or stone tile options which can imitate a real masonry fireplace. You will ever know the difference. If you want to add warmth, comfort, and style to your home or office, look no further than Old Smokey’s. Our heating and chimney technicians can help you find the perfect fireplace for your home. Call us today at 260-424-0009 or schedule an appointment online to have a technician come to your home and discuss your home heating options. You can also come to our sales floor and check out what we have to offer for your home heating needs.

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