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Turn To Top Hat & Tails For Oil & Gas Flue Relining

A lot of the chimney care decisions you make will be driven by the type of fuel your appliance burns. The care needed for a chimney system that’s venting a wood-burning fireplace differs considerably from the care we’d recommend for a flue venting an oil furnace.

Top Hat & Tails gas and oil reliner. Your gas or oil appliance needs to vent through a smoke-tight, properly sized flue just like your wood-burning liner.The commonality here: All of these systems need regular care to perform optimally and at the highest level of safety possible.

Regardless of the type of fuel you’re burning, your flue needs a liner, both for performance and safety purposes. A damaged, missing, or improperly sized liner can greatly affect the immediate effectiveness and long-term health of your system. If, during an annual chimney inspection or a troubleshooting visit, Top Hat & Tails technicians find a problem with your flue liner, we’ll definitely start a discussion about relining.

Why Your Oil Or Gas Flue May Need Relining

Like your wood fireplace, your gas appliance needs to vent through a smoke-tight, properly sized flue in order for high heat and dangerous combustion byproducts to effectively leave your living space. Your liner not only helps that process along, but protects your chimney and your home from heat transfer to masonry materials and to nearby combustible building materials. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) notes that heat can move to nearby woodwork in as few as 3 ½ hours in an unlined chimney, so it’s important to correct chimney liner issues as soon as possible. Those issues might be:

  • A liner with cracked joints, tiles, or other damage
  • A flue with a clay liner that can’t sufficiently contain and stand up to the byproducts of burning gas
  • A flue that’s too big or too small for the appliance it’s venting

If you’re having a new appliance installed, a relining may be called for, too — appliances are designed to vent through a specifically sized flue, and your new appliance may not be compatible with your existing flue.

How Top Hat And Tails Can Help

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If we find that any of the above issues are leaving you with a chimney that’s not as effective or as safe as you need it to be, we can recommend and install a new flue liner that solves your problem.

We routinely install stainless steel flue liners — an ideal option in terms of performance and longevity. Installing a new stainless steel liner will let us seamlessly resize your improperly sized flue, put a smooth and efficient new flue surface in place of a previously damaged one, or turn an insufficiently protected chimney into one that’s well-armed against the high heat and acidic byproducts produced by your gas-burning or oil-burning appliance.

Give Us A Call To Schedule Your Appointment

If you’re concerned about your chimney liner or have any question about your gas- or oil-burning appliance, we’d be glad to help. Give Top Hat & Tails a call at 973-450-1947, or click here to schedule online!


A thorough chimney inspection will tell you if your chimney needs relining and we’re ready to help with this skilled chimney service today.

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