Houe built around 1900. Coal conversion to oil at some point.
The cap blew off my chimney the other day (oil burner only - no
So... I called around and got someone to come and do a clean and a
Turns out the tile lining in the chimney is cracked - somewhat badly.
They first thought it was only where the exhaust for the hot water
heater was put into the chimney, but upon further inspection, it was in
a variety of places (some tiles had broken and fallen down).
First idea was to patch it when it was only a few tiles, but when it
was all over, they suggested a replacement liner. Which of coruse
involves removing the existing liner since the diameter of the flue
would be too small to take the exhaust from both appliances.
So the situation has gone from a few hundred buck for the cap and
cleaning to a considerable sum for all the rest of this work.
Here's another wrinkle... the inside of the chimney cap that blew off
seemed to be scortched to the point where the guy who came said he
thought the burner was running too hot. This leads me to thinking
about replacing the 70 something year old oil burner and get a new
efficient model. If this is the case, I MAY be able to get away
without tearing out the existing liner and just putting a new liner in
(or so I am told by the chimney guy - who I would tend to beleive in
that case since it would be less money for him to do that job as
opposed to the "pull out the old liner first" job).
So do I....
1. Fix the existing problem, keeping the old burner, and just do the
liner work? If so, any idea as to how much that should run? Seems to
be about 35 feet of liner needed, tear out old, install a new one, etc.
I understand there is lightweight and heavier duty liner.
2. Upgrade the oil system to something new and just snake down a new
liner inside the existing one? Same questions... how much, etc.
Hot water radiators, 3BR's on 2nd floor, LR/DR/Kitchen on 1st. Attic
and Basement not heated. Northern NJ (Bergen County).
Thanks... forgive any incorrect jargon or terms... I am very clueless
about these things...