Why the Flue is Important
After the fuel supply and the fire itself, the flue is the other major component of your heating installation. Obviously, fires generate heat, which you want to fill your room with a warm, rosy glow. However, there are other by-products of combustion, especially gases, that you don’t want hanging around in your room. In simple terms, they could cause you quite some trouble!
The flue is the ducting or channel through which these unwanted by-products of combustion are carried away into the atmosphere. Usually, it leads up your chimney, hidden from view. Inevitably they can wear out over time, or can be damaged by external influences such as birds, rodents and other wildlife, which could lead to gases escaping where they are not wanted.
Class 1 and 2 flues are generally used with brick chimneys, and suit most of the products in our range, especially in older properties when construction of chimneys was the norm. In recent decades, many newer properties were built without chimneys, but have pre-cast flues built into the structure of the property instead.
Power flues are suitable in properties without a chimney. They have an electric fan that expels flue gases, and as a result, there is a degree of noise generated when they are in operation.
Balanced flues, in a sense, are not flues at all, but a type of glass fronted fire that is sealed, and connects directly through an outer wall.
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Testing the Flue
We will sweep and pressure test the flue prior to installation so that everything will work properly when the new fire is fitted. If the flue is found to be defective (a tear, or crack in it, usually), we will offer you a flue lining solution with a suitable lining material fit for the proposed use (either solid fuel or gas) before considering options to replace it altogether.