You probably need it swept more regularly with a liner (metal flue) than a conventional (old – traditional) brick flue, because the diameter is so much smaller. The efficiency is greater with a liner but it is calculated on that small diameter flue – so sweep it regularly (twice a year if it supplies a water heating system).
Personally, I don’t like liners in old buildings, it causes condensation in the brick flue that it’s inserted into to. Great for new builds.
My brother had a chimney fire in his house last week. put some candle ends on it which were left over from Christmas (tit) entire flue caught light – its a huge Yorkstone lined barn conversion, massive chimney, could practically walk up it. Basically the wax allowed the soot to catch light.
Cowling on the top of the chimney to stop rain/birds melted, stone cracked half way down the chimney. Fire brigade called…
Big…big clear up job…smoke damage to half the barn..
For god sake get it swept!
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