Yup. My wife called me the other day and said she heard something up the chimney. I blew it off as crazy woman talk. But this evening I was over by the stove and saw what appeared to be metal shavings under the throat. I grabbed a flashlight and shined it up the 316Ti liner and it was like looking at stars. The bottom 2' of the liner was riddled with pin holes. My wife, wasn't crazy.
I seriously thought I'd of gotten at least one more season out of it. But, it is a pretty old liner having bought it in 2006 for my wood stove. I attribute all the rain we had last summer and so far this spring/summer to the absolute demise of the liner. When I told the wife about it this evening she says, 'Can it wait till we come back from vacation in two weeks?'
Thing is, I don't want to put another liner in it if I don't need to.
So, here's what I'm looking at. It's a 16' stone/mortar/brick chimney fireplace. The current throat plate is shot, I need a new one. There is a piece of slate on top of the chimney, 16' up the chimney sits 3' off the peak of the house. It's actually dead center of the house on the north side.There is terracotta near the top but I cut it flush with the slate top. But it's recessed into the chimney about 3-6". There is a smoke shelf; I removed several bricks from it to get the liner past it and I'm assuming that I'd have to extend my "pipe" past it as well.
My questions are, do I need to extend the terracotta past the slate top?
I know I need to make a new throat plate but I've tried...I'm not very good at it. So, anyone have any ideas on how to make one so it actually fits? I was planning on using cement board. Is this bad?
Thirdly, anyone in Sussex County, NJ whose had experience with this wanna come give me a hand or at the very least look at it and direct me to what is needed? Cause I'm not really sure what to do. There will be beer and grilling. I'll take some pictures this week and get them up here. Any help/advice will be greatly appreciated.
We'll be leaving for South Carolina on either the 15th or 16th for a week then the liner will be pulled out. Glad I've discovered this now and not the day I fire up for the season.