I guess this is what a 175 year old chimney looks like that was never lined with anything.
I need to do something about it.
It would be nice to keep it, and repair it, but chances are most of it would have to be rebuilt.
I cannot do any steel liner, as it would still have to be rebuilt.
There are many options, but I do not feel like spending too much if I can have a
cast in place liner installed.
There are too types that I know of.
First is a bladder that they put down the chimney and then expand it.
They then pour special concrete down and then deflate the bladder and remove.
Liner is now solid.
Second is an Arhenschimney http://www.ahrenschimney.com/
It is same type, just installed differently.
This has a "bell" that is centered in your chimney with a cable and started at the bottom.
Special concrete is poured down and the bell gets pulled up creating a sized liner.
Then a special coating is sprayed on.
Says has a 50+ year lifespan.
I think this style helps repoint the inside rather than having to rebuild.
Does anyone know of a price?
I am waiting to hear back from the company and have yet to find a local installer.
I think it is somewhere close to a stainless steel liner in the 3 to 5k range?
Much less than a brick rebuild.
Here is pics of the inside of my chimney. No mortar!
The outside is actually not too bad. Mortar is still all there with only
a few spots that need repointing.
I was told by a cousin who is a mason that he will not touch it and cannot repoint outside.
Said rebuilding as far down as possible.
That still leaves me needing a liner.
Any thoughts or opinions?