the snowman wrote:I have a question: My chimney has a six inch stainless steel liner that is not insulated. Can I insulate it without taking out the liner? If I can't maybe insulate the very top to possibly help retain the heat in the liner. Just an idea. Its nice to hear another individual being converted to coal.
I'm several hours south of the superior breaker. I just happen to be lucky that my local supplier buys his bulk coal from Superior. I burned it up until this year when i bought a tractor trailer load. I was unable to get Superior at the time.
I got Summit which seems to burn as well but has a larger volume of ash and much more fly ash. I prefer Superior.
Is your chimney an outside chimney or does it go up through the middle of your house? If it goes up inside the house, you don't need to insulate. Actually, if its working fine now and you have no draft issues I wouldn't worry about it. To install the insulation wrap you would need to remove the liner. If you could seal well at the bottom, you could drop some type of loose insulation material down around the liner and that would work.
My friend didn't have clue #1 about coal burning and he was relying totally on my advice for the liner. Since it was an outside chimney and his money buying it, I recommended the insulation kit. It was about $300.00 which seemed alittle high but in the long run, I think it was well worth it. His draft is great and the stove is burning well. He's hooked.