What's the Difference between a Chimney and a Flue? First Time Home Buyer's!
By Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information
(Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections)
Knowledge is the Power for Your Freedom to a Worry Free Home! A chimney is not the same as a flue. Your chimney is the visible outside structure made of block, brick, rock or slate. The flue is the internal vent shaft that vents the gases and smoke produced from the fire to the outside of your home. The terms liner and flue are normally used interchangeably, although the flue is technically the air space inside the liner. It's the flue or liner that must be unbroken from the heat source, it may be a woodstove, oil burner or a fireplace. If it's broken or cracked, the gases and flames can breach the flue and get inside the home. This posting and the contents that are written here are the intellectual property of Baker Home Inspection and Consulting. All views and opinions expr...