It’s in the low 90’s this week and I can’t believe I’m dreaming of cold fall days. I’m hoping this fall we can get at least one of fireplaces functioning. Winter will be here before we know it!
I had someone over this morning to take a look. I was told my chimneys are too large for metal liners. So now what? It seems like I have two options. Option one, we could have Smoktite installed in the lower smoke chamber of our chimney. Smoktite is a ceramic product, “that is sprayed in smoke chambers to seal holes and gaps.” I could then have a camera dropped to look for any holes. If they find holes I could get them patched.
Now option two, Thermocrete. It looks like this stuff is made by the same guys that produce Smoktite. “Thermocrete process coats the inside of the chimney from top to bottom with a highly durable ceramic sealant.”
I’ll have to do some more investigating and find out cost-comparison and pros and cons to each. I do hear rumors that Thermocrete can cost you around 3K per chimney. But then on the same website I found info for CFS and Dynacote, which sound like other sealant options. What the heck is the difference between all of them? If you have any experience or tips for old chimneys please share. I’m a total newbie!