Choosing Pumped Masonry Versus Stainless Steel Liners
|Pumped Masonry||Stainless Steel|
|• Is centered in the flue to assure complete coverage throughout the chimney.||• Is very difficult to center in the flue, resulting in areas with little or no insulating protection.|
|• Provides structural strength to deteriorated or cracked casings, |
fills open joints, seals crumbling mortar.
|• Provides no significant structural strength to the casing.|
|• Golden flue installers line fireplace smoke chambers, |
protecting the flue for its entire length.
|• Stainless steel liners do not extend into the smoke chamber; often do not directly connect to the stove.|
|• Masonry liners experience minimalexpansion and contraction |
from flue heat.
|• Stainless steel expands and contracts dramatically, often stressing casing and tearing insulation.|
|• Golden Flue masonry liners have been tested by Underwriter’s laboratories and Warnock Hershey to withstand temperatures in excess of 2100 degrees.||• Stainless steel, subjected to the heat of a chimney fire, loses its “stainless” properties, opening the door to rust and corrosion.|
|• Golden Flue is the only lining system tested and approved for |
safety after multiple chimney fires.
|• Building code requires that any metal components in a chimney be inspected after a fire for possible replacement.|
|• Pumped masonry is certified for use with all fuels: |
oil, gas, wood, coal.
|• Different grades of stainless steel and aluminum must be used for different fuels. A future change in fuel may require a relining.|