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I have a chimney ready for a woodstove that has been scarely if ever used. Woodstove dude said his guy has to come inspect it, which was thievery - stuck a flashlight and mirror in and charges me $175 to tell me there were no cracks. Anyways they say even though it's fine because the chimney is 8x12" I need to put in a liner (is this true?). The cost estimate for that is up to $2400 which seems like a lot of money to drop a pipe down my chimney. Is this cost in line, or are they trying to gouge me? I had a pellet stove before so it wasn't an issue, haven't had a woodstove since '89 and I don't remember having to do this...

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If I was going to run piping thr a chimney from a stove it would be double stainless steel . 
 

Go on line and price it out after measurements and ball park how long you can do it with a helper . If you can get a helper . 

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I would pay to sleeve it because wood stoves burn so much hotter than a traditional fireplace. If your chimney was made for a traditional fireplace it will likely crack from the higher heat of a wood burning stove. 

 

 

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Cost of liner install will vary depending on roof height and pitch. I did a lot of them when doing furnace installs. Some were a piece of cake, others we called out a chimney company. If it’s a straight clear chimney and roof isn’t scary I would look into doing it yourself. If not get more prices, 2,400 seems steep

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I have helped do a couple in the past.....Did one from the top down, did one from the hearth up.

If you have easy access to  the top I think it is easier (that one they had a pipe staging set up). The worst part was making a blocker plate for the section of the damper where the flue wasnt, but not impossible

If you look on the endless river a 25 foot section with cap and hardware can be purchased for around 500.

Even if you decided on renting a manlift to make it easy you should still be half of 2500.

 

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Yeah you probably should run a liner. If you vent a stove into a space that is 8x12, creosote build up will be a lot higher compared to running a 6" pipe all the way out. 

 

We ran flexible metal liners in our chimneys about a decade ago and materials (30' stainless steel liner, top plate, connectors) were about $500 and then another $100 or so for the pipe insulation. I assume that the prices have gone up a good bit since then like everything else has. If you're at a grand for materials now, $2400 for someone else to do it might a little on the high side but probably not out of the ballpark. 

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I'd call around.  They can't be the only place doing that kind of work.     

The days of someone coming out and working for $150 to $200 a day are gone though and it will take 2 people.

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Price out the run with sections of Metalbestos that will fit in your chimney. If your handy or have help it could be a diy.

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Gas is almost $4.00 a gallon. The girl making your 9.00 hoagie is making 15 dollars an hour to start. A new truck is 75k, a real truck anyway. A 1/2 ton grocery getter with a dumbass tailgate costs 55k. Material shortages, Obamacare, extended unemployment,  nobody wants to work, nobody wants to teach school, can’t get a new boat…….. $2500 is a fair price in the new world order. 

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I'm in CT, and it is the code where I am. The first job I had done to meet the code was a 3ft chimney extension on my stove insert, A year later the stove had to come out again, and was told the code had changed again so the liner had to be installed.

Estimate back then was $2000. When the job was finished I was given a bill for $1200

They told me it went easier than expected. This was maybe 6 years ago.

Still cheaper than repairing or replacing your existing chimney. And FWIW, I save roughly $700-$800 a year on oil when burning. And my wood source is free

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