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Stainless steel chimneys - advantages and disadvantagesStainless steel chimneys are divided into two different categories: the so-called single-walled and the double-walled. Especially when it comes to redeveloping chimneys, the single-walled version is preferred.
Considering how complex and difficult such reorganization was in earlier times, fortunately one or the other has decisively improved in this context.
Until just a few years ago, for example, the complete, old chimney had to be demolished in order to build it from scratch.
Today, a new stainless steel pipe is simply let in. After a short time, the entire construction process is completed. But that's not all: the self-installation of a new stainless steel chimney is becoming increasingly popular with hobby craftspeople and do-it-yourselfers. Nonetheless, it should also be said in this connection that prior consultation with the chimney sweep or another specialist is essential.
Two-walled stainless steel chimneys are very popular for outdoor use. Of course, in the event that they have the appropriate approval, they may well be used for indoor installation. In addition, an insulating layer which is additionally integrated in two-walled stainless steel chimneys contributes to ensuring a rapid heating of the chimney pipe and thus a quick achievement of the operating temperature.
The good quality speaks for itself in any case...
In any case, stainless steel chimneys stand for
an extremely high thermal conductivity. In front
In particular, the special quality of the material ensures a long service life and stands for excellent corrosion protection. Particularly noteworthy are also the low weight and the uncomplicated assembly of the components.
... if not for the relatively high cost factor...
Compared with other chimney models, modern stainless steel fireplaces are among the most expensive. Certainly, one can say with justification that this is an acquisition that will pay for itself over the years. However, it should be considered in advance whether other chimney variants would not meet the individual requirements.
The district chimney sweep is always the right contact in this regard.
What else is worth knowing...
One of the more disadvantageous aspects of a double-walled stainless steel chimney is, on the one hand, the possibly shorter service life (in contrast to the single-walled version). Because if, for example, a soot fire occurs in the chimney, so usually a complete - time-consuming and costly - replacement of the fireplace is needed.
On the other hand, the following point should not be left unmentioned in this regard: over time, there is a possibility that the surface finish of the stainless steel chimney will become dark and unsightly. Weather-related discoloration, but also combustion residues contribute to a considerable extent to an often significant impairment of the optical condition.
A cleaning is associated with other costs.