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Chimneys & Flues

Although "Flue" and "Chimney" are frequently used interchangeably, there is a substantial difference between the two. It is important to understand the differences between these two terms in order to properly maintain and inspect the heating system while protecting a home or building from potential hazards. Below, we will explore the differences between Flues and Chimneys, including their functions, materials, and maintenance requirements.

What is the difference between a Chimney and  Flue?

Flues are an essential component of any heating or combustion system, as they allow dangerous gases and smoke to be safely vented away from the home environment. Generally constructed out of brick or stone, a Chimney aids in this process by connecting the stove, fireplace or boiler to the exterior of a building. Theflue is typically composed of ceramic, stainless steel tile or other metals. By using a vertical outlet pipe or channel that runs through the entire house until it reaches the outside, Flues provide homeowners with the peace of mind that their home is safe and free from harmful gas.

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