We are evaluating what size flexible chimney liner to use for a new fireplace (masonry heater). The liner will pass through an existing concrete flue.
The flue is constructed out of 16" square concrete blocks which have an interior of 8 1/4" - 8 1/2". The measurement varies a little depending where we measure.
The flue is not perfectly straight but was constructed with some gradual bends in a few places, I assume to avoid house framing and the roof ridge.
So the question is whether an 8" stainless flexible liner would be able to fit into a flue like this, or would it be too close a fit? The chimney is about 30' long (2 story house).
The next size down seems to be 6" which seems like it would be acceptable but might not draft quite as well, although its substantially cheaper.