Oil-Fired Appliances

Just like the chimney venting a wood-burning stove or fireplace, the chimney flue that is responsible for venting your oil-fired appliance needs to be regularly inspected by a professional chimney sweep. Although your oil service-provider may lightly clean the chimney, it is rare for the entire system to be inspected and cleaned by the oil service technician. If you haven’t had your oil-fired appliance’s chimney flue inspected and swept lately, give us a call! We can inspect, clean and even reline the flue, if necessary.

Why Would I Need To Have My Oil-Fired Chimney System Relined?

  • General Wear & Tear: The liner of your chimney is constantly under the stress of high heat and the acidic byproducts of oil combustion. Over time and with use, all of this stress can wear on the liner, causing it to deteriorate and decay. When this process occurs, the chimney is no longer able to function as efficiently and as safely as it was designed to.
  • Fire Damage: Chimney fires (which often go unnoticed by homeowners) can seriously damage the lining of the chimney, rendering it ineffective and unable to properly remove combustion byproducts from the home. Unfortunately, the majority of chimney fires that occur go unnoticed. A thorough inspection of your system can give you a look at your liner’s condition and alert you to any problems before they cause unnecessary risk or irreparable damage to the chimney itself.
  • Appliance Changes: When you trade in your old oil-fired appliance for a new, high-efficiency unit, it is highly likely that your new appliance will require a smaller flue in order to work as it should. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t realize this and continue venting with the same flue. A flue that is too big for the appliance will cause problems with draft and efficiency, and will not use fuel conservatively. In addition, a too-large flue will slow down the exit of gases and vapor, allowing them to settle in the chimney (causing deterioration) or leak back into the home.
Oil Soot Build Up before and after sweep-Northeastern Chimney

What Are My Relining Options?

Not all flue liners are intended for use with all fuels. That’s why it’s important to talk to a knowledgeable and experienced chimney sweep about what is best for your system. For oil-burning appliances, we typically install a cast-in-place liner or a UL-listed stainless steel liner. These materials are designed to handle the stress of venting an oil-burning appliance better than other lining materials. The experts at Northeastern Masonry & Chimney can recommend the appropriately-crafted and -sized liner for your specific oil-burning appliance and install it properly and professionally. Just give us a call!

Call Us, Today!

If you have changed to a higher-efficiency oil-fired appliance and haven’t had your flue checked for compatibility, or if you simply haven’t had your oil-burning flue liner inspected lately, don’t put it off any longer! We can help increase the efficiency of your appliance, extend the life of your chimney and reduce your fuel bill. Call us today at 518-767-9315, or use our convenient appointment request form! We look forward to hearing from you!


Don’t forget that gas-burning appliances may need chimney relining or other repairs. At Northeastern Masonry & Chimney, we can handle your heating appliance needs with skill.