I found a new "Z" Flex Chimney Liner Kit" on craigslist which is recommended for the wood stove used in this old farmhouse, and it was delivered by the seller for 1/4 the price. We wrapped it with 1/2" required insulation on sale from ebay and installed it ourselves after Christian inspected and measured the chimney length. The boys worked together on the roof while Bill directed the project including removing the wood stove and reinstalling it. Securing ladders on all slate roof surfaces was important, especially with unexpected early rain.
I will order a custom chimney plate from "Fireside Chimney Supply" next so that the stone chimney cap can be used again instead of the commercial set-up we installed temporarily. Bill created a custom hearth plate from a sheet of copper we had, which is now siliconed back into position above the wood stove.
The 1/2" pipe insulation which is mandatory as well as a code requirement, came from "Rockford Chimney Supply" in a kit. This insulation covered with a fireproof sleeve, allows the stove to now burn with much improved draw.
The insulation is spray glued, taped and clamped on at both ends of the liner pipe; before it is cut to size using a hacksaw and pulled down the chimney with a heavy chain and clothesline attached. A few extra feet of pipe are initially added to the length to allow for bends in the flu. This stove will burn overnight and heat most of the house. How nice to have the job (about 5 hrs. and $500 for materials) done before Thanksgiving and major cold weather sets in.