Why Kirkyl Chimney Frames?
½ INSTALLATION TIME
NO LIFTING EQUIPMENT
Kirkyl Steel Framing
NZS 3604 – Doesn’t cover TALL Chimney Frames
Traditional framing is good for houses, but tall chimneys are NOT standard in NZS 3604. This is a problem for many designers, framers and detailers.
The result is usually
Over design and waste
Lengthy site installation
Costly lifting equipment
Kirkyl S.A.F.E Chimney Framing are:
Simple and fast to erect
Installed by hand
Easily integrated with timber
Kirkyl “K” Braces. Kirkyl “K” braces are stand-alone braced panels which can be retrofitted between the studs of older buildings needing additional bracing and also for inclusion in new builds.
As standard procedure our Kirkyl Chimney Frames were tested for their bracing ability. The results were so good, that we have included them in our range as a Bracing unit. They are tested, appraised and certified.
Kirkyl “K” Braces are also used in new designs where wall space is limited. They can be used to complement normal bracing where required.
The Kirkyl Steel Frame Chimney Solution ticks all the boxes:
Made with 100% NZ Axxis Steel, Kirkyl frames are strong and durable and are backed by a 50 year durability statement.
The Kirkyl S.A.F.E Chimney Solutions are the design of choice for your family. They are earthquake and fire resistant and their light construction means they are as safe as houses.
Our frames are healthier too, that is why they carry the sensitive choice brand.
The Kirkyl Chimney Solution uses cutting edge technology to create our fully engineered design.
Whether your home has been damaged in an earthquake, is a heritage home or an older home, the Kirkyl S.A.F.E Chimney Solution is the design of choice for renovations, repairs, and strengthening.
Kirkyl S.A.F.E chimney solutions can be used with any medium weight cladding including timber, fibreglass and Masonry.
"Kirkyl Frames are Strong, Light, Quick and Easy To erect."
Mitchell Cole - Architect
Kirkyl Chimneys have been developed over the past 7 years to be an efficient, cost effective, strong and straight chimney framing system. Originally developed as a re-build system for earthquake damaged chimneys, it was discovered that the Kirkyl system was simple and quick to install and also very cost effective. So the design was modified and the system has been specifically developed for use in new timber buildings. Although any size or shape of chimney can be designed and manufactured, there are three basic styles of standard chimneys in the range. Each of these styles, with a generous range of sizes, has a standard PS1 associated with it.
Kirkyl frames are pre-fabricated and delivered in flat-pack form to any site nationwide. They are very light to handle and are also simple and easy to install.
There is a graphic installation manual supplied with each chimney. The manuals are very easy to follow and describe in graphic detail the correct installation procedures.
The Kirkyl frames are pre-braced and require no additional ply bracing, they are also straight and accurate, meaning no time is wasted straightening the frames.
Once installed the Kirkyl frames are battened out with timber battens. This is done for a number of reasons, but one of the more important reasons is to make the frames user friendly for builders. Any cladding is fixed following standard procedures as when fixing to timber frames.
The NZ registered brace anchor system is unique to the Kirkyl framing system It is built into the frames and ensures the frames are very well anchored at the base.
All Kirkyl frames are covered by the NZ Steel 50 Year Durability Statement.
Kirkyl has developed a proprietary anchor system with an integrated bracket. Kirkyl frames are all pre-braced and when used with the proprietary anchor system, each frame has inherent bracing units of about 100 BUs per metre. This was established when a P21 brace test was performed on a standard Kirkyl frame.
This bracing capacity can complement other standard house bracing systems.
The Kirkyl “K” Brace can also be used as stand-alone, easy to fit bracing panels. This is particularly useful where there is a limited area available for traditional bracing.
When working on designs for the re-building of earthquake damaged chimneys in Christchurch, it became evident that there was a need for a good, strong, light-weight, real brick cladding system. A number of systems were tried, but durability was questionable.
The Kirkyl KCS Cladding System has been registered as a unique New Zealand design with the New Zealand Registered Design number – 423796
Brick slips are locked into each other and keyed into a secure, mechanically fastened Kirkyl Track. The Kirkyl track is fastened to wall studs or batten.
Originally designed for its strength and resistance to earthquakes for use only in earthquake zones, it was soon discovered that the system was quick and very easy to install. As a result, it has been adopted for use nation-wide. Not only in new chimneys but also columns, feature walls and specifically above openings in brick walls.