|A chimney liner keeps the heat from the fireplace
gases from damaging the bricks and mortar
that comprise a chimney. Liners can be made
of clay, ceramic, or metal. Most masonry
chimneys have tile liners that can crack
and deteriorate over time. Once these cracks
occur, carbon monoxide and moisture can seep
into your home in addition to the possibility
of fire developing in the walls. A part of
chimney cleanings should include checks to be sure your liner
is doing its job.
If you need a new liner, choose a replacement
liner made of alloy steel piping. This piping
comes in many sizes and shapes, depending
upon your type of fireplace or stove flue.
Prices will vary depending on the size and
thickness of the steel alloy, but in gneral,
the thicker the steel alloy, the better protection
for your home.
As a lower cost alternative, look at clay
liners even though clay can crack over time.
As long as you maintain your chimney on a
regular basis, your clay liner will do its
As in any purchase of this type,
research. There are “bargain”
but they may not give you the
you need for your home.