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Chimney Liners

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 periodic 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 job well.

As in any purchase of this type, do your research. There are “bargain” liners available, but they may not give you the protection you need for your home.

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