While a majority of homes today have gas fireplaces, some still require the old fashioned chimney liner kit. For those homeowners who have a legitimate wood burning fireplace, keeping it clean is crucial for prevent fires or any toxic fumes from entering the home. When you look at the construction of a chimney, the liner may not seem like an important aspect, but it's one of the most important.

Chimney's that burn oil or solid fuels need a liner to help guide the combustible products out of the house. Chimney liners provide an extra layer of protection, and when you have your chimney annually cleaned; your professional cleaner should be able to inform you whether your current liner can be repaired, or if you'll need a new one entirely.

If you do need to have your chimney liner replaced and want to know more about the process, we've compiled a list of questions that we commonly hear regarding the topic.

5 common questions about new chimney liners

  1. If my chimney does need a new liner, is it possible for me to see the damage?

    A real professional won't take you up to the roof, but they should be able to show you photos that they took of the interior that shows either the damaged liner or lack of a liner if you have an older home.

  2. Are there different types of chimney liners?

    There are three main categories when it comes to chimney liners: Light - High Performance Light - Heavy. Whoever is installing your chimney liner kit should be able to inform you which liner is best for your chimney, but they do vary in cost with the heavy liners being the strongest and costing more.

  3. Will anything need to be done to the chimney for the liner to fit?

    If the liner won't fit with the insulation, the chimney professional who's installing the liner may have to remove the clay liner tiles. If they do need to take this step, they'll inform you of it.

  4. What type of insulation is used?

    All the insulation used for chimney liners is for properly venting the solid fuels being burned. There's a difference between insulating your chimney on the outer wall rather than the interior, and your chimney professional has his reasons for choosing one over the other. That all depends on the type of chimney you have though.

  5. Is there a warranty of chimney liners?

    Fireside Chimney Supply do! Depending on where you buy your chimney liner, there are a number of chimney liners that come with a lifetime warranty that covers damages. As well, many warranty's can be transferred to your homes new owner if you choose to sell (or buy). Though be sure to take you due diligence as some warranties require that your liner be installed by a professional and that your chimney is properly inspected on an annual basis.