- Posted: July 01, 2016Categories: BlogRead more »
As with any product, there are a wide variety of chimney liners on the market to choose from. They have different uses and different strengths, and proper research should be done before deciding exactly what kind is right for you. Just to brush up on your chimney knowledge a little, we want to note that a chimney liner is also known as a flue liner, and it is generally used to contain the combustion that occurs inside of your chimney, protecting the chimney itself from wear and corrosion. It’s an added safety measure for your chimney and is extremely important in the proper maintenance of your chimney. The different materials that liners are made of have different benefits, which we will outline below.
A clay flue liner is the most common to see in a typical American home. Clay is popular due to its easy availability, inexpensiveness, and classicism. However, clay may not be doing exactly the job you expect it to. A flue liner’s main function is to protect the sides of the chimney itself, preventing future needed maintenance. Clay tiles are not very good at redistributing the heat in the chimney when a fire begins, meaning that those very clay tiles that you were trying to protect begin to shatter when met with extreme heat. Though clay is inexpensive, you may end up paying for that decision later on in the form of chimney maintenance.
Cast-In-Place chimney line