Chimney Liners

Chimney Liner Installation and Replacement: A Comprehensive Guide

Chimney liners play a crucial role in the safe operation of your fireplace or wood stove. They serve to protect your chimney walls from heat and corrosion, improving the efficiency of your heating appliance and reducing the risk of chimney fires. Over time, however, chimney liners can become damaged or deteriorate due to age, usage, and exposure to the elements, necessitating their replacement. This guide covers everything you need to know about chimney liner installation and replacement, ensuring your chimney system operates safely and efficiently.

What is a Chimney Liner?

A chimney liner, also known as a flue liner, is a conduit made of clay, metal, or ceramic that lines the inside of a chimney. Its primary purposes are to protect the chimney walls from heat and corrosion and to direct combustion by-products outside the home. Chimney liners come in three main types: clay tile liners, cast-in-place liners, and metal flue liners. Each type has its advantages and is suitable for different situations.

Signs You Need a New Chimney Liner

  • Reduced Draft Efficiency: Difficulty in lighting fires or smoke entering the room can indicate liner problems.
  • Visible Deterioration: Cracks or gaps in the liner seen during an inspection.
  • Water Damage: Signs of moisture in or around the chimney can suggest a compromised liner.
  • Change in Appliance Type: Installing a new heating appliance may require a different type of liner.


Choosing the Right Chimney Liner


  • Clay Tile Liners: Traditional and inexpensive but labor-intensive to replace.
  • Metal Liners: Highly durable and suitable for most types of fuels. Stainless steel liners are most common.
  • Cast-in-place Liners: Cement-like products that create a seamless, insulated passageway for smoke and gases.

Size and Shape

The size and shape of the liner should match the output requirements of your heating appliance and the dimensions of your chimney. Incorrect sizing can lead to poor performance and increased risk of chimney fires.

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Installation Process

  1. Inspection and Measurement: A professional chimney sweep should inspect the chimney to assess its condition and take precise measurements.
  2. Choosing the Liner: Based on the inspection, choose the appropriate liner material, size, and shape.
  3. Preparation: The chimney is cleaned, and any necessary repairs to the chimney structure are made.
  4. Installation: The liner is inserted into the chimney, either from the top down or bottom up, depending on the situation and type of liner.
  5. Sealing and Insulation: The liner is then sealed at the top and bottom, and insulation may be added around the liner to improve efficiency.
  6. Final Inspection: A final inspection ensures the liner is correctly installed and functioning properly.

Maintenance and Care

  • Regular Inspections: Have your chimney and liner inspected at least once a year by a certified professional.
  • Cleaning: Schedule chimney cleaning annually or as recommended by your chimney sweep, depending on usage.

Hiring a Professional

Chimney liner installation is not a DIY project for most homeowners due to the specialized tools and knowledge required. Hiring a certified chimney professional ensures the job is done safely and correctly, adhering to local building codes and manufacturer specifications.


A properly installed and maintained chimney liner is vital for the safety and efficiency of your chimney system. Whether you're replacing an old, damaged liner or installing one for the first time, understanding the process, materials, and maintenance requirements can help ensure your chimney operates safely for years to come. Always consult with a professional for the best advice tailored to your specific situation.

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We believe that the customer always comes first.

We see it as a mission to reach people's homes and make it a comfortable and safe place.

It is important to us to give our customers the feeling that they are in good hands and that they can trust us to do the best work for them.

The values that lead our company are to see our customers satisfied at the end of the job and to do what we do in the best and most professional way there is.

We understand the importance of a well-functioning chimney, which is why we use only the best tools and techniques to ensure that your chimney is in top condition. We also offer a wide range of services, including chimney sweeping, and chimney relining.

Our goal is to provide our customers with the highest level of service and satisfaction. We are dedicated to ensuring that your chimney is safe and efficient, and we always go the extra mile to ensure that our customers are happy.

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