Most clients are not even aware of whether or not they have a liner due to the confusion between what a clay flue and a liner actually are.
- Your chimney is the brick or manufacturer structure that runs up the side through the center of your house.
- The flue is the clay tile that goes into the chimney.
- A liner is either stainless steel or aluminum and goes inside the clay flue or chimney.
Many homes built earlier this century in New Hampshire and Massachusetts do not even have clay flue!
Many homeowners in the Nashua area ask “Why do I need a chimney liner?” because they don’t know the consequences that they can encounter by not having one.
Whether you have a wood burning fireplace, a gas or electric appliance inserted into your fireplace, a freestanding wood stove or pellet stove or just a furnace/hot water system in your basement that heats your home and water, all of those systems need a way for the gases that they emit to be released out of your home.
The chimney is responsible for not only allowing the products of combustion a passageway out of the home; the draft generated by the chimney also supplies the combustion air to your heating appliances.