My chimney unquestionably need to be rebuilt from the roofline on up (cracked cap and crumbling bricks/mortar). In getting quotes, some companies wanted to use a stainless steel liner while others would just reline with new flue tiles.
This is a wood-burning fireplace only (no water heater or furnace venting up it). Do I need the pricier stainless steel liner (quotes are anywhere from $400-1000 higher with this option)? Or are new flue tiles OK? Will one last longer than the other?