How is tear down and disposal of the masonry. Then repairs to cover where the chimney was then a class a chimney cheaper than a liner when the class a alone costs more than the liner? If the masonry needs allot of work then yeah that may be true but if not there is no way
You missed the part, or misunderstood, where I said “removal” was cheaper than a liner. Removal is inexpensive and surprisingly simple with low skill labor. What you put back can certainly cost a lot or a little. I actually hired the removal out from the same chimney company that had installed my liner because I thought it would be harder.
My chimney and fireplace were internal so no siding work, just a roof repair. Inside was filling the hole in the wall and the floor repair is under my new hearth.
Masonry is obsolete. Some people love the traditional aesthetic though.