Old chimney - does liner need to be replaced? Can it be repaired?

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Dec 28, 2023
We live in an old (late 1800s) house and had someone check out our chimney. He said the “poured liner” in the chimney is too dangerous and cracked for us to have a fire in this hearth.

These cracks seem like surface level cracks to me? He said they probably can’t repair it and would charge $8k for a wood stove and liner installation. Seems like a lot especially because we’d rather be able to use the fireplace as a regular open fireplace than a wood stove. Is there any way for us to repair this to continue using it as an open fireplace? Any alternative solutions appreciated!

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Cracks in a liner are not good. Can’t repair. Replacing them with an insulated stainless steel liner is the best thing. A wood insert with an insulated stainless could be really nice when it’s chilly. Virginia does not get too cold but cold enough where some usable heat may be welcomed.
I used an open fireplace for a the first few years of owning our house. It honestly is a PITA having to load wood all the time. With an insert you see the flame, get good heat and slowly get money back on your investment.
Don’t burn with the set up you currently have. Once clay is compromised at all it is useless.
Feel free to post the quote so that we can give you input. 8K may not be too bad. The big thing is if this installer included insulation the new liner. If he says it’s unnecessary, get another quote.