Berlin wrote:The only decent class A chimney with coal is masonry. It costs the same or less to put up a block/tile stack compared to stainless class a.
I cant agree with this more! Mind you..."they" wont tell you this at the dealer, building inspector or chimney sweep (Its like a big nation wide concpiracy
), but this is not even a close debate (its as clear as night vs. day)... You want Masonry Chimney with a Terra Cotta Liner (some call it Tile). As stated above its about the same price anyway (one will last you 2 lifetimes while the other will last you 5 to 15 years at best).
A more debatable question would be to cap or not to cap and what type of cap may be best (many factors may alter the decision) but I'm a HUGE advocate of a simple one piece slat/stone cap open on 4 sides and screened (I think that is the absolute pinnacle of design/function/lifetime quality (even though I don't have one yet
), others rather no cap while others might say a directional cap