Flashing a manufactured metal chimney can be difficult with some roofing materials. To make this important job easier, Selkirk recently introduced the Metalbestos Platinum Series line of flashings. The Universal Metal Roof Flashing Kit (top left; $32) adapts standard shingle flashing kits for use with most profiles of metal roofing. The Universal Rubber Boot Flashing Kit (top right; $181) allows you to use rubber flashing boots (commonly used for vent pipes) with a metal chimney. And Dead-Soft Aluminum Flashing (right; starting at $100), designed for tile roofs, conforms to the undulations of concrete and clay tile. Selkirk, 800/992-8368, www.metalbestos.com

A manufactured chimney that combines the durability of masonry with the easy installation of metal may sound like a pipe dream — until you check out the DM44 Dual Module Chimney from Isokern. Made from lightweight volcanic pumice and suitable for both gas-fired and solid-fuel applications, Isokern chimney and fireplace components take up less...

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