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Niall C has referenced the IRC for one and two family dwellings 2003 edition which has been updated in 2006 and the NFPA 211. The IRC covers most if not all of the construction codes that may apply in various AHJ's, the NFPA covers chimneys and smokestacks. The NFPA also has a section on clearance to combustible reduction techniques. There are none that ...


You should try to determine the manufacturer and model of your fireplace and get a copy of the installation instructions, which will have detailed instructions on the required clearances. The answer will vary depending on the construction of the fireplace.


You didn't mention what the opening was that the smell was entering the house with. If it is a thimble opening, you can block the opening with solid mineral wool insulation, cut to the size of the opening and fit snugly. This will stop the downward drafting. Add a thimble cap over the insulation and it will look fine. It also will stop cold air from entering ...


Yes, that is correct - sealing the top of the unused flue is best. Many possible approaches - a stainless steel cap and mortaring a tile over the flue opening are two that come right to mind. If you're not comfortable working up on the chimney top, hiring a chimney sweep might be best.


You might not get the original look back, but you can make it better. I'd take grinding wheel and cut a deep groove in the outer ring of mortar, then go to town on the bricks in the middle (as the groove will protect the older brick from damage). This will make quite a bit of dust, a dust shroud and HEPA vacuum rental are highly recommended, along with ...

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