I have some concerns over where to place a 5" hole for a pellet stove chimney. The stove is in our basement, and I'd like to have the chimney exit through the exposed part of the foundation.
I have some wiggle room outside; The chimney needs to be at least 12 inches from the ground, and the foundation's top is 25.5" from the ground.
Ideally, though, the chimney would be as high as possible from the ground.
Though the picture doesn't show it, the hole's left edge is perfectly in line with the "main beam's" right side (sorry don't know what it's actually called). That is to say that the big wooden beam supporting all my floor joists won't be directly above the hole, at any point, although it will be vertically right next to it.
I am just curious if I should be worried about the load of the "main beam" over a, I assume, weakened part of the foundation. As I mentioned, I could bring the chimney a little lower though I'd really rather not.