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I want to install a pellet stove in our sunroom. The spot where I had wanted to put it I thought would be high enough to clear any headers above the windows, but it seems that this, what I think is a header, extends about 16" above the windows. The windows in question are side by side and span about 6' along an exterior wall that runs parallel with the direction of roof rafters.

The cut I would need to make would notch out about 3" into the header to fit the pellet vent wall thimble (maybe 6" diameter).

The closer image link has a shaded area that shows what would need to be cut. This might not be a header but can't figure out what else it would be.

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  • Why is there a header above the window at all? The load bearing wall should run along the bottom of the rafters. I would expect no header down low, but hitting a rafter up high. Can you get a tiny drill bit and poke around a bit?
    – popham
    Commented Oct 12, 2023 at 1:12
  • That cross hatching indicates the solid wood? Have you knocked on the wall at least to confirm that a beam runs along the whole length of the windows?
    – popham
    Commented Oct 12, 2023 at 1:17
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    Extend the vent up 4" to clear that bit of solid wood.
    – FreeMan
    Commented Oct 12, 2023 at 10:47
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    Oh, and good on you for drilling some test holes to see what's back there! You may also want to use a stud finder that has wiring detection built in, just to be sure there isn't wiring back there that you may cut through. Don't know where or why there might be wiring there, but it's always a good idea to check.
    – FreeMan
    Commented Oct 12, 2023 at 12:11
  • @popham Where Dave found it seems like where the header would be expected to be. Header at the top of the window rough opening with cripple studs between the header and the top plate of that wall and a rafter on top of that. Does not surprise at all that it would be built that way. Commented Oct 12, 2023 at 12:14

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