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Questions tagged [chimney]

For questions specifically relating to structures that ventilate combustion byproducts of fuel burned in an interior space, such as a fireplace, stove, or furnace.

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Chimney work - blocking a fireplace temporarily

We live in a house which is a good 100 or so years old and the chimney has been causing us problems with leaking into our loft room for some time now. A local builder has taken on the job of re-...
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Sealant around flue liner

As you can see some mortar has chipped away/fallen off from where the flue liner for our boiler meets the basement wall. Need to re-patch this - is it a straightforward sand and cement mix to be used ...
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Converting a vintage sears gas fireplace to use

I was gifted a vintage cone shaped orange gas fireplace and I am trying to see how I can use it that would be to code. My contractor drew a pipe to it for propane gas but the gas technicians said they ...
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Remove cast iron wood stove

New homeowner here and we would like to remove a cast iron wood stove and the brick structure with minimal damage to the hardwood floor below (see picture below). Two options: 1) Hire someone. We ...
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Solid fuel stove started to make air noises when lit

We lit this stove nearly everyday in our sitting room. It started to make this constant air flow noise last night and same again today. Chimney was cleaned few months ago and we don't burn anything ...
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Ventilating closed-off chimney

I'm installing a flueless gas fire to an old chimney breast in a ground-floor living room and the fireplace in that chimney is being completely sealed off as a result. I'll be capping the chimney ...
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Any issues drilling into the exterior surface of a slate covered chimney

I have just bought a nest security camera and the perfect vantage point for mounting happens to be the front facing surface of the chimney which provides a good view of the entire front of the house, ...
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Repair Leaking Roof/Chimney In Winter

I live in an 100 year old house in Michigan. I have suspicions that the flashing around my chimney is leaking as the plaster in the ceiling directly below the chimney & roof point is getting soft ...
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rain water leaking into basement from underneath chimney

enter image description hereBought this home over the summer. I recently rebuilt the exhaust flu for my boiler because it was deteriorating from water damage. The round hole in the basement foundation ...
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Stove Pipe Support

I've got a wood stove i'm looking to replace, and on that journey I will need to remove the current stove for some time to re-tile the hearth. I have 18' ceilings and several sections of double wall ...
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Leak from base of flue

During a heavy rain storm the chimney leaked from the base of the flue. In the picture you can see the drop as it fell. The crown and the chimney was rebuilt to just above the roof line 3 weeks ago. ...
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Extend sidewall hot water tank vent outside?

I have a power vented hot water tank just on the other side of the wall (and in the basement) from the exterior pipe you see in the picture. The problem is that the steam vents onto my wife's flower ...
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Additional vent for Heating Boilers

I have a very old house and I am renovating my basement and i recently bought a new 140k BTU boiler for heating. I have a separate boiler for hot water. Both boilers are being vented through a Chimney ...
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What's the best way to leave an air flow shaft in wood chips after removing a PVC pipe?

I'm going to be composting a lot of wood chips this winter, and only have one large PVC pipe. How can I remove the PVC pipe from the wood chips while leaving the air shaft in place?
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Wiring between chimeny and brick facade

Mounting a tv on a brick wood fireplace. Been debating a few options regarding wiring. The room has a brick facade (hearth, mantel, and up to the ceiling). Removing a brick from that, I noticed ...
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Weird leak through chimney?

Im getting a weird leak in my chimney. It almost looks like a condensation buildup (due to distance from roof/location), but this seems to occur during rains. Can anyone give some possible ...
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Can I remove this interior brick chimney?

Bricks are all messed up I'm curious if I can just remove the hump part? This is on the ground floor.
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Does the upper part of kitchen range hood detach?

In summer my kitchen gets very hot during cooking and it becomes very sweaty. I want to install a range hood in my kitchen. But the issue is that, I have only 120 cms free above my cook top. Above ...
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Chimney cleanout full of water. Basement leaking

My basement takes on water from time to time. Usually during/after rain, and sometimes snow. It's a slow trickle, but it can last for days. It appears to be coming through the wall, right under the ...
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Can I use an aluminium heatsink in a inox chimney?

I have recently installed a pellet stove with an inox chimney. I realized that the chimney actually warms a lot and part of this heat ends up being dissipated outside the house (where chimney goes ...
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How do I determine if my chimney draft is correct?

I'm having issues with my boiler, and according to this answer, one of the problems might be that my chimney draft is incorrect. What steps are required to determine if my chimney draft is correct?
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Placed Fire Place Insert Wood Stove into Fire Place; how to minimize heat loss through former chimney damper opening?

The chimney damper for our fireplace is the standard dimensions of 24" x 5.5". I removed the metal damper when I bought the fire place insert wood stove so there is just the damper opening with said ...
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Inspection of flue from fireplace

Is it possible to inspect a chimney flue from the fireplace to determine whether it needs cleaning? Maybe with a flexible shaft camera? What is the procedure?
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What does water leak through my chimney and wood stove pipe?

I bought a house n July 2017. The previous owners converted their fireplace into a wood stove years ago, a Garrison Stove in 1987 to be exact. My home inspector did not inspect the wood stove, but ...
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Fixing masonry opening in chimney for water heater vent

What the right way to fix this? This is the opening to a chimney, for the vent pipe for a water heater. I needed to enlarge the opening from 3 inch to 4 inch. You can see the round part on the left ...
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Do newly lined wood burning fireplace chimneys need to be broken in?

About 9 months ago I had my masonry chimney lined with a stainless steel liner. The fireplace has been sealed for 20+ years. I am hoping to finally be able to use the fireplace over the holidays. Is ...
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How to seal a unused thimble in exhaust chimney

I have a 1955 farm home which has a chimney currently being used to exhaust an oil furnace. The furnace is in the basement, and on the main floor there was a thimble extending out on each side of the ...
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brick chimney chips

What could be reasons that a brick chimney outside of house chips off. So the bricks, chimney built of, chip off, large pieces fell off. Is it normal aging process, or low quality bricks/mortar ...
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What is the purpose of vent holes in stovepipe?

The stovepipe on my free-standing gas fireplace has a ring of quarter-sized vent holes at the base of the pipe, right where the fireplace meets the stovepipe. I've always wondered about the purpose of ...
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Chimney repair for old unused flue

We bought a house, built in 1986. The home has a "real" fireplace (heatilator style)- (Center flue), furnace is direct vented (now), and water heater is vented through the chimney (right flue). The ...
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What should inside of a brick chimney look like?

I want to clean my own chimney and I have never owned a house with one. Now I do and winter is coming. I want to know that it is done right and will be safe. I took a short video using my phone. I can ...
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How to support a partially demolished chimney

The chimney on my house used to be one of those old brick ones that goes all the way down to a fireplace on the ground floor. The previous owner of my house removed the fireplace and almost all of the ...
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inside brick chimney [closed]

I have a house, weatherboard, which has a chimney that, i think, used to service two adjacent rooms.The fireplaces have been closed in and the interior wall removed leaving a triangular shaped wall ...
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Small amount of water in chimney after rain

This morning I woke up to find water in the bottom of our chimney. We have no fire, the gas cowl is still in place, the flaunching and flashing are quite new. It's a metal cowl that is a cylinder ...
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Framing distance around chimney in basement

I'm in the process of trying to air seal my basement. During the process I pulled out some fiberglass insulation that was shoved on each side of my masonry chimney in the ceiling where it enters the ...
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Code compliance of running EMT on exterior of exposed chimney inside

I am working on a 1920s era home with an exposed brick chimney inside. The chimney is not connected to a fireplace but is used to vent the water heater and furnace in the basement. I am currently ...
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Should a stove flue be grounded for lightning protection?

I have a freestanding wood burning stove that has a metal flue straight up through to the roof. The existing stone chimney with aerials is taller than the new flue (see pic). Should there be an ...
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How do I clean up a brick chimney running through the inside of my house?

A portion of my house is from 1937. I've got an old chimney that is currently being used for the gas furnace and water heater. However, it's terribly stained, has cracked bricks, a spot that an old ...
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Chimney without a cover cap or a flue lining

I have a house that was built in 1969. In addition to this, a former owner was an avid DIY-er (based on neighbor anecdotes). Late last year i was on the roof and looked down the chimney. Apparently ...
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Recommended order for re-shingling a roof and rebuilding a chimney

I just found out that I should replace my (currently asphalt shingle) roof in the next year. I also was told by a chimney cleaner that in order to use my fireplace, I would need to have the flue re-...
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Adding a new fireplace to upstairs bedroom. Want to tap into existing unused vent

Our house used to have a wood burning stove in the basement. We also have a fireplace on the first floor of the house, leaving two separate vents in our chimney. Before we bought the house it was ...
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What's the deal with this (fake?) chimney on my house?

I have a 1950's cape cod, which I moved into earlier this year. The home was not advertised as having a fireplace and I certainly do not see any indication that there was or could've ever been one ...
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Installing a chimney rain cap with no exposed flue

I have a large masonry chimney that doesn't have a rain cap. The brick portion is about 2' x 4', and it has an 8" x 8" tile flue in the center. The flue is flush with the mortar chimney top, so there ...
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Brick chimney with no smoke chamber: is there some type of metal insert that would work instead of rebuilding inside of chimney?

Recently I bought a house that had a ventless gas log insert in the hearth, but had obviously been used as a wood burning fireplace previously, showing lots of charring. A chimney inspection revealed ...
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Does double brick chimney need liner for vented gas logs?

We have a 100-year-old house with a double brick chimney, meaning there's an inner and an outer brick wall. The inner wall is reportedly in not-great, somewhat deteriorated shape. There is no clay ...
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Why is my chimney cleanout blocked off?

This is a picture looking up my chimney cleanout. It sort of looks like it was filled with debris, but also sort of looks like it was intentionally blocked off. It is used to vent the gas furnace and ...
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How should I protect wooden trim that abuts a brick chimney from further water damage?

We are repairing and painting all of the wooden trim on our (new-to-us) 1930's home. We have a brick chimney on the gable end of the house, approximately 6 feet down from the ridge. The roof is a ...
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Can I Remove a Brick Chimney and Replace With Something Else?

I am buying an old home (~130 years). I had the home inspection yesterday and the chimney is essentially a death trap. It is the victim of both poor maintenance and bad DIY work. The chimney on the ...
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I drilled a hole in the fireplace flue

I was trying to hang a shelf on the wall in my living room and was drilling holes to plug fishers in it. Accidentally I found myself drilling into part of the flue of the fireplace (people living in ...
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Removing a Rayburn Solid Fuel Cooker - Issues to consider

I have a solid fuel Rayburn Regent cooker (essentially an Aga) with built in boiler in my kitchen, which I want to remove. It is no longer connected to the heating system, but appears to be connected ...