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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Do these materials typically contain asbestos?

I’m new here and a new home owner. Just purchased a condo in a two family unit. The condo was converted in 2005 and the home was build in 1923. As I’ve been cleaning up and doing odds and ends and I'...
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Fireplace flue that can't be cleaned?

A licensed chimneysweep recently inspected the sole flue in our ~100 year old house. He reported that "buildup is not too bad, but the flue should be cleaned." He also reported that the flue could NOT ...
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Gap between sleeve and chimney structure

Currently, my chimney is brick and has a 8" type B metal duct pipe coming out of it as a sleeve, which exhausts home heat and waterheater appliances. The chimney was dormant for many years before I ...
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I have 5 natural gas appliances in my basement, can I replace just one with a power vented exhaust?

I live in a 3-family house. I have 3 chimneys and want to eventually remove one of them. One of the furnaces in the basement is gravity venting through the chimney to be removed. Now I need to replace ...
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intertherm nordyne furnace pilot light keep blowing off

I have a thermordyne standard gas valve furnace model number M1GB 090A AW. I had this problem for almost 4 years, the pilot light will get blown out after one or two runs, and I have to relight it. ...
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Help me find a replacement vent

Have a wood burning fireplace and the chimney has an air intake vent. The vent has seen better days but not sure what to ask for at the local stores. See photo [ update ] After getting up in the ...
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How can I tell if this is a gas or wood burning fireplace

From what I've been able to determine what's pictured is a gas log lighter for wood burning fireplaces. The prior owner did some questionable stuff so I don't know if it was originally gas and he "...
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Fixing a stuck Fireplace Damper

I recently bought a house with a gas fireplace. The house was built in 1997 in Texas. The fireplace damper is stuck open and I can't figure out how to fix it - I had a look and it doesn't appear to be ...
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Is a 44" chimney too short to create a sufficient draft? [closed]

I put a wood-burning stove in a motorhome but realized that the chimney might not have enough height for an adequate draft. I've got a single double wall stove pipe going straight through the roof ...
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Small patch in wall sheathing behind masonry chimney

I noticed a small hole, about 14” x 14” in our attic on the gable side. I wonder if it used to be a gable vent. Home was built in 66’ What can i do to patch this up? It looks like this sheathing ...
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Water around furnace: culprit?

Problem: After heavy rain, water pools around our basement furnace. After climbing onto the roof, I found a mysterious (plumbing?) vent. This post seemed relevant, but 0.5 gallons comes in after a ...
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1920s stove pipe walled off behind kitchen

I have a giant metal pipe filled with concrete or something, it doesn't go anywhere, it's just taking up space in my closet. I assume there used to be a big wood burning stove in the kitchen, and ...
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Smell from recently capped chimney

We had our chimney capped a couple of months ago (the next-door semi were having theirs done, so we said "yes" to their contractor doing ours at the same time). The contractor has removed the chimney ...
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Chimney flue repair before installing liner for wood burning insert

Planning on installing a wood burning insert in exsisting fireplace, the top of the flue at the chimney is spalling and was wondering if/options of repairing? the wood burning insert will use a ...
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Rim joist moisture behind chimney

Doing basement remodel, above fireplace (behind chimney) i noticed moisture at rim joist, on the exterior where the chimney butts up against the house there is aging and absent caulk/sealant. Should i ...
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How to demo a partially structural chimney?

Just bought a new home and would like to remove its chimney. It was originally built on the outside of the home and they built a carport up around it. It looks like it may have sprung a leak, so the ...
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Crumbling bricks behind fireplace

I had the fireplace removed in my house but the back wall bricks are in bad condition. The surface is crumbly around the area behind the opening, but seem to be ok higher up. Although the quick job ...
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Removal of 2 story chimney with deteriorated bricks

The bricks of the chimney are deteriorated beyond repair. it is located on the outside of the house and is a 2 story structure. The fireplace has been converted to gas logs and the chimney is not ...
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Mortar recommendation for repointing this older stone chimney

Which type of mortar or product would you think most appropriate for doing some repointing on this chimney? I've been reading about using mortar that is too hard for the stones. I'm worried I will ...
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Fixing Chimney leak and ceiling damage

I got a quote from contractor to fix chimney leaking water during rain to ceiling. There is drywall damage to ceiling too as result. What he is recommending is ripping off the roof 2 feet around the ...
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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 ...