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Michigan, United States
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Virginia, United States
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We are designing interior improvements for a client. 

The client has a wood burning fireplace in their kitchen with a set of gas logs.

They would like to add a fireplace on the second floor directly above the first floor fireplace. 

The new fireplace would have gas logs as well. 

The chimney has a 12x12 flue which would need to be modified to accommodate flues for both fireplaces. 

What is the best way to accommodate two flues inside the existing flue? 

The client lives in Tazewell County, Virginia in the southwest corner of the state. 

Are their any contractors or vendors out there that would like to help us take on this challenge?

Wood Stove Back Pressure

Ontario, Canada
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We went the first 29 days on November with no difficulty starting a fire in our Jotul 500 F wood stove. 

On the 30th, the lower level of our house was filled with smoke because of negative pressure. 

Is there a device available (less than the $450.00 I was quoted) to correct this problem?

soot in stove pipe

va, United States
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Our woodstove, when starting a fire, at all times smokes so bad that we have to open the door for the fire to start and then we have a lot of soot in the stove pipe.

New wood burning insert and chimney repairs

KY, United States
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I just read this in an article about wood-burning inserts:

“A Level II internal camera inspection will be required prior to wood-burning insert installation by code. If repairs to the chimney are needed this will need to be completed prior to the installation of the insert.”

If I get a new liner with the new insert, what kind of problems with the chimney would require repairs? Would the smoke chamber require parging before a new insert/liner could be installed, for example?



Chimney Height

Ontario, Canada
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For Ontario Canada, what is the minimum chimney height for
1) wood-burning fireplace
2) non-wood-burning (i.e. gas) fireplace


Chimney Fire

Kansas, United States
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About 5 years ago we had a fire in our flue.

At that time, we had the fireplace inspected and cleaned. We have been using it seasonally since.

When we had it cleaned and inspected this year, the technician made the following recommendation:

- “Metal flue pipe is designed to withstand ONE flue fire then the manufacturer recommends replacing.

- The unit is pulling away from the brick face. This indicates the unit is settling.

- Both these combined and the fact that the fireplace manufacturer is out of business and flue pipe for this unit is very hard to attain, we recommend replacing entire fireplace with a new unit and flue.”

He does not document any damage to the metal flue. He did say to us that there was some discoloration.

In addition, if the unit is pulling away from the brick face it is minimal. We do not notice any visible settling.

Is replacement of the entire unit and flue our only option?

The quote was nearly 10K.

What, in your opinion, is the risk of fire if we do nothing and continue to use the fireplace?

Can we install gas logs and continue to use as is?


How tall

Mich., United States
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How do you determine how tall a chimney should be?

It will be made out of stove pipe.

40 year old single flu brick chimney moves when pushed on from second floor

NH, United States
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I have a 40 year old single flu chimney with a masonry liner that had a lot of wood rot behind it. 

I had to open up the drywall to remove the rotten sheathing behind the chimney and discovered that if I push on it a little from inside the house the chimney will move. 

The house is a cape with the chimney on one of the gable ends and the rot was on the second floor so I am probably 16 feet up on a 24 foot chimney when pressing on it.  I am trying to decide if I should knock it down or see if it can be saved. 

I also did a repair at the base of the chimney several years ago when I noticed that some of the mortar was missing on both sides such that there was a hole that allowed me to see through the chimney from one side to the other. 

I don’t see any mechanism that attaches the chimney to the house which seems wrong to me. 

I would appreciate any advice.

Chimney bees

Tx, United States
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We’ve had a continual problem for many years with bees returning in our chimney. Need a cover that will keep them out but still allow for winter fires in our home fireplace. Thank you!

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