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Smelly water from chimney

Maryland, United States
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We have a Vermont Casting Defiant Encore wood stove with catalyst. I’m burning oak that was cut split, stacked and covered with a tarp more than a year ago. I have had only 2 fires this year and have not used the catalytic combustor, I thought it might be creating the problem. I’d gotten the burn well into the normal heat range. Last night I slowed the fire to last the night. This morning I have acrid smelling water running from the chimney down the brick work behind the wood stove. We have not had rain for many days and we have a cap on the chimney. This water must be from the combustion. What is the proper way to burn the stove overnight?

50 year old brick furnace chimney and liner

New York, United States
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I just had a chimney sweeper work from the bottom only of our furnace chimney for a yearly cleaning, and he says I need a stainless steel liner insert for 1300.00 dollars.  I know i have the old clay tiling inside. He did not go on the roof and did not use any camera.  He just used a whip-type instrument to clean out the chimney from the basement.  Also he said that there was a violation as 20 years ago we had the gasline venting out with the furnace chimney. He said chimney cleaners dont go on roofs no more?  Is this true?  Any advice as to where I can find a reliable, Honest and decent Company in the 11010 Area usa to handle this job.  i want to fix the violations and make this heating furnace chimney safe for my family living in the house.  Worried homeowner-  Thanks Gisella

Ash door? replacement

Maryland, United States
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I have a 20 year old fireplace, brick built, that appears to be in very good condition, with the exception of the small trap door that leads to the ashbin.  It is about 5 x 9 and has warped.  I would like to replace it and redo the refractory mortar .  I have tried looking online and can’t seem to find the product.  Any help would be appreciated.

Extending Chimney

British Columbia, Canada
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We used to have a flat roof. We have rebuilt the roof to a pitched type and now need to extend the chimney by 42 inches. The chimney is made of concrete blocks, has a clay tile liner, is 72 inch wide, is located on an exterior wall, and extends about 30 inches above the roof. It would look very intrusive to extend the chimney using concrete blocks. Is it allowed to extend the chimney (essentially just the flue liners) using a metal pipe/channel extension? If so, can a pipe be inserted in the existing flue liner, and what type of metal should be used.
Thank you,
.....Hans

Wind sounds in stovepipe

Maryland, United States
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We recently had a new stovepipe installed for our Defiant wood stove.  It converts an 8in stove to 6in for chimney and has one 90 degree elbow.  It doesn’t seem extremely tight fitting, but no smoke comes out inside.  (I do take it apart for cleaning.)  I do hear a strong wind sound in the stovepipe, especially on windy days but even other days, even with the stove damper (catalyst) and air flow shut down and a small fire.  Is this normal/safe?  Otherwise, it seems to function fun, it is just that the sound is scary.

Backdraught in 10m high chimney

Drenthe, Netherlands
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My stainless steel insulated chimney goes straight up from the woodburner to above the level of the roof line (10m). The woodburner stands in fairly large room of about 500m3. There are no trees on the windward side of the house, a few on the other side but they are bare (it’s winter). I have a fixed anti-downdraught cowl (I think; its just a lid and some anit-spark meshing). The chimney looks clean enough (I can see a perfectly round circle of light when I look up it) and the mesh isn’t clogged. Everyone I ask (including the experts) says it should have perfect draught. Thing is, it hasn’t. On windy autumn days there will be so much backdraught that I can’t get the thing going without filling the house full of smoke. Any ideas? Anything I’ve missed? Thanks.

stove not burning when door closed

Connecticut, United States
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I have a 20 old Russo stove, which has always functioned properly until last week. Now it will not burn with the door closed, and smoke leaks out of the stove pipe.  I have cleaned the chimney, stove pipe and fire box, but still have the problem.  Any suggestions on what I should do next?

Flue Liner Specs

PA, United States
2 responses

What are the specs regarding space around the flue. Is it o.k. to have mortar touching the flue liner?

Leaky Stove Pipe Joints

VA, United States
1 responses

I have recently noticed that I have two small leaks in my stove pipe that runs from the back of my wood stove to the chimney pipe. All the stove pipe components are brand new, and worked fine for the first several times that I ran the stove. I went to my local hardware store, and bought some Rutland Furnance Cement to seal up the joints. I followed the directions, and it appeared to be working just fine. When I woke up this morning I noticed that the compound has turned to liquid and is dripping all over my pipes. Any suggestions on what I should do now to fix the problem??

Cracks/holes inside chimney

VA, United States
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Our house was built in 1962. We have two fireplaces one on each of two levels that share a chimney. We tried to have some fires when we first moved in 10 years ago and they were very smokey. We had the chimney cleaned and the man told me that there were holes and cracks in the inside of the chimney and that having fires in the fireplaces would present a fire hazard. We have not used the fireplaces since then. I would like to find out what our options are for repair so that we could have useable fireplaces again. Thanks.

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