chimney air intake

Alberta, Canada   

When I made an extension to my house, the chimney column became part of the inside house instead of in the outside of the house.

In order to allow fresh air intake, I mistakenly used a laundry dryer tube instead of metal tube. This tube is comes out on one side of the wood-burning fireplace.

Because the new extension has no basement, the tube is below the floor of the extended part and leads to outside.

Now I am afraid that the heat from the fireplace may be too hot and melt the plastic tube. Is this a real concern?

Thank you!


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by ChimneyChick | July 23, 2015 ChimneyChick's avatar
Midland, Ontario

There are specific air intake kits for each fireplace on the market, you would be best to use that but the straight answer, in my opinion….YES, I would never have used a plastic vent, you should have utilized a small either aluminum [as no heat will go thru fresh air intake] or a stainless steel length of flex pipe.[just to be extra safe….but still, the manufacturers part would have been best

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