[Market-farming] off-topic---chimneys and woodstoves

mtlivestock crublee at libby.org
Mon Sep 26 13:59:07 EDT 2005

I apologize for this off-topic.  I am really stumped and could use the help
of DIY folks.  We were brought up doing construction/remodeling/farm
building projects, so we can do most projects ourselves.

Is there any reason a woodstove should NOT be place with a stovepipe going
directly into the chimney?  Should there be a elbow?

We have a woodstove sitting 90 degrees to the wall where the chimney is.
There is an elbow at the stove end and then 2 feet of pipe to the wall with
about a 25 degree slant upwards.  This is an inside chimney.

We wonder if we could turn the stove, so the hole in back of the stove is
straight across from the chimney with a stovepipe of about 2 feet slanting
upwards 25 degrees.

The reason:  We have had this set-up for about 12+ years.  (This was here
previous to moving here.)  We have had an increasing and alarming amount of
creosote build-up in the stovepipe.  We replaced the stovepipe with a new
one last year with little improvement.  Got a nasty fire last year and don't
want a repeat. (roaring train type)

I also wonder if the draft is just not right.  Sometimes you can smell soot
in the house when running in winter and not running in summer.  MAYBE the
stovepipe is too short???

We are doing some insulating, so the house is going to be even tighter.  I
got a drafty door across the room from the stove that I am replacing
tomorrow with a steel door.

I really want to do this right.  We are considering moving the stove and
using triple wall chimney pipe instead.  But it is expensive.  There is alot
of other work (money) needed elsewhere in this house!! :-)  ya know how it
is . . .

Time is also against me since it is cold enough to start a fire now.  Yup.
We just had to wait until the last minute! :-)  (Actually we waited until
our steer was sold to use that money if necessary to build a whole new
triple wall chimney )set-up.

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