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

Cherry Tree Farms ctfarms at helicon.net
Mon Sep 26 19:00:38 EDT 2005

        Your setup sounds like it should work okay, presuming this is a
masonry chimney and has been cleaned.

        Any time a pipe from the stove to the chimney does not have to run
flat, but rather slanted towards the stove this is better as it allows
creosote to run back to the fire box for burning rather than building up in
the pipe.

        As for the draft, does the top of the chimney rise above the peak of
the house at least 2 ft?  3 ft is better to allow air to flow up under the
top of the flue opening and create suction for an up-draft.  Yes, it can
make all the difference in the world no matter how well constructed
everything is at the lower levels.

Good luck,

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "mtlivestock" <crublee at libby.org>
To: <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, September 26, 2005 1:59 PM
Subject: [Market-farming] off-topic---chimneys and woodstoves

> I apologize for this off-topic.  I am really stumped and could use the
> 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
> 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
> 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
> want a repeat. (roaring train type)
> I also wonder if the draft is just not right.  Sometimes you can smell
> 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
> 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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