The male end of the stove pipe for wood burning should always point down and/or pointing at the stove. Also, the wood stove pipe should always be inserted into the collar of the stove outlet. We understand this concerns some homeowners, but we will explain why this is the correct way for wood stove pipe installation.
Pooling water on the top of the chase will cause inferior steel to rust more quickly. The cover should always shed water off the chimney. Water can sit on top of the chimney cover for days if the temperature is low and with no wind which expedites the corrosion process.
Often times, a water leak will occur before the cover has rusted through. This is caused by a faulty installation. Making sure all of the proper parts are installed is very important. One part missing and this can cause the setup to leak. The storm collar is the most forgotten part of a chase cover installation.
Usually improper installation of the cover is a key factor as to why the chimney is leaking. These next two photo examples are of chimney chase covers that were originally installed correctly, but when other home improvements, such as new siding was installed, makes it look like the chimney cover is the problem. Installing a new chimney chase cover can solve the leaks shown in these examples.
The majority of the time when a chimney is leaking, it is caused by the chimney chase cover. Improper installation is often the biggest reason why the chimney cover is leaking. Here are some examples of improper installation of chimney chase covers. None of these examples were due to deterioration of the chimney. They were all leaking as a result of bad workmanship.
Replacing a chimney cover can be an easy home repair for a chimney chase or brick masonry chimney. The chimney cover installation requires very basic tools found in the tool box of most DIY homeowners.
If you are new to fireplaces or if you have recently moved into a new house that has a fireplace, you may be surprised when you light the fireplace and the entire house fills with smoke. A smoky fireplace is generally a result of poor construction. However, there could also be a few underlying issues with the fireplace setup. In some cases, it can be an easy fix.
Installing a chimney liner for a gas appliance is an easy way to bring your chimney back to life without having to rebuild your existing chimney. Cracked flues and large flues are the two most common reasons a chimney liner is required for a gas appliance. To do this job properly, you will need to gather some information about your appliance and chimney setup to determine the correct size liner for your appliance.
When the days get shorter and the temperature gets colder, it is that time of the year to start thinking about the up and coming wood stove heating season. Preparing the wood stove and chimney while it is still warm out will significantly reduce the chance of your wood stove being out of commission when the temperatures are far colder.
Unlike a wood stove or furnace, a traditional fireplace does not have a direct connection to an exhaust hole. What do I do to connect the bottom of the chimney liner? The proper way to terminate a chimney liner is by parging the liner's bottom plate into place with refractory cement.