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Another chimney question, sort of.
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Sammie    Posted 04-02-2002 at 21:05:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
For those of you who have a wood stove alot longer than I have:

I just had a new roof put on my house with a ridge vent that goes from one end of the roof to the other. How high is my chimney supposed to be? I'm not positive that the smoke I'm smelling is coming from outside and back into the vent but if it is, does this mean that my chimney isn't high enough or that my soffit vents are inadaquate? My trap door to the attic isn't sealed because I'm still working up there in the day time. Then at night I build a fire and it smells like smoke in the house although I don't see any in the house or the attic. Any thoughts? Don't think it's the stove itself leaking.

DJ    Posted 04-04-2002 at 05:32:14       [Reply]  [No Email]

Sammie - OH DJ !!!    Posted 04-04-2002 at 08:52:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just my kind of site!! Thank you!!! I've already made a shortcut and will spend the day checking it out. Since I'm doing all of this remodeling myself, I've learned so much about bearing walls, plumbing, electrical (I only run the wires), venting, etc. but my books don't cover everything so I end up asking alot of questions and learn alot more. Next comes the new roof on the garage, then farmers porches on my house!! Never done that before either and I'm sure I'll have alot of questions so the link you gave me will be extremely helpful. Thank you again.

DJ    Posted 04-04-2002 at 09:01:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, like you Sammy, I'm gonna be doin a lot of this stuff myself. Not

I'm getting a chicken coop built this weekend and then I'm going to start my footings next week for the deck...........

I just moved into this place and the dadburn king size mattress won't fit up the stairs, UGH!
So, I'm gonna put in a deck and add french doors from my bedroom area.

I'm sleeping on the LV floor on a nice king size mattress, it's ok for a while but this is gettin ridiculous.

I'm so glad to be of assistance. Everyone here has .......... (well, almost everyone here) has been very very helpful to me.


RAISE YOUR FLUE A.S.A.P. duh    Posted 04-03-2002 at 11:15:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
maybe you oughta rethink burning the stove until yer fool place is safe...

And your point is???    Posted 04-03-2002 at 11:35:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Easy now, just plain folks here.

Sammie - thank you    Posted 04-03-2002 at 21:37:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
As I said, I've never had a wood stove before, never owned a home before, just want to do it right. Thank you for your kind response.

Hogman    Posted 04-04-2002 at 03:46:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sammie the top of flue shoud be at least 2,better 3 feet above the HIGHEST point on Your roof.

Sammie - thank you Hogman    Posted 04-04-2002 at 08:44:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mine is maybe 2 but definitely not 3. I'll be fixing this one now that I know what it is supposed to be and hopefully this will fix the problem.

Hilltopper    Posted 04-03-2002 at 08:58:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here in Ky. I think the top of the chimney has to be seven feet from the nearest roof. On a steep roof the chimney would be several feet above where it enters the roof. Yes, the smoke can be sucked into the ridge vent. If you have a gable roof and not a hip roof you could add gable vents to allow a flow of air through the attic. Sometimes people will close them off with tarpaper for whatever reason. (birds, etc.)

HAMMERHEAD - clear this up for me Sammie    Posted 04-03-2002 at 04:52:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
You said you got a reroof & have a ridge vent now? Did you have the ridge vent before? Have you had the smoke smell before the new vent was installed?

Could very easily be that smoke downdrafts through the ridge vent in certain conditions.

Do you smell smoke on windy days? It will be a bad sign if you do, otherwise I'd explore the idea that the ridge vent is the culprit.

Sammie    Posted 04-03-2002 at 08:50:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
No, I didn't have a ridge vent before. Had only 2 of those square silver vents on either end of the roof, vents in the gable ends and a couple of soffit vents. I had more soffit vents put in along with the ridge vent. I remember smelling smoke before I got the new roof but the old brick chimney sat beside the new stack and wasn't sealed around the roof so I figured that was making a vaccum. This is why I had more soffit vents installed. The old brick chimney has been pulled down far enouogh to patch the hole it made in the roof. I'll be removing the rest from inside - then I can seal the attic. The fact that the chimney is not tall enough and sits right beside the ridge vent is probably the problem. If the chimney were higher and the proper air circulation with the new venting was working right, I shouldn't be getting smoke back in through the ridge vent IF my soffit vents are enough and open AND if my chimney is tall enough.

Les...fortunate    Posted 04-03-2002 at 02:55:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
There's lots of possibilities for where that smoke smell might be coming from. None of them are real good and some of them are dangerous. If I were you, I would waste no time in getting the local fire chief, building inspector or whatever knowledgeable person to come and look the situation over before it gets to the point where we'll be reading about in the paper.

DeadCarp    Posted 04-03-2002 at 02:52:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
General rule for chimnneys is: it should stand 3 feet higher than anything within 12 feet. if it meets that, the least little heat will make it draw. Check for birdnests, wood-ducks or little curous varmints that might have fallen in.

Sammie    Posted 04-03-2002 at 06:18:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
My chimney is NOT 3 feet above the ridge vent!! the stack sits almost to the peak but does not stand 3 feet above the peak so this is probably the problem. Thank you all very much for your knowledge and suggestions. Long about next week it's cleaning the chimney and looking for the elusive 7" pipe!! lol If you have any tips on cleaning the darn things, I'll take those too. I do have a chimney brush with a very long handle. What else? Does the junk just brush off?

NAILBENDER    Posted 04-03-2002 at 08:26:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
SO Sammie,
What about my earlier question about the ridge vent? Huh?

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