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Wood stove chimney away from house
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Sam    Posted 01-04-2005 at 17:11:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
In planning my next house I'm looking to install in the basement a wood stove but have the chimney exit the basement wall, extend out under ground maybe 20' and allow the smoke to exit away from the house. This would prevent concern over a chimney fire (may ease cleaning the chimney) and,,,,,,,,,,,,?

Any suggestions/experiences/ direct me to another site?


Bernie in MA    Posted 01-05-2005 at 16:56:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
We added about 12' onto the backside of our house in the Spring one year. During the fall before I got the foundation in and also built the chimney so it would be on the outside of the new addition. I ran a stove pipe across and it was constantly pluggging up. It caught fire one time, sounded like a jet going over. We weren't in any danger but it was a pain to deal with.

screaminghollow    Posted 01-05-2005 at 07:24:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Back around 1994 at my former house, the chimney had some problems. The guy that fixed it installed a heavy metal insulated sleeve inside the old chimney. It was very heavy gauage inside and had some kind of waffle stuff around it. The fella claimed that the because the sleeve was insulated, the walls exposed to the smoke stayed hotter and there was less condensation of creasote and soot on the walls, ie less chance of chimney fires. Sounded good at least.

I have seen only one or two places in my life where folks had built chimneys away from the house. One was a friends place. the woodstove chimney went out the basement wall to a free standing 20 foot high masonry chimney about 10 feet from the exterior of the house. It was not a horizontal run however., more like a 45 degree angle. He had alot of crap build up in the metal stove pipe between the house and the chimney and of course the loose stuff all slid down to the wood stove and clogged up the catylitic baffles.

CAH    Posted 01-05-2005 at 07:02:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most wood burning units have limits to the horizontal run of your chimney. I doubt you will find a woodburner that would even allow such a run. A warm chimney draws better, inside run is better than an outside run according to all the chinmey manufacturtes I've researched.

Fawteen    Posted 01-05-2005 at 04:46:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bad idea.

Difficult/impossible to clean properly, and the long horizontal run will cool the gasses to the point where creosote will precipatate out and make the need to clean WORSE, not better.

ALL wood smoke contains creosote. The dryer and denser the wood, the less creosote (generally) but there ain't no such thing as creosote-free wood.

Bob Mi    Posted 01-04-2005 at 17:48:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
I put up chimneys and i try to get above the peak of the house to get the proper draw. I'v never heard of anything like your talking about but if it works why not run it under the dog house and heat it too.

Sid    Posted 01-04-2005 at 17:40:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Twenty foot of horizontal chimney would create a lot of soot and it does not seem that would be easy to clean. A properly built and maintained chimney would prevent concern of a chimney fire. Look at all of the old neglected ones still in use. There are a lot more of them left around than have caught fire and burned a house down.Then look at how high it would have to be to draw. If soot in a twenty foot chimney under ground was to catch fire how are you going to put it out. The quicker you can get smoke to go up the better it will draw. After I check cattle I will look and see if I still have some of the info I got about chimney at a home show a couple of years ago.

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