Chimney Systems - Getting Started

Whether you are planning a new chimney installation, repairing an existing masonry chimney, or trying to educate yourself on chimney care and maintenance, knowing where to start can sometimes be the most difficult step. Choosing the right chimney system, practicing chimney safety, identifying common chimney problems and learning how to resolve them are all important to safely and efficiently operate your fireplace or stove.


Different Types of Pipe

Choosing the right chimney system is crucial to the safety and performance of your heating appliance. If the wrong type of chimney pipe is installed, the result could include draft problems which will lead to creosote build up and possibly a devastating house fire.

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Chimney Layouts

Each individual chimney system is specifically manufactured for different applications. After deciding which chimney system is right for your home, the next step is to decide if it is an installation that you are capable and qualified to perform. If not, contact a professional to install the chimney system for you. Be sure to read and follow the installation instructions before installing your chimney system. Follow local building codes and have your chimney inspected.

Proper Venting

When installing a new chimney system it is important to have an understanding about what it takes to achieve proper venting, common problems that could cause improper venting, and how to prevent those problems from occurring.

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Roof Pitch

Roof pitch Relates to the slope and inclination angle of a roof in building construction. The pitch, or slope, of a roof is expressed as the distance a roof raises vertically over a 12-inch horizontal distance. To measure your roof pitch follow these easy steps.

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Vertical or Horizontal

A chimney system can be installed one of two ways. These techniques include horizontal ventilation through a side wall and vertical venting through the roof. Compare the two, and choose which option is right for you.

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Chimney Safety

Chimney safety shouldn't only take place during burning sessions. Cleaning, inspecting, and maintaining your chimney also play important roles in chimney safety.

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Common Problems

We get a lot of questions that cover virtually every discussion topic when it comes to fireplaces and chimneys. In this questions and answers section, you just might find that someone else has had the same question and the answer to it.

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