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Old 10-21-2012, 01:27 AM   #1
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My fire place was listed as unsafe due to voids inside it, ( Cheap/Bad repair job after an Earthquake before we got this house. )

So I've been thinking why cant I just run some metal ducting up the length of the 2 story house to the top of the chimney & mount a small ( Top of stove type hood ) to funnel the smoke from fires into the ducting so I can actually use my fireplace this winter?

I'm gonna be chopping down a tree in my yard that will give me LOT's of fire wood.

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Bad idea......on so many fronts.....

Just so you know, one can not install a 'new' wood burning fireplace in California....repairing your existing fireplace may be construed as a new fireplace.

The fact that your fireplace is listed as unsafe is a pretty good indication...that it's UNSAFE.

I would look into a gas insert....

Besides....it doesn't get that cold here......we have a fireplace....wood burning....and it's not worth the work to clean it out all the time so we can use it.....as soon as I finish my current project, I will be converting it to gas.

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Not sure about the legalities in your area but in some places you can get a wood stove with a chimney liner that fits in a fireplace.
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Bad idea......on so many fronts.....

Just so you know, one can not install a 'new' wood burning fireplace in California....repairing your existing fireplace may be construed as a new fireplace.

The fact that your fireplace is listed as unsafe is a pretty good indication...that it's UNSAFE.

I would look into a gas insert....

Besides....it doesn't get that cold here......we have a fireplace....wood burning....and it's not worth the work to clean it out all the time so we can use it.....as soon as I finish my current project, I will be converting it to gas.
I already have the Gas insert set up yet while reviewing the inspection video, I'm told its a bad idea?
Maybe, the guy was trying to sell me on him completely tearing down the whole thing & rebuilding it make money?


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Not sure about the legalities in your area but in some places you can get a wood stove with a chimney liner that fits in a fireplace.
Thats what I'm asking about!?!?!
Yet it has to be small enough to fit in there?
I dont mind buying a pre-fab kit, its just that I will have so much wood soon & would love to use it.
Not to mention theres something romantic about a fireplace.
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As a side note the tree you take down will not be cured (dry) enough to burn cleanly for several months. It will cause a severe creosote build-up if you get it to burn at all. Yes even one tree depending on the type of wood.
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You could try a Wood Stove installation into existing fireplace; Information can be found in the link below, including 6" stainless steel flexible liner pipe and plate at flue location. You will need a chimney cap/cover as well. There are websites that will fabricate both the plate and the cap/cover, if you provide them with the dimensions and details.

(Chimney on my house had no liner - So I did this kind of install myself 5 years ago)

Zero Issues with my install = Burning wood right now as I type this.


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Actually I already have wood that been stacked from this tree for about 2 years & will have plenty more after I cut it down.

Thanks for the reminder though.
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What is unsafe? The actual stack?

Who was the fireplace company?

There is a fireplace business in Gardena that has been around for a long time....family business.....I have never used them but I've heard from many others that they are good.....

I think it's time for a 'second opinion'.
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2nd Opinion might be a good idea?

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