The Chimney Problem
Like I said a couple weeks ago, the wood stove is at the top of our list for renovation projects. We’re hoping that getting some of our heat from wood will drive down our propane costs and keep at least the first floor more consistently warm over the winter without relying on the boiler and the air handler to come on every fifteen minutes. Plus, the wood stove will give us a source of heat that still works if we happen to lose power.
We went to a local wood stove and hearth store to check out options and found a few that worked for us and seemed to be in our price range. We had some measurements we had to take in order to make sure of which units would fit in our fireplace and were about to head out when one of the guys in the shop happened to mention that when they installed the chimney liner, they’d have to confirm that our chimney conformed to building code’s 10-2 rule for chimneys. This is, the end of the chimney must be two feet higher than any other point on the roof within a ten foot perimeter. Thusly:
So…have a look at the header image at the top of this page and see if you can spot the difficulty.
The tower off the attic is way taller than the chimney and close enough that you can reach out the window and touch it. The guy at the shop was at a loss for how this detail didn’t come up during any inspection. So, now we face options such as extending a pipe an additional ten feet or so out of the top of the existing chimney (adding a nice factory aesthetic to our old stone house) or paying a mason to extend the stone chimney the same distance (which would involve unknown thousands in expense).