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Q&A Chimney height

Post in 'Questions and Answers' started by QandA, Jun 9, 2007.

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    QandA New Member Staff Member

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    A GREAT WEBSITE !!! question..I recently moved into a new home with one of those prefab fireplaces. I am having trouble getting the chimney to draft properly. I did install glass doors and restricting air to the fire until the fire is established helped a lot. After a good hot bed is established the chimney drafts well. My question is how high should a chimney be in reference to the room it is drafting out of to be effective assuming no other problems. We have a high ceiling 18ft and a chimney about 17Ft. A friend of mine said he thought the chimney had to be higher the room it was drafting out of for proper drafting. Looking for any suggestions you may have...Thanks Allen



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    Interesting question. I never thought of chimney height in relation to the roon it is in because the chimney, in order to meet minimum height requirements, usually has to extend quite a few feet about the height of the room. Maybe your room has a low ceiling in one end (with the fireplace) and then slopes upwards toward the other end.In most cases, I don't think this would make a big difference. However, a tall room can have it's own "stack effect" meaning that air rises within it.

    This could cause a negative pressure at the fireplace which would hurt the draft.Outside air for combustion at the fireplace would help with this problem.

    Most pre-fabs have this as an option. Also, opening a window nearby when you start the fire should help. Your chimney height of 17 feet is on the low end, but certainly sufficient.

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