How long does stove pipe last?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by tonelover, Oct 12, 2010.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. tonelover

    tonelover
    Expand Collapse
    Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2009
    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    7
    Loc:
    Southern NH
    Since I now clean my own chimney I don't have an annual "inspection" being done by my chimney service and am on my own. I have a straight, 8" chimney, normal black piping up to the ceiling and then the metalbestos for the section through the ceiling and out the roof. It gets moderate to heavy, but not extreme use for a good five months of the year. About six years of use on it so far. Outside and inside visual inspections leave me to believe that all is well, but I am just what kind of life expectancy is to be typically associated with piping materials. Is there a time frame in which they should be replaced or will they outlast me as long as they receive proper periodic cleaning? Thanks in advance for any insights.
     

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2007
    Messages:
    27,815
    Likes Received:
    7,367
    Loc:
    Michigan
    It will last many, many moons and is nothing to be concerned with. Good luck.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  3. mpjohnny5

    mpjohnny5
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2010
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    0
    Loc:
    Southern CT
    even just single wall pipe? Also side question since were on the topic... How high up can you run single wall pipe is there a limit to how high above the stove you can go?
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  4. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2007
    Messages:
    27,815
    Likes Received:
    7,367
    Loc:
    Michigan
    Hopefully some one else will chime in on that but I've seen single wall pipe used for an amazingly long distance. One classic case I recall was a really high ceiling and a really large room. The stove was placed on the opposite end of the room from the chimney. The stove pipe ran diagonally clear across the room and had several hangers involved. I don't recall the actual measurements but off hand I'd guess that room was a good 30' with a ceiling of probably 16.' That is a lot of single wall pipe. They had no problems from what I know. But one might also check the local code to see if anything were specified.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  5. vvvv

    vvvv
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2010
    Messages:
    1,449
    Likes Received:
    0
    Loc:
    MAINE
  6. North of 60

    North of 60
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2007
    Messages:
    2,449
    Likes Received:
    6
    Loc:
    Yukon Canada
    Running double wall does help to keep your flue gas temps up to reduce the amount of build up in your stove pipe you are going to clean. I dont know what type of stove you have so I dont know how efficient it really is. You already may be running a hot enough temp on your run before it exits the chimney.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  7. vvvv

    vvvv
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2010
    Messages:
    1,449
    Likes Received:
    0
    Loc:
    MAINE
    ever heard of overfiring a stove from too good a draft?
     
  8. begreen

    begreen
    Expand Collapse
    Mooderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2005
    Messages:
    60,658
    Likes Received:
    7,677
    Loc:
    South Puget Sound, WA
    If the single wall is stainless, like a rigid liner, yes it can last a long time. Some heavy wall black pipe will last a long time too.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  9. kenny chaos

    kenny chaos
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2008
    Messages:
    1,995
    Likes Received:
    4
    Loc:
    Rochester,ny
    My double wall is 40 years old and starting to turn colors at the top.
    Had it inspected and it's "as good as new."
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  10. North of 60

    North of 60
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2007
    Messages:
    2,449
    Likes Received:
    6
    Loc:
    Yukon Canada
    Damper
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  11. oldspark

    oldspark
    Expand Collapse
    Guest

    My single wall 8 inch pipe was 30 years old when I changed the stove and it looked like it was ready for another 30 years.
     
  12. burleymike

    burleymike
    Expand Collapse
    Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2010
    Messages:
    279
    Likes Received:
    0
    Loc:
    SE Idaho
    I know a guy that has stove pipe from the collar on his shop stove and it goes 20' to the ceiling where it is connected to a piece of insulated pipe that goes through the roof flashing. The stove pipe is the snap together type so it leaks a lot of air and he has a hard time getting a fire going. Once it heats up it works fine.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  13. nate379

    nate379
    Expand Collapse
    Guest

    Wow. Growing up the pipe going to teh chimney would get changed out every 5-6 years. They rust out after a while.
     
  14. vvvv

    vvvv
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2010
    Messages:
    1,449
    Likes Received:
    0
    Loc:
    MAINE
    http://www.gulland.ca/florida_bungalow_syndrome.htm ultimate solution involves modifying the stove which UL never tested so its void.best advice is "if it worx, dont fix it"
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page