leaking pipe

ilmbg Posted By ilmbg, Dec 30, 2007 at 7:38 AM

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  1. ilmbg

    New Member 2.

    Oct 11, 2007
    Wyoming/Montana border very dry, very cold
    I am having some difficulty with my stovepipe. I took apart thr pipe inthe house- about11-12 foot worth to clean this year. I had help putting it back together, and sealed each joint with sealant. Of course, like all Murphy's Law, the pipe did not go back together as perfectly as it was the first time! I have small leaks at 2 joints when the pellet stove is first fireing up- for about 30 seconds. I assume it is until there is some heat in the peipe to creat draft. After that, no problrm at all. We put quite a bit of sealant at each joint. I don't want to take it down again, as I need help to get it back up. I temporarily put Gorilla Tape at the joints to see what would happen. No leak!! Is there a product that I can use on the outside of the joints that would look good? If I try to use sealant on the outside of the joints, it will be a mess.?? Suggestions. It must look good, as house is going up for sale. OH!! Another subject... I have a Harman Eccentra, which was giving me problems. It is only used about 2 months a year. This year it will be 3 months. Anyway, the Harman Dealer where I bought my stove said that the Accentra was the stove that gave them problems the most. He also said the Harman manufacturer was as rude to them as they are to customers! Anyway- stovepipe ideas? Thanks.
  2. pegdot

    New Member 2.

    Nov 16, 2007
    Upstate, SC
    I think you are going to have to bite the bullet and take the pipe apart again and fix it. Sure, you could probably rig a fix from the outside but a good home inspector will spot it in a heartbeat and then be set to kill during the rest of his inspection. I think this could cause you WAY more headaches in the long run than it's worth!
  3. begreen

    Mooderator 2.
    Staff Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    South Puget Sound, WA
    There is a high-temp tape out there. I haven't used it, but remember some poster liking it. The smoke comes at the start of combustion. Once the pellets in the burnpot have fully ignited there should be no smoke.
  4. Xena

    Minister of Fire 2.

    Nov 30, 2005
    South Shore MA
    I've used the 3M High Temperature Aluminum Foil Tape with success.
    I think it had a temp range up to something like 600F.
    It almost blends right in with the pellet vent unless you have the
    black pellet pipe then it wouldn't look so great.
    Even though the tape is adhesive, I put some hi temp sealant on
    the joint, then taped it. It never leaked again and never came
    apart either until the next time I disassembled the vent.
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