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To cement or not to cement...

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by BikeMedic2709, Sep 17, 2006.

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  1. BikeMedic2709

    BikeMedic2709 New Member

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    OK... So I rebuilt the old stove instead of buying a new one. I am going to try and get another six months out of this one. So, here is my question.
    The stove exhaust is the type that you must ovalize 8". In the past I have just ovalized the black single wall and placed it tight into the conection. I am curious if I should stove cement/caulk this conection or just continue to jamb it together? (I have never had smoke from this connection in the past, but...) Ehat do you think.

    BTW the stove is the Washington Stove Works knock off of the VC Defiant origional.

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  2. wtyamamoto

    wtyamamoto New Member

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    If it's the setup you've always done, and it's been drafting fine, I think you should be ok. If you want to be absolutely sure of the connection, then I would cement it. The exhaust is under negative pressure due the the escaping gases up the pipe, so it would be pulling air IN through any gaps. In theory, cementing any gaps would improve drafting as it's that much more air it has to pull from the stove rather than any leaks.

    The problem would be if you experience any downdraft, or the burn gets to the point where drafting would be minimal (towards the end of the burn cycle when all the coals are dying out) that extra bit of sealing can help keep any unwanted fumes/smoke from escaping into the room.
  3. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Cement it. Draft is only part of the equation. I couldn't figure out why after all these years I had a runaway creosote problem with the chimney on my insert last year. Tried every thing and the chimney kept gunking up.

    At the end of the season when I pulled the baffle out to clean the stove I found a crack in the firebox right next to the flue exit. It had been sucking cold air up the flue mixed with the exhaust and cooling the tar on the sides of the chimney.

    Cement it.
  4. BikeMedic2709

    BikeMedic2709 New Member

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    Ahh! Thanks Bro' Bart. Never thought of that. I will cement it.
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