Chimney Issue

nklaeser Posted By nklaeser, Mar 27, 2019 at 8:22 AM

  1. nklaeser

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    Hi,

    First time thread. I just purchased a home in Indiana and was told by the inspector that the chimney which enters into the attic and exits the roof the plywood on the roof is too close to the metal chimney.

    What can I do to protect the area around the plywood so it doesn't become a combustible source?

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  2. kennyp2339

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    The picture might be playing tricks on me, but it looks huge, like not a chimney but a shield around a chimney. can you confirm the chimney size - 6" & 8" are the most prevalent
     
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  3. Ludlow

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    Too close to the trusses as well. Incorrect install. Needs redone. Solid pack class A would probably fit without reframing. Im guessing you have a zero clearance fireplace?
     
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  4. nklaeser

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    I have not been up there yet. I'am trying to educate myself before I move forward with any kind of repair. The house was built is the 1980's.

    Here is a picture of the fireplace.

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  5. Ludlow

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    Are those gas logs? If so you probably need to do nothing unless the plywood is within 1".
    . Clearance for gas fired is 1".
     
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  6. spudman99

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    Interior dimensions between the roof joists would be 14 1/2 inches, so that pipe is 10" wide.
     
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  7. bholler

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    Not if they are in a wood burning fireplace. If that is the case you need what ever is speced by the pipe usually 2".
     
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    You can't do anything to protect it you need to cut it away.
     
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  9. Ludlow

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    Yea the rationale is that someone could take the gas logs out in the future and burn wood, being none the wiser. I get that logic. You could burn the gas logs for 20 years with no problem. Sell the house and the new buyer rips out the gas logs and blazes up some pine and whaalaa. FIRE!!!
     
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    No many gas logs have similar heat characteristics as wood. And they all absolutely say they need to be installed in a code compliant wood burning fireplace.
     
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  11. Ludlow

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    Not many other places to put them is there?
     
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    No but many fireplaces including this one are not code compliant. That is the problem.
     
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  13. Ludlow

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    That triple wall ZC pipe is 12" OD is it not? Lots of work there.
     
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    I don't know how large it is. Many are 12" many are only doublewall as well. Yes fixing it will take some work but allot less work than fixing fire damage.
     
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  15. Ludlow

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    Back in the 80's I worked on a framing crew and installed many. We assembled it one diameter pipe at a time with spacers as we went. Inner pipe was the only one that was SS from what I remember, but there were three pipes.
     
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    Yes some are triple wall others are doublewall.
     
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