Chimney Pipe Longevity

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bman42

New Member
Aug 9, 2021
5
Erie,PA
Replacing a Quadrafire woodstove with a Pacific Energy zero clearance.
Have to put new triple wall in from the fireplace to the ceiling/attic, but I have existing triple wall in the attic now.
It's about 14 years old.

My plan was to have the new fireplace and new pipe hooked up to the existing pipe (with compatible/same pipe).

Is there a concern or expected life for the pipe in the attic? I had one installer look at the pipe in the attic and he said the pipe looked good and his plan was to connect to the pipe. Another installer's personal recommendation was to replace ALL the pipe.

Looking for opinions on using the existing pipe or any concerns to hooking to the existing pipe.
Thanks!
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
29,088
central pa
Replacing a Quadrafire woodstove with a Pacific Energy zero clearance.
Have to put new triple wall in from the fireplace to the ceiling/attic, but I have existing triple wall in the attic now.
It's about 14 years old.

My plan was to have the new fireplace and new pipe hooked up to the existing pipe (with compatible/same pipe).

Is there a concern or expected life for the pipe in the attic? I had one installer look at the pipe in the attic and he said the pipe looked good and his plan was to connect to the pipe. Another installer's personal recommendation was to replace ALL the pipe.

Looking for opinions on using the existing pipe or any concerns to hooking to the existing pipe.
Thanks!
All the pipe needs to be the same make and model and that chimney needs to be specified for the PE zero clearance unit.

If your installer is willing to mix and match chimney components I would be very very concerned.

But prefab chimneys lifespan is typically 25 to 30 years. Unless it was abused
 

bman42

New Member
Aug 9, 2021
5
Erie,PA
Thanks, appreciate it!
the pipe would be same make/model. Installer made it clear it had to all match up.

Thank you!
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
29,088
central pa
Thanks, appreciate it!
the pipe would be same make/model. Installer made it clear it had to all match up.

Thank you!
Good in that case it is probably fine
 
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begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
94,486
South Puget Sound, WA
Make sure there is a mating fireplace anchor plate for the chimney pipe that is compatible. This is required for the FP30.
 
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