Help :/ Zero Clearance Removal Keep Same Pipe

ArthurSpooner

New Member
Sep 15, 2020
5
Here
Hello!

I apologize if this has been answered somewhere else but I’m having trouble finding other threads with the exact same issue as me. I would really appreciated any help.

We’re replacing an old Napoleon ZCF with a free standing wood stove. I’d like to remove the current ZCF but keep the same chimney pipe. I’m having a HUGE issue trying to figure out how to do this.

We live in a 2 story house with a walled in external chimney. I don’t know how to get any clearance between the fireplace and the chimney pipe for removal.

I’m thinking there are three options:
1) Its not possible
2) I’m not very bright and its actually quite easy, or
3) it’s doable but not easy

I’m just trying to figure out if I’m wasting my time or if I can actually do this. Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks!!!
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
21,945
central pa
It could possibly be a high efficiency zc fireplace in which case it may have a class a chimney. But that is the first thing to figure out.
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
21,945
central pa
Hello!

I apologize if this has been answered somewhere else but I’m having trouble finding other threads with the exact same issue as me. I would really appreciated any help.

We’re replacing an old Napoleon ZCF with a free standing wood stove. I’d like to remove the current ZCF but keep the same chimney pipe. I’m having a HUGE issue trying to figure out how to do this.

We live in a 2 story house with a walled in external chimney. I don’t know how to get any clearance between the fireplace and the chimney pipe for removal.

I’m thinking there are three options:
1) Its not possible
2) I’m not very bright and its actually quite easy, or
3) it’s doable but not easy

I’m just trying to figure out if I’m wasting my time or if I can actually do this. Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks!!!
First thing is to figure out if the pipe is useable. But either way it will need to come out. Generally there are two options. Go down the chase or open up the chase. Occasionally you can support the chimney and remove the fireplace from underneath then lower it down removing a price at a time but that can be dangerous.
 

DAKSY

Patriot Guard Rider Moderator
Staff member
What is the actual model of the unit you have?
We can check to see what venting was designated to be used with it.
That will tell us whether or not it can be reused with a wood burning stove.
 

ArthurSpooner

New Member
Sep 15, 2020
5
Here
Thank you everyone for the replies. It’s a Napoleon NZ-26 Zero Clearance. The pipe appears to be a Duratech Duravent 247j pipe... I think. The numbers are not very clear. Does that help?
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
83,758
South Puget Sound, WA
The Z26 should have 6" class A chimney pipe. Duratech qualifies, it's UL-103HT. That should be reusable if in good condition.
 
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