How to block flue with pellet insert

BucksWhit Posted By BucksWhit, Nov 28, 2017 at 10:46 PM

  1. BucksWhit

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    I moved into a house with an old Whitfield insert. Manual light manual everything but we like it. Thanks to help on here it runs like a clock!

    I was moving it for a cleaning and noticed the that the flue has ~ a 4 inch pipe going up it for the exhaust. Around the pipe is a massive opening where I can feel cold air coming down the chimney. Large brick chimney.

    How hot does that pipe get? Could I use regular fiberglass insulation? Ceramic blanket?
     
  2. bob bare

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    You can,not recommended,for health reasons.Proper way is a steel plate,with small opening,sealer,but,rockwool(look it up,comes in different versions)works well,and safe
    Pipe prob never over 200 degrees,if proper pellet pipe.
     
  3. BucksWhit

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    Thanks!! Good point you do not want the fibers potentially blowing into the house. Rockwool might be my answer! I looked up the steel plate. Looks like something I would need to fabricate over the summer when not burning.

    Others have good luck with rockwool?
     
  4. railfanron

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    Rockwool would be fine. I used ceramic wool as I had some laying around. Fiberglass would also work but it would take a lot more to effectively seal the opening because the binder will possibly burn off the fiberglass so a much higher thickness would be needed. If you did use fiberglass make sure it doesn't have any vapor barrier (flammable paper or foil) on it.
    Ron
     

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