Q&A Stainless Steel pipe to Damper or all the way to the top?

QandA Posted By QandA, May 23, 2002 at 2:20 PM

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    Nov 27, 2012

    What is the most common way to install the insert?
    To the damper or all the way up?
    What are the benefits with each?
    What are the issues with each way?


    Installing to the damper is not always a legal or suggested option. The minimum installation uses a 5 foot stainless steel flexible tube which extends through the smoke chamber and toward...or to the first flue tile. The other option is a complete reline to the top of the chimney.

    There are a number of pros and cons to each. Keeping it short and sweet:

    1. Line to top...more expensive, but will provide better draft and easier cleaning.
    2. To first flue tile ....cost less, will work fine in many cases, especially if existing chimney is located within the home, or has very good draft.

    Gas and pellet units should always be lined to the top...using piping designed for the particular fuel or appliance.

    Hope that helps....
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