Metal Chimney smoke problems

Old 11-11-02, 08:03 AM
Jonathan Smith
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Metal Chimney smoke problems

I bought a house that has a wood burning fireplace but has a metal chimney. The chimney is not drawing at all. The chimney was built on a addition to the house. The gable next to the house, probably 15-20 away is definitely higher than the chimney itself. The chimney coming out of the roof is metal with a fake brick pattern. Does anybody know how or if I can add onto the top, and how shpould it be constructed. I would imagine I could extend the chimney with wood construction, and than just add additional metal pipe???
Old 11-11-02, 12:46 PM
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Sounds like it is a zero clearance (triple wall) fireplace flue that can be framed into a wood chimney box.
The top of it should be 2' above the nearest roofline to avoid downdraft.
Another problem with it may be a closed damper. (Look for a handle and turn it straight up and down. If it's is sideways, it is closed, if installed properly.)
Good Luck!

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