Installing a Firepalce

Old 12-09-02, 11:59 AM
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Question Installing a Firepalce

Hello. We currently have a woodstove in our family room. It has a pipe going through the roof. We would like to install a fireplace. Can we make use of this pipe from the woodstove since we do not have a chimeny? Thanks!
Old 12-09-02, 02:01 PM
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No, Each fireplace manufacture has specific pipe tested and listed for that brand. Stick to the required pipe.
Old 12-12-02, 06:09 PM
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i think the "no" was a little quick without more information.
if the "pipe" you are talking about is of the appropriate material and size that the fireplace manufacturer suggests, you're ok.

are you replacing the wood stove or adding the fireplace?

if replacing, you may be able to use the same flue system,
if adding a fireplace, you open a new can of worms with air draw from the house to overloading the flue...

check with your building inspector and new fireplace manufacturer.
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Macey was quick with the no but right on the reason but there exceptions to the rule.

Birdofiron gave a good answer but your statement "We would like to install a fireplace. Can we make use of this pipe from the woodstove since we do not have a chimeny?" has me wondering about your application.

I am assuming that you are talking about tying into the same wood stove flue. If this is the case, the answer as Macey gave is correct.

***You cannot tie into an existing flue. One appliance is allowed per flue as per code***

Again, flue types are the other consideration and again, the fireplace manufacturer will state the proper sizing and type allowed. Follow these guidelines to the letter for safe operation. If you are planning on replacing the wood stove for a fireplace, you will have to make sure that the existing flue would accommodate the fireplace and ensure that any adapters meet code requirements.

I also assume that you are aware that these installations do require a permit obtained prior to installation from your local Building Official? In some cases, only a licensed installer may do the installation.

Hope this helps!
Old 12-12-02, 08:16 PM
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If you intend to replace the wood stove with a zero clearance woodburning fireplace (like the Superior Brand) , you will still need to use the manufactures required flue pipe.

If you are trying to keep the stove and add a zero clearance fireplace, you can not join or combine the woodstove flue and the zero clearance flue. You will need two seperate flues.


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