September 1, 1998
Q: I’m building a house that will have a furnace and two fireplaces, each with separate flues and all sharing the same chimney. The fireplace flues will each be 16 in.…
July 1, 1998
Homeowners rarely see their chimney caps, and few people have ever called me to repair them. But when I'm asked to inspect a roof or an attic, I generally find myself looking down at the top of the chimney.
March 4, 1998
Q: The fireplace in Richard T. Kreh Sr.’s article Building an Efficient Fireplace has a smoke shelf, but it also has an interior chimney. As I understand it, the smoke shelf helps…
January 1, 1998
A California mason combines the adobe look of a kiva with the heating efficiency of a Rumford
May 1, 1997
A variation of the Rumford design reflects heat into the room rather than letting it disappear up the chimney
March 1, 1997
Installation details can make the difference between a trouble-free roof and an expensive callback
July 1, 1996
Q: I have a home in the Adirondacks, and I’d like to use white birch with the paper bark still attached for trim details such as the chair rail, the mantelpiece…
March 1, 1996
Q: I want to replace the galvanized flue on my furnace with a brick chimney. The flue now sits over the garage floor. It is about 27 ft. high and is…
September 1, 1995
Q: I need to repair the tops of the two chimneys on my house. The main flue of one chimney is no longer used because we have replaced our furnace with a…
March 1, 1995
Five years ago I installed a wood-burning furnace in my basement. The furnace works well and keeps my home at 75° when it's 10° outside. The only problem is that…
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