Thin-Brick Chımney Chase
Give a metal chimney a historic look with brick veneer.
Synopsis: Metal flue pipes can be an eyesore coming out of a roof, even when hidden in a wooden chase. This article describes the process of covering a wooden chase with thin-brick veneer, which weighs and costs less than traditional brickwork without sacrificing the look. The installation of the brick is shown in a series of photographs, from covering the sheathed chase with felt paper, to sticking the brick to the mortar, to creating a corbelled effect near the top of the chimney with courses of real brick, to stacking the L-shaped corner pieces, grouting the joints, and capping and flashing the chimney.
Manufactured metal fireplaces and their matching metal flue pipes are a popular option for homeowners and builders because they cost less and have greater installation flexibility than a similar-size masonry fireplace and chimney. But these manufactured fireplaces have a significant downside: You either have to live with…