Are there any good articles on chimney bracing?
We have a small ~24-30″ square masonry chimney that will be passing from the footing, through the first floor joists, through the rafter ties/loft floor joists, through the collar ties, and finally, through the roof.
At each point we see an opportunity for bracing the chimney, yet the code calls for 2″ separation from combustibles.
My question is, do we want to brace the chimney with the structure framing, and if so, what is the detail that allows for the connection? Is it some kind of flexible metal strapping?
Another consideration is the fact that the building will move and settle a little bit, and the chimney likely less so. If the bracing is too rigid and does not allow for movement, it could conceivably crack the masonry joints.
Any insights would be appreciated. Many thanks.