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Old 06-30-2018, 03:48 PM
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Congrats Kurt, beautiful part of the country, back in early 80s I was giving 5 minute helicopter rides at the Shenandoah fair, think it was just down the road in Edinburg, had a great time actually logged 13.5 hours off the ground one day, was still flying close to midnight, that works out to about 160 take offs and landings. Also did a lot of Gypsy Moth spraying in that area, really pretty, done good son.
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Well done, Kurt. That is a beautiful home. My son-in-law is from Woodstock, and as others say it is gorgeous. Also, not too far from old town Winchester for taste of Germany. You will have to start a thread addling lightness to a tractor mower to take care of that yard !
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Score. Great location, congratulations. One of my fav. bicycle riding areas.
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Thanks all. Figured it was time for an update. The house was in move in and live in condition but as with everything else I get I felt the need to change things around.
One thing was the home heating. The house has two late model heat-pumps with a well thought out controls system and a propane fueled hydronic backup system. Big underground propane tank and efficient water heater so no worries there. From the start I planed on installing a Vermont castings Defiant wood stove in this house. I had a nice little Vermont castings Intrepid stove in the old house and grew to love wood stove heating. Living in the middle of a mature hardwood forest does not hurt ether.
The house came with a class A type chimney containing 2 flue pipes. One ran to a metal zero clearance fireplace on the main level and the other to the workshop space one level below. The fireplace was safe, usable, looked just like a fireplace and was 100% useless. The flue pipe to the shop below ran up past the metal fireplace in the same fireproofed chase.
To add to the fun the previous owner had removed the wood stove in the shop apace and replaced it with an un-vented propane heater. Um, Ok, burn free wood from all around you or $3 a gallon propane? The PO mumbled something along the lines of "The shop stove flue was too tall and it sooted up too much" This made no sense to me but pegging the BS meter was also no problem as I planned on deleting it anyway. The lower level flue pipe was in the way where I planed to redo the main level stove area so rather than abandoning it in place I took it out from top to bottom. While removing the support box I discovered what I suspect is the real reason the PO stopped burning through that flue. There was a short stub of 2X4 in the support box that was leaning against the flue pipe. It was well blackened and charred on the pipe side but still had a small % of wood left for future smokin' My guess is every time he got a hot fire going it would char and smoke would go into the chase and attic. Smelling 2X4 smoke in the attic while running a stove would scare the hell out of me too! The metal box based fireplace flue uses attic air flow through an outer metal pipe but the lower level is a simple insulated double wall pipe. I am reusing the air flow flue for the stove as it increases the ventilation in the attic and gives me a convenient access to outside combustion air for the stove.
A plan in hand I lowered the flue pipe down and removed it one section at a time. Gutted the old fireplace out along with the mantle and black granite floor. Removed all the wood I could and re-framed things in metal stud and cement board. Cut the hardwood floor back then glued and screwed in 1/4 cement board. Marble tile floor, firebrick in the back and ledger stone slate on the walls. The mantle is made from metal stud and cement board covered in ledger stone and ash wood like ceramic tile for the top and underside.
A low burn at min settings warms the entire house. I run the main furnace in fan only now and then and the heat is nice and even.

A long blather but I am a picky SOB and it is not often that something I do meets expectations. Some shop and garage coming soon.
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Yeah, that, umm, meets expectations.

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Nice work. The flue is interesting, dont know anything about that style. When I installed the woodstove I used a stainless flex liner with insulation, great for an existing chimney. Looks like this is a completely different animal.

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Old 10-23-2018, 10:45 AM
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Nice work. The flue is interesting, dont know anything about that style. When I installed the woodstove I used a stainless flex liner with insulation, great for an existing chimney. Looks like this is a completely different animal.

The charred 2x4 is
Yes. This is a wood box shaped like a chimney built and skinned in the same materials as the house. Inside the box is a metal bracket system that holds the flue pipes away from the wood framework. The distance depends on the type of pipe used. In this case there were 2 different types used. The chimney chase is metal lined in the area where the metal stove used to be and it has open access to air from the attic for cooling.
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btw the stand/stool combo looks like something I would do

thanks for the info. Similar to the 'chimney' of my old place minus the metal lining. Just a wood framed box using insulated pipe for the chimney. Builder grade for sure.
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I thought some folks might like that picture. A tall jack stand, a wood bar stool and a 2X4 holding up 36 feet of 8" double wall insulated flue pipe. What could possibly go wrong?
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Well done Kurt...Happy for you and the family...look forward to the shop warming...
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