Fireplace Options 4

Fireplaces . . . . In this video you will find answers to the most common fireplace question about

Gas logs –  Vented gas logs  – Vent-free gas logs  – Gas Inserts –  Direct Vent  &  – Ethanol fireplaces 

This video offers simple description of  the different types of fireplaces  narrated  by Taylor president of AcmeStove

. .  produced by Patricia Harris, Keller Williams ; Alexandria VA.

 


 

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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4 Comments

  1. I don’t have a reply. I have a question. I have a 3 wall stainless flue from my furnace. My furnace is a wood burner and also has oil fire in the same fire box. Which I found out later wasn’t good idea. So now in the spring of the year I like to use a little liltle oil in the morning to get the chill out. But the wood leaves a little creasote in the chimney and the oil is a little hotter will ignite the creasote and I have a chimney fire. I have had a couple chimney fires and being its stainless I still don’t like it. Is there a way I can get the creasote glaze out of my flue without a chimney fire?

    Ernie Kuusisto
  2. Clay Lamb

    Ernie, you are correct, using or burning two different fuel sources in the same appliance or flue system is “not allowable” by any manufacture that I know of “except for two”.
    You stated that you have a triple walled pipe, so I will “assume” this is only 1,800 degree pipe, and not that of HT103 that is designed for 2,100 degree temperatures and is often “but not limited to”, being two walled insulated packed chimney pipe.
    Let’s re-group here and take time to find out what the manufacture’s name’s are of both your furnace as well as the chimney pipe. Often it is labeled, embossed or stamped on the metal on the pipe as well. I would then say it is time to do the research or due diligence on the Internet an see if you can make contact with these Mfg. to is if are compatible by both.
    When you said chimney fires I would guess without seeing your equipment the chimney cap screening is clogging up. If it were mine I would temporally remove this screen as I have often seen where it starts to get clogged up and tends to collect even more creosote and to even make more smoking problems for the homeowner.

    Now lets address the chimney fire that you said that you had experienced in the past. I think that it is time to bring in a professional chimney sweep contractor, (to validate or not), if you have experienced damaged from what is referred to as a “Sudden Occurrence “. If you have experienced a hostile chimney fire that has caused damage, I would make a call to my Insurance carrier and confirm if your home Owners policy covers this type of Sudden Occurrence chimney or furnace damage repairs. Your insurance carrier will issue you a claims number and then determine your coverage, always get these conversations in writing from all parties involved
    I have attached my Ask The Chimney Sweep ? YouTube video regarding making a Sudden Occurrence Insurance claim, as well as a zip code “search finder” for locating a member of the National Chimney Sweeps Guild.

    * Sudden Occurrence Insurance Claims
    http://youtu.be/ImkfRabTTPI

    * To find a reputable Chimney Sweep in your area, use this link to the National Chimney Sweep Guild locator:http://www.ncsg.org/
    Also be sure to go online and read all of their customer reviews from Google, BBB and AngiesList.
    We all need to be sure and burn our equipment safely and according the manufacture installation instruction, because bad things can always happen!
    Thanks Ernie for your inquiry
    Only burn safely
    Clay Lamb author of:
    http://www.AsktheChimneySweep.com – Youtube Educational Videos
    http://www.FireplaceandChimneySupply.com – Professional grade Chimney products
    http://www.HomeContractorsHQ.com – Contractor Coaching Podcast
    http://www.AmChimney.com – GM @ American Chimney Sweep Cincinnati, OH

  3. My husband just had Open Heart Surgery, We had a Fireplace Build 30/years ago and have been using a
    large buck stove, because of his health conditions, we decided to go to Vent Free Natural Gas Logs. We have
    had a gas smell since we have had them installed. The Installer has been back and everything is correct. Today I called the Gas Company, no gas showed up on their moniter but they could allso smell the gas, just
    a small oder, which I do not burn these thru the night only from around 11 to 8 or 9PM and sometimes not that
    long, the bigest problem the gas order is smelling stronger in two bedrooms 20 ft away/ Nothing would show
    up on the gas company’s moniters/ but they to could smell the ordAR. First they claimed it was our cold air
    return, but we donot use our furnace/heat and air at all/ and cut the logs off at night. Than he came up with
    where we took the buck stove out, there is a lot of creosote back in where the stove was which is now open
    and the logs are setting in. He is claiming the creosote is melting and causing the smell/ Is this correct. iS
    THERE ANY PRODUCT i CAN GET TO CLEAN THIS SINCE IT IS BAKED ON.

  4. Clay Lamb

    First off I trust your husband is doing well after his surgery and onto a speedy recovery.
    Ann, I’m not a fan of vent free logs at all. My customer’s odor problems alone is just one reason that I stopped selling vent free gas units all together Try and take some time to read the manufactures installation instructions as well as their printed (CAUTIONS) section.
    To the best of my knowledge, most manufacturers will state something about opening a window while in using vent-free products, which seems somewhat ridiculous. How long they should be used or burned is also referenced. I have read heath cautions of use around seniors, small children as well as family members with respiratory problems.
    These warnings to seniors, small children along with individuals with breathing problem would knock out about 85 % of the families that I know of, from installing these log sets, including myself with my own bouts with asthma.
    It has been stated that burning 100,000 BTU of natural gas in any form, creates about 1 gallon of water. So my question is, where that water going, especially since the chimney flue is now all closed up tight. Another possible issue is the dramatic rise in temperature of surrounding masonry, wood mantel and any possible hidden construction framing on the sides or the fireplace or under the hearth.
    I know well that lots of fireplace shops and chimney contractors sell lots of these units to a homeowner on the warmth benefit, and many actually just love them. For me personally, I know well that vent free appliances’ actually do produce a tremendous amount of heat, but for me, it comes with a high cost as well as my own health and family safety concerns or to offer to my customers. I often will direct my customers to consider investing in some type of direct vent appliance as I believe the cost is higher but come with many more benefits for the whole family.
    My apologies to you Ann, as I hope that I did not offend you in any way in my writings
    Vey respectfully!
    Clay

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