Chimney help

wifetojoeiiiJanuary 23, 2010

This is also posted on the Old House forum where it was suggested I post here. Our house was built in 1885 and I have a question about the chimney which is original to the house. The chimney is brick and there is some crumbling of the exposed brick in the attic portion. The chimney is not lined, originally the house was heated by coal, this was switched to oil in the 1930s-40s and a hot water baseboard/boiler system was installed in the late 1990s. We bought the house in 2002. The boiler is not a high efficiency boiler/furnace. We recently installed a tankless hot water heater which is directly vented to the outside. Previous to this all the heating and water used was vented through the chimney. We added vents to the attic in 2006, where this portion of the chimney is located.

We recently had a chimney expert/mason come to give his recommendation. He gave us a plan/estimate to add 2 chimney caps and additional flashing around the chimney on the outside and apply two products - Speedcrete and Conprocco to the exposed part of the chimney in the attic. I would like your comments on this plan - there is no cap on the chimney right now.

I hope I gave enough info for you to comment - feel free to ask for additional info. I value the knowledge of everyone on the garden web!

Thanks -

hostapasta (I am hosta, hubby is pasta!)

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Go to the website They have a forum that is used by REAL experts on chimneys. They love questions like yours and will probably steer you in the right direction.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2010 at 1:11PM
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Can't wait to find out what you dig up hosta! I think we're in the same position... we have obvious crystal deposits on the crumbling chimney that's exposed in our attic (that I JUST finished with air channels, insulation and dry wall - grrr).

    Bookmark   January 24, 2010 at 9:48PM
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