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Topic: Chimneys & fireplaces

Nov 28, 2016

If you want an efficient fireplace, I recommend a full insert (sealed-combustion) that runs a new vent pipe, typically up your existing chimney. Hire a professional installer from a local fireplace company to do this. 

There are also options to retrofit a "gas log" in an existing fireplace, but there are several issues with this. Typically, if you have an open hearth without doors that seal tightly closed (with a gasket) then you are going to put more energy up the chimney than actually radiates out into the room.

Margot G asked:

Dec 13, 2016

Ryan Gregory answered:

Dec 14, 2016

Both, more than likely. The mason should replace the masonry products and the roofer should work with the mason to achieve a regletted counterflashing and flash the roof under counterflashings.

Jul 20, 2018

Shannon Alberts answered:

Jul 21, 2018

Each case is unique but in general, the chimney should be done first. Special attention should be paid to the roof flashings around the chimney.  If the flashings are behind the stone then make sure they extend far enough into the shingles so the new roof can be flashed properly. If the flashings are surface mounted and there is a counter flashing then the roofer should have no problem making the chimney base watertight   

Devon Smart asked:

Oct 28, 2015
Nov 16, 2015  The National Chimney Sweep Quild is a great source for licenced and certified professionals in your area. If they don't do the work, they will know someone in your area who does.

Philip Anderson

HDR Remodeling

Berkeley Ca

Devon Smart asked:

Oct 28, 2015
Nov 10, 2015

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Nov 28, 2016
Nov 30, 2016

There are a very wide veriety of gas fireplace inserts.  

1. Check with the city to see what you can install.  Some cities are now requiring sealed units

2. Do not try runing a gas line by yourself.  Hire a licensed plumber to do it.

3. Contact a CSIA certified chimney sweep to help you install. 


Philip Anderson

HDR Remodeling Berkeley Ca

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