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Old 01-23-2010, 03:40 PM
Location: Bangor Maine
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Maineac - do you still do work in Bangor.? I live in an 1917 built house about 4 blocks from the Kings. One of the Russel's sons is a friend of my son. Anyway the King's house is gorgeous now. At present we are looking for someone in the area that can advise us on chimney work. It seems the codes have changed over the years, and now they are telling us that our furnace and fireplace cannot us the same chimney. So for many years we have NOT used the fireplace.. Any recommendations of someone that could look at this situation?
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Old 01-23-2010, 06:20 PM
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They have to now be separate flues and fully inspected (and permitted beforehand). I ain't lived up home since '96. Hmmm. If you wanted to use the fireplace, you're probably out of luck if its a common flue. Which means building a separate flue for the heat plant, or changing the heat plant to one of those gas units that can vent with a pvc pipe. I'd get the code enforcement or fire marshal to come have a look and make recommendations.

The other thing is the efficiency of the heat plant draft is affected by draw from the fireplace flue and vice versa. We always hooked them together, using wood primary and the oil was just backup, but I understand that is absolutely illegal these days. I have the same issue with my farmhouse outside Bangor. I'd like to have a woodstove, but have to build a new chimbley (a colloquialism from my Grandfather) to accommodate one. Also, if you're using your original flue, it probably is double brick and not lined unless someone did it over the years. Maybe you should check the yellow pages instead of alerting what's his name in Code Enforcement of any issues. Dan Wellington, as I recall.
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