When you install a new stove or a new fireplace, you may have to update your chimney ventilation system. You may need to build an entirely new chimney, you may need to streamline your venting, or you could use the opportunity to improve an inefficient ventilation system that may have been acceptable for years, but not ideal. Get the job done right and you’ll enjoy energy savings that might surprise you.
FOLLOW THE RULES
When in doubt, ask about building permits. Chimney building permit and fees vary across Canada. In Sudbury, fees are adjusted annually. Most questions can be answered by browsing through the City of Sudbury building permits website or calling them during office hours.
YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW
Not all chimneys are created equal. Although there is some tolerance on sizing, consulting a chimney expert is a must to avoid undesired smoke spillage into the home. Some chimney designs and models are specifically developed for use with one fuel. Factory built fireplace and chimney combos are designed to work together. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, both units undergo testing together and are listed specifically for use together. Be sure to discuss this with your builder prior to making any commitments.
USE IT OR LOSE IT
To save money on materials, and make a positive move for the environment, consider repurposing existing chimneys in the house. Modern furnaces now vent through the walls of the house, Freeing up masonry chimneys to be used for wood or pellet appliances.. And don’t forget, many homes have unused chimneys that were blocked up to reduce heat seepage. Unblock that chimney, get it relined and use it if you can!
According to the Wood Heat Organization, good chimney performance looks like this:
- When no fire is burning, air should flow in to the chimney, not out.
- When lighting a fire, smoke immediately flows up the chimney.
- Smoke does not spill out when you open the fireplace or stove door.
ASK AN EXPERT IF IN DOUBT
To ensure the best results with your chimney and venting installation, rely on a specialist that will have experience with all different venting requirements. Visit our showroom to speak with a member of our expert team today.