My first post here. I have seen permies.com all over youtube/internet, but I have just never gotten around to joining. Finally did. I am looking forward to learning a lot here
So my wife and I recently bought a really nice Hitzer wood stove on (very similar to this one http://www.hitzer.com/products/stove/Model-50_93-E_Z-Flo-Hopper-Stove/
minus the blower.) for $50 bucks on criagslist!!! The gentleman who sold it to me was moving to CA and just had to get rid of it because they were moving. He has posted it on craigslist for 150 bucks multiple times but despite folks showing interest in the stove, no one actually showed up to buy it. He re-posted it for $50.00 and I had to bite
Was a 2 hour drive into the north country to buy the stove, but it was worth it and I was very excited to secure this Amish made wood/coal stove for 50 bills.
Here is my dilemma... We bought our house about four years ago and there is a brick chimney that came with the house complete with a clay flue and also a metal pipe liner as well. We could see some mud work that had been painted over on the living room wall where a stove pipe has been installed, so I knew more or less where the hookup was behind the wall. I removed a section of the sheet rock to reveal the hookup only to find that the hole that is cut in the chimney/flue/stove pipe liner is a few inches BELOW where the smoke exit (not sure what the technical term is for this piece of the wood stove is ? ) on the stove is. So this means that in order to use this hookup I would have to install a pipe fitting which would route the smoke lower than the hole in the wall then it would rise up to meet it creating a slight dip in the piping (major creosote trap ? a blessing in disguise? ). The only other alternative would be to patch up the hole in the stove pipe lining that is the lining the flue, patch up the whole in the clay flue and then patch up the actually brick chimney and install a whole new set of holes at a higher point on the wall (which is possible but would be a lot more work) in which to route the stove pipe from the wood stove.
Here is a picture of the stove before I cleaned it up (it has a crack in the glass which I need to replace):
Hole in the wall (somewhat to my wife's dismay lol)
Close up of the install holes which in order are sheetrock/brick masonry on the chimney/clay flue/metal liner.
So I have a few questions:
1. Would installing the stove pipe with a slight dip (lower than the exit on the actual stove) be "up to code" as far as most building permits would require ? (I'm in New Hampshire)
2. I would imagine that this type of setup would not draw ideally... not the best setup, but would it work ?
Even if it was just for a few years until I could install it "properly" with the pipe installed higher up.
3. If I do indeed have to patch up the original "holes" and install the stove pipe higher up on the wall, what would be the best way of going about. Specifically, how would you recommend that I patch up the metal stove pipe liner that is inside of the clay flue ? Would I buy some sort of metal patch and then use metal screws to fasten it on (cheapest repair ?)...Then repair the clay flue (recommendations ?)....then the brickwork of the chimney, then onto the sheet rock and mud/paint etc.
I am hoping I can get away with just having the stove pipe dip down 6 inches or so before it rises back up to meet the hole in the wall/chimney/flue/metal liner. Has anyone ever run it like that ? I tried googling the issue and could not really find any info. This setup has to pass a homeowner's insurance inspection so it has to be legit. I hope my ramblings made some sort of sense
Please let me know if I need to clarify anything. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I have never installed a wood stove myself (seen it done when I was a kid in Vermont, but not since then). Thanks ahead of time!