Smoke Pipe fell off

Smoke Pipe fell off

PostBy: blrman07 On: Sat Jul 27, 2013 5:43 am

I have a house that was up for sale. The good news is I have a buyer now. The house is heated by a Yellow Flame rice coal burning boiler and the DHW by a coil inside the boiler. I was in doing the final clean out prior to closing next week. I walked in the boiler room and found the 8 inch galvanized smoke pipe had fallen out of the chimney and off the boiler. It had collapsed onto the floor in a pile of paper thin rusty metal. The boiler was shut down last September and not fired since it was shut down last September.

The 8" galvanized smoke pipe disintegrated when I tried to pick it up. I had to use a snow shovel to scoop it up without making a huge mess. Now I need to replace it before closing because one of the sale conditions is based on the boiler firing properly. It's an as is sale but I did tell them the boiler worked.

The 8" galvanized lasted for 6 years of continous firing. I think I got my money's worth out of it.
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Re: Smoke Pipe fell off

PostBy: dcrane On: Sat Jul 27, 2013 6:34 am

Its probably the off season that "did you in", my guess is you have no cap and you never clean your flu pipe (like me :lol: ), go grab some more cheapo pipe and stick it in!
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Re: Smoke Pipe fell off

PostBy: blrman07 On: Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:39 am

It was shut down last August and never taken off and cleaned. When I lived int he house it was on 24/7/365. I was hoping for a quick sale which took almost a year to the day it was shut down. It sits and bingo bango, the stop pipe completely disintegrates into a pile of rust and falls off the boiler by it's own accord.

I promised the boiler worked so now I have to buy some more cheapo 8 inch and fire it up for them. They don't know how to use coal, have never used coal, know nothing about it.

Another coal user family will be birthed in 6 more days!!!
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Re: Smoke Pipe fell off

PostBy: stovepipemike On: Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:22 am

Why not go the extra mile for the new would- be home owners and coal advocates and get them some heavy gage vent connector? It would not be that much extra, it would get them off to a good start and furthermore shows that you want them to be safe with their new found system. Mike
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Re: Smoke Pipe fell off

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:32 am

You'd think, huh! just sayin
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Re: Smoke Pipe fell off

PostBy: whistlenut On: Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:33 am

26 gauge will not stand up like 24 gauge, and don't forget 3 screws in each joint at a minimum! Teach them all you can, because they will appreciate the comfort and economy of coal from day one. Lets face it, 24/7 SAVES in many areas in the solid fuel business......born to run.....
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Re: Smoke Pipe fell off

PostBy: Duengeon master On: Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:19 pm

dcrane wrote:Its probably the off season that "did you in", my guess is you have no cap and you never clean your flu pipe (like me :lol: ), go grab some more cheapo pipe and stick it in!

There is such a joke in that comment!!! But I will behave!!! ;)
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Re: Smoke Pipe fell off

PostBy: Richard S. On: Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:21 am

That galvanized will last decades under continuous fire. 5 years plus seems about the limit IF you take it off and clean it out each year an store it in dry area. Leaving it sit with the ash in it all that time is recipe for disaster.

I'd suggest you call the buyer and have them come over and help you, explain they will have to do this anyway. Be sure to emphasize they have to do it anyway becsue of the CO hazard.
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Re: Smoke Pipe fell off

PostBy: blrman07 On: Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:26 am

Sorry Dungeon Master but your incorrect. I shut the boiler down and cleaned the boiler and the smoke pipe twice a year. It was once over 4th of July holiday weekend and then again on Thanksgiving weekend. I got lazy expecting a quick sale and didn't give it the Thanksgiving cleaning when I shut it down. No continuous fire, light coating of flyash in the pipe, humid basement, sulfur in the coal mixed with the humidity and bingo bango......ferrous oxide.

That resulted in a rapid reduction of the metallic content under the galvanized coating and....

the sucker fell off! :shock:
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Re: Smoke Pipe fell off

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:34 am

The sucker fell off????????----OMG---the humor continues! :clap: toothy
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