kytara7 wrote:Ya definitly a misunderstanding on the btu.I'm hellbent on getting this up and running i'm now looking at building a concrete block chimney.the stainless is ridculas.
HA....told ya so
at the end of the day its not only better for you and whatever type of stove you chose now or into the future... its better for your beautiful home and ads real world value now and 100 years from now! (the stainless pipe does not). If the difference was $25,000.00 it might be something to think about but in most cases the difference is negligible and only about $2,500 for a lifetime of enjoyment (and when you sell it all comes back back to you)... its like simply keeping your money in a bank account!
If you do go with concrete you can at least use the stone laminate to make it look real later after you save some pennies (I still say a real masonry chimney is not that much more, find a local mason who needs some work!), not some company who charges you 3x but rather ask around...stop by your local Mason's chapter, go talk to your local building inspector, if you see some guy building a set of brick stairs or stone wall ...stop your car, get out and go talk to him! You simply need to find a local mason who wants a nice side job (don't be afraid to make him an offer after obtaining a couple quotes from big company's). Ask him to make a materials list and you buy the materials and pay him labor 1/3 at a time to keep everything on the up and up!