Chimney Help

Chimney Help

PostBy: Skiz On: Tue Jul 01, 2008 6:19 pm

Hello everyone, I'm brand new to this forum (I'll bet you've all heard that a lot lately so I'll just fall in line with everyone else here) and I'm in the process of finalizing everything before my brand spankin' new Keystoker KA-6 arrives in October. I've done a lot of research and learned more from all of you than I'm sure you can imagine, so thank you so much.

I've gotten to the point now where I'm trying to figure out what to do about a chimney. As of now I do have a chimney that is used by my existing (soon to be retired) oil boiler. Can I use this chimney when burning coal.

I'm sure you need more information, I will do my best to get whatever info is needed to accurately assess the situation, I'm not even sure what you would need to know.

I do know that it is a brick chimney, it is somewhere near 30' - 35' tall.

My primary concern is to figure out whether I can use this chimney with the coal boiler, if so, do I need to do anything special to it?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

-Thanks
Chris
Skiz
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: Chimney Help

PostBy: Yanche On: Tue Jul 01, 2008 6:32 pm

Ideally your brick faced chimney will have a clay lined chimney and a cleanout at it's base. If it's in good condition, no structural damage or cracked tiles, you can use it with your new coal boiler. Inspect it to be sure. You might have to get on the roof or look up from the cleanout using a mirror and a flashlight. Be sure to install a barometric damper.
Yanche
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Alternate Heating Systems S-130
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea

Re: Chimney Help

PostBy: Skiz On: Wed Jul 02, 2008 11:42 pm

Thanks Yanche, I appreciate your help. I did get up on the roof today and got a good look at the chimney. It is clay lined and in my opinion it appears to be in good shape. Does it need to be a certain size? I believe I have the necessary height but do I need a certain width?

Thanks again,
Chris
Skiz
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6


Re: Chimney Help

PostBy: Yanche On: Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:17 am

If it worked fine with your oil boiler it will work fine with any residential sized coal boiler. Most likely it's 8 x 8 inch clay tiles. Sometimes very large (flue area) chimney's designed for huge fireplaces do not have sufficient draft when used with coal stoves or small boilers. Bigger is not always better. In the case of a chimney taller is always better.
Yanche
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Alternate Heating Systems S-130
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea