SS Direct Vent Pipe Pin Holes Advice Needed

SS Direct Vent Pipe Pin Holes Advice Needed

PostBy: traderfjp On: Sun Jul 06, 2008 6:49 pm

This is the 2nd year in a row that I have tiny pin holes on my direct vent pipe. This is the OEM pipe that comes with the direct vent setup for an Alaska Channing 3 stove. The pipe seems very thin. There are maybe 5 pin holes. Last year I had many more. I was thinking of just taping the whole pipe with a thick aluminum pipe. I can buy a doubled wall pipe but I'm not sure if I can bend it like the thinner pipe I have now. Am I getting pin holes because I didn't clean out the pipe as soon as I shut it off? Does anyone have a source for direct vent piping?
traderfjp
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing 3

Re: SS Direct Vent Pipe Pin Holes Advice Needed

PostBy: sparky 1186 On: Tue Jul 08, 2008 8:19 pm

I would clean the pipe as soon as the heating season is over and store it in a dry place. Just wash it out with a strong stream of a garden hose, I generally get 3 years or more before I have to replace the flue pipe. Also I would double check to get the heavy wall galvanized pipe they sell. I have no idea why the ss pipe wouldn't last any longer unless its a cheap grade stainless. Good luck
Eric
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Stove/Furnace Make: Designed and built myself 1978

Re: SS Direct Vent Pipe Pin Holes Advice Needed

PostBy: traderfjp On: Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:00 pm

Thanks Sparky. There were several pin holes. I decided to wrap the entire pipe in aluminum tape. Next year I'll pull it off and see what the damage is but this will get me one more season for sure.
traderfjp
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing 3


Re: SS Direct Vent Pipe Pin Holes Advice Needed

PostBy: LsFarm On: Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:50 pm

Make sure your CO detector is working.. a DirectVent puts the pipes under pressure,, so any leak is a CO leak into your living space..

If you can find the pinholes from the inside I'd use Ultra Black RTV gasket maker/sealer to seal the holes on the iniside of the pipe as well as the tape on the outside..

Greg L
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

Re: SS Direct Vent Pipe Pin Holes Advice Needed

PostBy: traderfjp On: Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:00 am

Good idea. I double taped the outside so I'm not too worried but yes I do have a CO detector.
traderfjp
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing 3


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