Pellet stoves are positive draft appliances using a fan to blow the exhaust up and out the vent. Because the exhaust is under positive pressure, it is essential to have total containment of the exhaust gases. This requires having a vent that goes directly to the outside atmosphere like a chimney lining system would do in your masonry chimney or a pellet vent that directly goes outside. Any joints in the installation must be sealed with high temperature silicone to insure containment.
Black soot covering everyone and everything in its path as it falls out of the chimney and into the parlor is what many homeowners imagine when they think about having their chimney cleaned. Fortunately, today’s modern chimney sweeps take precautions and use equipment that prevents this type of disaster.
One of the most common questions I’m asked when on a service call comes from a homeowner who would just like to his fireplace without any problems.
Many homeowners have fireplaces that have never worked or that have been made inoperable over the years due to chimney fires, wood stove installations or changes in the interior or exterior of their homes.