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COMBUSTION GASES & PARTICLE HAZARDS
COMBUSTION PRODUCTS & IAQ
FLAME COLOR, BLUE vs YELLOW COMBUSTION
HOME HEATING SAFETY
Moisture / Frost Damaged Chimney
ODORS & SMELLS DIAGNOSIS & CURE
Safety Recalls, Chimneys, Vents, Heaters
STAIN DIAGNOSIS on BUILDING EXTERIORS
WOOD, COAL STOVES & FIREPLACES
WOOD STOVE SAFETY
This article explains what a bracket chimney is, why they are found (usually in older homes), why they are unsafe, and what to do about abandoning, removing or supporting a bracket chimney. We include photographs of bracket chimneys as well as sketches to help you recognize when this unsafe type of chimney is found in a building.
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What is a Bracket Chimney - see sketch below
Inspectors of older homes may find a bracket chimney in the building attic, with no masonry extending to the floors below. Instead, a wood stove or coal stove on lower floors used a metal chimney which passed up through the ceiling above and into the bracket chimney supported on a wood shelf in the attic. From outside the building it may appear that a normal masonry chimney is installed - possibly a false and unsafe assumption.
Repair alternatives for bracket chimneys and similar chimneys supported by wood framing include
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