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QUESTION: I have an old Heatform fireplace that is rusted in the smoke chamber (dome?). Can this be repaired or must the fireplace be replaced entirely? I have a quote from on local company to brick this after cutting it out or to cover it with refractory foam. Would these repairs be safe? If the entire Heatform must be replaced, what is the general cost involved?

Thanks,

Paul

ANSWER: Hi Paul,

If it has a rusted out smoke chamber, there is a high probability that the smoke shelf is rusted out as well.  The chimney that gave you options should have used a chimney camera to take numerous photos of the interior of the system.

A unit like this is typically removed completely, then a new masonry fireplace is installed.  It's a process known in the trade as a "root canal".

I don't quote pricing as there are too many factors and jobsite conditions that influence that.

If you haven't already, I recommend you contact a local CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep to do some on-site diagnosis of your problem to offer options.

You can find a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep at www.csia.org.


Thanks for using AllExperts.Com and good luck with your project.

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A. Bart Ogden, President
Home Safe Hearth & Chimney, Inc.
Wichita, KS
Voice 316-265-9828
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QUESTION: Thanks for the answer. Yes the smoke shelf is rusted as well as a few spots in the firebox. Regarding the new fireplace: can the old one be replaced by a new over the same dimensions? Wouldn't a completely brick fire place require filling-in the space beneath with concrete?

I will check the website for a certified Chimney Sweep in my are for additional consultation.

Paul Smith

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Hi Paul,

There should be a non-combustible base already underneath the existing heatform.

Depending on what replacement option is chosen, that will determine what type and thickness of base is required.

Thanks for using AllExperts.Com and good luck with your project.

Sincerely,
A. Bart Ogden, President
Home Safe Hearth & Chimney, Inc.
Wichita, KS
Voice  316-265-9828
Fax 316-265-9890
www.HomeSafeKS.com

CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep #2653
CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician #10
NFI Certified Wood Specialist
NFI Certified Gas Specialist
NFI Certified Pellet Specialist
NFI Master Hearth Professional
NCSG Technical Advisory Council Member
2011 White House Chimney Sweeping Team Member

Advice given is general in nature. Local laws and ordinances may govern and/or supersede the information and recommendations provided. Final determinations are the responsibility of a local professional with first-hand knowledge of the situation, and the AHJ.

Note: Dissemination, distribution or copying of any part of this email or its attachments is prohibited without the expressed permission of the sender.

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I can answer questions related to chimney and fireplace cleaning, construction and repair as well as questions related to the performance of chimneys and fireplaces. I can also answer questions related to clothes dryer vent cleaning and repair. Additionally, I can field questions related to masonry repair.

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Experience in the area:
28 years experience in the chimney service/installation/repair field
President, Home Safe Hearth & Chimney, Inc. Wichita, Kansas

Professional Organizations:
Member, National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG)
Member, Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA)
Member, Kansas Guild of Professional Chimney Sweeps (KGPCS)
Member, Midwest Chimney Safety Council (MCSC)
Member, Kansas Association of Real Estate Inspectors (KAREI)
Past At-Large Director of the National Chimney Sweep Guild
Past At-Large Director of the Chimney Safety Institute of America
Past Secretary, National Chimney Sweep Guild
Past Secretary, Chimney Safety Institute of America
Member, National Chimney Sweep Guild Technical Advisory Council
Member, Chimney Safety Institute of America Certification Committee
Past Chairman, CSIA Chimney Safety Education Brochures Committee
Past Chairman, NCSG Nomination Committee

Publications:
SWEEPING Magazine, The Journal of Chimney & Venting Technoloty, A Publication of the National Chimney Sweep Guild
SNEWS, The Chimney Sweep News
THE KANSAS SWEEP, The Voice of the KS Guild of Professional Chimney Sweeps

Education/Credentials:
BA, Wichita State University
C.S.I.A. Certified Chimney Sweep
C.S.I.A. Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician
N.F.I. Woodburning Specialist
N.F.I. Gas Specialist
Chimney Diagnosis & Documentation Seminar
Ahren's Masonry Restoration School Graduate
Advanced Gas Certification
Master Gas Certification
Licensed Mechanical Contractor
Pellet Appliance Specialist
Venting Design Specialist
Dale Carnegie Course Graduate

Awards and Honors:
Superior Dealer Award, Ventinox Chimney Lining Systems

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