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Raising a Chimney
Why would we occasionally raise the height of a chimney ?
There are a few reasons that might lead us to want to add height to an
existing chimney .
• Firstly, chimneys
should finish two feet higher than anything within ten feet of itself,
three feet higher than a flat roof. The reason for this is that, if too
low the wind may blow directly over the top of the chimney and not
around it. This causes the smoke to be unable to vacate the stack quick
enough and can cause smoke to enter the house from the fireplace
• The second reason is that in certain unusual
scenarios, there is a weird wind situation that can cause correctly
designed sized chimneys to behave badly. This is mostly in hilly areas,
or homes with large trees or obstructions in close proximity. Also from
my experience, in areas that have lots of open space in front of the
house where the wind picks up a bit more speed. I have diagnosed
hundreds of chimneys over the years that did not function correctly for
one reason or another. I have been able to resolve most of these
problems with various learned methods.
• Thirdly, the taller a chimney is built will
change the ratios needed. Generally a chimney under fifteen feet in
height will be based upon a ratio of 1 to 8, of the flue size in
correlation to the fireplace opening size. Taller than fifteen feet move
to a ratio of 1 to 10 in the calculations. This can help a over sized
opening sometimes come back into the sweet spot zone. We can also reduce
the opening size of the fireplace with use of a smoke guard. This is a
piece of trim that sits at the top of the fireplace opening on the face.
It will reduce the volume of air passing through the opening, this can
sometimes be all that is needed to bring the chimney back to
When you're building a fireplace or chimney for your home, there's
simply no substitute for genuine, clay brick.
Brick is naturally beautiful. It
has warmth and human scale. Put into place by hand, one by one, only brick gives
that touch of craftsmanship, authenticity, and timeless elegance you want for
your home. Brick comes in a wide range of colors, tones, and textures-from the
soft, historic look of a classic handmade, to the clean, precise lines of a
wire-cut. And when you consider all the different colored mortars that are
available, your design possibilities become practically endless.
Masonry and Fireplace Design
to customize and embelish the look of your fireplace or chimney.
For over 30 years Eldorado Stone has been refining the art of creating
architectural stone veneer that's exceptionally beautiful, affordable
and above all, believable. To achieve this, Eldorado Stone is cast from
its own technically advanced molds made from thousands of hand-selected
natural stones selected by their artisans.
San Diego, stucco is a popular and practical
finish on fireplaces and chimneys for many architectural home styles.
Stucco is used as a building material in historic architectural styles,
including Prairie; Art Deco, and Art Moderne; Spanish Colonial,
Mission, Pueblo, Mediterranean, English Cotswold Cottage, Tudor Revival
and Spanish Colonial Revival. Stucco is also a choice building material
used in San Diego new home construction developments for Spanish and
Mediterranean style homes.
With so many homes built with stucco, repair is inevitable. Custom
Masonry and Fireplace Design are experts in repairing your stucco
fireplace or chimney in San Diego county.
MASONRY AND FIREPLACE DESIGN
Masonry Contractor: Paul Walker
Trained in England, he has 24 years of experience in masonry
The first five years were in and around London, where he served working
with tradesmen who passed down their skills and knowledge acquired from
Paul has been building fireplaces in San Diego since 1992 and is a
recognized expert in fireplace refacing, fireplace repair, and relining
to prevent fire hazards.
He is trained in all areas of masonry construction focusing mainly on
the comprehensive aspects of fireplace
and chimney construction, including outdoor
cooking ovens and barbeques using real stone stonework, True stone, Rox
Pro rock, Eldorado and Cultured stone.
take pride in our work and guarantee quality craftsmanship."
- Paul Walker
construction masonry fireplaces
permits from city
with brick, tile, veneer
stone, precast mantles
existing chimneys, crowns
dampers, Spark arresters, Heat
and cultured stone
specialist Truestone,Rox Pro rock
Masonry Contractor # 851233
Insurance $2 million/$1 million per occurance
State Chimney Sweep Guild California
licensed C29 masonry contractor # 851233
Liability Insurance $2 million/$1 million