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Was thinking of replacing the wood stove with a pellet stove and was wondering if I could vent it with the existing clay lined chimney. Thanks in advance

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You should be able to, I have seen it done this way before. Just be sure to keep it clean and check the clay for cracks just like any other wood stove.

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Not all the stoves can vent into a clay lined chimney. the ones we handled you would need to line the chimney with a 3" or 4" pipe for proper venting. Alot of places it is no longer legal to use a clay lined chimney. You need to line the clay liner with a stainless steel pipe for a wood stove and a aluminum pipe for gas furnace and water heater. There are venting guide lines to go by for sizing the pipe so be sure to check it out first.

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You may want to do the math on the pellet stove. I have owned two of them in the past and although during owning the first one it made sense when pellets were around 2$ a bag it didnt take long before the demand went up and the prices with it till they reach nearly $5 a bag. Over the course of a month it was costing upwards of $100. So with running it on those chilly days in early fall and spring and then most regularly in the winter months it cost just about a grand a year if your using it as a "regular" heat source. If its just going to be a "now and then" type of deal then I say go for it. They do have thier place but they are definitly not any sort of "affordable solution" to heating.

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