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Flue gas flows faster and has less time to lose heat in a smaller chimney flue. In planning 34 wood-heating systems, some experienced installers even choose a chimney that has a smaller inside diameter than the appliance flue collar. They usually do this when the chimney runs inside the house and is fairly tall. ) sometimes produce more draft than the appliance needs, so a smaller-diameter chimney doesn’t reduce performance. Only an experienced technician should decide whether the flue should be smaller than the appliance flue collar.
The emission of smoke – As the wood heats up and passes the boiling point of water, it starts to smoke. The smoke is the visible result of the solid wood decomposing as it vaporizes into a cloud of combustible gases and tars. If the temperature is high enough and oxygen is present, the smoke will burn. When it ▲ PHASE 2 Emission of smoke does, it produces the bright flames that are characteristic of wood combustion. If the smoke doesn’t burn in the firebox, it exits the appliance into the flue pipe and chimney.
In the spring and fall, heat demand is relatively low. So slow burning may cause creosote to build up in the flue pipe and chimney more rapidly. This is a common problem with conventional wood-burning stoves that can’t burn at low heat outputs without smouldering. During the colder months, woodburning systems operate closer to their maximum heat output for long periods, creating stress on internal components. Many modern wood heaters have internal components, including baffles and catalytic combustors, that wear out from exposure to high temperatures.