A brick chimney build

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  1. RavenLoon

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    I had a lot of used brick and a wood stove. I'm having a new garage built so my existing garage is now going to be a workshop, hopefully with a lot more room to work, as long as I don't fill it up with more stuff. Anyway since there was already a slab adjacent to the garage I decided to attempt a brick chimney, even though I've never laid a brick in my life.

    First I put a 32" square slab with rebar up the center, then I laid brick up three feet and poured concrete down inside. Then from there added a cleanout door and started the 8"x8" clay flue.

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    I think it looks ok but not a pro mason job for sure. The stove is from the 1970's I think. Atlanta Stove Works. The plan is to insulate part of the garage and just heat that but with a sliding door I can open to heat the rest. It was an interesting project, I learned a lot. My next chimney will be more neat and even. I used four different styles of old brick since I didn't have enough of one type for the entire chimney and hearth.
     
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    Geez. That looks better than the work of some brickies I've seen.
     
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    Boy howdy, nice job on that! It looks waaaaay better than just ok. Very nicely done.

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    I like what you have done there and like the poster above I have seen worse jobs done by paid brickies. mixing different types of bricks is supposed to be hard and that has been done really well
     
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    Without question it will feel like a 10 in a few months. Very nicely done.
     
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    That already looks cozy. I would be honored to sit by the stove sipping coffee and watching you work. Work is fascinating:)
     
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    Very nice. :) Time to come out of retirement. The trades are desperate for brick masons.
     
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    There should be a lineup. I asked a brick mason for a rough estimate at a builders show for a brick chimney and he said $4000 a few years ago. I have about $300 into it with the free brick but still it seemed like a lot. It took me two months of a couple hours a day, so I'd go broke as a mason. Plus I'm too old to do the mixing and hauling mud as an apprentice.

    Thanks guys for the kind comments.
     
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    My son just rebuilt the top part of a chimney last week. About three feet or so. All materials, including cement to pour a cap cost around $70.00.

    Brickwork is pretty cool. One of lost art kinda things. :)
     
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    Looks good Jerry! Nice stove, too!
     
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    That's what he uses in his hot tent setup. :)
     
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    That's great work. Some people don't realize what goes into that. Again, nice job.
     
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    Impressive work , good job. well thought out .
     
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    Stunning work!
     
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    From your description, I was expecting to see something all gnarly and cobbled up. But no! That looks great. I’ve seen worse job from some local pros. I like it. You did good, and it’s something to brag about.
     
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    Wow, it's not everyday you see a code compliant masonry chimney! Any reason you decided against using an insulated metal liner? You certainly did this the old fashioned way, just like the chimney in my house.
     
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    Thanks! I had the brick, some of it for 30 years sitting there in a stack. I had an itch to build something with it for a long time. A metal liner is more expensive and the clay liner is proven to be safe as long as it is installed correctly with refractory cement. A metal chimney would cost twice as much as this, go up faster and be maybe more safe. But I wouldn't get the good feeling every time I looked at a metal chimney like I do looking at this one. I did read and follow the building code as much as I understood it, although the chimney is not reinforced because earthquakes are rare here and most chimneys are not reinforced here.
     
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    That looks great
     
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    It looks great! Seriously, most masonry chimneys are not built to code and have contact with combustibles, etc. I plan on lining my masonry chimney, but the previous owners of my house didn't take good care of it. I think a quality masonry chimney to be just as good as a metal chimney when done right. Now just update the stove to something that gets more heat from the same load of wood :3:
     
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    That looks great. Very inspiring.
     
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