Our next project takes us to a Michigan favorite; Todd’s Tavern. The restaurant, located in Moran, MI (of the upper peninsula), was looking to install a new buckstove complete with a blower and glass door. Also included in the job scope was the installation of a new liner and an official performance test to ensure functionality.
The owner of Todd’s was looking for a more functional way to heat his establishment. With a fireplace already “in place,” he wanted to further improve heating efficiency by installing a wood stove. He decided on the Buckstove model 94. We perform an inspection and thorough cleaning before getting to work on the installation. Upon our initial assessment and viewing how the liner would be terminated, we noticed some issues with the exterior portion of the chimney. The mortar on the brick corner pillars is deteriorating, opening up the possibility of the chimney cap caving in. Additionally, the chimney crown is not reaching the end of the bricks and the expansion joint is non-existant.
We perform an inspection and thorough cleaning before getting to work on the installation.
Here we notice the chimney shoulder, which also has some issues. The mortar joints are separating from the brick which indicates water infiltration, and the brick facing is spalling. Once again, the shoulder crown is not reaching the end of the bricks leaving the unit at further risk of being affected by the elements.
We get to work and eliminate the brick pillars. We then build and install custom forms to provide a 2 inch nominal overhang. We use new insulation as an expansion joint, which prevents the flue tile from cracking upon expansion.
Also shown here is the 6″ stainless steel liner for the wood stove, which is terminated at the top of the crown and extends above
Here you can see the scaffolding we place in order to reach the heights necessary to make these improvements. Our fearless technicians “reach for the sky” to take your home improvements to new heights.
Our technician Brandon holds the top of the liner (which has been surrounded with the proper insulation) while it is attached to the Buckstove all the way at the other end of the chimney.
Here we see the Buckstove model 94 ready for installation. A stove adapter has been installed in the top to prepare for the connection to the liner.
The stove and surrounding is fully installed. Here we can see two happy owners; one from Todd’s Tavern and one from Alpha & Omega.
And the End…
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