Tolland customer invited us out because his chimney never drafted right and had excessive soot staining on exterior brick. It turned out the fireplace chimney flue tiles were broken and hot flue gasses and soot were bleeding through firebox.
During chimney tear down we found the chimney not built to code, as is common in almost all of CT , where there wasn’t the proper thickness of masonry between the fireplace and combustible wall. The wood behind the chimney was also rotted through from water.
Customer didn’t want the chimney to look brand new. We get asked all the time if we can build with used brick or antique brick for aesthetic purposes. Our Tolland County customer wanted a custom old-style brick that looked aged and worn. We came through for him using ‘Old Barkhamstead’ brick that we were able to obtain from one of our many masonry yard contacts. Custom brick rebuilds are our specialty and our master masons love building them.
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