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Maria Stamates says
July 21, 2016 at 12:13 pm
I need to repair a flu in a fireplace. It is a Donley Brothers flu stamped #42. It is 36″ x 5″. There is currently a gas insert. It has a Poker controller. The valve plate was completely off the flu opening and wedged behind the metal shroud and the firebrick with the controller still on it. There does not seem to be anything to hold the valve plate up. No dogears at the bottom, no grove to hold it in place. Is it possible that I need to disconnet the valve plate from the controller and slide the valve plate up in the flu and have it sitting over the opening inside the chimmney.
Clay Lamb says
July 23, 2016 at 3:15 pm
This is a very serious gas issue, so lets not guess an hope that things are OK or just fine.
First an for-most you need to have a professional chimney contractor make a service call to your home, to determine what is going on here and to “repair it, before” using this fireplace again!
I believe what your referring to as “the flue”, is what is really called a damper. And yes Donley does makes these. Now you also mentioned “gas insert” and in most cases these need to be vented in very specific manner and again according to the Manufacture instruction. “IF” there are gas logs in the firebox, I will assume the Manufacture safety “damper clip” was not installed properly when the gas logs were installed as the manufactures instructions would have detailed. It is time to call in a pro, as dealing with gas is always a very serious concern for you and your family.
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. . . Gas fire place issue are alway best to serviced by the pro’s
. . . always!
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