ago I had a very distressed gentleman call me to ask if it was
true that building a house in a certain location prevented him
from having a properly functioning fireplace i.e. one that didn’t
smoke the house out.
as to how he came by my name and he told me that the architect
had heard that I was the person to call when nothing made sense.
Flattering?, not really because it usually means everyone else
has gotten paid, while I get presented with the problem and
no money to fix it.
was meant to be his dream home that had seemingly turned into
a nightmare as his 40 year desire in retirement was to have
a house, as it was, with a fireplace.
to go out and look at the fireplace. The 400 s/m architecturally
designed home sat on a hill on about twenty acres with scenic
and serene views on all sides with the fireplace sitting majestically
in a large living room.
him why he was under the impression he had built his dream home
in an unsuitable position regarding a properly functioning fireplace.
his architect had advised him as much after several attempts
to rectify the problem.
are a relatively simple construct, the only thing being is that
you build them observing nature’s principles, not dictate your
own. Drawing a fireplace and building one are two different
A good bricklayer
or stone mason does not translate into a good fireplace builder
and very often you hear, ‘beautiful fireplace, pity it doesn't’t
work’….or ‘it only smokes a little’
are introduced to a working design, they do not form the basis
of the design.
between the size of the combustion chamber and the flue needs
to be proportional, with the transition (area connecting the
chamber and the flue) constructed with minimal resistance
as to say that the transition was preventing the escape of the
smoke from the chamber into the flue and coming into the room.
of brickwork was removed, a Condor terminal fitted to the top
of the chimney to introduce the correct back pressure……and I’ve
had my feet kissed ever since.
mention that a considerable amount of money had already been
spent by those not having any idea of what they were doing,
including the architect, prior to my involvement
To be fair,
architects tend to rely on the supposed trades people aka experts,
perhaps a little too much, but in today’s day and age where
everyone knows a little, but too often, never enough.
solutions will differ between Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and