In the 70's, wood-burning stoves were all the rage---and at that time, they probably would have been considered "Green." In fact, I had a Jotul 602 that was green---I loved that thing. Today I rarely see wood burning stoves and when I do there is usually some issue with them.
It seems that there is a strong correlation between people who like wood stoves and people that are "do-it-your-selfers." Independent thinking, self-abusively hardworking types love these things---and all they entail (the chopping, the splitting, the storing---and the melting the bottom of your shoes when you come in to warm your feet up). Whoops, did I say I used to love mine?
On an inspection the other day I came across an installation that looked fairly good in the living room. It wasn't until I got in the attic that I found what could have been a bummer for the owner and/or my buyer. Perhaps a bummer for me too had I missed it! If you look carefully at the picture you will see where the section of pipe that runs through the roof is sitting on top of the piece in the attic----and offset-slightly. See the smoke marks where smoke/heat has been entering the attic? This is why I LOVE my job!
Apparently the roofers took the chimney apart when they re-roofed the house and didn't get it back together properly. Perhaps they should have brought in someone that knew as much about wood stove chimneys as they did about roofs.
PS, for those of you that are new to my blog (or for some other "unexplained" reason have never noticed) all pictures and smiley-face inserts (emoticons) have messages that show up when you point at them with your cursor.
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WA State, Home Inspector Advisory Licensing Board