The virus got the drop on me and I was not done bringing the new house up par with SHTF conditions when it hit. The big issue is the chimney. We have only owned this house since autumn and by the time we were done dealing with moving livestock and putting up barns we found ourselves in the middle of pandemic so now I am scrambling trying to rig up a solution. (seems to be a common theme these days)
When we bought the house we took the realtors word that the fireplace was functional but assumed we would need to put in a chimney liner. Then I took off the wood covering over the fireplace. Somebody had filled the fireplace in with concrete. Now I could set my son and husband to chipping the concrete out of the fireplace but we would still be without a chimney liner and we have no idea why the fireplace was filled in. There could be chimney issues we do not know about so that would be high risk. Putting in a chimney liner on our own is a no go because of the height. The house is a big old place with 2 stories and a very steeply peaked roof. Son is a disabled vet and husband and I are in our 50s and we have far too much to do to risk breaking our necks hanging off the roof.
When I was growing up I remember seeing woodstoves vented out of windows. Now, admittedly this was usually in workshops not houses but to me it looks like our best option. The downsides are numerous. First the house is wooden with vinyl siding so I cannot attach the stove pipe to the house without melting the siding and burning down the house. Second the wind here is pretty strong at times. I mean to the level we have been talking about a wind generator. Great for electricity but not for the stability of any free standing stove pipe especially if I need to go too high.
Getting it out of the house is easy. Take out a window and replace it with tin and concrete board and run a stove thimble through that. Make sure it doesn't get near wood or walls. It is the actual substitute chimney that is an issue.
I read that we need a 4/1 rise over run to make the smoke rise properly and there are additional issues regarding the temperature to make sure the smoke rises properly. Now, in my perfect world these issues would not matter and I would route the stove pipe into a smoke house but real world being what it is I will be content to just get the smoke out of the house without killing my family. If I run the pipe uphill from the house about 15 feet there is a place were I can plant 4 16' long posts and use heavy gauge wire (like as thick as clothes hangers) or metal strapping to secure the chimney in such a way that the pipe would not be touching anything. The problem being I am limited by the length of 4x4 lumber and know that I will loose quite a bit burying the ends deep enough to secure them in the ground. I am guessing best world scenario I can get a 12' height on the actual structure and add another 4 or 5 feet because it is up hill but it is still not high enough to get me the 4/1 rise over run I am theoretically supposed to have. The only way to get the proper ration would be to put the pseudo chimney closer to the house and that worries me as well. I do plan on putting a spark guard on top to prevent sparks from getting out.
This is not my go to plan for heating unless disaster strikes but I am trying to rig up something for a situation where we lose grid before I can have the chimney done properly, Any constructive thoughts would be appreciated. Obviously this is not up to code but the type of situation I am thinking of using it for would not have fire codes to worry about. Thanks - Paula