Handmade House TV #15 "Why are chimneys built on the exterior of a home?""

http://handmadehouses.com/ Have you ever thought about why chimneys are so often found on the outside of a home? Wouldn’t it make more sense to build them on the interior so that all the heat from the warmed masonry was captured? Join Noah today as he shares the answer to this mystery! If you’d like to learn about chimneys please visit us at our website and follow us on Facebook at Noah’sHandmadeHouses. And thank you! for subscribing to here on YouTube! And consider joining us within the Academy! … https://noahbradley.leadpages.co/handmadehouseacacemysignuppage/


48 thoughts on “Handmade House TV #15 "Why are chimneys built on the exterior of a home?""”

  1. Good information. Some of the old farms here in Ga still have the original house the was build many years ago. The Chimney being on the outside. Heartpine lumber proly sawn right there on the farm, still remains so beautiful. Ive seen a few with Chimneys in the middle of the house with a fire box on both sides.
    The kitchen would have a small Chimney one the outside with a stove pipe hole about head high, for the Woodstove. Some kitchens were built away from the house with a walk way. Grandma said it kept the house from getting so hot in the summer. Also in case of fire maybe it wouldnt get to the main living area.

  2. An exterior chimney is exposed to the cold air outside the cabin. During times of no fire in the fireplace, the chimney itself becomes cold and thus the air in side the chimney is also cold. That, in turn, leads to downdrafts (air flowing DOWNWARD in the flue instead of updrafts). It gets a bit smoky in the cabin getting that downdraft to turn around and create an updraft to expel smoke from a newly lit fire. One good reason to keep the chimney in the interior of the structure… along with benefiting from greater heat retention (the chimney is a thermal mass heated by the fire which stays warm after the fire extinguishes).

  3. I live in rural Mississippi and I own Seven Acres that has Loblolly yellowpine matured between 16 and 20 in in diameter. I have probably about 2,000 of these trees to choose from. I don't have any heavy machinery and everything I would do I would have to do by hand and by wench. I only have one person to help me in that's my wife. We have no family and no friends here. I am intimidated. However I am strong I'm a hard worker and I am a brick and block Mason. I'm having a hard time pulling the trigger. Do you believe Loblolly yellow pine is sufficient for building a log home? I enjoy your videos and I will continue to watch them. My intimidation is still getting the best of me

  4. The chimney and the building were erected at different times. As far as design goes, it was easily added to the side of an existing building. I have doubts to whether beauty or space-saving had much to do with it.

  5. It has nothing to do with Tradition. Before bronze tools homes were build from STONE not wood planks. They may have had waddle and daub before stone but those would have a central hearth and opening in the roof. The first homes with a fireplace would be built with STONE and mud. They would build the chimney first then the house. To make roofs simpler to make the chimney was most easily placed at one end, most roofs were either slate or reed. You don't want reed next to a hot chimney. Space is the primary reason following those. There is a lot of effort that goes into building a home and they didn't waste labour so wouldn't waste space. Tradition is just an idiot answer. It was the Sea peoples the sea peoples is the next stupidest answer from history. When it comes to historical reasons in construction they will always be practical and related to technology level.

  6. I lived in a colonial house in New Hampshire built in 1770 with five fireplaces (one in each room) and a beehive oven all in a central three flue monsterous chimney. It still had the original single pane windows……and it was cold! Of course we had a woodstove inserted into the main fireplace but on -20*F windy nights it was a struggle to maintain 50* F. Thanks for the video.

  7. Thanks for this video! At first I thought that in this way you are fighting with the possible thermal death of the Universe, slightly warming it up. Especially after watching a video about a guy who lived in Alaska and had to withstand forty degrees of frost, but for some reason he built his oven outside. Then I decided that such people just hate warmth. But, as it turned out, that this mysterious phenomenon has also some historical roots! I'm from Ukraine. Probably we've just invented clay earlier and learned to coat objects with clay, improving them. I mean ovens. I agree on the account of the fact that in the Summer heat having some fire in the house gives a very little pleasure. For this reason, in Ukraine they built "summer kitchens". Often these were just the same stoves as in the house, only under a canopy somewhere in the yard. thank you for this effort to explain the phenomenon! )))))

  8. Noah, great presentation! I always wondered about these answers, but never dove in nearly as deep as you. Thanks!
    I do prefer an interior chimney with the help of large windows to show it off from outdoors. I found this video while researching the benefits of an external air source to make a fireplace more efficient. If you have any comments or presentations on that topic, I'd love to hear ! Sharing your video in my small country living g+ group… https://plus.google.com/communities/107887059109682982336

  9. I would like to arange to come visit. I need to travel by bus and i am wheelchair bound.
    Would like a friend to invite me to stay and vist a few weeks in a log cabin.
    Like to hang out and party.
    My phone 1 (415) 685-9201
    Email: johnbanks005@gmail.com

  10. Nice! In New England early homes similar to yours (capes) would later have add-on rooms built as family size grew. So, gradually, outside chimneys/FPs would become interior chimney/FPs. Usu ending up smack center in the home.

  11. In the far north country, below zero *F temps wreck havoc with the construction and maintenance of chimneys on the outside of a house. In the past, it was a hazard but these days — if you can afford the higher maintenance — there is no reason you can't have one. Except that it's a waste of recoverable heat. 🙂

  12. Hi noah. We ve decided to have a wood burner on inside but love that chimney. Our solution, build the chimney but have the fireplace on the outside so we can enjoy those crisp autumn evenings. The question is, how thick might the inner stone layer have to be to not char the logs on the inside? If that makes sense. Maybe you have some experience with this or could help us find a safe solution. Thanks.

  13. Many Colonial Salt Box & Cape Cod houses built during the 1600s had a broad central chimney— open front & back onto kitchen and living room— a particularly cozy set up.
    I have seen pictures of historic log cabins with this large central fireplace—: those usually also have porches the full length of the building: a passive solar design like the Salt Box.
    There's a tavern in Montana with 3 logs to a wall (Western Red Cedar/bark on), and photos of pioneer cabins in Ohio with 3 tulip poplar to a wall.

  14. One more reason for an outside Chimney, is because settlers built their homesteads in stages,
    while clearing land, stacking rocks, and drying logs for building,
    all while still living in and out of the Conestoga Wagon in which they travelled.
    They would continue to cook outdoors, until after the Harvest,
    where they could use the money from the sale of the Crops to buy Cement for building the Chimney,
    the Fireplace/Oven, Metal Hinges for a real door, (instead of maybe a heavy woolen blanket they had been using for a door), and real glass for windows.
    All of these things would be added after the Harvest,
    with Winter on the way, so the Chimney was built onto an already constructed Cabin,
    with one, or maybe no windows, and one door.
    It was easier to add the Chimney on to the end of the Cabin, and put the Fireplace/Oven on the end wall,
    where a space had been left for that purpose.
    This told to me by my Father, who was born to a Farming Family, in a "Little House On The Prairie" in North Dakota,
    and lived there in the late 1920's, moved to and was raised in Minnesota, in a home that originally had a dirt floor.
    The very first homes of many people were Grass or Turf homes called "Soddy's".
    This also allowed for additions to be made to the home, on the other side of the Chimney,
    which would leave the Fireplace and Chimney in the middle of the home.

  15. In New France and until the beginning of the 20th century chimneys were built on the inside of the house. Either right in the middle, or adorning an exterior walls. Sometimes there would be one chimney on each exterior wall if the house was large enough.

  16. An exterior chimney reduces the need for flashing around a roof penetration, and if it starts to shift or lean over time, it is more apparent and can can be taken apart and rebuilt without disrupting the houses structure. On land that is rarely surveyed to depth structures shift and dense stone structures shift more than distributed timber ones.

    A well built chimney incorporating a simple modern design element, a heating exchanging firebox liner wastes very little energy heating the mass of the chimney compared to the heat lost through traditional ventilation of an interior centrally located fireplace.

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