What’s the Difference Between a Chimney and a Stack

Those with a fireplace have certainly heard of the importance of your chimney. Each year, you hear about chimney maintenance and how you must get your annual chimney sweep and inspection. A healthy chimney is absolutely crucial to the performance and durability of your fireplace. However, one thing that can be a bit confusing is the anatomy of a chimney. The words chimney and stack are used nearly interchangeably (or even combined), but they are slightly different. You may be wondering what’s the difference between a chimney and a stack? In this post, we will explain a chimney vs a stack. 

What is a Chimney?

Your chimney is the structural column of masonry that guides smoke and combustion gases from your fire out of your home. It has many different components but goes all the way from your fireplace out of the roof of your home. This is crucial for the safety of your fireplace, and a damaged or dirty chimney poses a hazard to your home.

What is a Stack?

When you think of a chimney, you may picture the brick structure on top of a roof, but that is actually known as the “stack”. The chimney stack is the part that is above the roofline. The chimney stack is exposed to elements outside of the home, including harsh Indianapolis winters, and is, therefore, the most likely to accumulate wear and tear. 

Keep Your Whole Chimney Healthy 

Now that you know the difference between a chimney and a stack, it is important to also understand the importance of keeping your chimney in good condition. While it may be easier to notice damage to the chimney stack, your entire chimney, and its many components must all be maintained and repaired properly. The best way to ensure your entire chimney stays in great condition is by consulting your local experts, the Brick + Ember Outfitters of Indianapolis, to provide your yearly chimney sweep and inspection. Our knowledgeable, CSIA certified technicians will make sure your entire chimney performs at its best. To learn more about chimney maintenance or to schedule your annual chimney sweep and inspection, contact B+E at 317-500-1250 OFFICE@BRICKANDEMBER.COM