Buckley Rumford Fireplaces
Hans Berger Rumford in Norway

Dear Jim,

Thanks for quick response. I wasn't sure you would remember me. I am very pleased with the fireplace and I use it nearly everytime I'm at my cabin. I hardly never have any issues with smoke as long as I maintain flames in the beginning. Construction took quite a while, and if I were to do it again I would definitely use your parts.

I know I have Sairset left over for the damper, but need to check if it is still ok. Plan to go up to the cabin in a couple of weeks and will check then. I was concerned that I maybe had used a wrong material since it came loose. Do you think I will be able to reset it without taking the chimney off (working up the throat)?

I have included a couple of pictures. I originally planned to have the brick exposed, but my wife wanted it white so this is what it looks like now. Still need to add a shelf and finish off the missing trim. I have also attached a picture of the damper as it was set originally.




Thanks for the pictures. I like the simple clean lines - in brick or plastered and painted white. You say that you "never have any issues with smoke as long as I maintain flames in the beginning." If you have enough ventilation in the cabin to maintain an updraft in the cold flue you shouldn't even have to be that fussy. Could it be that the stove flue plugged into the fireplace chimney reduces the draft? Can you use both the fireplace and the stove at the same time? You might have to close the stove flue and get the fireplace draft going before you light the stove.

Warm regards,
Jim Buckley


Nice to hear from you again.

I would just reset the damper in some more refractory mortar. If you don't have any Sairset left we sell a similar produce, HeatStop Premix, at http://www.rumford.com/store/refractorymortar.html although I would recommend the hydraulic setting HeatStop II which is shpped dry and mixed with water just like regular Portland mortar and is not water soluble and doesn't separate or freeze in transit.

We also have a new improved K&W damper featured at http://www.rumford.com/store/dampers.html#kw or you could install a chimney-top damper like those shown at http://www.rumford.com/store/damperstop.html

Can you send me a picture of your Rumford? I'd like to see it.

Warm regards,
Jim Buckley


On Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 1:13 PM, Hans Berger wrote:
> Hi,
> I built a Rumford fireplace 3 years ago and I am very happy with it.
> However, I set the K&W damper in Sairset (Sairset is a wet, airsetting high
> temperature mortar of high strength and refractoriness.) The damper is now
> loose. Would appreciate any suggestions you have as to how to refasten the
> damper.
> Regards,
> Hans H Berger
> Norway

Berger on Code in Norway
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