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I see lots of crooked chimneys in old house attics, which were built intentionally leaning. I was told today by a chimney sweep that the chimneys were built this way to keep byproducts of burning coal from sloughing off the interior and clogging the flue. Sounds kinda suspect to me.

I always thought old chimneys were built leaning to exit at the ridge for better drafting and to minimize the exposed area above the roof.

Any other opinions out there?


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