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How to rebuild a chimney in 5 steps and what materials to use.

Updated: Apr 20, 2023

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Rebuilding a chimney may seem daunting, but with the appropriate tools and knowledge, it can be achieved successfully. No matter whether it's replacing an old chimney with new construction or building one from scratch - the process remains the same.

A man building a brick chimney on a roof
When life gives you bricks, build a chimney!

In this blog, we'll walk through each step of rebuilding a chimney from beginning to end.


Before beginning your renovations, it is essential that you are equipped with all of the required tools and materials. These may include a hammer, chisel, trowel, brush, waterproof sealant, and bricks and mortar.

As part of your preparations to rebuild a chimney, make sure you have access to a sturdy ladder and safety equipment such as a hard hat, gloves, and harness.

The first step in rebuilding is taking down and dismantling an existing chimney structure.


Use a hammer and chisel to break apart brick-and-mortar layers with ease.


Wear appropriate safety equipment and take extra caution when dismantling a chimney as this process can be potentially hazardous.


Once the chimney has been disassembled, inspect its surrounding area for any damages or deterioration that needs to be addressed before rebuilding begins. Any cracks or holes should be filled before proceeding further with rebuilding efforts.


Once the area is prepped for brick-and-mortar installation, begin laying new brick-and-mortar. For optimal results, start by spreading out gravel and sand in the area where the chimney will be built to ensure proper support of bricks and mortar layers.


Step two is laying brick and mortar, beginning from the bottom and working your way upwards. Make sure that a trowel is used to evenly spread the mortar between each brick. This will ensure that the chimney remains structurally sound.


Once your chimney has been assembled, use a brush to apply waterproof sealant on its exterior to provide further protection and ensure it will stand the test of time. Doing this will protect it against weather elements while prolonging its longevity for many years to come.


Finally, add a chimney cap to protect it against rainwater and debris entering. This step is essential in keeping the chimney in top condition for years to come.


Rebuilding a chimney may seem daunting, but with the appropriate tools and knowledge, it can be done successfully. By following these steps you can ensure your chimney will stand the test of time.


1. Start by dismantling your existing chimney using a hammer and chisel to break apart its brick-and-mortar base.

2. Once the chimney has been taken down, examine its location for any damage or deterioration that must be addressed before rebuilding begins.

3. Prep the area for rebuilding by spreading out a layer of gravel and sand.

4. Get started laying bricks and mortar by beginning from the bottom, and working your way upwards. Make sure that a trowel is used to evenly spread out the mortar between each brick.

5. Once the chimney is complete, use a brush to apply waterproof sealant around its exterior with a waterproof sealant.

6. Install a new chimney cap atop the chimney to prevent water and debris from entering.


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