Originally Posted By: rlind This post was automatically imported from our archived forum.
That white, powdery residue is caused by incomplete combustion forming a moisture that leaks back to “collection points” as elbows and connectors in flue vents. I have some of that stuff on both my boiler flue and my natural gas fired furnace flue right now.
EVENTUALLY, this can cause the affected area to rot and cause a carbon monoxide leak. Be sure to check the integrity of the flue at all visible points where you find this residue.
Originally Posted By: phinsperger This post was automatically imported from our archived forum.
I think Scott is on that right that it appears to be coming from above. The opening cut in the ceiling drywall may have left some gypsum powder on top of the square supply duct. Possible condensation from the round duct above slowly mixing with the gypsum dust?