Bertha Blecher. chimney ideas. November 11th , 2017.
A chimney cap serves many functions. A decent chimney or stove will have its own protection against some of these things, but they all still leave a gaping hole into your home that allows anything from bats and mice to rain and wind to get through. Rather than having a flue guard too low in your chimney, it of course makes sense to have a cap on top.
Chimneys come in all shapes and sizes brick, stone, metal, or from a pipe to a wide opening and more. Some people use a chimney for a gas fireplace or a wood fireplace, some for a wood burning stove. All of them need the same things though, access to oxygen, protection from excessive elements like rain and wind, and a way to keep unwanted visitors out. All three of these needs can be met by having a cap, but choosing the right cap has everything to do with the type of chimney you have. To figure this out, climb up onto your roof, count the number of flues, often a square of stone or one or two metal pipes, and write down a good description of each. Do pipes stick up out of the base? How far? etc, and measure each with your handy tape measure. Or, if you are not feeling so daredevilish, ask your chimney sweep or other professional chimney service to come by and take a look for you.
Determine whether the chimney needs to be cleaned. Chimneys should be cleaned at least once a year, and more often if you use your fireplace frequently.
Chimney brush extension pipes, to help you clean the whole length of the chimney. Alternatively, you could buy a weighted rope designed to be used with the chimney brush, or a rope pulley system. A smaller stiff wire brush.
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