Damper replacement.

So you have a damper that will not open or close, is rusted out or is non-existent. The economical solution is to have a top-closing damper installed.

This damper is made of stainless steel, so it will not rust. It also keeps rain and animals out. If a crown and flue tile is not present on your chimney (or if the crown and tile are in bad shape) then a new crown and flue tile will need to be installed on top of the chimney. See photo below to understand what a crown and flue tile is.

 

The top-closing damper mounts to the top of the tan-colored flue tile. A stainless steel cable runs down the chimney flue and  connects to a bracket inside your fireplace. The cable is pulled down to close the damper. The cable is let up when you want the damper open. The pupose of a damper is to prevent heat loss when the fireplace is not being used. It also keeps out down drafts when closed.

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A 24-year veteran of the chimney repair trade, Cliff has experience in most phases of chimney construction and repair. He began as a chimney sweep apprentice in 1991. Two years later he began to educate himself in bricklaying and chimney construction. He claims that "it has been an interesting trade to say the least.."