How do you block your chimney hole up above the fire without paper?
Question:Ive got a fire that looks like a real coal fire with an open flue. However when it is windy dirt comes down; and when its cold it creates a draft. How can I block this up yet remove the block when I want to use the fire; without the use of paper.
I would prefer something that looks ok and not a fire hazard. I understand that if this was left blocked if I lit the fire it would more than likely become a health hazzard but it will be removed.
Purchase a chiney balloon.The chimney balloon is made in a special laminate of three plastics to make it airtight, tear-resistant and long-lasting. It also has a special shape that allows a little ventilation on two corners to keep your chimney dry. Using a chimney balloon is completely safe: if it is accidentally heated, it shrivels and deflates.
try anything the right shape
get a block of wood wedge it in
have the chimney capped instead. and sweep the chimney.
Call someone in to look at this.
We have the same problem, if you haven't already got one then you need to put a special kind of cap over the chimney pot - can't remember what they're called though. Make sure it meets the relevant regulations for your fire though.
You can get a bag especially for this purpose. Beware of it causing a damp chimney though, as there needs to be some through draft. I had this advice from the chimney sweep the last time I had my chimney swept. Best to just use it sometimes, maybe when it's particularly windy or cold.
Thanks mdf routing for the added info re chimney balloon. I called it a bag! I didn't realize it had ventilation built in. Makes it all the more useful.
You close the damper!
I would advise you to get the chimney swept, I would not advise you to put anything up the chimney That would be dangerous, & someone could use the fire when you are out not knowing you had blocked it & DIE!!
Capping the chimney will stop wind but any heat in the firebox will cause a draft up the chimney and will dislodge soot and dust.This will eventually settle on your burner and can cause carbon monoxide problems.Have your chimney cleaned (swept) by a pro before you consider a temporary or permanent cap.There should also be a flue damper directly above the firebox that should be closed after cleaning. Keeping this closed may solve the problem without a cap.
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