Buying Chimney Cap
Chimneys are one of the coolest items to having during winter. They can either be gas chimneys or a wood chimneys. Chimneys provide heat and give that cozy feeling of warmth. If you have a chimney and your friends don't have one it might also be a source of little jealousy. That being said, having a chimney also comes with responsibility. You need to make sure your chimney is clean in order to avoid smoke and fire hazards
Why do you to buy a chimney cap?
Safety is probably the most important reason to buy a chimney cap. There are many stainless steel chimney caps or copper chimney caps. Your taste and budget will have a lot do with the final decision you make. When the chimney is not in use, there are birds that might come and make their nest on top of your chimney shaft. You will also experience problems with water from rains getting into the chimney. Wind can also be a problem that can blow smoke back into the house. Another reason why a chimney cap is important is that it prevents animals like squirrels from paying you a visit through the chimney shaft. Having a chimney cap also prevents Santa from visiting through the chimney shaft.
Wind directional chimney cap
Wind directional chimney caps are an interesting addition to the line of chimney caps. You might want to consider the wind directional chimney cap if you are getting a lot of wind down the chimney shaft. You get to protect your chimney and at the same time prevent wind blowing smoke into your house through the chimney shaft.
Buying a chimney cap and chimney soot and debris
Buying a chimney cap will prevent debris from entering your chimney shaft. However, a chimney cap will not prevent soot from accumulating in your chimney shaft. You will still have to either pay someone to regularly clean your chimney in order to remove the soot and other debris that might have accumulated through use. Cleaning your chimney is not optional. If you want to prevent fire and possibly death, you need to take the time to clean out your chimney with or without the chimney cap.
Choosing and buying a chimney cap
There are various manufacturers of chimney cap and the prices varie a lot. In order to get the best deal, you will need to shop around and compare prices.
- You can buy the Duratech All-fuel stainless steel chimney cap with spark arrestor at Northlines Express, Woodland Direct, BuilderDepot for $62
- HY-C Company CB CBC99 Chimney Cap with Tab Screws can be bought at Homeclick, Home Improvement Supersto for $35.
- Gelco offers a Copper single-flue Chimney Cap for a "hot" $220. You can buy this chimney cap from Ventingpipe, BuilderDepot, eFireplaceStore.
- Copperfield 13301 stainless steel chimney cap can be bought at UnbeatableSale and Ventingpipe for $50.
- Vacu-Stack Wind Resistan Cap-Air Insulated Chimney cap is a wind directional chimney cap. You can buy this at Amazon for $ 160 depending on the size.
Placing the chimney cap
Now that you know which chimney cap you want to buy. There is also the issue of placing the chimney cap on top of your chimney. If you don't like heights and you are not great at DIY, you will be better off getting a professional to fit the chimney cap. You can opt to get the professional to clean your chimney and at the same time put the chimney cap in place. You also need to bear in mind that there is no one size fits all when buying a chimney cap. You will need to buy an appropriate chimney cap that will fit your chimney.