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rofey5
Old 10-12-2007, 9:57 PM
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Default chimney capped/ balloon/ other advice wanted

hi there.

I am currently renovating a property which has 2 chinneys (3 fires) which I want to leave revealed (the whole vase of flowers or logs thing). the fires need sweeping. After that i am a little puzzed. the ballon thing seems a common soloution and im not sure what capping involves. Others just shove some black bags up. can someone advise on what is best to do and also what capping involves and what the cost might be. Thanks in advance
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I'd like to know the answer as well...anyone??
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bump - does anyone have any idea? many Thanks
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Old 12-12-2007, 8:35 PM
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A chimney cap does what it says on the tin. It goes over the top of an unused chimney to stop rain and draughts coming down. It also stops birds from nesting and/or sh1tting in the chimney.

They are normally made of aluminium or terracotta with slits in them for ventilation.

The balloon is like an inflatable pillow that is put up your chimney deflated and then blown up to seal the chimney much lower down. But if you box in and seal the chimney up flush with the top of the hearth they are unecessary.

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hi dolce vita,


thanks 4 your advice. was all with you until you said about boxing and sealing the chiney, would you do this with plasterboard and seal the chimney that way or is there something im missing?
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Plasterboard, mdf, hardboard, plywood.

Anything like that. Then go around the edges with a bit of caulk or sealant and then paint/tile whatever.

The balloons are for people who still use the fire and is taken down when the fire is lit.

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just be careful if birds can get in the top of the chimney. I have an unused fire and my chimney was blocked with plastic bags at the bottom, last summer I had a fly infestation, turned out there were 2 dead birds rotting in the chimney
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many Thanks to both of you
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I woke up one morning to find the whole living room covered in a layer of dust (later found out to be soot) We had mdf-ed off the top of the fireplace to stop draughts until we finally get round to buying a new fireplace.

Cleaned up...asssumed it had just been the bad weather, until the fireplace & board started moving

called the rspca, who refused to come unless I could prove the bird was injured. We had to prize the mdf off, and catch the ROOK in a sheet, and release him.

Had a roofer come round the next day and cap all our chimneys, with semi-circular capping tiles (technical description there ) and filled the remaining hole with wire, so eventually we can have a real fire. Cost £250 for all of them (6 or 8 in total I think...can't see now as it's dark outside...think that's how much it was..to be honest I think I would have paid anything not to have to meet another rook face to face)

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Thanks for the replies!
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