Chimney 101: Cap

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The terms “chimney cap” and “chimney crown” are sometimes mistakenly used interchangeably . The chimney cap is essentially a roof over your chimney. The purpose is primarily to stop water from getting inside. They sometimes include screens which are helpful … Continued

Chimney 101: Crown

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The chimney crown is at the top of your chimney, and its purpose is to protect brick chimneys from damage that could be caused by weather and water damage. Chimney Crowns are usually added during chimney construction and constructed using … Continued

Chimney 101: The Chimney

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A chimney is a structure that provides ventilation for hot flue gases or smoke from a boiler, stove, furnace or fireplace to the outside atmosphere. Flue – The flue is the large open space through which combustion gases vent. It’s … Continued

Chimney 101: Smoke Chamber

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Smoke Chamber – The smoke chamber in a fireplace services the purpose of gently compressing combustion byproducts into the chimney while not causing any backdraft. A sloping wall is usually the part of sound fireplace design which accomplishes this. Chimney … Continued

Chimney 101: Base Assembly

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Ash Dump Door A metal door located in the inner hearth of some fireplaces, which leads to an ash pit. Ash Pit A cavity underneath a fireplace firebox, used as a receptacle for ashes, and accessible for cleanout by means … Continued

Chimney 101: Start Here

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This series of posts will help familiarize you with your chimney, starting at the most visible part, the firebox, up to your roof and even the parts below you may not have noticed before.  We will help you understand the … Continued