Chimney Caps

Chimney Caps For a Masonry Chimney with Flue

Masonry chimneys may have single or multiple clay lined flues. Each flue will connect to one appliance: a fireplacefurnacewood stove or any other appliance requiring a chimney exhaust. Single flue chimneys typically use a single flue cap. Chimneys with multiple flues often use a multi-flue cap, opposed to having a single-flue cap on each flue. There are a few options available to cover a multi-flue masonry chimney. 
Multi-Flu Chimney CapsMulti-flue caps mount to either the side of the chimney or to the top of the chimney crown . The Chimney Champion is one of the best known names in the multi-flue chimney cap market. It comes in a variety of sizes and compositions, including copper or stainless steel. This unit covers all of the flues and provides an enduring and attractive top to any style of masonry chimney. Multi-flue caps are available in both custom and stock sizes. 
Lyemance Damper - Energy Saving
The option of a chimney damper adds unique value to a masonry chimney. The chimney damper operates as a cap in protecting the chimney and its liner from rain and corrosion. In addition, a chimney damper can be completely closed when the flue is not in use. This prevents any down draft of cold air into your home. If you find your chimney has an issue with downdraft, a chimney damper is a great solution. 
Another solution for downdraft issues when using your chimney is the Vacu-Stack Chimney Cap. This is the premier chimney cap for solving common, wind-related draft problems. Although these units stop the wind from influencing your chimney, they won't stop drafts caused by a negative pressure differential between your home and the outside air. When wind flows around the Vacu-Stack's unique design, wind speeds increase, creating a partial vacuum. This vacuum then pulls flue gases up and out of the chimney, thus preventing wind-induced downdraft and the resulting infiltration of smoke, odor, and flue gas into your home.

This cap also functions as a conventional chimney cap by protecting the chimney from rain, snow, debris, and animals. It is designed for round chimneys that are not air insulated (also called air-cooled). The Vacu-Stack can also be installed on a square or rectangular chimney by using the masonry adapter.

Copper Chimney Pots
A chimney pot is a classic solution that is not only functional, but also adds a lot of value to your home. Copper Chimney Pots are available in a variety of finishes. They offer great protection and stunning aesthetics for your chimney. Clay Chimney Pots provide protection for your flue, while adding an enduring architectural element to your home. Clay pots are available in styles from modern to medieval.

Chimney Caps & Dampers
Another solution to preventing downdrafts from entering your home is to add a decorative chimney shroud. These units will provide some additional protection from the elements, while adding greatly to the aesthetics of your chimney. Most chimney shrouds come in custom sizing to fit your chimney perfectly.

Chimney Caps for a Prefab Chimney

Prefab Chimney example
Prefab Chimney
Most modern homes have prefabricated (prefab) fireplaces that connect to prefabricated chimneys. A prefab chimney is constructed of a metal pipe that runs up above your roof and allows exhaust gases to exit your home.  The easiest way tell if you have a prefab chimney is just to look. If, roughly over your fireplace, you have a metal pipe coming up out of your roof and you do not see a brick chimney, then you have a prefab chimney. You can also look inside your fireplace to determine the type of chimney you have. If the top of your fireplace is connected to a metal pipe, then your chimney is going to be a prefab chimney. A prefab chimney does not require a flue liner and connects to only one appliance. For this reason, modern homes often have multiple steel pipes on the roof.

Prefab chimneys require a specific style of chimney cap dependent upon the type of piping used for the chimney. There are two main types of piping - solid insulated or air cooled. Air cooled chimneys are comprised of a larger pipe with a smaller pipe inside and has an open gap between the two pipes. For air cooled pipes, be sure to use a cap designed to allow that air flow to continue unhindered. Solid insulated pipes can use standard caps.

Vacu-Stack Wind Resistant Chimney Cap

The Vacustack Cap provides unparalleled protection from wind induced down drafts. It is available for both solid pipe and air cooled chimneys. For those who are experiencing downdrafts and back-puffing with your chimney, this is the solution. 

Weathershield Chimney Cap for Solid Pack Pipes

The Weather Shield Cap protects your metal pipe chimney from the elements and from critters looking for a home. The Weather Shield is available for both solid pipe and air cooled chimneys. If you are looking for a replacement chimney cap for your metal chimney, this is the right category. We have chimney caps for solid pipe and air cooled chimneys of all makes and models. These chimney caps are constructed with stainless steel, so you won't have to worry about corrosion and rust through.

HomeSaver Guardian 304 Stainless Steel (3/4" Mesh) Chimney Cap
Home Saver

The Home Saver Cap protects your metal pipe chimney from rain, snow, and even nesting birds. This cap includes a diamond mesh screen and is available with 3/4" and 5/8" mesh.

Chimney Surrounds

Chimney surrounds are a great solution for covering up that big metal chimney pipe sticking out of your roof.  Eliminate that eyesore and increase the property value of your home. Chimney surrounds are durable, easy-to-install, and look like a real chimney. The chimney surround and the top & trim kit combine to create the entire chimney surround unit.

Gelco Product Review

The Gelco chimney cap is designed with the discerning, budget conscious homeowner in mind.  Created for those who not only want to protect their homes but ensure they remain attractive as well.  The classic design of Gelco chimney caps compliment any home and are always reasonably priced, which is why they remain a top seller among chimney cap counterparts. 

Gelco chimney caps are available in a variety of finishes to match your homes design; including stainless steel, copper, and black galvanized.  The wide range of sizes ensures that you will be able to find just about any size you need to fit securely on top of your homes chimney flue.  They are available in single-flue, multi-flue, and easy-clean designs to allow the perfect fit for your chimney.

Installation is easy with caps that mount directly to the chimney crown or chimney flue using cement fasteners, adhesive, or specially designed pressure screws which are included with the cap for easy installation. These innovative chimney caps include a nut that is welded on the frame to ensure a solid mount and guarantees that the threads won’t strip during installation. Constructed of exceptional quality materials, each cap also comes complete with screen mesh. 

For additional product assurance, the Gelco chimney cap comes with a manufacturers lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects and rust.  

Save Money By Replacing Your Fireplace Throat Damper With A Top Sealing Chimney Damper!

throat damperFireplace throat dampers are used to regulate the flow of air from inside your home from moving up the chimney and being released outside. They are usually made of a cast iron plate that can be opened or closed with the help of a lever or handle. However, even the top-of-the-line plates do not hold a strong seal and you can lose valuable energy. Recent studies have shown brand new fireplace throat dampers can leak up to $200 worth of heating and cooling per year. Imagine what you may be losing with that old rusted throat damper that you have been meaning to replace. Do yourself a favor and start getting the most out of your home’s energy source - convert your fireplace from a throat damper to a top sealing chimney damper. Top sealing chimney dampers create a tight fit on the flue to ensure that your conditioned air cannot leak out through your chimney. They have been proven to be up to 90% more efficient than the traditional fireplace throat dampers. locktop chimney damper

There are a few different models of chimney top dampers to choose from – the most popular being the Lock-Top and Lyemance brands. The Lock-Top chimney damper is constructed of a stainless steel lid that is attached to a cast aluminum frame by stainless steel springs. The Lock-Top chimney damper also features a safety device that will automatically lock the damper so it will stay open in the case of a chimney fire. locktop2 chimney damperThe Lock-Top II chimney damper is complete with an included chimney cap and your choice of a 3/4” or 5/8” mesh animal guard. lyemance openThe Lyemance energy-saving damper is made out of solid non-rusting aluminum and features a silicone rubber seal that creates a tight hold at the top of your flue. lyemance closedOpening and closing your top sealing chimney damper is a breeze with the long cables that are threaded down the flue and mount with the handle to the inside of your firebox. The Lyemance damper is also available for round flues. Whether you are heating or cooling your home, the top sealing chimney damper will act as a storm door to keep that expensive conditioned air inside your home where it belongs.

Start saving your energy dollars - replace your fireplace throat damper with a top sealing chimney damper!

Do-It-Yourself Chimney Caps: When to Call in a Professional

How difficult is it to install a chimney cap and is it a project that should be taken on by the typical homeowner? This question can be easily answered by asking another question. How easily can you gain full access to the top of the chimney? A difficult to reach chimney crown can render the easiest of chimney cap installations impossible for a typical do-it-yourselfer. Even when the chimney top is reasonably or even easily accessible, getting to the top of a chimney can be the hardest part of the job.
Getting to the Top of the Chimney
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Once you have made sure that you are able to safely access the chimney top, here are some tools you will most likely need:
· Cordless Drill (you can use a corded drill, but you may find that the extension cord is cumbersome)
· Phillips Head or Flat Head Screw Driver
· Caulk Gun
· Socket and Socket Drivers
· Tape Measure (for determining the size of the chimney cap that you need)
Not every cap will require all of these tools. Here’s a quick summary of how each of the different style chimney caps are installed -
Single Flue Cap – A single flue cap sets over a flue tile like a shoe box lid. You simply seat the cap on the flue tile and tighten the bolts. You will tighten the bolts using either a screw driver or a socket set.
Top Mount Chimney Cap – This style cap is secured to the top of the chimney using masonry screws. First, you seat the chimney cap in the appropriate position and then mark the position of the holes with a marker. Then remove the cap and drill the holes. Reseat the cap and then secure it using the masonry fasteners, which are typically provided by the manufacturer of the cap.
Outside Mount Chimney Cap – These caps have skirts that hang down over the side of the chimney. If installing on a 2x4 wood construction chimney, you will screw through the skirt until you tap into the wood under the chimney’s finish exterior. Provided you are fastening to a brick and mortar chimney you should line your hole up with a mortar joint and secure this cap using masonry fasteners into the mortar joint. You can fasten into the face of a brick or stone, but drilling into this material is difficult and time consuming.
Who to call if you decide you need a professional to do the job for you:
· Roofers – These contractors will have the equipment and tools to get the job done.
· Chimney Sweep – From top to bottom these professional will be a great resource for chimney caps and more. Find a pro sweep at:
· Handyman – Installing a chimney cap is a quick project that most will be glad to handle for you.

Vacu-Stack Product Review

There are many reasons you may be experiencing troubles with smoke downdraft in your chimnVacu_Stack_Chimney_Capey, but the most commonly known are wind-induced downdraft due to hills, mountains, and tall buildings nearby. Also, there can be downdraft if there are tall trees located near the chimney.

Vacu-Stack chimney caps are used to help eliminate any of these wind-related problems that may cause back draft in your chimney. Back draft or down draft is any smoke/gas that becomes backed up in your chimney from burning a fire and cannot be properly vented.

Simply put this is how itVacu_Stack_Chimney_Cap2 works - when wind flows around the Vacu-Stack its velocity increases, which increases the pressure in the area. The result of this creates a partial vacuum. This vacuum helps to pull any gases that are in the chimney up and out, which will prevent any downdraft from occurring, no matter what direction the wind is coming from.

The Vacu-Stack chimney caps are available in a 26 gauge alloy stainless steel and in copper,  and are made in the U.S.A. These caps are so well made that they are even backed by a lifetime warranty! It also functions as a normal  chimney cap – keeping debris, animals, rain, and snow out of your chimney. The Vacu-Stack is the premier chimney cap for solving most wind-related draft problems!

Old World Craft Finds New Use in Modern Home Design: The Return of the Copper Chimney Pot

Most homeowners see the business end of a chimney as the hearth. After all, this is the part that throws off warmth and adds visual chCustom_Copper_Chimney_Potarm to the interior of a room. Architects and builders; however, regard the chimney top with equal importance. The chimney top is usually the tallest point on the house and is often a home’s visual pinnacle. One of the best ways to visually enhance the chimney top is to add a chimney pot.

Chimney pots have been around for hundreds of years. First as a necessity in that they extended the exhaust point of fireboxes which often burned coal. Later as chimney pots became the standard for chimney tops, they became a status symbol. At one time, England even had a special tax just for chimney pots. Likely brought to America by French and English settlers, the chimney pot has a prominent place in the design and construction of distinctive American homes and estates.

As home science and building techniques advanced, functionally, the neLa_Jolla_Copper_Chimney_Poted for chimney pots was eliminated. The advent of zero clearance or prefabricated fireplaces as well as the use of round metal  exhaust pipes for furnaces and other appliances offered a functional albeit unsightly alternative to the beloved masonry chimney and the ornamental chimney pot. But what may have been functionally acceptable was not esthetically pleasing and homeowners are turning to the chimney pot as a way to not only cover but enhance their chimneys once again.

Chimney pots come in a variety of materials including iron, cast cement, and copper. The latter being the most popular due to its versatility and distinctive look. Many homeowners have custom copper pots made to include architectural features of their homes. They are placed as stand alones atop a chimney or in clusters on a multi-flue crown. Considering most are made using time honored crafting techniques, these are affordable, easy to install, and made to last a lifetime.