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Sealing off chimney
I recently moved into a Victorian property with an unused fireplace and what seems to be an open Chimney which runs up to the top of the property.
I would like to keep the fireplace as an ornamental area, showing exposed brickwork inside the chimney and maybe place some fir cones or nice silver bark but I dont want to actually fit a real fire. Therefore in order to save on heating bills I want to seal off the actual chimney route to stop drafts and heat escape.
Im not sure if i need to hire a chimney expert or a builder or what I ought to do, please advise?
2 Answers from MyBuilder Chimney & Fireplace Specialists
First get the chimney swept, you shouldnt seal of the chimney as it needs to breathe and have a good air circulation.
Get a rain/bird guard cowl fitted to top of chimney, this will stop any moisture getting in and allow air circulation.
On the underside of the fire place, make up a frame and fit fire board with a hit and miss vent, this should be left open.
I dont think you will loose any noticable heat.
If you block of completely you will have damp and condensation problems.
Answered 31st Dec 2011
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