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One of the best ways to keep your home and hearth safe is with a quality chimney cap from CJ's Hearth and Home. A chimney cap is a vital chimney component that keeps your chimney safe from natural hazards such as debris, weather and wildlife or insects. Caps also come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and offer different features.
The most popular chimney caps come in galvanized steel, copper, or stainless steel. The type you decide to go with depends on your specific setup, preferences, and budget. Stainless steel and copper tend to be more expensive than galvanized steel versions but they all work to get the job done. We have an extensive selection of chimney caps online, and if you'd like some more information about them just keep reading below!
What is a chimney cap? Chimney caps are metal caps typically made of stainless steel or galvanized steel. A chimney cap is designed to allow smoke and other byproducts to escape your home through your chimney while keeping unwanted moisture, debris and animals out of your chimney. Chimney Caps are typically designed using a mesh side barrier and a solid metal cap. This way nothing gets in your chimney through the top or the sides but smoke and ash can still escape without any obstacles.
Metal chimney caps are installed on the chimney crown above the flue for masonry fireplaces or on top of your chimney pipe or ventilation system for wood stoves and prefab fireplaces. Without a chimney cap installed, rain, snow, sticks, squirrels and rodents all potentially have access to your chimney flue or chimney pipe. This not only leads to unwanted house guests but can cost you thousands in costly repairs and replacement parts.
Eliminate the worry and install a stainless steel or galvanized steel chimney cap from CJ's Hearth and Home!
Types of Chimney Caps
We carry several different types of chimney caps in the FDO store. Whether you need a chimney cap for a masonry fireplace, wood stove chimney pipe or a multi-flue chimney system with various fireplaces feeding into a single masonry chimney system, Fireplace Doors Online carries the chimney cap to meet your needs and keep your home safe. Chimney caps are made of ¾ or ⅝ mesh and are available in galvanized or stainless steel options.
Specialty Metal Chimney Caps
You’ll also find chimney caps designed specifically for reducing the impacts of wind on your chimney’s ability to draft properly as well as chimney caps with a damper installed for added warmth plus increased control and efficiency when burning fires.
We even carry basic spark arrestors that are essentially chimney caps without solid stainless steel or galvanized caps across the top. A spark arrestor offers protection against harmful debris without impeding the flow of smoke or ash from your chimney including the top. Just like our full chimney caps, spark arrestors are made of ¾ or ⅝ galvanized or stainless steel mesh.
Chimney Cap Shapes
A chimney cap will match the shape of your chimney pipe or chimney opening. Chimney caps are typically either square, round or rectangle. You’ll want to match your chimney cap shape with the shape of your chimney flue or chimney pipe running up to your roof. The shape of your chimney cap will dictate the chimney cap sizes available to you as well as any other chimney options you may have.
Chimney Cap Sizes
Chimney caps come in a range of sizes to fit your chimney system and match the shape of your cap. You’ll find round chimney caps come in a range of diameters from 6-18” while square and rectangular chimney caps are available in dimensions.
How to Measure Your Chimney for a Chimney Cap
To measure your chimney for a chimney cap, first determine the shape of the chimney cap you’ll need for your system – round, square or rectangle. From there, you’ll measure the size of the opening of your Class A Chimney Pipe or measure the chimney crown located at the top of your chimney’s opening.
If you’re replacing an old or worn-out chimney cap, you’ll want to use it as a guide for your new chimney cap measurements. Using a tape measure or ruler, simply measure the diameter of the old round chimney cap or record the dimensions of the old square or rectangular cap. Match these measurements with the new chimney cap of the same size in CJ's store.
Importance of Maintaining Your Chimney Cap
It’s extremely important to keep your chimney cap in top working condition and inspect it regularly for damages, cracks or bent parts. Since your chimney cap works to keep moisture, debris and critters out of your chimney system, the slightest damage or crack in the chimney cap can compromise the entire system. Inspect your chimney cap regularly, every couple of months or so, to ensure it’s in proper working condition and not allowing any moisture, debris or animals access to your chimney pipe or flue.
How long do chimney caps last?
- The average chimney cap lasts about 3-5 years at which point it will start to deteriorate and not work effectively. This average is based on the constant use of your chimney and therefore your chimney cap may last longer or you may need to replace it more often than other components. Our chimney caps are made of durable materials such as stainless steel and galvanized steel so it will last as long as possible.
Do I really need a chimney cap?
- Technically speaking, the decision to have a chimney cap is all your own. But there are a few considerations you should take before making a rash decision. A chimney cap prevents water, animals, and debris from entering your fireplace. Water entering the chimney could possibly cause damage and lead to mold. It is important to keep this in mind when you are deciding but the decision is ultimately up to you!
Do chimney caps keep water out of your home?
- Yes! The purpose of a chimney cap is to keep all the unwanted moisture, among other things, out of your chimney and away from your home. This includes all forms of precipitation such as water, sleet, snow and ice.