22 Jan 2009 03:01:08
Get a chimney balloon. No really, soon!
I spent about four hours on the roof of our house fitting a flue liner for our new wood burner last weekend. Apart from "next time I'm going to pay a professional to do this", the lesson I learnt was quite how much heat escapes up chimneys.
I was shocked - it's like having a fan constantly blowing hot air out of your house. I highly recommend blocking your chimneys up when they're not in use. Just remember to unblock them before use!
06 Apr 2009
Good suggestion David. Remember that Chimney Balloons are designed to let a small amount of air flow into the chimney to avoid damp building up. That said, they are one of the most cost efficient ways to prevent heat loss from a room. Up to 40% of the heat in a room can be lost up a chimney and while your method of climbing on the roof is an extreme method of appreciating this heat loss, you make a good point. An alternative (though a costly one) is the . This product is easier to move when you want a fire (and cleaner) but only fits a limited range of fireplaces.
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