How do you open and close a top sealing damper?

Lock-Top Dampers – Operating Instructions

  1. To Open Before Lighting A Fire: Pull the damper handle down slightly and release, allowing the lug to pull up and hang freely about 4″ above the bracket.
  2. To Close After Fire Is Completely Out: Pull the handle down until the lug is below the bracket.

How do you open a top sealing chimney damper?

Open the damper before starting a fire. Pull the handle down slightly and release, allowing the top of the handle chain to pull up and hang freely about 4″ above the bracket (see illustration). If top of chain only hangs 1″ to 2″ above bracket, damper may not be open.

How does a chimney top damper work?

Unlike the traditional throat damper, a chimney top damper is installed at the top of the chimney. To operate the top damper, a cable is installed down the flue to the firebox. Pulling and latching the cable closes the damper lid onto the rubber gasket. A damper closed this way is practically air tight.

How much does it cost to replace a fireplace damper?

Fireplace Damper Cost and Installation A chimney cap damper costs around $200 to $300, not including the screened chimney cap, which runs between $90 and $120. Professional installation of a new damper will likely run around $200 to $400 for labor, in addition to the cost of the new damper itself.

Do chimney balloons work?

How does it work? Chimneys act like giant hoovers, sucking air out of your home. This causes cold air to be pulled in from other gaps, causing the cold draughts we notice. The Chimney Balloon effectively blocks the chimney, stopping warm air from escaping and stopping cold air from getting in.

Is the damper open or closed?

Lean in under your chimney just outside of your wood burning stove. You should find a metal device just within the chimney or flue opening. The damper is open if you can see through the damper up to your chimney. If you only see a metal plate, the damper is in a closed position.

What is a top sealing damper?

Top Sealing Chimney Dampers are used to seal your chimney flue from the outside. Most times, traditional brick wood burning fireplaces allow down drafts of air into the home and the air inside your home to escape – this is a waste of energy and money.

How do I know if my damper is open?

Visually Check A visual check is one of the surest ways of checking whether the damper is open or not. Simply stick your head in the fireplace and look up. If you have a throat damper, the closed damper immediately above your head will block your vision. You should be able to reach up and touch the closed damper.