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Carla does the chimney have a damper installed? You will know if there is one by the handle sticking down just inside the top of the fireplace.
I am sorry Carla. I see you have gone off line. I will return tomorrow before 12 noon PST. Its pretty late here and I will only be on for a few more minuets.
Sorry for the inconvience.
Evening - we must be in very different time zones - we're in Tanzania at GMT +3hrs - so it's only just lunch time here.... there's no handle in the chimney - I can see straight up to the chimney cap when I stick my head in the fire place. The whole fire place and chimney is made of brick. Many thanks, Carla
Yes we are. Im in California GMT -8hrs.
What you need is a special cap that pivots. What it does is like a weather vane. It points the exhaust port away from the direction that the wind is blowing causing a natural suction. As long as the cap rotates the chimney will have a vacuum applied and no air is blown into the home.
Any competent tinsmith, or HVAC company can make one for you.
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We have artisans who could probably put something together, but they don't have the knowledge of what we are talking about here. Would you happen to have a picture or design of one of these that I can show them to copy?
I will see if I can find a drawing for you. If not Ill do one myself for you. Wont be till tomorrow though. Heading to bed with a sore back and a pain killer. Im getting too old to frame houses with the young pups, lol!
Sorry about the wait Carla. I couldnt find the type I had used years ago on Dougs place. He had the same problem as you did and this lil gem fixed it.
Please click here to see the cap.
There is a rod in the center that has a small bearing at the top that the cap spins on.
No problems - been packing my kids off to boarding school and not thinking about the chimney the last couple of days anyway!
The pictures are great - I will show them to the workshop in the village and see what they can do - much appreciated and will let you know how we get on.
You are most welcome Carla. I look forward to hearing what your town workshop comes up with. For all I know they may come up with something better!