Does a pre-fab fireplace have a damper?
If it is a wood burning fireplace- yep.
Virgie ammons invented the fireplace damper in September 30,1975
The purpose of the fireplace damper is to keep the outside elements, outside. The damper is opened only when there is a fire in the fireplace.
The flue is the actual pipe or chimney where the damper is the mechanism that opens and closes the flue
You close the damper when you are not using the fireplace too keep air from coming in and to keep the air from being sucked out. This is most important in the winter. You don't want cold air coming in and your heat sucked out. When you are using the fireplace you have to open the damper to allow the smoke and fumes to escape.
When you use the fireplace, the damper should be open all the way. If not, you probably will not get enough updraft and your house will fill up with smoke...not a good thing. When it is not in use, the damper should be closed...otherwise you will lose a lot of heat up the chimney.
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If you can not burn wood in this fireplace, you can not convert to vent-free. If you have a vented fireplace w/ a damper you install vent-free logs and opt to vent them or not
When the fireplace is not in use, it allows the opening to the chimney to be closed. This can help keep heat in the house, and birds and squirrels out.
There will be a lever just inside the fireplace up in the flue portion, move this and observe what position is open.
J. Brunander, 1926 in Portland, Oregon
Virgie M. Ammons of Eglon, West Virginia "Inside the fireplace chimney is a device called a "Damper". The damper is opened and closed to allow smoke from the fireplace to be drawn upward out of the house. The "Fireplace Damper Actuating Tool" designed by Ammons allows the damper to be"locked" in the closed position, preventing cold air and dust from blowing down the chimney back into the house." Patent No. 3,908,633 September 30, 1975 Source… Read More
the flue should be opened
Your chimney damper is open
One can purchase a chimney damper from a variety of stores. Chimney dampers can be purchased from fireplace specialists such as Woodland Direct, or from online stores such as Amazon.
a. firebrick b. damper operation c.draft strenght or d. hearth
When the fire is burning, until the ashes are cold. The damper should be open at these times.
Is the fireplace vent supposed to be closed when the fireplace is on I open it and it doesn't warm the room as much as when the vent is closed?
It is important that you KEEP THE FIREPLACE VENT DAMPER OPEN when you are using it. FAILURE TO DO SO CAN LEAD TO CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING AND DEATH.
Then you have a shortage of combustion air, and it is drawing air down the unused fireplace flue. Close the damper of the unused fireplace, and check for exhaust fans that may be drawing air out of the house.
There are many kinds of dampers, depending upon how old the house is and the choice by the masons. Many dampers have a hinge on the rear and a handle that can be pushed or lifted to lift the front and latch it open. Others have a lever designed to move with a knob or chain connected to the damper. Some chimneys have counter-balanced dampers on the top of the chimney that are opened by… Read More
A closed damper or a poor draft. Have your flue checked, it may need to be cleaned.
If the damper should close while a fire is burning, all of the smoke will be coming out in the house- NOT a good thing. Most dampers have a hold-open device held in place by gravity.
Something is preventing your fireplace from drawing. The damper may be closed, or partially closed. Your chimney may have a blockage, or you may have prevailing winds that push smoke back down the chimney. If you have air flow problems, such as a vent fan that draws air out of the house, it can cause that. Bottom line- if the damper is open, and the flue is not blocked, you need a good fireplace/chimney specialist… Read More
When a fireplace is not being used... glass doors are not a good way to stop cold air from exiting the chimney. The first thing that needs to be done is the fireplace damper should be closed to prevent this heat loss. If the damper is not-functional or absent a chimney balloon or chimney top damper can be installed to stop the heat loss. When there is a fire in the fireplace... Fireplace glass doors… Read More
When there is a fire in the fireplace, the flue should be all the way open. Otherwise, some smoke and unhealthful gases will come out into the room. The damper should be all the way closed to keep out wind or cold air when there is no fire in the fireplace.
What are some easy and inexpensive ways to reduce the heat being lost through the chimney of a fireplace?
The main thing that one should do to make sure that heat is not being lost through the chimney of a fireplace is to always close the damper when the fireplace is not in use. In addition, you can also use a fireplace door or cover to prevent additional heat loss.
Yes, close the damper once all of the fire has died out. Leaving the damper open will cause warm air to be sucked up the flue, drawing in more cold air.
A gas log can be installed in a regular fireplace, or in a prefab, but it should be done by an installer familiar with the process. Burning any fuel, including gas, uses up air, and produces products of combustion. Done badly, it could be very dangerous.
We can't find the handle for the fireplace damper at our old rental It was built in 1926. Do all fireplaces have dampers?
No- very early or primitive fireplaces did not. Yours SHOULD have one- it may have been removed if there was a wood stove exhausted through the fireplace at some point. Time to get dirty- if you have not already done so, get a pair of safety goggles (you WILL get stuff in your face) a strong flashlight, clean out the fireplace, and lay back in the firebox so you can look up. The damper should… Read More
Answer light a fire CHECK AND SEE IF AN ANIMAL OR BIRD HAS BUILT NEST WHICH IS KEEPING YOUR CHIMNEY'S FLUE OPEN. Answer You need to close the damper. look inside the flute 4 handle,and push or pull. Answer It could either be your Flue is stuck open slightly or you have a crack in the chimney...either way, If it were me, I would have someone come out and check it out after trying the… Read More
I would have a gas applaince service rep examine the fireplace, and insure that no parts were damaged due to high heat- and leave a note for self to remember to open damper next time.
first off you need to turn off the gas then, cap the gas line then remove the gas line and the vent pipes up in the chimney, then remove the insert or gas log, then install damper doors, put on a suitable door to the fireplace, and put a basket in the fireplace to hold the wood The above paragraph assumes that the fireplace was originally a wood burning fireplace that was retrofit to accommodate… Read More
Gas fireplaces are not intended to burn wood. A gas ASSISTED fireplace can burn either gas or wood. ONLY if that is the type you have should you try to burn wood. Be sure damper to the flue is open, and that wood is dry,
First off you need to turn off the gas and cap the gas line. Next, remove the gas line and the vent pipes up in the chimney. After that, remove the insert or gas log and install damper doors. Then, put on a suitable door to the fireplace. Finally, put a basket in the fireplace to hold the wood. http://wiki.answers.com/How_do_you_convert_a_gas_fireplace_into_a_wood_burning_fireplace#ixzz17W5OFp8M
If you have a damper in the fireplace there should be a handle that will allow you to close this damper or metal flapper. If the damper or metal flapper is missing, damaged or broken you can get parts to fix it or you can install a chimney balloon to plug the chimney at the bottom or a chimney top damper to plug it at the top. Chimney top dampers work well to stop birds… Read More
Obviously, the smoke is not being drawn up the chimney. However, this could be for any of several reasons. They would include- damper not open, chimney flue obstructed, lack of air coming into room with fireplace, winds blowing down chimney, chimney opening not high enough above roof, etc. If the damper is open, you need a good professional chimney sweep to examine your fireplace and chimney to see exactly what is wrong.
For a fireplace, you should have a flashlight, and a pair of safety glasses (you WILL get soot in your face the first time). Kneel, lean over, shine the light up the chimney. You should see a rectangular metal plate- that is the damper. Usually has a handle that has notches on one side. Move the handle so that the notches are clear of the frame, and push up on the handle- damper should swing… Read More
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A damper restricts the air flow. In a fireplace, the damper is closed to prevent air from going up the chimney, with a resulting loss of heat in the house, when the fire is not going. When a fire is to be started, the damper is opened to create a draft to vent the smoke. In a wood or coal burning stove, the damper is variable and can be used to regulate the draft. The… Read More
First of all DO NOT start a fire in the fireplace to drive the bees out. The bees could have damaged the lining of the fireplace creating a home fire hazard or created a nest that is blocking the flue and this will back smoke up into the house. Step 1. Install a chimney balloon or inflatable damper at the bottom of the fireplace to seal the fireplace tight and prevent the bees from gaining… Read More
By flue, I believe you mean the damper in the chimney, which has the effect of closing off the flue. Close the damper any time you are not using the fireplace. Remember -heat rises -so heated air will also rise up and out the flue in the winter. In the summer it is also good to keep the flue closed because heat and humidity will activate the smelly properties of the ash and creosote in… Read More
We had carbon on the stone above our fireplace opening because a guest at our cabin started a fire without opening the damper. We used Sure Klean Fireplace Cleaner, following the instructions on the bottle. It's not easy to find, but it works as advertised. It removed all the carbon from the stone. The grout is 90% cleaner, but if you know to look, you can see that the grout is ever so slightly darker… Read More
Swoon - Prefab Sprout album - was created in 1984-03.
yes it can, open damper in fireplace for drafting while gas logs are being used. As far as converting burners, NO. Ventless and vented burners and logs are different in design.
Sweveral possible problems- lack of draft (damper closed, chimney blocked) lack of combstion air, wet wood, wrong wood. Find a competent chimney sweep or chimney specialist, and have them check it.
AKA, crank pulley damper, crankshaft damper, torsional damper, or vibration damper.
How can you efficiently use a natural fireplace to heat a home and what are types or brands of fans to use to blow the heat so it won't escape up the chimney?
Besides having a fireplace insert with blower installed. There is very little you can do to help a wood burning fireplace be an effective heat producer for your home. Here are a couple of items that may help, but keep in mind fireplaces by design tend to leak interior air when they are dormant and are inefficient at heating your homes interior when you use them. When the fireplace is dormant: 1) Inflatable damper If… Read More
well they pick grass and put it in the damper and mix it and it becomes damper
Honda calls it a damper. If you want the front damper. Remove the brake hose clamps from the damper remove the damper pinch bolt (on the bottom). Remove the damper fork bolt. then remove the damper by removing the two 10 mm nuts on top. Do not try to Disassemble the Damper without a spring compressor.
I professional "Chimney Sweep" can help you. There is an additional advantage of a professional doing this task, if this is in a new-to-you home; they will check your chimney and fireplace for potential problems, such as cracks in the firebox, bad damper, chimney problems inside and out etc. If you are going to do this task there are chimney brushes that can be purchased at "big box stores" just make sure you measure your… Read More
Damper originated form Australia