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Chase tops are for wood prefabricated fireplace chimney chases (chimneys) only. At some point, most chase tops need to be replaced. 22 Gauge galvinized steel is the standard top we use, but we also have stainless steel, copper, and painted styles available. We must measure before ordering !
Flat screens on top of chimneys are against code and are dangerous. Clogs can form with nests, leaves, debris, and creosote. With a fireplace, this can cause smoke backup, with a furnace of hot water heater this can cause Carbon Monoxide backup!
Water causes the greatest damage to your chimney of any of the elements. It soaks into the mortar between flue liners and causes deterioration, damages dampers and metal fireboxes, bricks in the fireplace, and on the exterior destroys the mortar crown on the top of your chimney. A chimney cap does a great job of protecting your chimney from most water damage. For maximum chimney protection we recommend a multi-flue cap. That's because a multi-flue cap covers the entire chimney, not just one flue.
Chimney Covers/Spark Arrestors are required by code in most jurisdictions. We highly recommend installation of a good chimney cover to help stop sparks from exiting the chimney, and to keep rain and animals out of the flue, which can damage your chimney or home. A few dollars spent on a chimney cover now will prevent costly repairs later. Flat screens are not allowed and are dangerous! We carry regular and custom-made chimney covers and install them in the greater Kansas City area only.
*We MUST take measurements for custom covers
*We do not ship covers and do not have an online store
You may want to have a chimney cover installed at the same time that we do your chimney inspection and/or sweeping.