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Can screenng be installed on fireplace cap?

Posted by stash-hdy (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 31, 10 at 12:20

Have a wood burning fireplace that has been converted to use natural gas logs.
I have a cap on the chimney that is open on all four sides; the metal flue
inside the cap has a screen on top of it. I am getting bees in the house
through the chimney flue and I would like to add a screen to the open sides of
the cap to keep out the bees. Can a screen be added and if so what size
openings in the screen are permitted?"

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RE: Can screenng be installed on fireplace cap?

Wht you do not want to do is convert a vented gas logs setup into an unvented one. You want a screen that will keep the bees out, but not have a bad effect on air flow, so that fumes from the fire will still get out.

If I were you, I would contact a certified chimney sweep or a gas logs onstaller/contractor and explain your problem and ask for a free estimate to fix it. If he agrees to do that, you can ask him to explain what exactly he would do, and you can decide for yourself whether or not to do it yourself.

RE: Can screenng be installed on fireplace cap?

Decided not to use any screen, the screen size that was permissible would not keep out the insects.

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