1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

October 11, 2008

:285 Fireplace Plug

Filed under: :285 Fireplace Plug — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 8:04 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:285 EcoTip: Fireplaces waste a tremendous amount of heat energy – even with the damper closed. A fireplace plug can help reduce that energy loss.

Battic Fireplace Draft Stopper

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The Fireplace Draft Stopper from Battic Door Energy Conservation Products can help cut energy loss up the chimney. They have a model for masonry fireplaces and another for zero clearance fireplaces (shown above) http://www.batticdoor.com/fireplacedraftstopper.html

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May 27, 2008

:148 Chimney Sweep

Filed under: :148 Chimney Sweep — Tags: , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:54 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:148 EcoTip: If you have a fireplace, it should be cleaned and inspected. Even if you don’t use it, animals may cause damage, build nests or die. Damaged flashing or caps can provide a pathway for water intrusion. A damaged firescreen not only permits sparks to exit the chimney, but in case of wild fire, may permit embers to enter – igniting the home from the inside.

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April 28, 2008

:119 Fire Screens

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:119 EcoTip: The fire screen on your fire place chimney does more that arresting sparks going up the chimney as well as keeping out pests. Many homes that catch on fire and burn in wild fires would have been okay if they had an intact fire screen. When wild fires burn they can create a back pressure that sucks hot air and sparks down the chimney into the home – igniting it from the inside. A properly installed chimney fire screen or spark arrester can help prevent this from happening.

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 The information in this post is from my new book Extreme Weather Hits Home: Protecting your Buildings from Climate Change

• Use quarter-inch fire screen over the opening of every chimney or wood stove pipe. The hot air from a fire can cause the typical air flow to reverse so outside air rushes down the chimney and ignites the interior of the home. Fire screening not only helps prevent sparks from your fireplace from causing a wildfire, but also helps prevent wild fire embers from back drafting into your home.

 
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