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ccurtiss
Fireplace damper doesn't close

The metal lining of a chimney has bulged and the damper doesn't close. Like this: I(
I don't use the fireplace so I've tried to temporarily block the wind that blows in by draping a layer of insulation over the damper and closing it as far as possible but obviously there needs to be a permanent fix. Does the metal usually go up all the way in a chimney, or is it just where the firebox narrows into the chimney? The house was built in the 50's as a mountain tourist rental and was not maintaned well for many years, so I don't know how long it's been that way.
Any suggestions other than ripping out the whole chimney?

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Fireplace damper doesn't close

An obvious choice would be a chimney cap to close off the top of the chimney. Another choice is to get an inflatable damper that you push up the chimney and inflate.
Jack

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