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Chimney Caps

Does Your Home Have An Uncapped Chimney? is your source for the highest quality chimney caps. We have a comprehensive selection of flue cap items and fireplace chimney products to fit any chimney or vent outlet. Chimney caps are crucial to the safe functioning of your fireplace or heating appliance, and we offer the finest chimney caps in our Chimney Store for the lowest prices.

If you need help choosing the optimal chimney cap for your needs, contact our reputable customer service experts who will be happy to assist you.

3 Questions & 3 Answers
from Lexington, NC asked:
September 7, 2013
What is the base that covers the complete chimney top called and is it ordered separately?
1 Answer
It sounds like you're searching for a chase-top flashing. This device seals the top of the chimney. These can be purchased or custom fabricated from sheet metal. Unfortunately, this is not an item that we carry.
on September 9, 2013

from MA asked:
July 21, 2013
Do you have an inside mount chimney cap to length my 8" x 8" flue. It's too short for an outside mount?
1 Answer
Unfortunately, we do not carry a true push in cap for an 8 inch by 8 inch clay tile flue. However, a standard flange mounted cap, such as the Gelco Stainless Steel 8" x 8" Single Flue Chimney Cap can be made to work. Either the Gelco Stainless Steel Flue Gripper Leg Set or the Stainless Steel Cap Mounting Brackets can be used to mount the cap. Yet another option would be to use a "swingtab" type cap that would cover the flue and secure to the chimney wash. A slightly larger model, such as the Gelco Model W 9" x 13" Stainless Steel Multi Flue Chimney Cap would work well.
on July 22, 2013

from Los Angeles asked:
February 24, 2013
The opening at top of chimney measures 6.5" x 14.5" and is flush with top. What choices do I have for a cap?
1 Answer
Because you do not have an exposed flue tile to attach to, I would recommend using a "swingtab" style of cap, which can be adhered or anchored to the surround cement wash. A good cap for your application would be the BigTop 14 in. x 21 in. Painted Black Galvanized Steel Multi-Flue Chimney Cover. This cap would give enough additional coverage to divert rain from the flue opening, while providing a barrier for pests. The cap can be mounted by using construction adhesive or by drilling the chimney wash for anchors and mounting screws.
on February 25, 2013

What are Chimney Caps? Why do I need one?

Chimney caps are simply a cap to cover the vent or chimney on your home. A chimney is essentially a hole in your roof. If not properly covered, a whole host of problems could occur from various things entering that outlet.

Exposing your chimney to Mother Nature's elements can lead to extensive and costly damages. When the moisture mixes with chimney soot it can cause unpleasant odors, rust, and the deterioration of the chimney walls. Additionally, water that seeps into existing cracks may expand and cause more damage. Without a flue cap, rain and coal soot mix to form sulfuric acid, which is particularly damaging to your chimney and not exactly something to which you want your family exposed.

Without a fireplace chimney cap, critters may crawl, slide, or fly into the chimney as well. It's a warm and protected space that animals find appealing in cold weather. Not only can this lead to the untimely death of the fuzzy creature, but some woodland animals carry parasites, rabies, and other unpleasantries that can be transmitted to your home and family. Even worse, an animal caught in a flue can cause fires, carbon monoxide backup, and very unpleasant smells if not detected.

Finally an open chimney without a flue cap or fireplace chimney cap is a fire hazard. Embers and sparks can fly from the top and land on your roof, dry leaves in your rain gutters, or surrounding foliage and quickly cause a blazing and lethal fire.

How do I choose the right flue cap or fireplace chimney cap?

As you can see, chimney caps are crucial for the safety of your family and longevity of your fireplace. With all the options - pipes, mesh grates, copper pots, stainless steel - finding the optimal chimney cap may seem challenging, but it's really very easy. Simply look at your chimney or flue to determine its shape; your chimney will be round, square, or rectangular. For masonry chimneys with multiple flues placed close together, the arrangement is rectangular.

There are a variety of sizes and fits for your chimney cap. Although it is best to leave this up to a contractor or professional to ensure that the cap is properly installed, there are a several materials to choose from, including stainless steel, galvanized steel, and copper.

- Stainless steel chimney caps are hands down the best value for your money, and they can be coated with black or colored heat resistant coatings to achieve a different appearance. These durable chimney caps are recommended for saltwater climates.

- Although a copper flue cap is expensive, it lends a very distinguished appearance to your home and is the recommended option for historic and upscale homes.

- Galvanized steel is the cheapest material, but it is also the least durable.