Tired of that drafty fireplace!? There are several solutions that will improve your fireplace draft, but first, you have to decide the kind of solution that will best fit your unique situation. Here are the top solutions to fix a drafty fireplace.
Temporary Solutions to Fix a Drafty Fireplace
If you love your wood burning fireplace, but hate the draft of cold air that sweeps through the room when it’s not in use, then a temporary solution is for you. There are several options available that will help block the draft from entering your home (and prevent the warm air from escaping) without the need to alter the look and functionality of your masonry wood burning fireplace.
Best Temporary Solutions for Drafty Fireplaces
DIY Fireplace Covers
Feeling creative? If you want control over your fireplace drafts, but don’t necessarily want to alter your fireplace, create a fireplace cover that can easily be removed when you’re ready to light up a fire. There are multiple tutorials online with step-by-step instructions for how to build your own cover. Check out this DIY cover tutorial here.
Install or Replace the Damper
A damper is a metal flap in your chimney that blocks cold air from coming in and warm air from escaping. When you “close the flue,” you’re essentially plugging the chimney with a metal flap. If you have the damper closed, but cold air still sweeps across the room, it’s very likely that your damper is worn, cracked, warped, or generally degraded. Replacing the damper may help eliminate some of that cold air, at least for several years until it wears down again. Find dampers online here.