Copper Chimney Caps 3 Years Later

We installed these beautiful Copper Chimney Caps in a beach city in Southern California. As you can see, after 3 years of patination, they are still weathering amazingly.

Gas Fireplace Safety

Gas fireplaces have become more and more popular in recent years because they eliminate the maintenance required with wood burning fireplaces.  With the convenience, there is the unfortunate liability that many gas fireplaces have fixed glass panels that can become dangerously hot, even exceeding 1000 degrees.  Even after the gas is turned off, the temperature can be dangerously high for an hour or more.  These temperatures can cause very bad burns especially to young children.

New gas appliances manufactured after  January 2015 are required to come with mesh safety screens.  However there are millions of gas fireplaces which were manufactured prior to 2015 which are not covered by this new law.  It is up to the business or homeowner to install a protective barrier.  Go to fireplacesafetytips.com for what you need or call Lucky Sully Chimney Sweep, your gas fireplace safety experts.

Rusted Chimney Caps at Beach

Chimney caps near the beach tend to rust out very fast due to the moist salt air that is prevalent there in the evenings. These types of caps are on most houses built since the early 1980’s..  They are called zero-clearance or factory built chimneys or laughingly called temporary fireplaces, because they tend to rust out after a few years, and are not as durable as masonry chimneys.  The rusting you can see in the pictures poses quite a problem for homeowners.  If and when it ever rains, the holes in the chimney caps caused by rusting will now come down inside the chimney and often will get the walls above and around the fireplace wet.  I get calls, regularly, where people hear water dripping on metal.  That is a sure sign of something wrong.  Notice in the second picture that the neighbor’s chimney cap is severely rusted.  These caps are custom caps and can be manufactured in different materials.  Copper will last the longest and will product that lovely patination.  Also, available are stainless steel and a paint grade “galvanized” material.

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