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Meet both Jon and Chris of Chimney Cricket, as well as view a variety of our services. Services included are cap installation, chimney cleanings, chimney up top dampers, firebox screens, heat reflectors, proper drafting, exterior gas lines, masonry chimney crowns and many more.
This tutorial teaches fire starting skills. Chris walks you through all the proper steps when starting a fire. He also talks about accelerators, seasoned or aged wood (9-12months), oxygen flow, warning of green wood use, and damper positioning.
Learn about chimney chase covers. This video provides useful background information about chimney chase covers and how to accurately measure your chimney to fit a chase cover. In this video you’ll learn the difference between a variety of chase covers; along with the importance of having one for a factory built chimney. You’ll also be shown how to properly measure for a chase cover and collar. The important factors when determining if your chase cover is functioning properly is: seal around the interior whole (flue), a high collar, drip-edge with the 45 degree angle this is needed for the proper water runoff. Understanding the difference between single and multi-flue chase covers. Lastly, you will see what measurement to take for fitting a new single or multi flue chase cover.
During this first of a two part tutorial Jon and Dean describe the reasons why homeowners need to pay attention to their factor chimney chase covers. They outline the symptoms of a failing chase cover some of which entail rotted trim work, and water damage inside the firebox. Dean provides you with what measurements are required to properly order a new chase cover along with what the recommended metals are. Finally, Dean talks about cross breaking technology and how it applies to chase covers at Chimney Cricket.
In the second of a two part tutorial Dean continues to provide useful information on how to correctly measure a chase cover. He provides some insight on the available features of chase covers and what ones he would always recommend. Furthermore, Dean provides some easy ways to double check your measurements prior to filing out an order form.
Learn when to go about repairing chase covers. Learn how repairing chase covers can save you money. This video shows the importance of a chase covers and the symptoms of old chase covers. Side effects can entail rotted trim work, siding, vent work, mold growth, along with leaking the inside of the firebox. The most common chase covers are made of galvanized metal, as opposed to stronger stainless steel which is what we recommend. Long term a new chase cover can save thousands of dollars in future repairs.
This video includes information about stink pipes along with a tutorial showing your how to install a stink pipe guard. Visit the guys once again on the roof where they explain what exactly a stink pipe is. They also provide some insightful ways of keeping the moisture and animals out of these pipes otherwise could potentially cause a blockage.
Learn how to install bolt-on chimney caps. This video will teach you proper installation methods for chimney caps. Have a guided demonstration from both Jon and Chris on measuring and properly installing a bolt on chimney cap. Chris provides the Do’s and Don’ts of installing a bolt-on chimney cap.
Chimney Caps are vital for any chimney or fireplace. The most important fact about chimney caps are they keep water from entering the chimney. Rain and water entry are a bad mix for fireplaces. They destroy the firebrick or refractory panels. Another fact is, dampers will rust from water entry. Rainwater will also destroy the integrity of your liners whether metal or terra cotta flue tiles. Chimney Cricket suggests all chimneys be capped to prevent rain entry. Chimney caps should have a top on them to keep rain out. We carry a wide variety of chimney caps and custom chimney caps. Chimney Cricket suggests stainless steel chimney caps to prevent rust. Styles come in many different varieties and each application is different. Chimney Cricket believes if you watch the bolt on chimney cap video you should have the know how to complete. From bolt on chimney caps to crown mounts to custom caps. Check out our line of products to help you choose. Every car needs tires, every chimney needs a cap. Thank you for your interests.
This instructional video with Dean and Jon teaches you how to accurately measure your chimney for a custom multi flue chimney cap. See a full assembly of a custom multi flue chimney cap, start to finish. Go over some of the key benefits of purchasing a custom cap for your chimney.
Watch a custom chimney cap assembly. Learn the benefits custom caps provide along with how to assemble one on your own. Observe Jon and Dean perform this simple assembly of a custom chimney cap with step by step instructions. Learn some of the great benefits from installing a custom chimney cap.