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Stay Classic or go Medieval with a little Pot on Top

Stay Classic or go Medieval with a little Pot on Top


A chimney pot is a round or octagonal pot fitted to the top of each flue. These chimney pots give your chimney a Tudor and or Medieval look.

Decorative Flue Tile Creates a Custom Looking Chimney

Decorative flue tiles adds more aesthetic appeal to your chimney. Designed to add style and creativity to any fireplace chimney. Decorative flue tiles can replace traditional flue tiles adding a new focal point to your home. Ask the experts at Chimney Cricket to help select decorative flue tiles that fit your chimney and home's décor.

Selecting Chimney Pots

When selecting a chimney pot that will function properly, it is important to consider the top opening in relation to the fireplace opening. Along with the base dimensions in relation to the flue they are covering. The top opening should be in proportion to the fireplace opening. The chimney pot opening is often smaller than the effective area of the flue liner in order to reduce the effect of wind draft. The flue area is typically about 1/10 of the fireplace opening for square flues and about 1/12 for round flues. For chimney pots, this ratio is often reduced to 1/15 – 1/20. The base inside dimension and the base outside dimension should be nearly as large as or larger than the largest dimension of the flue they are being installed on. The base of the chimney pot should not encroach on the effective area of the flue by more than ¾ of an inch. Many other factors such as fireplace chimney construction and house air pressure can affect proper chimney operation.

Installing Chimney Pots

Chimney pots are set in a bed or mortar on the masonry chimney cap. The base of the chimney pot need not match the dimensions of the flue liner that it’s being installed on top of. But it should not impinge on the inside area of the flue liner except for the maximum ¾ of an inch at the corners. The flue liner may extend up inside the chimney pot, or the flue liner may be flush with the top surface of the chimney cap. Additional anchoring may be used to prevent damage from tornadoes, hurricanes or earthquakes. A ¼ - ½ inch diameter hole may be drilled in at least two opposite sides of the chimney pot and a bar used to anchor the top into the grout or the chimney walls. When installing on wood chase chimneys, special attention should be given to preventing water leakage around the base of the chimney pot.

  • Beatrice Sims

Don’t damper your spirits by losing money needlessly

Don’t damper your spirits by losing money needlessly


You could be losing $350.00 or more out of your chimney EVERY YEAR without even knowing it! Chimney dampers make a difference.

The main purpose of a chimney damper is to seal the chimney airtight when not in use. Heat rises, and if the chimney is not sealed when the fireplace isn’t in use, then all of the heat from the house goes up the chimney. Imagine leaving your door open in the middle of winter!

The standard chimney damper that comes with a chimney is hard to operate, and is buried high up in the throat of the fireplace. Even if you know why you should use it, how to use it, and where it is, it's normally not done because the task is difficult and dirty.

Why Put Up With An Improper Chimney Damper?

Realize the possible savings on your fuel/electric bill!? Don’t let your home be cold and drafty!Never make it a chore just to have a fire again with our Chimney Dampers.

With “Ice Breaker” top-sealing chimney dampers, Chimney Cricket can change all this in just a few minutes.

Easy to use, convenient and clean, Ice Breaker chimney dampers will allow homeowners to seal the chimney when their fireplace is not in use. Eliminating the difficulties experienced before. It can pay for itself within the first year thanks to the decrease in your utility bills, not to mention the increase in the comfort level of your home!

  • Beatrice Sims

Keep Cool knowing you're safe with a Chimney Fan!

Keep Cool knowing you're safe with a Chimney Fan!


Are you tired of having your home full of smoke, soot and that annoying smell every time you light your fireplace? Are you tired of discolored ceilings, walls and drapes? Relief is in sight! Chimney Cricket carries high quality chimney fans made by EXHAUSTO.

With EXHAUSTOS extremely quiet and reliable chimney fan system your draft problems will be solved. It doesn’t matter whether you have a wood or gas burning fireplace, a stove, oven or even a BBQ.

EXHAUSTO chimney fans are easy to install. There is no mess from tearing down or rebuilding.

Low your operating cost with an energy efficient EXHAUSTO chimney fan. In most cases they can consume less energy than a regular light bulb.

Easy to Operate EXHAUSTO chimney fans are installed with a speed control unit located near the fireplace. This allows you to control of the speed so that you don’t pull more heat out than necessary.

You can even use it as a ventilator when you don’t have a fire going. Just turn it on when you want to clean the room of odors, leaving the room smelling clean and refreshed.

The EXHAUSTO chimney fan is virtually maintenance-free. All that is required is periodic cleaning - something your chimney sweep will take care of during the annual chimney inspection.

FAQ / Q&A about Chimney Fans

  1. What happens when you have a fire in the fireplace and a power failure occurs?
  2. You will most likely experience the same problems you had before the chimney fan was installed.
  3. What if the chimney has a constant downdraft and or odor when not in use?
  4. Run the chimney fan at a low speed.
  5. Does the fan always have to be on when I have a fire in the fireplace?
  6. Yes, the motor can only be cooled when the chimney fan is operating. You may, however, run it at a very low speed.
  7. The fireplace spills due to negative pressure in the house. Won’t the chimney fan add to the problem?
  8. Any exhaust fan will pull air out. However, proper use of the fan speed control assumes the chimney fan simply simulates the natural draft required for the fireplace to operate. Thus the chimney fan will not exhaust more air than a well-functioning fireplace would have done.

It is important to emphasize that all furnaces, water heaters and other combustion equipment thoroughly be checked for proper venting before regular use of chimney exhaust fans.

  • Beatrice Sims

Animal Removal from Pipes and Chimneys

Animal Removal from Pipes and Chimneys 

Raccoons, birds and squirrels can easily climb in and out of chimneys, making an inviting place for them to live and raise their young. It is dangerous to have animals living inside the chimney; they can catch on fire, enter your home or both. So they need to be removed from chimneys as quickly as possible. Since raccoons often times return to the same chimney they have inhabited before, it’s important to keep them from coming back after removal. When we remove any animal from your chimney, our chimney sweeps can install a chimney cap or similar animal guard to prevent the problem from reoccurring. After the animal realizes that it cannot get back into the chimney it will be looking for a new chimney home.

Save time and money by allowing our certified staff to remove unwanted creatures from your home.

What is a stink pipe?

A stink pipe is the pipe that is fitted to the back of your toilet and runs through the walls of your house to vent gases produced by waste. The stink pipe allows these gases to escape through a plumbing pipe on your roof rather than build up and bubble through your toilet.

How can I keep animals out of my plumbing vents?

In warmer climates like Florida and during warmer seasons in states like Michigan, animals frequently venture into stink pipes via the plumbing pipe on the roof, making it their home. This can cause blockage and push the foul smelling gases into your home rather than allow them to properly vent into the air.

Chimney Cricket can humanely clear these animals out and fit the plumbing vent with an animal guard, similar to a chimney cap, and block out future intruders.

  • Beatrice Sims

Chimney Chase Covers

Chimney Chase Covers

Chimney Chase Covers help prevent major problems that can lead to costly chimney repairs and can affect your family's health. Old galvanized chimney chase covers rot and leak over time. They are only designed to last for 7 to 9 years, and the water that leaks into your home through the old chimney cover can cause major problems. These include firebox rotting which leads to spark creation as well as heat and carbon monoxide leakage, mold growth, and damaged sheet rock.

A stainless steel chimney chase cover from Chimney Cricket can withstand damage from storms, ice, and heavy snow as well as prevent rain, melting snow and other debris from entering the chase. Each chimney cover is customized to fit your home. A custom fit looks great and means the best protection from moisture and all the problems it causes. Copper chimney chase covers are also available and offer similar advantages with a more decorative look. Contact a professional at Chimney Cricket to have a high quality chimney cover properly fitted to your home.

  • Beatrice Sims

The Reason for Chimney Liners - Home Safety

The Reason for Chimney Liners - Home Safety

Stainless steel chimney liners provide an airtight and watertight barrier to seal in harmful gases and creosote. Chimney liners can withstand acidic moisture and extreme temperature fluctuations inside the chimney. They can help prevent life threatening chimney fires, dangerous carbon monoxide leakage and keep your chimney in proper working order.

Your chimney has a big responsibility. It carries toxic gas out of your home, and while doing so must withstand constant attack by acid, creosote and extreme temperatures for months on end.

These intense conditions cause chimney damage and deterioration. When these happen the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning and house fires become very real.

Most people do not see anything wrong with a chimney from the outside. But there can be more to the story than meets the eye. On the inside, the chimney could be seriously damaged, and therefore not up to safety regulations. The flue of your fireplace and furnace could be deteriorated to a dangerous level and have cracked flue tiles, weakened joints or misaligned flues. A chimney liner should be fitted to the flue in order to keep it up to code and working properly.

  • Beatrice Sims