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Lets talk cowls

Updated: Apr 1, 2023

Chimney cowls are an essential component of any solid fuel flue system. They are designed to prevent rain, birds, and other debris from entering the chimney, while also improving the draft and preventing downdrafts.



Without a chimney cowl, rainwater can enter the chimney and damage the flue liner, causing corrosion, and potentially leading to flue blockages. Birds and other animals can also build nests inside the chimney, causing blockages and increasing the risk of chimney fires. If you follow us on social media, you may recall a post a few weeks ago regarding nesting season.


In addition to preventing these issues, chimney cowls also help to improve the draft of the chimney, which is essential for efficient combustion. A good draft ensures that the smoke and gases produced by the fire are quickly and efficiently drawn up and out of the chimney, reducing the risk of carbon monoxide build-up in the home.


There are many different types of chimney cowls available, including bird guards, rain cowls, and anti-downdraft cowls. The right type of cowl for your chimney will depend on a range of factors, including the type of fuel you use, the shape and size of your chimney, the local weather conditions and even the lay of the land, such as surrounding buildings, trees etc.


In conclusion, chimney cowls are an essential part of any solid fuel flue system. They help to prevent blockages, improve draft, and ensure that your chimney is functioning safely and efficiently.


If you're in need of a chimney cowl or any other chimney-related services, don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements. Head over to our contact page to send us a message.

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