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Guide to Sealing Chimneys

About Chimneys

Our relationship with Chimneys what’s great and what’s NOT


What’s great

All types of homes have chimneys for fireplaces. They are still popular in Australia’s cold climates in new homes. Many old houses will still have a chimney even though it may no longer be in use.

In recent years, the options for homeowners, new builds or renovators, have dramatically expanded  with a wide array of fuel-types, structures, visual effects, room aesthetics and other options.

The things we love about, particularly wood burning or other appropriate fuel burning, open fireplaces is the cozy factor. Enduring a cold, wet, windy day is made instantly better with an open fire.

  • * We love the relaxing feel

  • * We love the sound, the light, the smell, and the feeling of warmth

  • * It provides an alternative heat source for energy black outs.


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Open wood burning fireplace with logs on the fire


What’s NOT

The disadvantages of a wood burning fireplace

  • * 90% of the heat goes up the chimney and is lost

  • * You never get the full benefit of an open fire

  • * Wood fires are detrimental to humans, animals and the environment

  • * When they are not in use cold air comes down the chimney and increases the demand on your heating systems

  • * In summertime hot air comes down the chimney and also puts demand on your cooling systems

  • * Other things, like bugs, rodents, insects, spiders, even birds enter your home through the chimney.

  • * Fire safety is a huge concern – you must be very aware of the safety rules surrounding open fire places.

  • * Cleaning out the fireplace regularly is essential

  • * Having the chimney professionally cleaned when it is in regular use is also essential to prevent chimney fires

  • * Cleaning open fires is really important for your health – the flue needs to always be clear so that you’re not breathing in harmful gases.

  • * Controlling the air quality in your home is a must

  • * Controlling the ventilation in your home is fundamental


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