Insulating a Victorian coal burning fireplace

Old 06-01-06, 05:40 AM
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Insulating a Victorian coal burning fireplace

I bought a 100 year old home that has five coal burning fireplaces that badly need insulated to prevent heat and a/c from escaping up the chimney. The summer covers are long gone. Someone told me to simply stuff regular wall insulation up the chimney at the firebox. I would just like advice on whether this is the best course of action...or is there a better way?

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Old 06-04-06, 02:25 PM
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Don't just stuff insulation up the flue unless you want nests of small animals in the fall when you pull it down. I would look for the regular covers at antique stores, etc. Are you shutting them down permanently, or just for the season?

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