stuck fireplace damper


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Old 11-12-14, 11:43 AM
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stuck fireplace damper

Hello, I want to get our fireplace in working condition and wonder if anyone could comment on the following questions:

(a) The fireplace has a damper that stuck in the half-open position. It's somewhat bent too. Understandably, I at least want to be able to close it to minimize heat loss. Can I just straighten it up and apply WD-40 for several days to get it moving? Or should I think about replacing it by a professional? The picture below is looking up.

(b) Not sure when was the last time the previous owners serviced the fireplace. If I have to hire a professional, what charge should I expect for a basic check-up and cleaning?

Would greatly appreciate any feedback and references to resources on fireplace maintenance.

Best wishes,
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Old 11-13-14, 06:49 AM
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First thing you should do, especially if the house is not to you is have a chimney company inspect the fireplace and chimney and give you their opinion.

Personally, I'd remove that damper and put a lock top chimney cap on. They are much better at sealing the chimney when it's not in use then that tired damper will ever be.
 
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Old 11-26-14, 10:37 AM
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Thanks for all the responses! I'm thinking of removing the old damper and installing a top lock chimney damper instead of the current spark arrest, as suggested. Was wondering about what brands/models should I check first, the ones that provide a good seal and won't break in two weeks? The top of the clay flue is a rectangle 13-1/2" by 9". Thanks and Best Wishes, h.
 
 

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