Warped damper?


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Old 12-02-23, 08:05 AM
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Warped damper?

The damper in my GF's fireplace appears to be warped, but I'm not positive. Reason I'm not positive is because as-is, it appears to fit snuggly between the guide rails. IOW, if it were flat, it doesn't appear it would fit between the rails (because it would be wider). On the other hand, being curved obviously doesn't block the opening completely, so cold air is able to make its way down the flu. Was hoping someone could clear this up for me, and if it is in fact warped, point me in the right direction as far as finding a replacement. Other than the brand name, Squire, I don't have any other information on the insert.



 
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Old 12-03-23, 05:51 PM
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That looks like a fireplace insert which means it would be sealed and have it's own flue line.
Is that just a set of doors ?

The damper was installed when the fireplace was built.
Not likely to have any association with Squire.

A chimney sweep/cleaner might be the best to ask.
 
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Old 12-03-23, 07:37 PM
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Sorry. I guess I may have used the wrong term. The damper shown in the picture is part of the insert. It blocks the opening leading to the flu. I'm not sure if there's another damper above the insert, but if there is, there's no way to open/close it. The damper shown is attached to the handle with the Squire name on it (via the rod shown) so it's definitely part of the insert.
 

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Old 12-04-23, 03:54 AM
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It's been a long time since I've been around a fireplace but they normally have a damper built in. Yours is open with no way to access the handle while the insert is in place.

To be clear - you are feeling cold air come in past the insert? Can you bend the damper so it will fit tighter?
 
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Old 12-04-23, 03:03 PM
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Ahhhh.....ok.
If you look close it looks like that damper is flat and parallel to the top of the heater.
Has the Squire name on the damper handle.

It certainly does look warped. Probably from the high heat at the top.
I didn't find much in the way of technical info or parts.
There were a few guys at hearth(dot)com that may be able to help
 
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I had an insert years ago. In order to install the insert I had to remove the damper that was put in when the fireplace was built. The insert that I installed had it's own damper.

You might try Stove Parts https://www.stove-parts-unlimited.co...re-wood-parts/

 
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Old 12-04-23, 04:53 PM
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Same issue here.... flue built into the insert.
I tried that site.... minimal parts available.
I'm thinking this is an old insert.
 
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Old 12-04-23, 08:02 PM
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Correct. It is badly warped. I'll pull it out and flatten it back out with a hydraulic press. It just looks like if it was any wider (I.e. after I flatten it) that it wouldn't fit between the guide rails, but it must fit.
 
 

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