St. Louis Chimney Components
Your home’s chimney is more than a pretty structure or something that provides curb appeal; it can provide heating and venting and be a great feature of a cozy, inviting, and pleasant home and room. Often, homeowners don’t give their chimneys much thought until something breaks, deteriorates, or becomes dirty or coated with creosote.
Your fireplace or Saint Louis chimney components include these seven parts or features:
- Flue: The flue liner is the inner lining of the chimney that carries smoke and combustion gases up and out of the home. It is usually made of ceramic, metal, or masonry materials.
- Chimney cap: The chimney cap is a protective covering on top of the chimney. It is designed to keep rain, snow, and animals out of the flue while allowing smoke and gases to escape.
- Chimney crown: The chimney crown is a concrete or masonry slab that covers the top of the chimney. It helps to prevent water from entering the chimney and causing damage to the flue.
- Chimney damper: The chimney damper is a device that can be opened or closed to control airflow and smoke through the flue. It is usually located at the top of the chimney, just above the firebox.
- Smoke chamber: The smoke chamber is the area directly above the firebox where smoke and gases collect before being drawn into the flue. It is usually made of masonry materials and is designed to be smooth and angled to help promote proper airflow.
- Firebox: The firebox is where the fire is built and burns. It is typically made of masonry materials and is designed to withstand high temperatures.
- Ash pit: The ash pit is a compartment located at the base of the chimney where ash and other debris from the fire can collect. It is usually accessible from outside the home and can be cleaned out periodically to maintain airflow through the chimney.
The exact components of a chimney may vary depending on the design and construction of the chimney, but these are the most common components found in a typical chimney.
Suppose you’re a St. Louis homeowner and have a wood-burning chimney that needs a new flue liner, a chimney cap, a chimney damper, or a professional chimney inspection or cleaning. In that case, Chimney Repair St. Louis, a division of St. Louis’ number one tuckpointing company, Massey Tuckpointing & Masonry, is dedicated to providing the best chimney repairs and maintenance services. We can fix, replace or repair all your St. Louis chimney components, so call us.