It is an inflatable pillow designed to allow ventilation, but stop unwanted draughts, debris, and noise entering your home.
It is completely safe to use as if the pillow is accidentally heated it automatically shrivels and deflates.
Special laminate of three poly plastics make it airtight, tear-resistant and long-lasting.
Inflate your Chimney Pillow by mouth inflation tube or air bed pump. Before lighting a fire deflate it by opening the tap and then remove it. Use it again and again.
Chimneys with a damper
The Chimney Pillow should be installed, generally above the damper. Select an area for its installation making sure that this does not interfere with the damper flap or any damper hardware. The area must have parallel or slightly sloping walls ideally with texture for the balloon to grab and lodge when inflated. The damper ledge acts to provide extra support to the weight of the balloon. A Chimney Pillow can also be installed well above the damper, so it is possible to close the damper below it.
Measure the length and depth of the chimney in the location you have selected to install the balloon. Write down the dimensions, and also note if your chimney is round, circular or rectangular in the location you are measuring.
Chimneys without a damper
Identify the narrowest part of your chimney within arms reach. Choose an area to install the Chimney Pillow. Make sure the area you select is not interfered with by any hardware or sharp edges in the chimney. The area must have parallel or slightly sloping walls ideally with texture for the balloon to grab and lodge when inflated.
Measure the length and depth of the chimney in the location you have selected to install the Pillow. Write down the dimensions. Measure your chimney about 30cm or so up out of sight where your Chimney Pillow will fit as shown in the diagrams. You will need the side-to-side and the front-to-back inside dimensions.
It is only necessary to measure approximately and choose the Chimney Pillow of the approximate size or slightly bigger than your chimney.
How to choose the correct size Chimney Pillow.
Before sizing your chimney make sure your fireplace and chimney are cold with no hot ash in the fireplace. Sweeping and vacuuming your fireplace will help make it easier. If your chimney has a damper you should see a metal flap with a lever that closes the chimney.
On any measured flue opening smaller than 12"X12" you should order a Chimney Pillow the exact size or no more than 3" too large in length or width.
On any measured flue opening larger than 12"X12" you should order a Chimney Pillow the exact size or no more than 6" too large in length or width.
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