When working a fireplace damper, be sure to use pliers or an oven mitt in case the metal is hot. Make sure the damper is working properly with tips from a licensed remodeling contractor in this free video on home improvements.
Hi, I'm Tim Gipson, I'm going to talk to you about how to work your fire place damper. Now, the damper is this lever that's located in the top of your fire place, about the mid point, and dampers in inserts like this, what it is, it's basically just a round flap that is either in the closed position, so it's covering, it's closing your chimney flue, or it's in the open position, allowing air flow up through your chimney flue. And, of course, when ever we're not using the fire place, we want to make sure that this damper is either in the closed position. And then before we light our fire, we always want to make sure it's in the open position, and that makes sure we get proper air flow. Now, if you light your fire, and you start getting some smoke, or if it happens to be gas logs, if you start to smell some fumes in there, it's probably a pretty good indication that your damper is, is closed. Now, if you've already lit your fire, and you either have some smoke that's coming in to the house, or you smell some fumes from the gas, and you're going to come and open your damper, it's very important to know that this is all made of metal, so it could be potentially very hot. So in that case, you either want to open it with a pair of pliers, or you can use something like an oven mitt to come up and grab this and open this. Now, if you open your damper and you still get some smoke, or you get some fumes in, it could mean that your chimney needs to be cleaned, the creosote build up can cause a problem where you actually get a down draft through your chimney, and you don't get proper drafting, or it's pulling the fumes and the smoke out of your chimney. So, again, you want to make sure that your damper is fully opened when you have a fire that is lit, and you want to make sure it's fully closed to keep from any heat from escaping up through your chimney when it's not in use. So, I'm Tim Gipson, and that's how to work your fire place damper.