There are numerous reasons for fitting Cowls, Caps or a Bird Guards to the chimney pot, and a large variety of products available. Oxford Chimney Sweeps are happy to advise you on your need for Cowls, a Caps or a Bird Guards and the correct type required. If you have just moved into a new property that has a Cowl fitted, or if you wish to change the use of the fire place, Oxford Chimney Sweeps of Oxfordshire can advise the suitability of the cowl for your purpose. Our advice is usually free within the local area.
Disused chimneys can cause problems over time and capping them should be seriously considered. This prevents rain entering the chimney void, mitigating deterioration of the interior of the chimney and stopping draughts. However, it is also important to consider what ventilation you require in the room below. We can fit a simple cap with a mesh venting space; this has several advantages – it serves the purpose of keeping out damp and draughts at the same time allowing the chimney to breath, preventing damp being trapped in the unused chimney. It also has the benefit of being easily removable, should you, or subsequent owners, wish to change the use back to a fire place.
Types of Cowls, Caps and Bird Guards
Most Cowls are designed to keep out the rain with some kind of hood. In addition, there may be a mesh to keep out birds. There are different cowls for different fuel types; smokeless fuels require a stainless steel cowl, while coal and wood require a Cowl with a wider mesh to prevent blockages. There are also Cowls designed specifically to prevent or reduce down drafts, where this is a problem. Oxford Chimney Sweeps are happy to supply and fit the right product for you – and our advice costs you nothing. See below for a very small selection of the available Cowls and their uses.