I agree that you should have a chimney cap, but that it's unlikely to
have much effect on cold air coming down the chimney. If it were me,
I'd have it rigged for ventless. And if you're worried about code,
just leave the damper in place, so it can still operate. I doubt
that violates any code.
If you leave a chimney open with no fire, your're going to be wasting
quite a bit of energy during cold weather.
Here's another reason:
"[A] squirrel fell down a chimney at a Two Rivers home and landed in a fire
in a fireplace Monday night...The squirrel escaped the fire and ran around
First chapping off the flue against rain and animals just sounds like
Second, your symptoms sound like there is something else. If you even
suspect exhaust gasses will be entering your house, instead of
leaving, it doesn't sound safe to use your gas fireplace. Have a
professional check out what could be causing the reverse drafting
tom @ www.Consolidated-Loans.info
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