You may sense a theme here, yesterday I talked about weatherstripping the garage. But, as the temps are dropping, it’s important to take some time to seal your home and eliminate drafts wherever they are lurking. One of the biggest offenders in our home was the fireplace. On cold nights, it is cozy to light a fire. But, on the evenings we didn’t light the fire, I had to bundle up in a blanket to combat the drafty fireplace. Even with the flue closed, it just isn’t weather tight.
The solution can be as simple as cutting a piece of rigid foam insulation to fit into the opening of your fireplace. If you want some more attractive ideas, you could wrap the insulation with fabric. Or use construction adhesive to attach thin plywood and wood slices to the fireplace insert like Pepper Design Blog did:
Another option would be to cover the insulation with black craft paper and draw a chalkboard scene on it:
Finally, if you want an attractive reclaimed wood fireplace draft stopper, you can build your own following my tutorial here.
At the very least you can cut a piece of rigid foam insulation to fit under the flue. Just remember to remove it before you light a fire.
Stay cozy and warm this winter.
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