Selecting the Right Round Chimney Cap for Round Flues:
What Kind of Round Flue Do I Have?
Your round chimney flue will need the correct type of round chimney cap, one that corresponds to the way it is constructed. There are 6 types of round flues; the type of round flue you have determines which chimney caps for round flues will work for you.
With any existing chimney cap removed, look down your flue and match it with one of the drawings below. The discussion next to the drawing will tell you what kind of flue you have and what types of round chimney caps are appropriate.
Double Wall Air Insulated Flue
The drawing at the left shows a double wall air cooled flue. The flue has an air jacket outside of it. The flue is cooled by air circulating between the two walls. For this reason, you’ll need a round chimney cap made expressly for a double wall air cooled flue. The chimney caps below are all designed to let cooling air circulate properly in the air jacket. Choices include:
- The Weathershield for double and triple wall air cooled flues (unless you have smoke coming out of your fireplace.)
- The Vacu-Stack for air cooled chimneys if your fireplace smokes on windy days, but not on calm days.
- The ENERVEX (formerly Exhausto) chimney fan with an air cooled adaptor. The Enervex fan solves smoky fireplace problems of all kinds, even if your chimney is incorrectly designed and constructed.
Triple Wall Air Cool, Triple Wall Air Insulated Flue
Triple wall air cooled flues, sometimes called triple wall air insulated flues, have two air jackets surrounding a central flue pipe. Air circulating inside the air jackets cools the flue. You can use exactly the same chimney caps described above for double wall air cooled flues, because all three are designed for use with double wall or triple wall air cooled round flues.
- The WeatherShield chimney cap for double and triple wall air cooled flues if your fireplace is not smoking.
- The Vacu-Stack round chimney cap for air cooled flues if your fireplace smokes on windy days only.
- The ENERVEX chimney fan, with an air cooled adaptor, will solve any kind of smoky fireplace problem. It can even compensate for a badly designed chimney.
Solid Pack Flue or Double Wall Insulated Flue
Solid pack flues have insulation sandwiched between two layers of metal. These are sometimes called double wall insulated flues or solid packed insulated flues. In most, the insulation is sealed in by metal ring at each end of a section of flue pipe. When you look down the flue, you will see these seals, not the insulation material itself.
Chimney caps for round flues that have covered insulation include:
- HomeSaver Pro Guardian chimney caps and WeatherShield chimney caps for solid pack flues, if your fireplace has a good draft and is not smoking.
- Vacu-Stack chimney caps for solid pack flues if your fireplace smokes on windy days only. As wind passes through a VacuStack chimney cap it creates a vacuum over the flue, pulling the smoke up the chimney.
- ENERVEX Fans (formerly called Exhausto fans) will correct fireplaces that give off smoke for any reason, even fireplaces with incorrectly constructed flues. You will need a solid pack adaptor with your Enervex fan.
Solid Pack Flue with Exposed Insulation
When you look down your flue pipe you may see exposed insulation material between an inner metal pipe and an outer one. If so, you have a solid pack flue with exposed insulation. These flues need the same chimney caps used with air cooled flues, so that the insulation material is protected from the elements:
- WeatherShield chimney caps for air cooled flues if your chimney is drawing satisfactorily.
- Vacu-Stack chimney caps for air cooled flues for back-puffing that happens only on windy days.
- ENERVEX (Exhausto) fans with adaptors for air cooled flues.
Masonry Clay Flue, Terra Cotta Flue Pipe
At the left you will see a clay flue, which is also called a masonry flue.
These are pipes made of terra cotta—like a flower pot.
Appropriate chimney caps for round flues made of clay masonry include:
- Copper or Stainless Steel Clamp Caps that attach by tightening a single screw.
- Copper Tops round chimney caps, Slip-in Forever chimney caps, and HomeSaver Pro caps that slide down the flue.
- Stainless steel or copper bolt-on Forever chimney caps
- VacuStacks for clay or solid pack flues for wind-related back puffing.
- ENERVEX fans for problem chimneys.
Single Metal Pipe such as a Stovepipe
You can use with metal, single wall flues the following chimney caps for round flues:
- Copper or Stainless Steel Clamp Caps
- Copper Tops, Slip-in Forever tops, and HomeSaver Pro Guardian caps.
- ENERVEX Fans with solid pack adaptors for smoky fireplaces or wood stoves.
Round Flexible Metal Flue Liner
When chimneys are re-lined, chimney professionals may use a flexible metal flue liner, like the one shown at the left.
Round chimney caps used with flexible metal liner include:
- Clamp Caps in stainless steel or copper.
- Copper Tops and Forever Chimney Caps and HomeSaver Pro Guardians that slide into the liner.
- ENERVEX Fans with solid pack adaptors if you have a smoky fireplace problem, regardless of the cause or severity.
If you need chimney caps for round flues, the most critical step in the process is determining what type of round flue you have by matching these images with your flue pipe. Then you can get the a chimney cap that will safely and correctly cover your type of round flue.