Rain coming down chimney

27 Mar 2009
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United Kingdom
Ive removed my gas fire and fireplace, and will probably be plastering inside the fireplace and leaving it empty, don't need a fire in there.

Anyway, after sticking my head up the flue I see it goes pretty much straight up so I can see the sky through the chimney pot. I get the occasional drip on the hearth when it rains.

Whats the best way of sorting this out, do I just need a new cowl with rain cover?
Should I also fit a register plate to prevent any debris falling down.
Should I maintain airflow in the chimney to prevent damp?

Heres my chimney and cowl/pot (its the front chimney stack I'm referring to)...


Inside the chimney...

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Its always a good idea to let a chimney ventilate.....a cowl with a rain and bird cap would work well. A register plate would minimise draughts too - and you could put a vent grille in it as well.
John :)
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