The Moshier Mountain Home
The Moshier family had several problems for us to solve; up and down fireplaces, smoke in the make-up air and limited clearance for a new chimney cap. We constructed a custom split lid All Season Control Cover with a custom base to solve all these problems.
Constructing an All Season Control Cover takes several skilled craftsman. Each custom cover is individually designed and crafted for a perfect fit.
Constructing a custom All Season Control Cover
Majestic Metal craftsman welds up all of the parts forming the custom bases for the Moshier installation.
A custom mounting base like this one is used when there is no flue tile to attach a regular All Season Control Cover.
After welding/grinding we are back to Stainless Steel Accessories Mfg., Inc in Salt Lake City to check fitting before powder coating the custom mounting bases.
Andy, Willy, and Mike at Metal Craft Trailers took this powder coating rush job in stride, while custom building trailers for boat owners.
Hanging around at Metal Craft (Salt Lake City), the powder coated bases and covers are baked at 400 degrees which creates a very durable finish.
It is now just after 5 pm. and we are back to Stainless Steel Accessories Mfg., Inc where Scott and Jeremy stay after hours to check final fit and finish, assembly and packaging, ready for transport at 7 pm by car overnight to Whitefish, Montana.
We left the Control Covers unsprung so that they were easier to package and to work with at the top of the chimney. The springs will be set at the chimney top as the final step of assembly.
Arrived at the Andrew Moshier home right on time for the scheduled for installation.
Mr. Moshier, gets his first look at the All Season Control Cover, saying "This is a work of art! I hope it works as good as it looks."
Heritage Hearths Masonry, Kalispell, Montana installed this cover. Jeremy Hartle and crew begin the installation, first using the masonry saw you can see in the photograph to remove the existing flue tiles because of the very limited clearance. The successful installation leaves the Moshier family with an easy to use chimney cover that can be opened and closed as needed.
Much Less Expensive Solution
William Bozied, Mother's Residence
Sterling Heights, Michigan
The original in-throat damper (1966) was rusted open and would have cost $1,200 to replace. The open chimney top allowed a mother raccoon with babies to nest there, and a cold draft in the family room. Installation took a half hour for both All Season Control Covers. Problems solved.
Two nine by thirteen flue tiles for one fireplace, two inches of flue tile exposed above the masonry cap. The mounting brackets were modified to accommodate the short flue tile (should be at least three inches), and the center drip edges of the Control Covers were cut off in order to lay flat on the flue tiles. Of course dual controls down to the firebox, one for each Control Cover.
Custom Cover, Made in USA
Robert Worthley of Kennebunkport, Maine was very pleased with his installation of a custom All Season Control Cover.
Here is what he had to say about the project:
Here are photos of the installation and completed project for the chimney top damper which you recently supplied to us. I took the last two photos from the street, which show that the unit is almost invisible from the curb. I'm sure that your product will provide the solution to what has been an annoying problem for that chimney flue. The complete installation took about one hour. I am told that it was an easy process and the quality of your work was superb. I'd be happy to refer any future work of this nature to your company for what is clearly an excellent product. Nice to see that "made in the USA " still means the best! Cape Property & Construction Management was the general contractor for the construction of this house in Kennebunkport Maine. The masonry company which built the chimney and installed your chimney top sealing fireplace damper was Ledgestone Masonry of Kennebunk, Maine. Thanks again for a job well done. It was a pleasure doing business with you.
President-Cape Property & Construction Management, LLC.
Natural Air Conditioning
16" x 16" with custom base
Custom All Season Control Cover ready for shipping
(duct tape used to keep lid closed during transport)
Natural Air Conditioning?
We have a two story open format log cabin. It has a wood burning stove on the first floor. This question is not about the stove! In the summer, when it is 90 degrees downstairs it is 110 upstairs. On a Scouting campout, one of the Scout leaders said what I needed was a flue in the roof to allow for natural air conditioning. Air would come in thru the downstairs windows and doors and go out the top. Your product, set on top of a raised frame that would make it think it was on a chimney top, looks like it would work perfectly. And we could control it from inside the cabin. Natural air conditioning has a nice ring to it. What do you think?
Thanks in advance,
We were able to create an ASSC with a custom base for Tim's cabin roof that let the hot air escape and cool his cabin naturally. Great idea!
Here is the letter we received from Mr. Jacobs:
Outside Dimensions - (long side) 36 1/2"
Inside Dimensions - (long side) 29 3/8"
Outside Dimensions - (short side) 32"
Inside Dimensions - (short side) 25 3/8"
I have included a few more pictures. One is a shot looking down the chimney. You can see the split which I hear is
called a "Y" design. There are 3 fireplaces, 2 on one side and one on the other. However, there is a belief that there
is a 4th one that was covered up years ago which would explain why there is a "Y" design. These 300 year old houses
have a lot of mystery.
Regards, Jeff Jacobs
Using his photos and drawings, we were able to create a split lid cover with a ring built in to support the stove pipe.
Here is what the finished product looks like:
This 300 year old house will be now able to keep those chilly winter drafts from blowing through the fireplaces.
Does your home have a unique chimney? Let us design the perfect solution for you.
Specific Problems to Solve
Here is the custom All Season Control Cover just coming out of the shop and ready to ship.
It was specified by the client as a stainless steel mounting base to bridge the flue opening, and a stainless split lid with dual controls.
The split lid and dual controls not only solve the limited clearance issue, but also give the home owner the ability to adapt to various wind conditions as well.
Custom Design in Hartford, CT
Custom Chimney Cap Work
This Marty Schwager of Hartford, CT wanted two standard All Season Control Covers, but he wanted to operate them from the outside of the chimney with a decorative chain and hardware, rather than through the chimney flue by cable down to the fire box as is the normal arrangement. The drawings and photographs provided by the customer facilitated our design work and fabrication.
Custom work by craftsman Scott Kempton provided Mr. Schwager with the solution he desired.
This custom All Season Control Cover was designed for Historic Restorations in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
It is a custom 16" x 25" ASCC with a custom angle iron base.
See Our Work
An All Season Control Cover in action speaks for itself. See how our product solves many types of chimney and fireplace issues.