A chimney cowl is an important piece of kit for your chimney. It prevents wind and rain from entering the chimney, as well as preventing birds from entering and causing obstruction issues. It also plays a key role in improving the draught of the fireplace. Here’s a closer look at why having a chimney cowl is so important.

Wind: A cowl works to improve the draught of the chimney by preventing downdrafts caused by wind docking on the chimney. This is especially true of multi-storey houses. The cowl speeds up the air intake and thus gives a better flow of air to the fire, resulting in an easier and more efficient start to the fire.

Rain: A chimney cowl also works to stop rain entering the chimney. Rain can cause damage to the inner walls of the chimney and may also cause dampness to the point where a fire won’t light properly. A cowl can be the difference between having a dry and a wet chimney, so it definitely pays to have one installed.

Birds: When exposed at the top of the roof, your chimney can be attractive to nesting birds. They can fly into the chimney and even create blockages. Not only do these blockages create an increased risk of fire, they also make it harder to start a fire, even with a good draught. The cowl also helps to deter any opportunistic birds that may be looking for a home in your chimney.

Noise: A chimney cowl is designed to reduce the ambient noise coming through the chimney. This works in two ways; firstly, the noise is funnelled away and secondly, the noise of the fire is muffled successively. As well as this, the cowl also reduces the whistling sound, often associated with a draughty chimney. All in all, it makes for a much quieter and more pleasant living space.

Efficiency: Finally, chimney cowls make for a more efficient burning fireplace. This means that homeowners can reap the monetary rewards by using less fuel and receiving a cleaner, hotter flame for a longer waking period of time.

Overall, there are numerous benefits to having a chimney cowl installed. Not only does it protect the chimney from wind, rain, birds and noise, but it also increases the efficiency of the fireplace, resulting in greater savings for the homeowner. The choice of chimney cowl can be overwhelming, so it is important to make sure that you choose one that is specifically designed for your chimney’s size and shape. With the right cowl installed, you can enjoy the power of a clean-running fireplace and the peace of mind that comes with it.

We sell chimney cowls…

You can find several different types of chimney cowl for sale in our shop. from chimney caps that seal off unused chimneys, to standard and anti-downdraught cowls. We even have a few fancy stainless steel cowls! Check them out in our chimney shop.