I found the Battic Plug online and installed it as soon as it arrived. I have severe heat loss in my cabin, with a very inefficient fireplace. We have had one of the coldest winters on record. The Battic Plug definitely is keeping the draft to a minimum, and keeping my inside stone wall much warmer. I monitor this constantly with an infrared heat sensor. Since I am the installer (smaller female), I recommend safety glasses, work gloves, and a work shirt -- because I needed to climb partway in the fireplace to tuck in the corners and sides of the plug, and I got debris in my eyes, plus sooty hands. Just didn't have the arm reach necessary inside my fireplace. I removed the plug for a fire on Sunday, and am glad to say it was even easier to reinstall on Monday.
I purchased this after a home energy audit found that we were loosing heated / air conditioned air through a pretty significant draft in the chimney. It was very easy to install - we didn't follow the directions exactly because we didn't want the post to be visible, so we just stuck the partially inflated fireplace plug in the chimney and continued to inflate it until it stuck. It's been a few weeks and its has stayed up there without any problems. I have noticed that it has cut down on the draft from the chimney. I expect it will help lower our heating/air conditioning costs, but haven't had it long enough to notice an impact on our bills yet.
We recently had air conditioning installed in our house and since then our living room has smelled like smoke due to air being pulled down the chimney. I tried installing this as directed below the flue damper. As described in the instructions I had to cut a slit in one of the provided spaces to allow the damper handle to slip through. Although the space below the damper is just about the maximum size listed for this product I'd say the plug was a few inches too small. Once inflated it bunches up on the edges and in my case it was just a bit too small to get a good seal. After trying that for a few days with no reduction in the smoke smell I moved this product above the damper, which is how another brand of inflatable chimney plug says it should be installed. This worked a bit better, reducing but not eliminating the smoke smell in the room. Although the space above my damper is a bit smaller I think the bunching around the edges of the plug still kept me from getting a good seal.
Eventually I purchased a 16"x48" piece of fiberglass insulation (Owens Corning R-6.7 Unfaced Multi-Purpose Insulation Roll 16 in. x 48 in.) and placed it below the damper. It was a good fit for the space and tucked into the nooks and crannies of the bricks well. That seems to have done the trick, for about 10% of the cost of this product.
I put in my fireplace, the one we haven't used in years, to hekp get rid of the drafts in our family room. It installed pretty easily and I had no trouble inflating it and getting it to "stay", I've not used the prop so far and after weeks, no slipppage.
I was a little worried about cutting in accordance with the directions for the damper handle but some caution was good and I did not damage it.
It's has made our family room much more comfortable and I should have begun using this long ago
Easy to Install
cutting item to fit damper
The fireplace plug probably cut out 98% of any draft...very thick material but a little awkward o...
January 01, 2019
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The fireplace plug probably cut out 98% of any draft...very thick material but a little awkward on installation. You partially inflate (which is easy to do) and bend it into a "V" shape and then put it right before the damper. Then give it a couple more blows and expand it to the area. I didn't put a slit in mine. I have some glass doors/gas logs in my fireplace so you can't see anything. Make sure the area is fairly clean. Take a small broom and brush the area. I don't feel I got the ends to seal the very best, but it's good enough. Will attach pictures.
Fireplace Plug Dimension and Manufacturer Confusion
January 19, 2015
The description indicates the plug dimensions are 16 in. x 40 in. The text on the plastic bag containing the plug plainly states "Fits woodburning fireplaces with rectangular dampers up to 36" x 14". Meanwhile, a flyer stuffed in the box advertises a Battic Door plug with dimensions of 18" x 38".
The delivered plug was manufactured by Enviro Energy LLC. The flyer from the box advertises plugs manufactured by Battic Door. The Home Depot Product Page implies the product Home Depot is selling is a Battic Door product. The part number on the Enviro energy bag is BRK-FP-0501. That is the same number as is listed on the Home Depot Product page for the 16 in. x 40 in. plug. Somebody at Home Depot needs to get their numbers and products straightened out.
I am returning the product without opening it because the size is not what I ordered. Therefore, I have nothing to say about the quality of the delivered product.
This product is easy to assemble if you take a few minutes to read the instructions. When I put it together and installed it, the cold draft coming down the chimney felt greatly reduced. I am confident that the product will pay for itself in one or two heating seasons (depends on the weather and fuel prices). The only reason I didn't rate it five stars is that I don't know how durable it will be for a family that puts it in and removes it frequently because they like to use the fireplace. (Personally, we don't use the fireplace very often.) Thanks.
Really 14 x 36 not 16 x 40 (even says so on package)
January 22, 2013
This pillow is really 14 x 36 not 16 x 40 and it says so right on the package. Not sure if they changed suppliers or what but i now have to return it to the store because it leaves a 2 inch gap on each side of the chimney opening. :(
I had a problem with our basement fireplace down drafting smoke from our main floor fireplace as they share the same chimney. After consulting with a chimney service, we thought this was the best way to go short of capping the basement fireplace (which is never used).
Installation was very simple and was done in 5 minutes. It has been in place for over a month now and I have not had to add air to it and our basement is warmer and smoke free!
I searched for this type of product on line for 2 weeks. There are several out the for more money and not as sturdy looking. Very simple to instal as long as you follow the directions and wear something you don't mind getting dirty and wear eye protection. We installed in in under 15 minutes and it has been iron clad for 3 weeks.
Durable, Easy to Use, High Quality, Easy to Install