There are over 25,000 chimney fires per year in the US that are responsible for over 125 million dollars in property damage, this is according to the latest statistics available. The most sobering statistics relate to deaths and injuries that can result from chimney fires that spread into house fires. No one wants to ever experience a chimney fire, or worse yet a fire in the chimney that spreads to the home.
This is an important issue and there are things that you can do to protect yourself from the chances of a chimney fire ever affecting your home or your family. One simple way to help lower the risk of you starting a fire is by placing a metal mesh screen over your chimney, which will help block any sparks that drift up the flue. On a windy day, a spark can easily rise through your chimney and start a fire on your roof or float to nearby dry vegetation.
Wire Mesh is an excellent choice for fireplace screens. The most commonly used specification is our 8×8 Mesh .028″ Wire. This size of mesh provides the ideal combination of visibility, heat control, and spark protection. To complete the fireplace screen, this mesh should be mounted in a frame. We offer this mesh in several different sizes and a variety of different alloys, including Plain Steel, Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Brass, and Copper.
Some cities have a requirement for you to have a chimney cap mesh. You will need to look at your local laws to determine whether a chimney cap is required and/or what type of metal mesh that’s allowed for use on the top of your chimney.