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Brighton Chimney Sweeps Chimney Balloon

Chimney Balloons

RRP: £23.00 - £27.00

£23.00 From: £23.00

Chimneys come in all shapes and sizes so we supply three sizes of chimney balloon that should fit all chimney types. Each balloon comes with an inflation tube and is very easy to install.

See below for more information about Chimney Balloons including, how they work and their benefits and help selecting the right sized chimney balloon to suit your fireplace and for fitting instructions.

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Selecting The Right Sized Chimney Balloon

Chimneys come in all shapes and sizes so we stock three different sized balloons that should be suitable for most UK properties. Select the description that best suits your house below for the recommended balloon size.
Please note, this is an approximate guide that applies to the date the chimney was built. There can be regional variations and unique or unusual building styles and methods so it is best to measure (about a foot above the opening, inside the chimney) to make sure. As a guide house bricks are approx. 9 inches / 23cm in length.

2 - 3 Bed House
Mid-Terrace
2 - 3 Bed House
End-Terrace
2 - 3 Bed House
Semi
2 - 4 Bed House
Detached
Large or Tall
Terrace or Semi
Large Detached
House
2 – 3 Bed House Mid-Terrace

House

2 - 3 Bed

Description

Mid Terrace

Year Built

Size - Small, Medium or Large (S, M or L)

Floor

Ground

First

1800-1850

M

S

1850-1900

M

M or S

circa 1900

M

S

1910-1935

M or L*

S

1935-1960

S

S

1960-1965

S

S

Balloon Type

Size

Small 15 x 9 inches / 38 x 23 cm
Medium24 x 12 inches / 60 x 30 cm
Large36 x 15 inches / 90 x 38 cm
* Some chimneys built around this time were made wide and slim to keep the chimney breast from jutting into the room. Sometimes a Medium will fit, sometimes a large. You should measure first to check the size.

Chimneys Built before 1800 are generally wider from front to back than those built later. The large chimney balloon may suit but you should measure first to check the size.

2 – 3 Bed House End-Terrace

House

2 - 3 Bed

Description

End Terrace

Year Built

Size - Small, Medium or Large (S, M or L)

Floor

Ground

First

1800-1850

L or M

S

1850-1900

L or M

M or S

circa 1900

L

M or S

1910-1935

M

S

1935-1960

S

S

1960-1965

S

S

Balloon Type

Size

Small 15 x 9 inches / 38 x 23 cm
Medium24 x 12 inches / 60 x 30 cm
Large36 x 15 inches / 90 x 38 cm
* Some chimneys built around this time were made wide and slim to keep the chimney breast from jutting into the room. Sometimes a Medium will fit, sometimes a large. You should measure first to check the size.

Chimneys Built before 1800 are generally wider from front to back than those built later. The large chimney balloon may suit but you should measure first to check the size.

2 – 3 Bed Semi-Detached House

House

2 - 3 Bed

Description

Semi

Year Built

Size - Small, Medium or Large (S, M or L)

Floor

Ground

First

1800-1850

L or M

S

1850-1900

L or M

M or S

circa 1900

L or M*

S

1910-1935

L or M*

S

1935-1960

S or M

S

1960-1965

M

S

Balloon Type

Size

Small 15 x 9 inches / 38 x 23 cm
Medium24 x 12 inches / 60 x 30 cm
Large36 x 15 inches / 90 x 38 cm
* Some chimneys built around this time were made wide and slim to keep the chimney breast from jutting into the room. Sometimes a Medium will fit, sometimes a large. You should measure first to check the size.

Chimneys Built before 1800 are generally wider from front to back than those built later. The large chimney balloon may suit but you should measure first to check the size.

2 – 4 Bed Detached House

House

2 - 4 Bed

Description

Detached

Year Built

Size - Small, Medium or Large (S, M or L)

Floor

Ground

First

1800-1850

L or M

M or S

1850-1900

L or M

M or S

circa 1900

L or M*

M or S

1910-1935

L or M*

S

1935-1960

S or M

S

1960-1965

M

S

Balloon Type

Size

Small 15 x 9 inches / 38 x 23 cm
Medium24 x 12 inches / 60 x 30 cm
Large36 x 15 inches / 90 x 38 cm
* Some chimneys built around this time were made wide and slim to keep the chimney breast from jutting into the room. Sometimes a Medium will fit, sometimes a large. You should measure first to check the size.

Chimneys Built before 1800 are generally wider from front to back than those built later. The large chimney balloon may suit but you should measure first to check the size.

Large or Tall House, Terrace or Semi

House

Large or Tall

Description

Terrace or Semi

Year Built

Size - Small, Medium or Large (S, M or L)

Floor

Ground

First

Second

1800-1850

L

L or M

S

1850-1900

L

M

S

circa 1900

L

M

S

1910-1935

L or M

M or S

S

1935-1960

M

M

S

1960-1965

M

M

S

Balloon Type

Size

Small 15 x 9 inches / 38 x 23 cm
Medium24 x 12 inches / 60 x 30 cm
Large36 x 15 inches / 90 x 38 cm
* Some chimneys built around this time were made wide and slim to keep the chimney breast from jutting into the room. Sometimes a Medium will fit, sometimes a large. You should measure first to check the size.

Chimneys Built before 1800 are generally wider from front to back than those built later. The large chimney balloon may suit but you should measure first to check the size.

Large Detached House

House

Large or Tall

Description

Detached House

Year Built

Size - Small, Medium or Large (S, M or L)

Floor

Ground

First

Second

1800-1850

L

L or M

S

1850-1900

L

M

S

circa 1900

L

M

S

1910-1935

L or M*

M

S

1935-1960

M

M

S

1960-1965

M

M

S

Balloon Type

Size

Small 15 x 9 inches / 38 x 23 cm
Medium24 x 12 inches / 60 x 30 cm
Large36 x 15 inches / 90 x 38 cm
* Some chimneys built around this time were made wide and slim to keep the chimney breast from jutting into the room. Sometimes a Medium will fit, sometimes a large. You should measure first to check the size.

Chimneys Built before 1800 are generally wider from front to back than those built later. The large chimney balloon may suit but you should measure first to check the size.

Fitting Your Chimney Balloon

NB. Inflate the Chimney Balloon inside the flue and not before, using the inflation tube provided. Try to wedge the balloon in between brickwork so it stays in place and will not fall down. Care should be taken when fitting Chimney Balloons to avoid sharp edges as the balloon can burst. The balloon should fit snugly. As the balloon has curved sides and most flues are square cavities inside the brickwork, the fit will not be air-tight. This means a small amount of air will flow and this is essential to avoid damp. Flues that are completely blocked are prone to damp as there is no air flow to help any moisture evaporate.

Example 1 – Horizontal Fit

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Example 2 – Vertical Fit

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How Chimney Balloons Work & Their Benefits

Chimneys are designed to draw smoke up and out of your house, working on the basis that warm air rises and differences in air pressure cause air to move from an area of higher pressure to an area of lower pressure – from your living room to above your house.

If you have an open fireplace that is not in use, warm air from your room can escape up the chimney and will be replaced by cold air being sucked into to the house through gaps in floors, windows and doors.

Fitting a chimney balloon to a fireplace that is not in use will stop the warm air escaping and in turn stop cold air being sucked into the room. The result is;

  1. a warmer room
  2. a lower heating bill
  3. a lower co2 footprint – you use less energy to heat the room
  4. reduction of draughts
  5. reduction of wind noise
  6. block dust and dirt dropping down into the room
Chimney balloons are made from a tough plastic material and inflate to fit the flue space leaving gaps for ventilation. This is essential to ensure a small amount of air can flow through the chimney to prevent damp.The balloon has a small tap on the underside which you use to inflate and deflate.

To use the chimney balloon effectively it should be inserted into the flue above the fireplace and inflated with the tube provided attached to the tap. The balloon does not need to be too high up the flue, high enough so it fits between the flue walls and low enough for you to reach the tap when you want to remove it. Note, if you inflate before inserting into the flue you wont be able to get the balloon in.

It can be left in position for as long as needed and deflated by opening the tap and releasing the air. Leaving the tap visible when inserted, i.e. so you can see it hanging down when you are knelt in front of the fireplace about to light a fire, will serve as a reminder that it’s there. That said if you do forget and light a fire with the balloon in place it will melt causing it to deflate and drop down into the fireplace ensuring the flue is clear for smoke from the fire to escape. The melted balloon is unlikely to burn and the tap is non combustible.

Delivery

Chimney balloons are sent by Royal Mail and should take a couple of days to arrive. Delivery costs are based on weight and are calculated when you go to checkout. For example, delivery of up to 3 balloons costs £3 and up to 6 balloons costs £4.
If you want to collect from our location in Hove, choose the collection option in checkout and call us to arrange a suitable time.