Fix for Rental with Damper-less Fireplace?

Fix for Rental with Damper-less Fireplace?

Regina Yunghans
Dec 8, 2011

Q: We recently moved to Richmond, VA into a rental house that was built in 1930. It's a drafty old house and we're doing our best to keep it warm this winter. One thing we recently noticed the first time we used our fireplace is that there is no damper. None at all. It was once a wood burning fireplace but converted to gas before we moved in. I can look all the way up the chimney and see daylight and clearly see there is no damper or even remnants of a once damper. There is a chimney cap on top but we've noticed hail in our living room once or twice coming down the chimney. My question is how can we keep our heat from escaping? Without installing a permanent damper ourselves (it's not our house) is there a temporary solution?

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