Covering an Old Stove-pipe Hole

In the home I am in, there was an old stove pipe vent hole in the back pantry. It was letting in cold air, so I fixed it with just 10 minutes of work. If this is an issue in your home, you can too.
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I stuffed a bag of old T-shirts in the hole, and covered with three paper plates just tacked up with push pins. Done and done!

I know you can get covers but why waste the money? N-JOY!

Source: Nope. Just keeping the house warm with no money out of pocket!

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November 19, 20150 found this helpful

This is so smart!

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November 19, 20150 found this helpful

Thanks. I have been "doing things on the cheap" my whole life. You should see what I can do with duct tape!!

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November 19, 20150 found this helpful

You could just put duct tape over the hole, instead of the paper plates, too.

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November 24, 20150 found this helpful

Thought of that but duct tape eventually sags. I wanted something to be sturdy and also to look nice. This accomplished both!!

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August 13, 20170 found this helpful

Yes. But I wanted it to look a little nicer.

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November 22, 20150 found this helpful

You do realize you need to cover the hole at the top? You have just built a nest for squirrels.

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November 24, 20150 found this helpful

It actually has clear plastic flashing around it so nothing can get in.

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August 13, 20170 found this helpful

It already had a cover with a slit about 1/2 inch. I want to see anything but insects and wind get through that.

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November 24, 20150 found this helpful

I answered the last two posters but for some reason they didn't take. If this is a repeat and I just needed to be patient, I apologize. As for the duct tape alone comment, I wanted to make it look nice and duct tape gets droopy or brittle.

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As for the squirrels nest...it has flashing around the top that is clear plastic and doesn't let anything in but cold air. Hope those help. PBP

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November 25, 20150 found this helpful

Thanks. That does make more sense. I didn't really think you'd overlooked something that obvious, just pointing that out for people who might try to copy without thinking it through.

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November 25, 20150 found this helpful

Thanks. It's always nice to look out for us all!!

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November 25, 20150 found this helpful

Hello !
I know very well what it is like to live with cold drafts in a house, but Sandy do be careful ! Obstructing a pipe hole can cost you a lot more than the money you think you will save on the heating of your house. I made this mistake once and still regret it today. I once pushed up an old pillow into the pipe of a chimney in my flat. It was winter, I left it only 3 weeks until I moved the sofa from the walls and saw that the two walls on each side of the chimney were covered with mold. The wall paper and the insulating layer were coming off, even the plaster was molded. The circulation of the air in a house is very important to make it feel warmer and to lower the cost of the heating. I know that we all think that not letting the cold air in is the solution for a warmer house but it is wrong. The problem is humidity. Damp cold air feels colder that dry cold air.The others consequences of the obstruction of a vent pipe can affect your health.

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The pipe doesn't just let the air in it also helps take the air out as it is an element of the air circulation system of your house. Constant changing of the indoor air of your home is important to get rid of the biological pollutants like mold spores, dust mites, bacteria, viruses, ect, but most of all to protect you from poisoning with combustion pollutants like the colorless, odorless, tasteless carbon monoxide and in many areas of America from the radioactive radon gas. You can reduce the speed of the air flow with a ventilation grid (that you can make yourself if you want with a sink filter grid or anything else) but do not stop the air flow.

I really hope you will reconsider the ''let's put a good old pullover on'' solution against a little cold airflow !

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November 25, 20150 found this helpful

Thanks. But we have an air purifier and a radon detector. There is nothing in that room like furniture so it's just canned goods.

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No danger there. This was a stove pipe so the benefits of it being open were never an issue...it simply was used to get smoke out. Thanks for the concern. Nice to see people look out for one another.

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November 26, 20150 found this helpful

I don't think the chimney had anything to do with it.
If the place where you live is really that humid, the chimney could only be letting more damp air in. Heated indoor air is drier than outdoor air.
My guess is that the mold came from this chimney in the first place, before you stopped it up. You just didn't notice until you moved the furniture.
Another culprit could be a leaking pipe inside the walls or a roof leak that leaked into that wall.

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December 1, 20150 found this helpful

They're working on the bugs right now. I emailed them and told them what was happening with my comments. They said it was helpful to get feedback.

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