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Best Way to Build Pre-Fabricated Metal Chase Cover

Most factory built fireplaces have a wood shell around the vent piping with some sort of siding or cultured brick/stone over it;  it is then finished with a metal chase cover over the top of the chimney.  Too many of these chimney's have a chase cover that just barely cover the body of the chimney.  The best way to terminate the top of the chimney is with a couple inch overhang of the body of the chimney.  Tell your installer to picture frame the top of the chimney with some pressure treated 2 by 2 inch wood and then bend up the metal chase cover to fit that dimension.  This overhang will do wonders to preserve whatever product you have below it much better than one where all the water coming from the top of the chimney is just running down the sides......

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