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Someone took a wrong turn in my chimney

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by kevinlp, Apr 24, 2007.

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  1. kevinlp

    kevinlp New Member

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    My wife and I were eating lunch yesterday and I heard noises coming from the stove pipe. We have lots of wasps that love our house so I thought it was them poking around the pipe. Then I saw something in the firebox out of the corner of my eye.

    To my great surprise it was a little bird. My wife snapped a couple photos of the lost traveler and I put on my hearth gloves and reached in and grabbed him and brought him outside. He took off into the air out of my hands.

    He was rather clean so my pipe must be looking pretty good.

    How can I prevent this and wasps from nesting in the chimney (or from coming down into the house)? My thought is a garbage bag or something similar over the cap and top of the pipe. Then leave a note in the stove to NOT LIGHT FIRE WITHOUT REMOVING COVER.

    Any ideas?

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  2. CountryGal

    CountryGal Feeling the Heat

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    Wow! I thought with the cap and spark arrestor birds couldn't get in the chimney. Yikes!
  3. Jay H

    Jay H New Member

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    I told you not to burn bird feed! :)

    If you have an overdamping problem, I guess a damper could solve two problems in one shot...

    Jay
  4. Todd

    Todd Minister of Fire

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    Did it fly back out?
  5. titan

    titan Minister of Fire

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    Kevin- if a bird in hand is worth two in the bush, what is a bird in stove worth?That bird is lucky you burn a NON-CAT stove! :p :p :p
  6. kevinlp

    kevinlp New Member

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    No I had to remove it. Didn't give him time to try to find his way out. He was only in the firebox for a couple minutes.
  7. Robbie

    Robbie Minister of Fire

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    Looks like a blue bird, spring is here for sure.



    Robbie
  8. wg_bent

    wg_bent Minister of Fire

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    You should (could?) get on Ashleigh's about that. There's no reason for that bird to have been able to get in. Take a look at mine, There's no way a bird could get in.
  9. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Just for info: once a bird comes down the pipe it is almost imposible for them to exit. The cant fly straight up.
  10. burntime

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    Lunch! Just kidding. That is pretty humorous though.
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