Stainless cover vs full chimney cap over masonry crown

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bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
26,897
central pa
If you find some matching bricks that are a little too long, you could cut them to the right length.
You could yes but you really don't want to
 

Kvic

New Member
Sep 12, 2021
92
Middle Tn
Not having any luck on finding matching brick. Walked through a big yard last weekend, and saw a display in the yard that looked similar to our brick, but it was pavers. They are the same length and height, but 4 inches wide, just not sure if they would work in a vertical wall application, and would need enough space all the way around to set them in. Everything was modular, queen, a few norman, and pavers.

So here are what I see as my options, but if anyone has any other thoughts, I'm all ears.

1. Completely tear down the top 4 rows and reuse the best ones to fill in the holes and finish the fifth row. From there:
A. Find a similar color in modular brick and adjust the layout to complete the top 4 rows.
B. Use pavers (if acceptable for the application) for the top 4 rows. Will need to clean out some of the crap inside to make room.
C. Use a transition row of concrete colored brick/block that would overhang 1/2" all the way around, then use modular size set back 1/2" to complete the top 3 rows. I'm thinking the overhang of the poured crown would blend in the transition row. Saw some split face stuff at the yard that seemed like it would work. It was in longer pieces about 3" high and 4" wide. I can see it in my head, but need to draw it out, or find a free design tool.

2. Least favorite idea. Tear down to flashing and rebuild with similar color modular size brick. Or tear down to row at highest point of flashing and build up with modular size from there.
 

Kvic

New Member
Sep 12, 2021
92
Middle Tn
"A" is what I would do. New brick will have a different color anyway due to the weathering and soot on the older brick.
This is probably the way I will go.
After thinking about it, I realized that the pavers would throw off the design as well since they are 3/8" wider, which would require making the joints narrower for the brick to fit without trimming some down. That would throw off the joints lining up with the lower courses just enough to drive me crazy.
 

clancey

Minister of Fire
Feb 26, 2021
2,036
Colorado
Interesting article --thanks...I think I would chose A too but i know very little about brickwork just to say its looks "strong" and "lasting" and gives good protection...I know what you mean by something being even a little off and it would drive you crazy--me too--but my whole house is a little off--lol old clancey
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
26,897
central pa
This is probably the way I will go.
After thinking about it, I realized that the pavers would throw off the design as well since they are 3/8" wider, which would require making the joints narrower for the brick to fit without trimming some down. That would throw off the joints lining up with the lower courses just enough to drive me crazy.
There are absolutely times I have to do an accent band of some sort then change brick so it looks right. There are times there just is no other reasonable option.
 

Kvic

New Member
Sep 12, 2021
92
Middle Tn
Interesting article --thanks...I think I would chose A too but i know very little about brickwork just to say its looks "strong" and "lasting" and gives good protection...I know what you mean by something being even a little off and it would drive you crazy--me too--but my whole house is a little off--lol old clancey
I didn't know much about brickwork either when I started this, and still don't, but learning a lot during this crash course in chimney repair.
Definitely thankful for all the insight and advice from the forum. Going to need a lot more before it's all done I'm sure.
 

fire_man

Minister of Fire
Feb 6, 2009
2,589
North Eastern MA
I didn't know much about brickwork either when I started this, and still don't, but learning a lot during this crash course in chimney repair.
Definitely thankful for all the insight and advice from the forum. Going to need a lot more before it's all done I'm sure.
Your asking good questions and I'm looking forward to when you pour the crown!