Fireplace #33: Side-Handle Vestal Damper
These Side-Handle Vestal Dampers are not very common. The Center-Handle Vestal Dampers are much more common. They are found in masonry fireplaces of solid brick or stone. These are their characteristics:
- They have a long rectangular cast iron damper frame and matching door.
- The door has a short curved cast iron handle sticking down with saw teeth (image 33-1)
- The damper handles can be a variety of designs (image 33-4).
- The handle pushes up through a bracket to open the damper door. (image 33-2)
- Handles are hinged to the damper door by a cotter pin or a bolt. (image 33-3)
- The damper door closes against the frame at a 45 degree angle, and opens past vertical.
There are both above the damper and below the damper install options for this application.
Flueblocker provides a durable and tight seal