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Chicago Tribune
Getting Personal
By Karen Klages

Battic Door, a Massachusetts-based company run by a couple of engineers, figured out a clever fix for all the heat that gets lost through the fireplace.

The draft stopper is simply an inflatable urethane pillow that you blow up (by mouth) and insert into the fireplace cavity just below the damper to seal off the air flow.

Not an eyesore when in place, the draft stopper is hidden inside the fireplace. But there is an orange flourescent sleeve with a warning label that hangs down a bit, to alert the homeowners to deflate the pillow before lighting a fire.

The draft stopper comes in two sizes; is resuable; and works in either gas or wood-burning fireplaces. Cost: $55. Visit The company is exhibiting at the International Home & Housewares Show on hopes of getting retail distribution.

As Featured on Good Morning America - Fireplace DraftStopper

Battic Door was profiled by Builder magazine at the 2013 NAHB International Builders Show

Battic Door was profiled on DIY Channel's Your Best Built Home


We could all agree that home heating costs are going straight up.  Which is why keeping that expensive warm air inside is very important.  When chimney's are not in use that expensive heat is escaping straight up them.
  One would think closing the damper would be enough to keep cold air out and warm air in, but not necessarily so.
A solution to this problem is the fireplace plug.  It is like a plastic inflatable pillow for your chimney.
To install it, you partially inflate it with the breathing tube...
...then slip it up into the top of the firebox...
...and lock it in place.
Finally, finish inflating the plug and tuck the tube out of sight.

Some heating experts claim that an unlit fireplace with a damper open can increase heating costs by as much as 30 percent. Now that could add up to $500 over the course of a season.

Well, here's a solution that's relatively inexpensive, easy to install and pretty much invisible.