Minuteman 40X32 Draft Guard Cover
Not What I Expected
Hi. This Guard does not stand on its own. My fireplace is not metal, so I could not use the accompanying magnets. Even if I could use the accompanying magnets, this Guard does not form a seal, so air would still be coming through it. This Guard is also a threefold which means air flows through those folds. This Guard is also made of thin metal.
I kept the Guard, however, because I would have had to find something else to seal the fireplace. I used Velcro Tape to attach and seal the Guard over the opening of my fireplace. This is fine since I do not ever plan to remove this Guard. I am in a predominantly warm climate, so I never use the fireplace. As a next step, I may use calking to further reinforce the seal. But, the Velcro appears to be working.
If I had to do this over again, I would probably use Velcro to seal the area with wood and then reinforce that with calking. That would be cheaper than the $100 I paid for a Guard that does not form an airless seal.
February 15, 2012