|Chimney Balloon History
Chimney Balloon LTD was founded in England in 1989 by the inventor of the Chimney Balloon, plastic engineer David Woodman. One cold windy day David was working in his drafty study and he noticed his fireplace was emitting a significant amount of cold air. He had his fireplace flue stuffed with an ineffective solution of crumpled-up newspapers, but the uncomfortable draft continued.
This fireplace problem sparked an idea in David for a specially designed inflatable bag to be fitted into the fireplace to stop the draft. The membrane had to be durable enough to withstand the corrosive and harsh environment of the chimney, but supple enough to conform to the uneven surfaces and grab tightly to the flue wall. David used a proprietary poly laminate that had the chemical and physical characteristics to be durable as a Chimney Balloon draft excluder.