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Protection from Water with Chases and Shrouds

Water can be the most damaging thing to your masonry, whether inside or outside. It can lower efficiency of your fireplace, causing your fire to be more difficult to light and to burn more wood than necessary. It can stain your masonry, rust your mechanical parts, and even deteriorate the masonry itself–breaking apart the brick and mortar until it gaps and crumbles. When you’re planning and designing your outdoor fireplaces and chimneys, make sure you’re also considering water protection. Protect your investments and your home. Add value to your home with IBD Outdoor Rooms, and protect that value with a chase and shroud.

Chase CoversProtect From Water with Chases & Shrouds

When you order your unit, make sure you purchase all the parts necessary to bring it together properly. When you order your chase cover and shroud with the rest of your unit, it will all arrive together. When your IBD Outdoor Rooms delivery arrives, it is ready to assemble. All you have to do is get the order right, and we can help! You can choose stainless steel or stainless steel with a copper dress out skirt. Many homeowners prefer the second option because from the ground it looks like the entire thing is copper.
Chase Covers with Hole – If the unit you’ve chosen has a flue pipe, you need a chase cover with a hole. This will protect the stone from water damage while also allowing the smoke to escape.
Chase Covers without Hole – This chase cover is for units that are “pipeless” or vent-free. They don’t need to vent, but the chase cover adds a complimentary look to your fireplace.


The shroud fits together with a chase cover. Where the chase cover protects the chimney from water, the shroud protects the flue opening itself, AND completes the look you may be looking for. Chase shrouds come in stainless steel or copper, with an optional powder coating of stainless steel and many different styles, including Roman, Grecian, Artisan, and Gothic. Make sure you check them out before making your choice.
Gothic Chase Shroud Extension – This model is used to give a chimney more height and massive appearance. The base can be Roman or Grecian style to compliment your style.

Care and Installation

When your delivery arrives, it will be ready to install, but we do not recommend doing the work yourself. Once your order is completed, and BEFORE your unit arrives, make sure you contact a professional in your area that can install the unit. Only a licensed contractor who is NFI-certified should install fire units, fireplaces, and chimneys. This will ensure any warranties are honored and that the work and the unit adheres to municipal and federal safety codes.

Ready to get started? Start with us by calling 704-960-4530 and we’ll turn fantasy into reality.

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The Quick Chase Explained

Jerry and Sheryl Isenhour explain how the Quick Chase works, and how it can be beneficial to you.

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What Exactly Is a Quick Chase?

At IBD Outdoor Rooms, we specialize in improving the appearance of the outside of your home, including creating outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, pergolas, and pavilions. We also offer some extra services, and one of these is the design and construction of a quick chase. You may wonder exactly what a quick chase is, so we would like to tell you more about this service we provide.

What is a quick chase?What Exactly is a Quick Chase - IBD Outdoor Rooms - Concord, NC

If you have a prefabricated chimney, you know that it consists of metal pipes. Many people do not like the looks of the metal pipe coming through the roof and have a chase designed and constructed to cover the pipe so that it looks like a regular chimney. Our designers at IBD Outdoor Rooms came up with the idea of a quick chase that can be easily constructed to quickly build a chase for prefabricated chimneys. Our quick chase fills the need for not only the new construction of a prefabricated chimney, but it can also be used as part of a retrofit application of an appliance and as a replacement for a damaged and rotted old chase.

How does the construction of this quick chase work?

Our quick chase product is available in a couple of different configurations. We have a custom configuration which depends on the installer’s measurements of the pitch of the roof, the outside dimensions and the height of the quick chase, and the projection and size of the top band that we will build into the quick chase. We also have a two-part system of quick chases that comes with a pitch adapter, which allows the easy adjustment for common pitches.

How is the quick chase constructed?

Our quick chases are constructed with concrete boards that are adaptable for veneer stone, veneer brick, or stucco to bond directly to the board. Our staff at IBD Outdoor Rooms can help you select the facing that will work best for your home. All of our quick chases are built with stainless steel flashing that is attached to the framing members and inserted behind the exterior concrete boards. This flashing will protect your quick chase from water penetration that can cause damage and deterioration.

Do you also make chase covers?

Yes, IBD Outdoor Rooms will manufacture and ship a chase cover with your quick chase unit. We make chase covers from hot dip or paint grip galvanized metal, stainless steel, and copper. Your chase cover will be custom made to perfectly fit your quick chase to protect it from the elements of weather.

Want more information about our quick chase services? Contact us at IBD Outdoor Rooms to find out more about improving the appearance of your house.

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