Being stumped is not a state I hang out in very often. There's always a solution, a way out or around an undesirable situation. I began envisioning what I wanted: outside air blocked from coming down the chimney and into the house bringing with it all the chimney odors. And then the idea came.
Plywood, a hinge and some flat, dark paint were all that was needed. Oh, and some generous plarking as well. (If you are new to this blog: "plark" is focused play, with purpose, on purpose, but still play.) I had the hinge left over from my "root cellar" project, and after two trips to get the plywood (silly me, not ever having a load that wouldn't fit in my Fit, and not being handy enough to figure that a 4' x 8' sheet of plywood--even cut in half--would not fit in my Fit so having to go back home to get the pickup) and a can of spray paint, I was ready to roll.
|Plywood cut and hinged|
|Cord secured at the top for pulling the "door" closed when in place|
|Three points left to file|
|Finished "draft door"|