I own a three story house with two chimneys. The chimney in the center of the house has two flue liners, one of which is used by our hot water heater and the other was for a fireplace that is sealed in by drywall, thus no longer in use.
Last winter a bat got into the center chimney and stayed for a while. Last month I heard a short blood curdling scream in the night, which I assume was a small animal being killed and eaten in the chimney, possibly by an owl. Although, I tried to let my wife think that the sound was coming from outside the house, but the chimney goes right past our bedroom.
Long story short, I need to put something on the chimney to keep birds and other animals out. I can get to the chimney by leaning a ladder on the back roof of the house over the addition. I was thinking about putting a stainless steel chimney cap on and sealing it with roof sealant. Is there any reason why this would not work? Is there something else that I should do?