By Chiara Bleich. Fireplace. Published at Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 - 00:17:33 AM.
Though having a fireplace can complete the overall look of your home and add warmth to the whole area, you cannot ignore the risk of starting a fire. This accident can happen when a log or an ember falls to the carpet or the furnishings and when a spark jumps out of the fireplace. In order to prevent these accidents, it is recommended to have a fireplace screen. Aside from its safety purpose, a fireplace screen can add beauty to your fireplace as well as to your home. Most fireplace screens are made from different materials such as steel, cast iron and other hard metals that have the ability to bear extreme heat from the fireplace. The fireplace screen is designed in a way that they can prevent the logs, sparks and embers to leave the fireplace. Fireplace screens are important as they can lessen the risk of having a fire. A screen for the fireplace is divided into two sections - the outer part has the decorative design while the inner part has small holes on the screen. These tiny holes prevent the sparks and embers from leaving and also let air pass, allowing the fire to burn more.
For instance, a homeowner decides to build a marble mantle seven feet wide and four feet high. The budget takes into account the marble tile to finish the design and the firebox, structural materials to build the fireplace and labor. Most people do not look at a chimney and think "Wow, that is a great looking chimney" so we do not always account for the ventilation when we design our perfect outdoor accent. The ventilation cannot be skipped just because there is plenty of ventilation outdoors. The proper flue will "pull" the fumes and smoke up and away from the fireplace. Without the vent gas fumes will flow from the front of the fireplace and the area usually reserved for sitting in front of the fire will be hot and smelly. The homeowner contacts a contractor who explains the chimney, flue and roof termination will double the budget.
Alternatively you can use veneer stones which are in fact real stones but thinner and therefore easy to work with. They give your fireplace the look of real stone but will save you money since they are much cheaper. One important point to consider when installing a heavy stone fireplace; do make sure that you have a strong ground floor which can support the weight of the structure. If you have any doubts, have a professional surveyor check it out before you start building. You may just need to reinforce the floor to support the weight of your new fireplace. More and more frequently I have clients who want me to custom build outdoor fireplaces in their backyards. Especially in this economy as homeowners maximize their property investment by taking "staycations" the backyard is becoming an oasis of outdoor enjoyment. Fireplaces have traditionally been thought of as wood burning but more and more homeowners are using gas logs as a beautiful and simple alternative to the wood burning fireplace.
I have been in this situation many times and the answer is often gas logs. I have had clients with damage to their chimney flue inside a wall and believe they can put a gas log fireplace kit into their wood-burning fireplace instead of repairing the damaged flue. This is a mistake, and a dangerous mistake. Gas logs use liquid propane or natural gas instead of wood for fuel. When gas burns, oxygen is burned and carbon monoxide is created. If there is damage to the flue, a typical gas log fireplace is not the answer because the fresh air ventilation is still necessary to pull out carbon monoxide. The answer is ventless gas logs. Vent free gas logs do not have to be vented. When a client wants to design a custom outdoor fireplace but they do not want to build a chimney and cut through their patio roof, a vented gas log kit is the perfect solution because no ventilation is necessary.
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