By Chiara Bleich. Fireplace. Published at Thursday, September 20th, 2018 - 02:50:02 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.
In the era in which unparalleled and inimitable houses are no more a dream, one needs put in sincere efforts to create a paradise out of their home, which becomes the envy of each of its visitors. A chic or classy fireplace can indeed give your cozy corner a special feel. Though for some people, building a fireplace might be a new idea, however it is worth giving a try. Today the market is flourishing with numerous styles and patterns of fireplaces and its tools and accessories. Truly speaking, outdoor fireplace is a great idea to create a lasting impression on your visitors and if it is accompanied with few classy accessories then it’s just like topping an ice-cream with a cherry. Outdoor fireplace accessories include stylish fireplace screens which are available in various patterns and styles. A log holder is yet another important accessory which should not be missed out when designing an outdoor fireplace. Elegant wood holders and ash buckets are also available in the market at affordable prices. Moreover if your fireplace is accompanied with a fire starter and a log splitter then no one can stop envying the aura you have created with an outdoor fireplace.
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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