By Chiara Bleich. Fireplace. Published at Friday, September 21st, 2018 - 00:24:11 AM.
Selecting an appropriate stone fireplace means picking a design that is right for your home, for instance there is little point in installing a magnificent and huge fireplace which then dwarfs the room, leaving virtually no actual living space. Do also bear in mind also that once installed the stone is not easily changed so it is important to select a stone material that you don’t easily tire of. This said you certainly can’t beat the permanence and illustrious looks of a stone fireplace which can appear as simply a box in your living room with a hanging mantel or with a mantel that has legs fastened on the wall. For large rooms with tall ceilings, a stone mantel can stretch up to the full height of the ceiling and display paintings or even a old tapestries.
Wood burning fireplaces can become complex even when we are building outside. The atmosphere created around a wood burning fireplace is comforting, calming. The crackling and popping of the wood and the smell that permeates the entire yard adds enjoyment to the functional heater. However, building a custom fireplace can become expensive and complicated. In addition to the firebox and the mantle that we devise as the custom plan, a flue and chimney must be built up through the roof and terminated above the roof line. For many homeowners we have worked with, the expense of cutting through a roof, plus the associated laws and inspections attached to resealing a roof and the expense of building a chimney places the project outside an acceptable budget.
This said however, in any wood burning fireplace it is vital to use the right kind of wood that is cut to a convenient size. Hardwoods such as oak or fruitwood are the best option as they give off the most heat. Softwoods such as birch give off a good heat but tend to be consumed pretty quickly, while pine contains a lot of spark forming resin that can spit all over your floor or rug. Ideally, logs should measure between 9 and 14 inches long although it doesn’t hurt to use a couple of larger logs on your fire to give it a bit of character. Only ever use seasoned wood in your fireplace. If you try to burn green wood the heat produced by combustion must dry the wood before it will burn and you risk a buildup of creosote in your chimney which creates an imminent fire hazard. In addition by using well seasoned wood you will you get a much hotter fire; thus creating more heat for your home. It is worth bearing in mind that all wood for burning should be seasoned for a minimum of six months and stored under cover, so it is best to buy and stack firewood well in advance of the coldest months.
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.
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