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As a homeowner or renter, it’s very important to figure out what type of fireplace you have and how it works. There are many different types of fireplaces out there, each of which work differently and require different types of repairs. Knowing which type of fireplace you have will help you use it safely and keep it in good condition. Here’s how to identify what type of fireplace you have.
Many modern homes use gas fireplaces, as they are generally easier to use and maintain than traditional wood-burning fireplaces. Gas fireplaces use ceramic logs and ignite with a switch or knob. You should never try to change the logs in a gas fireplace – in fact, many have glass panels to prevent you from doing so.
There are two different types of gas fireplaces – vented or unvented. Vented gas fireplaces have a flue that remains open to release smoke and air out either up through the chimney or out through the wall. This is the most common type of gas fireplace in modern homes. Some older homes also use a B-vent or natural vent fireplace, which has a small vent directly into the chimney and burns very small, decorative fires.
Unvented fireplace inserts do not connect to your chimney or have any external vents. Like other gas fireplaces, they turn on and off with a switch.
They are designed primarily for aesthetic purposes rather than heat and use very small flames for safety.
Pellet stove fireplaces are not as common as wood-burning or gas fireplaces. However, some homeowners prefer pellet fireplaces because they are very warm. These fireplaces use pellets made of wood byproduct as fuel, which is very cost-effective. Most pellet stoves have a flue that connects to the chimney or another vent in your home.
While gas fireplaces have become very common in recent years, there are still many homes that feature wood-burning fireplaces. Although wood-burning fireplaces and inserts require more effort and upkeep than gas fireplaces, many homeowners love them because they feel so cozy and nostalgic.
Older wood-burning fireplaces typically have masonry chimneys, which are usually constructed from brick or stone. Although these chimneys are very durable, they will need occasional structural repairs as they age. Some newer homes have pre-fabricated wood-burning chimneys. These chimneys often have brick or stone facades, but the interior is made with metal materials.
Wood-burning fireplaces do not come with any logs. You’ll need to supply your own logs and kindling and start your own fire. They typically have a door that you will open and close when you start the fire. You’ll need to clean these fireplaces frequently to avoid dangerous creosote buildup and other problems.
Each of these fireplace types has advantages and disadvantages – the right one for you will depend on the structure of your home and your priorities. Regardless of what type of fireplace you have, it’s important to clean and maintain it regularly for safety. Need fireplace services in southern middle Tennessee or the Tennessee Valley? A1 Chimney is here to help.
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