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Fireplace Glossary
Having a fireplace is one of lifes greatest things. During the wintertime when the air is cold, you can light your fireplace, creating a toasty warm home. If you want to create a romantic setting, a soft glowing fire is ideal. Many people are adding fireplaces to existing homes so they too can enjoy all the benefits. As you wll see from the information below, although having a fireplace is not a complicated thing, there are many different factors associated with one.

AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) This measurement rates fireplaces and wall heaters that are official heating sources

Air Supreme Filter When the blower is operating, this cleans the air in the room

ANSI (American National Standards Institute) This organization is comprised of more than 900 companies, many of them specialists in fireplace installation and maintenance

Blue Flame Rectification This safety shutoff device maintains the gas flow

BTU (British Thermal Unit) A way in which heat energy is measured. BTUs are used to quantify appliance output and input as a way of calculating operational costs, flue gas, vent sizes, and gas supply, line size.

Burner This device is the conveyance of gas, or a mixture of gas and air to the combustion zone.

Burner Ports These are the holes in the burner

Carbon Dioxide This gas is produced from carbon units with sufficient oxygen and is a component of several types of natural gases

Carbon Monoxide This poisonous gas is very combustible and if leaked into a home, will silently kill

Catalytic Combustor Some wood burning stoves have this device as a way of reducing the temperature at which smoke is ignited

Chimney The passageway where flue or vent gases can escape to the outside atmosphere

Clearance This is the distance between the stove, smoke pipe or chimney, and combustible materials needed by the building and fire code

Creosote Over time, this flammable buildup occurs in chimneys. Being combustible, if not cleaned, it can ignite and cause a house fire.

Direct Spark Ignition Electronic pilot ignition, which ignites the gas from a spark, directly from the burner

Electronic Ignition System Used to light the burner, this device needs an electrical current to work rather than a match

Firebacks Typically made from cast iron, these store heat from the fire and then radiate it into the room once the fire has gone out.

Firestop This device is made from noncombustible material and is used at the opening to separate the floor so that fire or smoke cannot penetrate one level to another



 
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