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Wood Fireplace Guide
Having a wood burning fireplace is an excellent way to stay warm in the cold winter months while reducing your heating bill. The way you can tell a wood fireplace is a good one is that there will be no smoke spilling into the room nor will there be any odors when burning wood other than the wonderful aroma of the wood itself.

For homes that do not have a fireplace, more and more people are spending the money to have one installed. After all, fireplaces are pleasant and relaxing. As the years have passed, technology has moved forward, improving the standard wood burning fireplace that we knew from years before. That means that the fireplaces you can buy today, they are top quality and built for efficiency.

To have the fireplace installed, it is important that the professional know exactly what he or she is doing. If the fireplace is not vented properly by the location of the chimney, major problems will occur with smoke spilling into the home. As you will see from the information below, the steps are not difficult but crucial to follow closely: <
  • The fireplace and chimney need to be installed inside the building envelop
  • The building envelop should be penetrated at or near the highest level
  • You should always avoid large and uncompensated exhausts
  • Avoid using short chimney systems as well
  • Be sure the chimney systems you use are straight
  • Use glass doors
Typically, installation involves putting the fireplace and chimney in a chase that projects outside the building envelop. The primary reason for this is to conserve interior floor space. Although putting fireplaces outside the chase is very popular, it is also a common complaint. In this case, odors can spill inside along with cold air whenever the fireplace is not being used. Another common problem again goes back to having smoke spill inwards when the fireplace is lit.

To draw in combustion air and create the proper flow going up the chimney, the fireplace is dependant upon buoyancy of the hot exhaust. However, if the chimney runs on the outside of the home, then it no longer has the ability to resist negative pressure. This is due to the stack effect, which is weakened.

The draft of a wood fireplace is the difference in pressure needed to vent the fireplace successfully. This is then influenced by the exhaust's temperature along with the chimney's height. When the gases become very hot, the draft is very strong. Additionally, when a chimney is extra tall, the draft is also stronger. The goal is to have a well-defined system for your wood burning fireplace that there is a low level of draft anytime the fireplace is not being used.

Again, if you are thinking about having a fireplace added to your home, the most important factor is safety. By having a professional build the fireplace, you can be assured that the fireplace, chimney, and all the components will be done properly so you and your family are not just safe, but also have warmth in the winter



 
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