Fireplace Installation Basics

Common fireplace installation questions asked by do-it-yourselfers. Gas fireplaces offer the warm ambience of the classic wood-burning units but are more efficient and cleaner. Combination fireplaces use gas and a wood stack or fireplace insert to produce an open flame without smoke or ash build up. There are many options in front of you for fireplace installation and this article will help you learn about some of them.


The product manual of most fireplace units will give you plenty of options to consider before buying a unit. It is always good to read a product manual even before you buy so that you will have a clear idea on how the product works and what you need to do before you install it. When you buy a gas fireplace insert you can also get a product manual for the installation of gas fires. However, if you want to know more about the features and benefits of wood-burning fireplaces then you can refer to your home heating guide.


The basic equipment needed when installing a fireplace includes: fireplace inserts, chimney, electric meter and a broom or dustpan for cleaning the interior of the chimney. It is important to note that while installing wood fireplaces you must ensure that the wood stack or insert is installed above the roof line. You also need to protect the insert and the chimney from winter rains and snow. Electric wiring must be hidden so as not to damage the appearance of the insert. Electricians should be called beforehand for any help needed in installing electric lines.


Chimney or vent opening should be located above the finished ground level. Before you install the new fireplace, you also need to make sure that there are no underground electric cables or wires in the place. Once you are done with these things, you can start installing the wood or gas inserts. You can either install them by yourself or get a professional chimney installer to do it.


There are many types of wood fireplaces available in the market today. Some homeowners prefer to install real wood fireplaces in their homes while others opt for the synthetic ones. People who opt for the natural fireplaces are more likely to enjoy their homes more. Those who prefer synthetic inserts tend to use less fuel because they have a more realistic look and feel.


In contrast to the prefabricated fireplaces, steel or aluminum fireplaces look more attractive and modern. If you have a room with a traditional feel to it then you can go for the traditional fireplace inserts. They come in a variety of designs and you can choose the one that best fits your room. Although steel and aluminum fireplaces have modern counterparts they still look more elegant than other types of fireplaces. There are many homeowners who prefer to install prefabricated fireplaces.


Before you proceed with the fireplace installation, make sure that you have ample time on hand. Today’s modern fireplaces are a great source of heat. However, the wood-burning fireplaces consume more fuel and are more difficult to use. The gas fireplaces use less fuel and produce less smoke and ash.


Fireplace installation is not something that you can do on your own. It needs to be done by trained professionals. If you have the skills to install the fireplaces yourself, then go ahead, but only if you have adequate knowledge about the installation processes and the building codes. Make sure that you hire a professional chimney inspector before installing any fireplaces. You can also get a quote from the professional chimney inspectors to ensure that you have the right information before purchasing the wood-burning fireplaces or the gas fireplaces.

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