Parts Of Your Fireplace & Chimney To Know
Depending on the type of chimney you have, there may be different parts and components. A wood burning, masonry chimney is constructed differently than a gas fireplace and consists of different parts. However, several pieces of universal to ensure appropriate ventilation, safety, and cleanliness.
Read on below to learn about 10 of the most important parts of your fireplace and chimney you should know. This isn’t an exhaustive list as there are many critical small pieces that work together to make your house fires burn without issues.
1. Masonry or Pre-Fabricated Structure
This is usually built out of masonry or concrete along with bricks or stones. It makes up what you see on the exterior of the house, as well as the interior fireplace where you burn your fires.
2. Chimney Cap
A small piece of your chimney that plays a big part in preventing rain, debris, and even animals to get into your home. The Chimney Cap is designed to allow exhaust to exit the chimney flue.
3. Chimney Crown
Much like the chimney cap, the crown works to block debris, rain, and unwanted critters while also stopping cold air from entering your chimney and home.
4. Flue Liner
A flue liner’s main purpose is to carry exhaust from your fire efficiently out your chimney. While a properly functioning flue liner is essential for a successful fire, it’s also important for a safe fire. A defective liner can allow heat, fire, or toxic fumes to enter your home.
It’s important to add weatherproofing where your chimney meets your roof. Flashing is a thin layer of sheet metal that protects against water. A common sign of a defective flashing is water strains on the ceiling near the fireplace.
The firebox is the area where your place your logs and burn your fire. It’s wider than the chimney and is heat-resistant to deal with the fire temperatures.
7. Smoke Chamber
If you’ve ever noticed a pyramid-like shape transition in the bricks of your chimney, that’s the smoke chamber. It allows for a narrower passageway than your firebox.
A damper plays a vital role of controlling the draft for your fireplace. It’s important to open it when you’re having fires to allow exhaust to escape; and close it when you’re not to keep the draft out.
The mantel is a decorative shelf above your firebox opening. It must be high enough above to ensure fire won’t cause overheating.
10. Hearth Extension
The hearth is typically constructed brick or slate and is found directly in front of the firebox. It’s designed to withstand heat and prevent stray sparks from catching fire in your home.
Trust Burlington Fireplace for Professional Chimney Services in Racine, WI
Now that you know the different parts of your fireplace and chimney, call Burlington Fireplace if you notice anything wrong. Call our trusted team at 262-763-3522 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. Our experienced professionals can determine a solution for any problem you may be encountering, as well as help with regular maintenance and cleanings.