If you do not have a fireplace in your home or if you would like to update your old fireplace, you have the option of installing a new EPA-approved wood-burning or gas fireplace, stove, or insert. However, Bart Fireside would like to stress how important it is for these appliances to be professionally installed. Some people believe they can install these heating units themselves; however, many times we have had to go and properly reinstall fireplaces, stoves, and inserts because of problems that occur from do-it-yourself installations. One of the biggest issues when installing a new fireplace, stove, or insert is the size of your chimney flue as it is typically too large for the fireplace insert, and this can cause hazardous problems. We would like to share with you some information from the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) about why it is so important to have your wood-burning or gas fireplace, stove, or insert installed by professional certified technicians.
Bart Fireside Follows All Specific Venting Specifications When Installing Your Heating Appliance
To function to its full efficiency level, the heating system and the venting system (your chimney) must be properly matched. Many times, the flue of your chimney will be too large for the heating appliance, and this can cause issues with both the combustion and condensation processes that occur with a fire. One issue deals with the water vapors that are created during combustion. According to the CSIA, burning one cubic foot of gas will produce two cubic feet of water vapors. When the venting system is correctly matched, the water vapor gets carried out so quickly that its temperature stays warm enough to not condense inside the flue. When the venting system is too large, the water vapor will not remain warm and will turn to liquid inside the flue. This creates an acidic condensation which will eat away the interior of your flue. The flue liner will eventually crack and crumble and create a blockage within your chimney that can trap toxic gases like carbon monoxide in your house.
Bart Fireside Understands the Vital Importance of Draft
When the chimney flue is too large for the heating appliance, inadequate draft issues will occur. Reducing the efficiency and safety of your fireplace, stove, or insert, inadequate draft prevents the completion of combustion. The less complete the combustion, the greater amount of carbon monoxide is produced and less heat is provided to your home. Inadequate draft also causes more moisture to stay in the flue, which can lead to the deterioration of the flue and chimney.
Bart Fireside Guarantees Your Heating Appliance Is Correctly Matched with Your Chimney
To solve the sizing problem, our technicians can install a stainless steel liner that encloses the heating appliance within the flue. We know which liners are compatible for use with both wood-burning and gas-fueled appliances, and we can custom size the liner to fit your appliance perfectly, which allows for the best efficiency performance possible.
If you are interested in purchasing a new wood-burning or gas-fueled heating appliance, contact Bart Fireside. You can trust us to properly install your new fireplace appliance.