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Maintaining Your Prefabricated Fireplace

Maintaining Your Prefabricated Fireplace
 

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In any home with a chimney, there is either a masonry fireplace or a prefabricated fireplace. The difference is that a prefabricated fireplace is built in a factory and intended to be assembled in the home. Here are Bart Fireside, we offer many models that are also energy -efficiency. Homeowners believe that the maintenance of a prefabricated fireplace is much different than that of a masonry model. In some ways this is true but, in others, the care is very similar.

Just as with a masonry fireplace, one of the most important parts of maintaining a prefabricated fireplace is keeping it clean. This means cleaning excess ash from inside of the fireplace after each use. The fireplace should be almost completely clear, but a small layer of ash should be left on the bottom for insulation. It is also a good idea to have a prefabricated fireplace and chimney professionally cleaned by a certified chimney sweep once a year.

Just as with a masonry fireplace, there are steps you need to take in order to make sure your prefabricated fireplace is operating safely.

Just as with a masonry fireplace, there are steps you need to take in order to make sure your prefabricated fireplace is operating safely.

Another thing that the two models have in common is that they are only meant to burn certain types of material. In most cases, this means firewood that has been properly seasoned for about twelve months. There are also models that can safely burn some types of paper as well as coal. With a prefabricated fireplace, it is important to read the instructions carefully before using it and make sure that there are no materials that specifically should not be burned.

When getting a prefabricated fireplace for the first time, it is absolutely essential that it be installed properly. Failure to do it properly could lead to a very dangerous situation once there is a fire burning. A professional who has specific experience with this type of unit should install the fireplace.

When burning a fire in a prefabricated fireplace, it is important to keep a careful eye on it and make sure that it does not get too hot. A prefabricated fireplace is not intended to withstand the same amount of heat over time as a masonry fireplace. If it reaches too high of a temperature, a dangerous chimney fire could ignite. Monitor the fire closely and make sure that it grows over time rather than starting out at an exceedingly high temperature.

As with any type of chimney and fireplace, it is important to have a professional inspection each year. A prefabricated fireplace is likely to have many of the same problems as a masonry fireplace, including a clogged flue or a buildup of creosote. An annual inspection will help catch these problems before they get out of hand and make sure that the fireplace continues to function safely and properly. This should be done either before the fireplace is used for the season or after it is shut down for the year.

A prefabricated fireplace is an excellent option in many homes but it must be maintained and used properly. As with a masonry fireplace, it should be cleaned and inspected regularly to ensure that it functions properly. With prefabricated models, specifically, it is important to make sure that the fire does not get too hot. It is also necessary to only burn approved materials in the fireplace. Following these simple rules will ensure enjoyable and safe fires throughout the winter season.

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