A chimney fireback is a unit that is made from iron or stainless steel. It’s usually leaned against a wall, but there are some homeowners that mount it to the wall and others that stand it on legs. To make them interesting, firebacks have different images drawn on them.
Reasons why you should install a chimney fireback
There are many benefits of asking your chimney contractor to install the fireback in your chimney. One of the benefits is that the unit protects your rear wall from damage. If you are burning wood or any other material, huge frames tend to give off plenty of heat. While the heat gives you a comfy feeling, it tends to damage the rear wall.
Constant damage tends to weaken the wall and this can see you repairing the wall or even being required to construct a new one. By installing the fireback you prevent harmful heat from getting to the wall thus protecting it from damage.
Another benefit of installing a fireback is that it adds to the appeal of the house. The units come with different images drawn on them. Some have Victorian floral motifs, others coats-of-arms and others roman gladiators. All you have to do is choose the one that is ideal for you. As rule of thumb, ensure that the fireback design you choose compliments the look of the house.
Chimney efficiency is a major issue and every homeowner wants to spend as little money as possible to heat the house. Chimney firebacks come with a reflective surface that not only reflects heat away from a wall, it also reflects the heat into the room. According to chimney technicians, the reflection increases the chimney efficiency by up to 50%.
Guide to buying the right chimney fireback
For you to reap the benefits that come with chimney firebacks you have to buy the right ones. One of the factors that you should consider when making the purchase is the type of fireplace that you have. If you have a gas fireplace, it’s wise that you go with an iron fireback. On the other hand if you have a wooden fireplace, ask the chimney company to install a stainless steel fireback.
Another factor to consider is the size of the fireback. The unit should be wide enough to cover the hearth wall, but it shouldn’t be too tall thus blocking the flue opening. For your fireback is properly installed ensure that the installation is done by an experienced professional.