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A Guide for Choosing the Right Solutions for Your Home and Chimney

by Sheila Vasquez

Gas heat does not give you the feeling of collecting, splitting, and burning firewood. Therefore, you might be looking for a wood-burning fireplace solution for your home to give your family this experience and the memories that come with it. The following wood burning fireplace installation guide will help you make the right choice for your home and chimney:

1. Remove the Existing Insert and Chimney Flue Pipes

You will need to start preparing your home by removing the old fireplace insert and chimney flue pipe. This is often an insert and a double-wall exhaust pipe, which goes all the way to the top of the chimney. At the chimney cap, you may need to remove the metal at the top of the chimney too, which you will want to cover with a tarp if you do remove the cap. If some of the materials that were removed are still in good condition, set them aside and let the fireplace installation know so they can decide if they can reuse them or not.

2. Decide Whether to Use a Woodburning Insert, Masonry, or Other Alternatives

Once the old materials have been removed from the chimney and it is an empty box, you will be ready to begin the fireplace installation process. First, you will want to talk with the fireplace installation service about the type of system you want. Some of the options for fireplace installation include:

  • Modern metal inserts designed for woodburning fireplaces
  • Heat resistant blocks and masonry systems for modern fireplaces
  • More traditional bricks and clay-like flue pipes

These are some of the options that you will want to consider for your home and talk to the fireplace installation service about.

3. Repair and Update the Existing Chimney Stack 

When you have decided on the type of fireplace you are going to use for the installation, you will be ready to begin. Before the materials can be installed, there may be improvements that need to be done to the chimney, such as

  • Extending the height for better draft
  • Adjusting for different sizes of materials
  • Repairing leaks and damage around the chimney stack
  • Installing fireproofing materials to make the fireplace safer

4. Inspect the New Fireplace That Has Been Installed

Lastly, the fireplace will need to be installed, which should not take too long after all the other preparations have been done. Before you begin using the fireplace though, you may want to finish the hearth in front of the fire. You can also talk to the fireplace installation service about premanufactured solutions that can be installed with the fireplace.

These are some of the things that you will want to consider before installing a woodburning fireplace in your home. If you are ready to add a woodburning fireplace to your home, contact a fireplace installation service such as Southwest Brick & Fireplace.