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Ready To Replace Your Fireplace?

There are many reasons to update your fireplace. You may want to change your fuel type, update the design of your fireplace, or just want your  system to be as safe and as efficient as possible. We are the experts to trust when you’re ready to updated your fireplace. Trust our CSIA certified team at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney to help you!

Reasons To Update

Updating your fireplace can bring lots of benefits. Revamping the look of an outdated exterior increase the value of your home while simultaneously create a more enjoyable look aesthetically. Another reason to update is to increase the efficiency of your appliance. If your fireplace is not putting out enough heat for your home or if drafting issues are causing your heating and cooling bills to spike, then an upgrade is necessary. One suggestion is to invest in an insert. Inserts are known for saving homeowners tons of money every year, and they come in a wide range of beautiful and modern designs.

Sometimes, homeowners just want to switch things up or ready for something new. One route is to change your fuel type. The genuine smells and sounds of a wood-burning fireplace offer a wonderful and classic atmosphere, but this particular fuel type also demands a lot of work. However, gas-fueled options turn on with the push of the button or flip of a switch. They are not as messy as wood-burning fireplaces, as they don’t produce any ash, wood pieces, or smoke back-up!

Finally, a new fireplace greatly improve the safety of your home. Older models are prone to break down, and their designs could cause risks. Upgrading to a fully enclosed option or a newer model could lessen the risk for gas leaks, chimney fires, creosote buildup, and other issues. When it comes to the safety of your friends and family members, there is no time to waste. Upgrade your fireplace today!

There’s No Time To Lose!

If you’re ready for a new fireplace, now is the time to call our experts! Fall is still months away, and our sweeps are able to give you the time and dedication necessary to get the job done before temperatures cools and our schedule is full. Contact us today for the best chimney care. We’ll listen to your needs and concerns to ensure you are more than satisfied. Call us at 303-679-1601 now!

By Jake Johnson on June 29th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

The Benefits Of Fireplace Doors And Firebacks

A fireplace is an excellent way to add heat and ambiance to your home. Unfortunately, many open hearth fireplaces are extremely inefficient; this means that using them can cause you to lose more heat then you are generating.

Thankfully, there are a number of ways that homeowners can improve the efficiency of their fireplaces. Two of the easiest and most economical ways to improve fireplace efficiency is by installing fireplace doors and firebacks. These fireplace accessories can change the look of your fireplace while also minimizing heat loss.

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The efficiency of your fireplace depends on the size, type, and fuel source of the unit. Gas fireplace inserts are the most efficient fireplaces on the market today; the closed circuit combustion allows these inserts to burn as high as 92-99% efficiently. Fireplace inserts that burn pellets and wood are also fairly efficient, with most burning between 50-80% efficiency; pellet stoves are sometimes considered a “greener” fuel source because the pellets are made from recycled materials.

While open hearth wood fireplaces are both traditional and popular, they are also extremely inefficient. Most open hearth fireplaces are at best 10% efficient, meaning 90% of the heat generated by the fire is being lost up the chimney. There are a number of ways that homeowners can combat fireplace inefficiency.

How can I improve fireplace efficiency?

If you have an open hearth fireplace, accessories may be the best way to improve efficiency without installing a completely new fireplace. Two easy to install accessories that can greatly improve efficiency are fireplace doors and firebacks.

  • Fireplace doors: Glass fireplace doors can improve the safety, aesthetics, and efficiency of your open hearth fireplace. When the fireplace is not in use, closing the glass doors can prevent conditioned air from leaking out of the chimney or from downdrafts blowing outside air in. Fireplace doors are also an excellent deterrent for small hands – or paws – that like to come near the fireplace; depending on the heat resistance of the glass, doors can be partially or fully closed while the fire is burning to help keep sparks and coals inside the firebox and off of your furnishings and carpets. Lastly, fireplace doors can be used to makeover the look of a fireplace without refacing or replacing masonry.
  • Firebacks: A fireback is a large piece of metal such as wrought or cast iron. Placed at the back of the firebox, firebacks are used to help retain and reflect heat away from the chimney and back into the room. This can increase the amount of heat created by the fire without the technological challenge of installing new fans or units. Firebacks are sometimes plain but often come in a variety of decorative designs; this can allow you to choose a fireback that reflects the style of your home.

Fireplace doors and firebacks are important fireplace accessories that can help improve safety and efficiency. For more information about installing one of these accessories in your home, contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today!

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