Chimney and Fireplace Elements

Always Affordable Chimney provides trusted and reliable chimney services to residents across New York, including Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens and Westchester. We have years of experience restoring fireplaces and creating an all around safer chimney for you and your family. There are quite a few issues that arise and can cause issues to your fireplace. Understanding the elements that make up the fireplace in your home can go a long way. 

Heavy masonry materials are used in the construction of most wood-burning fireplaces. All are built on solid foundations, to ensure optimal stability. One type of masonry that is used is called a "Rumford" fireplace, which revolutionized the process of removing smoke from the fireplace and heated the home better than the fireplaces that came before it. This design, though old, is still used today and even outperforms some of the newer designs.

In general, a the firebox of the fireplace is built with special heat-resistant firebricks and heat-resistant square clay tubes, or "tiles," line the interior of the chimney. This is to ensure the safety of the home for when the fire is burning, as well as maintaining the longevity of the bricks. The hearth and fireplace are made of of non-combustible materials, like bricks, stones, or tiles. 

Chimney caps top off the chimney. These caps are important, because they keep rain and snow out and are typically made of metal or stone. These caps are installed with screens, which prohibit birds and animals from entering the chimney and, consequently, your home. The screens also contain any embers that may rise up to the top, preventing the roof from possibly catching fire.

Then there is the damper, which is a small, cast-iron door that is installed over the fire and leads to the chimney. It is operated by an attached handle. When the fireplace is not is use, the damper should remain closed. But when a fire is lit, it needs to be open to control how much air flows through the fire box to feed the fire and regulate the flames. A screen or mesh guard is installed in front of the fireplace, which keeps the embers from falling into the room. Sometimes glass doors are installed as well. These need to be left open for when the fire is burning and can only be closed once the fire has died down to an appropriate level.

Many fireplaces also have an ash dump, which allows cold ash to be swept into a chamber located beneath the firebox. This makes it easier to clean the firebox of the ash, as it is moved to this chamber. You'll be a cleaner, quicker process of removing the ash. 

Years of Experience Restoring Fireplace

At Always Affordable Chimney, you will receive the highest possible care and attention to your fireplace and chimney. We have years of experience in the field and our results speak for themselves. We will restore a fireplace located in Suffolk, Nassau, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Westchester. If you have any questions about how your fireplace works, please contact us today. The number to call is (855) 244-6880. We will answer any questions you may have about your home chimney or fireplace.