13/01/2023 0 Comments
Fireplaces: All Your Questions Answered
As one of Tipperary and Ireland's very best installers of fireplaces, we often find ourselves answering questions about everything from fuel efficiency to fireplace maintenance.
Understandably, anyone looking to install a fireplace will have questions. After all, it's a big decision, and you always want to ensure it's the right option for your property. Therefore to make the decision easier, we've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions we're asked. Hopefully, the below will help you to make up your mind.
Do you have a question that isn't answered below? Please get in touch with our offices directly.
How do fireplaces work?
This seems like an obvious question, right? Well, don't be embarrassed if you've wondered, as we get asked this question almost every time we install a new fireplace. Plus, the answer is more technical than you might think.
Fireplaces work by drawing in cool air from the room, heating it through contact with the hot surfaces of the firebox, and then releasing the warm air back into the room. The chimney removes smoke and other combustion byproducts from the house. Wood, gas, or other fuels can be burned in a fireplace to create heat.
How are fireplaces built?
Fireplaces are typically built using masonry materials such as brick or stone. The firebox, where the fire burns, is lined with fire-resistant materials such as firebrick. Above the firebox is the chimney, built using masonry materials and designed to safely vent smoke and other combustion byproducts out of the property. Some fireplaces may also have a hearth, a non-combustible surface, such as tile or marble, that sits in front of the fireplace. A mantel or surround may also be added for decorative purposes.
It is important to note that building a fireplace requires precise craftsmanship and should be done by a professional. Therefore if you're considering a fireplace, please call us. Do not attempt the project on your own.
How much are fireplaces in Ireland
Unfortunately, giving even a general figure is impossible without the project's specifics. Everything from the proposed location to the materials used can drastically affect the price. For a quote on fireplace installation on your property, please call us today.
How do you clean a marble fireplace?
Cleaning a marble fireplace is relatively simple, but using the appropriate cleaning products and techniques is important to avoid damaging the marble. Here are some general steps for cleaning a marble fireplace:
- Start by removing loose debris or dust from the fireplace using a soft-bristled brush or a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment.
- Mix a mild detergent, with a few drops of dish soap and warm water in a bucket. Dip a soft cloth into the solution and wring it out well.
- Using light circular motions, clean the marble surface with the damp cloth. Be careful to avoid any acidic or abrasive cleaning products.
- Rinse the marble with a second damp cloth to remove any soap residue.
- Dry the marble with a clean, dry cloth.
It is also important to note that marble is a porous stone that can be easily stained, so avoid using acidic or abrasive cleaning products and wiping up spills immediately. It is also recommended to use marble sealer to protect from staining.
What types of fireplaces are there?
There are several types of fireplaces, each with their own unique characteristics and advantages. Some of the most common types include:
- Wood-burning fireplaces: These are the traditional fireplaces that burn wood as fuel. They can be built using masonry materials such as brick or stone, and they require a chimney to vent smoke and other combustion byproducts.
- Gas fireplaces: These fireplaces use natural gas or propane as fuel and do not require a chimney. They can be vented through the wall, making them a popular choice for homes without a chimney.
- Electric fireplaces: These fireplaces use electricity to generate heat and do not require a chimney or venting. They can be a convenient and easy-to-install option, but they typically do not provide as much heat as wood-burning or gas fireplaces.
- Pellet fireplaces: These fireplaces use compressed biomass pellets as fuel, they are easy to use and they are environmentally friendly. They require venting, but unlike wood-burning fireplaces, they do not require a chimney.
- Outdoor fireplaces: These are fireplaces designed for outdoor use; they can be wood burning, gas or electric, and can be built-in or portable.
- Inserts fireplaces: These are fireplaces that can be inserted into an existing masonry fireplace. They can be wood, gas or electric. They are designed to be energy efficient, easy to use and to improve the heating performance of the existing fireplace.
Each type of fireplace has its benefits and drawbacks, and the best choice will depend on your personal preferences and the specific requirements of your home.
There you have comprehensive answers to some of your most burning fireplace questions. As stated, please reach out to us directly if you have specific questions you need answers to.
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