Is there any thing in the world so soothing as sitting in front of a natural wood burning fireplace? In this repose, individuals are able to seek solace and relax, romance is kindled still brighter between amorous couples, and families can sit and talk together. This article is dedicated to any readers who have ever dreamed of having their own wood burning fireplace in their home, but who never knew where or how to begin to install one.
Those who are longing to see that new wood burning fireplace installed in their home must go through some standard preparation work before making the actual improvements to their dwellings. You should work through the exciting and important questions about which kind of wood burning fireplace will fit your family’s needs most appropriately. Also, you ought to determine where you will put it once you install it. A number of elements should be contemplated in this second question, such as for what the fireplace will be utilized, how people will get to and around the fireplace, and whether or not your home comes with a pre-built chimney suited for this purpose. Once all of the niceties are out of the way, the homeowner must not neglect to apply for his or her necessary building permit. Any improvements to a home require permission from the applicable local governing body, and this is no exception, so be sure to allow yourself a good couple of weeks for it to be filed and approved.
If your home did not come with a chimney already installed, then you will require the services of an expert to put one in. For those readers who are not interested in having a chimney put into their house, you ought to rethink your wood burning fireplace in favor of a gas fireplace. Once the chimney is ready, follow along with the directions provided by the fireplace maker in order to properly put in your factory constructed fireplace.
Chimney and Flute Work
Take out the fireplace damper equipment, which will permit the flex pipe to get through. Now you are able to put in the fireplace insert, liner kit, and flute. Set the insert in the fireplace but do not affix the panels yet. Carry the liner part up on to the house’s roof and affix the flu collar connector to the flex pipe’s bottom (made from stainless steel). This can be accomplished with a screwdriver which will allow you to tighten up the draw band. Then, you will gradually lower the pipe down into the chimney. When the bottom reaches the flue collar connector, attach the pipe to the insert of the flu collar connector. Tighten up the band well. While you are still on the rooftop, utilize shears to trim off any extra pipe, but remember to allow four extra inches from the top of the chimney. Next you will have to employ high temp silicone to affix the top plate equipment, and then tighten up the band. Lastly, put in the rain cap.
Final Installation Steps
Back inside the house, there are a few final steps before your new wood burning fireplace is ready for use. You will need to go back to the surround panels now. These must be affixed to the fireplace insert. Finally, you will want to construct a mantel, for aesthetic reasons. Then you are at last ready to celebrate around your brand new fireplace.
Helpful Suggestions and Cautions
You ought to make certain that a reliable smoke detector is located near the new fireplace. If one is not, be sure to install one soon. If you have any questions concerning which type of fireplace is ideal for your family and home, then check with your local fireplace dealer. In order to stop wood borne diseases from spreading, purchase only locally produced and sold firewood.