According to recent surveys, almost half of home buyers would pay more for a house with a fireplace. Open hearth, wood stoves, and fireplace inserts all give that cosy warmth that comes from a fire. You can keep warm even when the power goes off. And you can reduce your energy bills with modern eco-friendly appliances. You may have a few initial queries with any new installation such as how hot does a fireplace surround get? Get answers to any concerns here…
Modern Fireplace Designs
Slats that helped to improve the flow of air through the surround are hardly ever used these days. This means that although efficiency is greater the mantle above the gas fireplace gets hot. But as long as the manufacturer’s guide is followed your fireplace will be safe. Choose a trusted and experienced installer to ensure that you get the correct advice and products. You’ll be able to select a traditional or contemporary style of wood, marble, or stone. Or get a gas fire installation that complements your existing surround. With bespoke marble and stone hearths available your desires will soon become a reality. By cleaning your fireplace regularly you’ll extend its lifespan, and lessen the risk of potential dangers like fire and explosion.
Find Answers to FAQ’s
Can a fireplace get too hot?
Yes, it can. And this indicates that there may be a problem. The heat emitted from your fireplace should be warm and not hot. It’s important to monitor the heat if you’re at all concerned, and check fireplace heat with a specifically designed probe thermometer. A reading of above 37 degrees Celsius will feel too hot and you may need to consult a professional.
Can excessive heat cause damage?
Again, the answer is yes. Excess heat can damage the fireplace both internally and externally. Chimneys can crack due to extreme heat and flaws can appear in tiles and hearths.
Can I lower the temperature?
If the wood fireplace feels hotter than usual you can lower the heat emission. The heat can then be monitored via the airflow through the vents and door. In most gas fireplaces the gas will often shut off if the temperature gets too high. But you can also control the heat from a panel control or with a remote.
Will adding a hood help?
The addition of a hood not only provides protection for your mantle but can also help control the heat from your fire appliance. There’s a wide range of styles available from your local fireplace providers or take a look online.
Natural gas fireplaces
These are ideal if you don’t want to cut wood or clean up ashes. And with very little maintenance needed they can be a great solution for efficiency and convenience. You’ll just need to be aware of a few safety factors including:
- Installing carbon monoxide detectors – vent-free fireplaces will automatically shut down
- Fitting safety screens – keeping combustible items at least two feet away
- Regular cleaning of fans and passages – with a chimney sweep employed for the stack
Wood burning stoves
The popularity of wood burners has increased dramatically due to:
- The affordability of firewood – making the heating extremely economical
- Renewable energy – that all helps towards an environmentally friendly heating option
- Versatility – you can heat just one room or the entire house
- Wide-ranging styles – from iron to porcelain in a finish that suits your décor
Limestone is a wonderful material from which to construct a fireplace but needs you to take care of it by:
- Sealing – to protect the fireplace from stains and marks
- Avoiding direct contact with the surface – as accessories can scratch and spoil the look
- Cleaning – using a soft cloth with diluted washing up liquid
Chat with your professional fireplace installer to get the perfect fireplace for you!