usually used in pairs, these iron bars sit slightly elevated from the hearth floor and serve as the base for logs as they burn. The andirons allow for proper airflow around the burning logs.
material used to reline flues for low-efficiency gas furnaces. Because aluminum is less durable than stainless steel, it is not appropriate for many applications. If the appliance is 83% efficient or higher you must use stainless steel.
the solid, charred remains of a fire.
opening on the bottom of hearth that leads to the ash pit.
fireproof storage compartment for containing fireplace ash, usually found behind or below the firebox.
a double-wall metal pipe used for venting certain types of gas appliances (not appropriate for wood-burning fireplaces, woodstoves or oil-fired equipment).
accordion-like device that produces a strong blast of air, commonly used to enhance a fire by speeding combustion.
stands for “British Thermal Unit,” a standard unit for measuring heat. One BTU equals the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree (Farenheit).
an odorless, colorless gas that is a product of incomplete combustion.
inhalation of too much carbon monoxide, which can result in illness or death.
a metal often used for fireplace screens and outdoor fire pits. This metal is not usually appropriate as a flue liner.
structure for holding logs in a fireplace, similar to a set of andirons.
structure for venting flue gasses to the outside atmosphere.
the removal of sooty buildup and harmful debris from the inside of a chimney.
tight-fitting chimney topper designed to keep air-conditioned or heated air from going up the chimney and cold outside air from coming down.
a protective lining inside of a masonry chimney, usually made of metal, ceramic or clay.
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chemical reaction that produces heat and light, i.e., burning.
materials that can be consumed by fire.
waste product of combustion that takes the form of soot or a black oily buildup inside of chimneys.
cable that runs from the damper at the top of the chimney down to the firebox, where it attaches to a handle that allows you to open or close the damper.
downward air current from a chimney causing smoke and carbon dioxide.
loss of heated or cooled air from your home.
the area of your fireplace in which logs are burned.
architectural structure at base of chimney that contains the firebox, where fires can be built.
decorative framework surrounding the fireplace; wood, marble, cast iron and more choices.
protective material placed within walls and or floors and ceilings that serve to inhibit the spread of fire.
able to catch fire.
a channel for conveying heat and waste gasses through chimney or vents.
structure of metal bars used to hold fireplace logs
brick or stone fireplace.
material used to help start a fire.
Inspection that look at easily accessible areas of the venting system, chimney and flue to make sure nothing is blocked or broken.
Inspection that is recommended when renovating a fireplace or chimney, replacing equipment, making repairs, or purchasing property. More detailed than a Level 1 Inspection, this inspection also assesses the flue and chimney interior as well as other areas of your home affected by your fireplace, such as attics or basements.
Inspection recommended when there is a serious problem. In addition to looking at items assessed in Level 1& 2 inspections, this also looks at areas of your fireplace, chimney and home that are not easily accessible (such as inside of walls), for hidden hazards.
piece of steel embedded into brick that gives support to the top row of brick of a fireplace opening.
decorative framing surrounding a fireplace.
stonework or brickwork.
a decorative structure above the fireplace mantelpiece.
process by which a substance is chemically changed by heat.
concrete that is specially treated and often enhanced with other materials (such as steel bars) in order to improve its strength and avoid cracking
structure built into a roof that diverts rainwater away from a chimney.
shelf that prevents downdrafts into the smoke chamber.
damper that sits just above the fireplace opening, creating a way of sealing off the chimney from your living space
product installed near top of chimney that allows fireplace to be sealed off when not in use.
Conduit for air and other gasses to be released