If you want to enjoy the cozy feeling of a wood fire, you have probably considered installing a fireplace. You may also have many questions. Don’t worry, because we are going to explain in general terms how to install a fireplace. We will also discuss some things to consider.
Always rely on a professional
The first thing to emphasize is that the installation must be carried out by a competent person with experience in this type of work. Only then can we be sure that everything works as it should, and in case of operational problems, we can solve them in an acceptable manner.
The location for the wood fireplace installation
As we mentioned when talking about how to install a wood stove, the location for the fireplace must meet certain conditions. There should be nothing easily flammable around it, at least one meter or more away from the fire. Therefore, it is not a good idea to place the fireplace near curtains, furniture, or carpets. It is also not good to have wallpaper in the vicinity.
Fireplaces must have a good smoke outlet that is large enough to expel it properly but not too big to allow air to enter from the outside. Something to consider with wood fireplaces is that the higher the outlet, the better the draft will be. Therefore, although the recommended minimum height is 4 meters, it doesn’t hurt to have a taller outlet.
Around the chimney flue, there should be nothing. Otherwise, it could reenter from another place. If a chimney cap is installed, the protection will be even greater.
We have already discussed the pros and cons of a wood-burning fireplace and highlighted the need for good ventilation. An appropriate chimney flue significantly contributes to ensuring that the incoming air is suitable, although it is advisable to double-check and take measures in case more air is needed from the inside.
To make it even more efficient, it is necessary to choose a good lining. Depending on the thickness of the walls facing the exterior, a good thermal paint may be sufficient, although finishing the fireplace with fireproof bricks ensures that the heat is emitted only through the chimney towards the open area or the one where the door is installed. Comfort is guaranteed when the right materials are chosen.
How to build a chimney with minimal construction work
As we mentioned before, a chimney should be handled by a professional, although there are some that are almost ready to be placed anywhere. However, sometimes they have the disadvantage that the smoke duct has to pass through an upper floor. To avoid this, you can open an outlet at the top of the floor where the chimney will be placed and route the pipe through there, going up the façade. If in doubt, an expert can help you decide the best way to have your fireplace fully functional without extensive construction work.