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Ten Important Fireplace Terms

Fireplaces are valued for their practical uses, providing heat, cooking food, as well as the visual appeal of logs quietly burning in the firebox. If you own a fireplace, you will probably have to get it repaired or restored at one time or another; if you don't have one, you may wish to have one installed in your home. Either way, you should have a working knowledge of what their parts are called and what they do, so below are some relevant terms.

  • Mantel – The frame surrounding a fireplace or the shelf over it; also called a mantelpiece.
  • Hearth – Often made of brick or stone, the hard floor that extends outward from the opening.
  • Wood-Burning Stove – An enclosed metal appliance, often made of cast iron. A wood-burning stove is primarily used for heating.
  • Fireplace Insert – An appliance designed to fit inside, and enhance of functioning of, an existing fireplace. Considered more efficient and easy to handle than a standard wood-burning model, a fireplace insert can run on a variety of fuels, including gas and wood. They are fitted with glass doors that allow a view of its fire.
  • Electric Fireplace – An electrical installation intended to imitate a conventional fireplace. Unlike its wood or gas burning cousins, it does not require ventilation.
  • Outdoor Fireplace – One constructed outside the house, typically in the patio area.
  • Screen – A panel that blocks children and animals from getting close to the flames.
  • Fireplace Tools – The general term for pokers, tongs, and similar accessories.
  • Corner Fireplace – As the name indicates, a fireplace installed in the corner of a room.
  • Firebox – The chamber containing the fire.
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    Kohles & Bach Heating Cooling & Fireplaces
    5185 Nw Beaver Dr, Johnston, IA 50131
    We offer full service heating and cooling services in the area, specializing in air conditioner and furnace repair, geo-thermal heating and cooling, and fireplace sales and installation.
    (515) 278-2900
    Fireplace Stone
    850 Se Alices Road, Waukee, IA 50263
    Fireplace Stone & Patio has been helping customers with their hearth and stone veneer needs since 2000. Visit our showroom and you will find inspiration and an experienced helpful sales staff.
    (515) 216-2500
    Hudson Hdwe Plumbing & Heating Inc
    520 Main St, Hudson, IA 50643
    Hudson Hdwe Plumbing & Heating Inc provides the best plumbing, heating and other services for you and your family. Call us today!
    (319) 988-3231
    Custom Firescreen
    108 Jefferson Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314
    (515) 243-3942
    Chim Cherie's House of Fireplaces
    534 35th St, Des Moines, IA 50312
    (515) 255-9231
    Kitchens & Fireplaces Ckf
    11271 Meredith Dr, Urbandale, IA 50322
    (515) 270-6558
    Fireplace Superstore
    10870 Douglas Ave, Urbandale, IA 50322
    (515) 270-5388
    Kitchens & Fireplaces Ckf
    11271 Meredith Dr, Urbandale, IA 50322
    (515) 270-1551
    Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling
    5185 Nw Beaver Dr, Johnston, IA 50131
    (515) 278-2900
    Fireplace & Stone Center
    4671 121st St, Urbandale, IA 50323
    (515) 727-0573
    Harvest Heating & Air Conditioning
    623 S Dayton Ave, Ames, IA 50010
    (515) 233-4967
    Fagan Fireplace Center
    208 Airport Rd, Ames, IA 50010
    (515) 233-0200
    Fireplaces by DR No-Soot
    51 Lincoln Hwy, Nevada, IA 50201
    (515) 382-2199
    Kooyman Lumber
    221 South St, Pella, IA 50219
    (641) 628-9663
    Ethington Heating & Cooling Inc
    816 N 3rd Ave, Marshalltown, IA 50158
    (641) 753-5525

    Fireplaces provide a contained and controlled space where people can enjoy the warm crackle of a fire. While outdoor fire pits filled with fresh wood often come to mind, when many people refer to fireplaces they are referring to indoor electric or gas options. Historically, household fireplaces were constructed to provide heat or cook food much like a brick stove. Today, many people install fireplaces simply to surround themselves with the outdoor feel of burning wood. The practical application of removing the screen door and inserting food into the fireplace, as if it were a stove, is far less common. Still, even a gas or electric fire could easily burn anyone who gets too close, or touches a hot accessories or tool that has recently been in the fire pit. As such, a household fire should still contain a proper ventilation system for smoke. When you restore your fireplace this is one area to check for repair, as you don’t want log residue clogging your vent. If you’re looking to add the ambiance of a fire to your home, you’ll need to decide on the mantel that matches the look and feel of the room. It could be a stone, glass, or cast iron mantel, and it could possibly go in the corner of your living room or the patio. Either way, you’ll need to consider how the style decisions will affect your ability to insert tongs or other accessories into the fireplace. For help choosing the right design, you can call an interior decorator, or research different styles online. Again, though, you’ll first want to find a space in your home where a fireplace can reasonably function.
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