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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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    Williams Services Inc
    Po Box 1542, Manassas, VA 20108
    Offering natural & propnae gas piping, safety inspections and gas appliance service & installation while specializing in gas logs.
    (703) 257-1441
    P.o. Box 11182, Manassas, VA 20113
    Gas fireplace replacement parts and repair. Glass cleaning. We service all brands.
    (540) 305-9568
    Allen Home Masonry
    Connor Drive, Centreville, VA 20120
    (2) Reviews Write a review
    (703) 350-2930
    User Review: "Did one job so well, we tried another. Same excellent result, so did a 3rd. Knows his stuff, hard worker and does it right..." - michael (VA)
    Davenport Insulation
    7400 Gateway Ct, Manassas, VA 20109
    (703) 631-7744
    Woodstoves Unlimited
    645 James Madison Hwy, Culpeper, VA 22701
    (540) 825-5838
    Fireplace Solutions
    14088 Sullyfield Cir Ste A, Chantilly, VA 20151
    (703) 961-0212
    Wammoth Services
    3360 Post Office Rd Suite 2023, Woodbridge, VA 22193
    (571) 309-2969
    Aspen Green Gasworks
    709 Dranesville Rd, Herndon, VA 20170
    (703) 657-0477
    J M D Stone Company
    108 Silverleaf Ct, Sterling, VA 20164
    (703) 437-7676
    American Chimney
    201 N Maple Ave Unit G, Purcellville, VA 20132
    (540) 338-2723
    Amazing Flame Gas Fireplace Service & Repair
    130 S 12th St, Purcellville, VA 20132
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    (540) 338-0075
    User Review: "Did not honor appt on 2 occasions. When the service man arrived he was annoyed and unfriendly. The fireplace stopped..."
    Safe Chimneys, Inc.
    Unionville, VA 22567
    (540) 854-6271
    Woodburners Two LTD
    2800 Dorr Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031
    (703) 204-2285
    Mid-Atlantic Masonry Heat
    2858 N Seminole Trl, Madison, VA 22727
    (434) 979-9709
    Blossman Gas & Appliance
    101 S Buckmarsh St, Berryville, VA 22611
    (540) 955-4677

    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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