The crackling and glowing of a roaring fire in a traditional wood burning hearth is the image that comes to mind for most when it comes to fireplaces. Fireplaces do so much more than provide a source of heat, they change the ambiance of a room, making it feel more warm and cozy. While the comfort of your home is important it is more important to know the type of unit you have so it can be used and maintained properly to keep your home safe.

Fireplaces and chimneys are built two ways, masonry fireplaces and factory built(or prefab). To identify what type of fireplace, you will need to take a look at your firebox and the chimney above your roofline. 

If you take a look Inside a masonry fireplace the firebox is built with firebrick and if you look up past the damper you will see a pyramid shaped structure also made of brick. The chimney of a masonry fireplace will be made of brick above the roofline.

factory built or Prefab fireplace is typically made of cast or stainless steel refractory panels and some metal is visible in the space around the firebox. Past the damper you will usually see a round metal chimney which you can also see above the roofline although sometimes the chimney is surrounded by simulated brick or siding chase housing. 

Once you identify the construction of your chimney and fireplace you can prepare for and prevent common issues. It is important as a property owner to be familiar with your chimney and fireplace but the safest way to maintain your unit and keep your home safe is to have a trusted chimney specialist inspect your unit annually. A chimney specialist will give you information about your unit and identify repairs needed to keep your unit functioning properly and safely. 

Give us a call today at (301) 965-1341 or fill out the “request service” form so we can give you the details of your unique unit!