There is nothing quite like having a fire burning in your living room. Something about it just says comfort. On a cold night there is something special about warming up by the fire. When many people think of fireplaces, they picture Masonry Fireplaces in their minds. They can see a traditional brick or stone design with a mantel over the top. On the mantel are pictures of loves ones and favorite vacations, and there is a painting hanging from the chimney. To some people, that image makes them feel like they are home.
There are other types of fireplaces besides traditional Masonry Fireplaces. Contemporary designs have become quite popular. Many of these fireplaces are either electric or ventless gas, and some of them stand in the middle of a room, while others are a stove insert. Another popular fire these days isn’t even inside, it’s an outdoor fire pit. These have become increasingly popular, especially in the summer and early fall.
Traditional Masonry Fireplaces can be either wood burning, or you can use wood pellets. A reinforced chimney is a good idea with all masonry fireplaces, because a reinforced chimney will hold up better in bad conditions, especially in earthquakes. There are many houses that have more than one fireplace. This is especially true in older houses, where the fireplaces once provided all the heat for the entire house.
Before you start using your Masonry Fireplaces, you need to make sure that the inside of the chimney is clean. The easiest way to do this is to is to hire a chimney sweep. While it is true that you can clean it yourself it’s best not to fool around with it if you are not sure what you are doing. The chimney should be cleaned at least once every year to get rid of all the soot that builds up on the inside. If too much soot builds up, it could cause a chimney fire. If you ever think that you might have a chimney fire or other problem, don’t hesitate to call your local fire department right away. Never leave a fire unattended, and make sure that it is out before going to bed.