Fireplace Installation Primer

Installing a fireplace can be extremely tricky. It is not a task to be underestimated. Most homeowners that want to install a fireplace do not have the ability to install the fireplace themselves. This is becuase it can be a very involved process that extends from removing wall, creating a chinmey, exaimining venting, and many other things. In addition, the stakes are high. A poor firepalce installation will not only cost a lot of money to repair, but it could be quite dangerous to you and your family. Sometimes the best way to do it is to contract with a professional.

This article will seek to provide some tips for people who are looking to install a fireplace. Whether a person is planning to use a contractor or not, this article is designed to provide knowledge about the process and to look at things to watch out for.

The Fireplace Type

The fireplace type (wood buring, gas buring, or electric) will have a profound impact on the installation process. An electric fireplace is the easiest to install. However with an electric fireplace you still need to remember some thing and know a good deal about wiring and heat. With a gas firepalce, you will need a natural gas line, in some places a permit, and also will require knowledge about venting natural gas out of the fireplace and away from your home. With a wood burning fireplace, you need to know about venting, you also need to be familiar with chimmney types and the mechanisms that make up a fireplace system (dampers, vents, doors, chimmney, hearth, and many other thing.)

The Fireplace Opening

One of the biggest mistakes that a person can make in the fireplace install is beginning the installation without detailed, accurate measurements. The opening of the fireplace needs to be able to fit in the space where you would like to place it. You may also need to be aware of wiring or other important structural items that are in or near the area where you would like to place your fireplace. If you want to use a wood or gas buringing system, you also need to plan for the proper venting space as well. Other space considerations include the hearth, the flue, and the chimney.

The Installation Plan

although this has been hinted at in the previous section, you need to make sure that there is a fireplace installation plan. This installation plan should include the materials required, a detailed timeline, and the tasks that need to be done broken down into smaller steps. Any contractor that you may use should have a plan like this and should be knowledgable about what will need to be done. If you are very concerned, you can have another professional review the installation plan.