For proper insert installation there is minimal preparation to retrofit your fireplace. If you already have a traditional wood-burning (or even coal-burning) masonry fireplace (i.e. made of stone or brick). But you want to be able to burn less wood, heat your home more effectively, and cause less pollution through your wood-burning activities, then a fireplace insert certainly could be right for you. The installation of a fireplace insert is considerably less involved than the installation of other fireplaces. That being said, it still represents a significant home renovation.
The first step for proper Insert installation is to ensure that you have purchased an insert which is sized to your existing fireplace enclosure. Although the bricks can be trimmed to fit a slightly oversized insert, this can compromise the structure of the fireplace surround, meaning that the bricks could crumble and require a complete rebuild of the masonry, adding significantly to the overall cost of installation. For this reason, it is important to carefully measure the dimensions of your fireplace and find a model of insert designed to fit into that space.
Fireplace inserts are made of cast-iron or plate steel, so they tend to be very heavy – often 400 lbs. or more. As a result, moving them across tile, linoleum, or hardwood floors may be problematic. Make sure that you or your installer have a soft-wheeled cart or some other low-impact way of securely transporting your new fireplace insert from the door to its new home in your hearth. Ensure that the hearth and fireplace themselves have been thoroughly cleaned, and that your chimney has been swept recently. Since most fireplace inserts either require or at least function much better with a full stainless steel chimney line. This will be the last time you may need to have your masonry chimney swept. As such, make sure that it is done properly to remove all creosote, tars, or other deposits left from inefficient burning of wood. If this is not done, then the high temperatures which the steel liner occasionally reaches could start a chimney fire later on. For many inserts you may need to install a chimney liner. A stainless steel pipe, inserted into your existing flue. If local regulations require an inspection by a third party, ensure that you arrange for the inspection very soon after the Insert installation. This way you can ensure the safety of your new fireplace and be certain that it has been installed properly and that your warranty is valid.
Fireplace Insert installation
Preparation for installing your fireplace as with any other major home renovation project, you need to do some preparation when installing a fireplace.
The first thing that you need to do is look at the available types of fireplaces to figure out what kind you want. Given the different choices as far as fuel, materials for your fireplace surround, various price levels, and so on, it is very important that you visit several showrooms to be sure that you have a good feel for the available models. This way, you are much better equipped to decide what best fits with your home's existing décor and your personal tastes.
Always ensure that the fireplace which you are purchasing has been sized for the area that you intend to heat and your local climate. Much of the time, fireplaces have an area heating capacity rated in square feet. Remember that these numbers are usually based on either 7' or 8' ceilings, so it is important to ensure that the salesperson or installer knows the size of your home so that they can ensure the fireplace's ability to heat it. If you really want to know whether a fireplace, woodstove, or other heating system will be sufficient for your home's heating needs, have then installer perform a complete heat-loss calculation on your home. This heat-loss calculation helps to guarantee that the fireplace is neither too big nor too small. If your main motivation for buying a fireplace is to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the room, then heat loss calculations and fireplace sizing are not such significant concerns.
Once you have decided on whether to get a free-standing fireplace or fireplace inserts, you will need to know what kind of accessories you want and need. There are remote controls, fans, thermostats, and various "visualization" accessories ranging from glass beads to aquatic scenes. Be certain that you know what your options are so that you know you'll be happy with the fireplace that you end up with.
As far as the actual fireplace Insert installation, once you have had a consultation with your installer and know the location where you want the fireplace to be installed, you can clear the room by ensuring that furniture and other bulky items are out of the way. As well, it is a good idea to remove and temporarily store pictures or other breakables near the fireplace Insert installation site. Like any home renovation project, the best way to minimize your odds of decorations or other breakables being damaged is by simply getting them out of harm's way.
If you are a particularly handy homeowner, you may choose to handle the Insert installation on your own. You will need a building permit for the construction, and you may require a visit from a government-licensed inspector in order to have the fixture approved for use. Bear in mind that although the Insert installation of a fireplace can take several days, depending on the type of wall into which it is being installed or whether or not you are installing an insert, manufactured stone fireplace, or a custom-built masonry fireplace
If you are installing an insert, it might take you 20 hours to do it properly, while a professional can probably do it in less than a day. Even if local regulations don't already demand it, a safety inspection from a qualified installer and/or government official is a very good idea.
Without the proper permits and an inspection by a qualified individual, your fireplace's warranty may be voided, as well as your homeowner's insurance. When it comes to safety, it isn't worth taking chances, whether you install yourself or pay a contractor to do the work for you.
Gas Fireplace Installation
Preparation and planning make the task easier. There are a number of steps to go through in order to ensure that you get the best natural gas fireplace for your particular needs and wants, as well as to ensure that the installation goes over as quickly and easily as possible, and at the lowest available cost.
Obviously, the first step is to look at the available types of gas fireplaces. You'll want to visit several showrooms so that you can get a feel for the different models that are available so that you can decide what best fits with your home's existing décor and your personal tastes. Ensure that the fireplace you are purchasing is sized to the area that you intend to heat. Often, these systems have a rating in square feet. These numbers are based on either 7' or 8' ceilings, so it is important to ensure that the salesperson or installer knows the size of your room so as to verify the fireplace's ability to heat it. To truly know whether a fireplace, woodstove, or other heating appliance will be sufficient to meet your heat requirements, an installer should do a complete heat-loss calculation on your home to ensure that the fireplace is neither too big nor too small.
If your main purpose is aesthetic appeal, then heat loss calculations and fireplace sizing are not such significant concerns. Once you have decided on whether to get a free-standing fireplace or fireplace inserts, you will need to know what kind of accessories you want and need. There are remote controls, fans, thermostats, and various "visualization" accessories ranging from glass beads to aquatic scenes. Make sure that you know what you're getting to prevent possible disappointment after the fireplace is installed. As far as the actual installation of the fireplace, once you have had a consultation with your installer and know your new fireplace location, you can clear the room by getting furniture and other items out of the way. Make sure to remove pictures or other breakables from the wall in which the fireplace will be installed. Like other home renovation projects, keeping the area clear is a good way to minimize the chance of decorations or other breakables being damaged.
If you are an especially handy homeowner, you may be able to handle the Insert installation on your own. You will need a mechanical permit for the gas piping, and you may require specialized hardware in order to connect and disconnect the fittings. Many utilities prefer to send their own technicians to make any adjustments to natural gas fixtures to minimize the potential for dangerous accidents. Bear in mind that although the installation of a gas fireplace typically takes a professional less than a day, you could easily spend 20 hours or more in order to do the job properly.
Even if you choose to install the fireplace on your own, your best bet is to have a licensed inspector or installer verify the Insert installation even if local regulations don't already demand this. Without the proper permits and an inspection by a qualified individual, your fireplace's warranty may be voided, as well as your homeowner's insurance. When it comes to safety, it isn't worth taking chances, whether you install yourself or pay a contractor to do the work for you.
Installing a Wood Stove
A certified wood stove Insert installation professional can be found through the yellow pages or through many home and garden depots.
Wood stove Insert installation requires good knowledge of the rules and a safety inspection to verify the wood stove meets fire regulations and environmental protection standards. Installing wood stoves could take a weekend's worth of work, with the most difficult task often cutting the passageways for the stovepipe.
There are three main parts to installing wood stoves: Placing the Stove - Find the most effective position for the stove that will provide optimum heating.
The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association recommends placing a wood stove in the centre of a house area to provide the most effective radial heat and safer distance from walls.
Heat Protection - The use of a heat shield (which can be made of copper, metal or other materials) can aid in relaxing some clearance requirements. The wood stove requires a hearth to protect the flooring from sparks and burning embers. Some options available are bricks over a metal sheet, mortared bricks, grouted ceramic tiles, or prefabricated insulated hearths.
The Chimney - Careful stacking of the appropriate piping atop the wood stove is of the utmost importance. Then:
•Place one end of the stovepipe in the flue collar of the wood stove.
•Add appropriate additional stovepipe pieces to raise the pipe towards the ceiling.
•Add an insulated chimney pipe support to connect the pipe to the ceiling.
•Use only insulated chimney piping through floors until the roof.
•Add flashing and seal to prevent leaks around the piping.
•Add the storm collar piping for strength.
•Complete the outdoor chimney with a chimney cap. Professional and competent installation can improve your confidence and relaxation. If you're not handy with installation or tools, it is wise to have professional installation. Bookmark this site now so you can return later to continue your search for products and services.
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