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Fireplaces, Stoves, and Inserts

Most of us visualize a fireplace as a wood-burning open hearth, there are a variety of choices when it comes to heating appliances. With fireplaces available in various sizes, styles, and fuel sources, there is a perfect heating appliance for every home. Three of the most common heating appliances are fireplace, stoves, and inserts. With pros and cons to each, the following guide can help you distinguish which type of heating appliance best fits your need and home.

Fireplaces

fireplace insertFireplaces continue to be one of the most popular home features. A study by the National Association of Realtors found that 40% of home buyers are willing to pay more for a home with a fireplace. They are broadly divided into two categories: manufactured or factory-built fireplaces and open hearth masonry fireplaces.

Manufactured fireplaces are less expensive, but they have a shorter lifespan. Most manufactured fireplaces last for about 30 years before they need a replacement. Traditional masonry fireplaces are custom-built by a trained mason in your home. They are more expensive than manufactured fireplaces. However, they have a significantly longer lifespan – and add more value to your home. Fireplaces also come with a variety of fuel sources. Whether you prefer wood, gas or pellets, there is a fireplace for you.

Inserts

Fireplace inserts burn with a closed-combustion system. It allows them to burn more efficiently, which allows less heated air escape up the chimney and less cold air from outside enter your home. According to Leslie Wheeler of the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association, installing a fireplace insert into an open hearth has been known to reduce energy bills by as much as 40 percent.

Like masonry fireplaces, inserts come in a variety of sizes, styles, and with different fuel sources. Inserts recommendations are common when homeowners are looking to switch fuel sources. If you are looking to switch from a wood to gas burning fireplace, then a gas-burning insert can be installed directly into your existing masonry chimney.

Stoves

Many of us associate stoves with log cabins, more homeowners are choosing these modernized heating appliances now. New stoves are easy to use, energy efficient, and come in a variety of modern and traditional styles. Because all stoves must now be EPA certified, stoves can even be used during burn bans or periods of restricted burning.

Stoves come in a variety of sizes and styles to meet your needs and match your home’s style. From sleek, contemporary stoves to traditional, cast iron stoves that can be used to heat your home. You can install a stove in almost every room. With wood, gas, and pellets as fuel source options, there is a great stove for every household.

Contact Clean Sweeps of Michigan

If you are ready to replace, upgrade, or install a new heating appliance, trust the fireplace experts at Clean Sweeps of Michigan to help you find it. Contact us today and let our friendly and knowledgeable staff help you select the perfect heating appliance for your home!

Check Out Our Chimney Relining Options!

There are few chimney components that are as important as the chimney liner. A good chimney liner protects your home, helps your fireplace draft efficiently, and reduces performance problems. Without proper maintenance, chimney liners can become ineffective and unsafe.

What is a chimney liner?

The Chimney Safety Institute of America defines a chimney liner as “A clay, ceramic, or metal conduit installed inside of a chimney, intended to contain the combustion products, direct them to the outside atmosphere, and protect the chimney walls from heat and corrosion.”

What is the purpose of a chimney liner?The importance of chimney flue liners

All modern fireplaces are built with chimney liners and few homeowners understand their purpose. There are three main functions of a chimney liner.

– Protects building materials. The chimney liner helps protect surrounding insulation, wood, walls, and other building materials from heat transfer from the fireplace and flue.
– Contains byproducts of combustion. Chimneys are not airtight; chimney liners contain the smoke, hot air, gasses, and other byproducts of combustion. This prevent them from spreading to the rest of the house.
– Encourages healthy draft. A lined chimney encourages drafting, allowing byproducts of combustion to draft up and out of the chimney while drawing fresh air and oxygen in.

Does my chimney need to be relined?

Chimney liner damage can be difficult to repair and are hard to view. The best choice for damaged chimney liners is relining because the majority of the flue is inaccessible.

One of the most effective ways to spot damage to the chimney liner is by performing a Chim-Scan inspection. During this video inspection, our professional chimney sweeps use cameras to evaluate the condition of the entire liner. This allows us to identify areas of damage and deterioration in otherwise inaccessible portions of the flue.

Options for chimney relining

If you chimney liner has been damaged from animals, leaks or moisture, or years of wear and tear, it may be time to have the chimney relined. The type of chimney relining you need will depend on the fuel source, type of liner, and amount of damage.

Clay tile liners with damage to the mortar joints may be able to be repaired with a special product known as HeatShield®. HeatShield® is a refractory sealant that repairs mortar joints, fill cracks, or resurface the entire liner.

In addition to HeatShield® relining products, we also offer our customers stainless steel and aluminum liners. These durable metal liners are ideal for gas burning fireplaces. If you’ve converted a masonry fireplace to a gas-burning insert or stove, relining the flue with a metal liner can improve safety and efficiency.

Call Clean Sweeps Of Michigan Today!

You cannot see your chimney liner but it plays an important role in the safety and efficiency of your fireplace system. At Clean Sweeps of Michigan, we offer a number of relining options for our customers. For more information about our relining options and to schedule a chimney inspection to evaluate the condition of your chimney liner, contact us today!

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