As they are usually built into walls, a fireplace is described as a structure within conventional homes that provides heat and serves as an element of architectural style. The fireplace is a showcase for social gatherings in many homes, both older and newer.
The basic fireplace is comprised of a central foundation of cement, along with a hearth, a firebox and unique facing, ash dump and cleanout doors, a lintel and lintel bar, a breast, a damper, a smoke chamber, a throat, a flue, a chimney chase, a crown, a cap or shroud, and a spark arrestor even though most fireplaces are similarly constructed. For decades, even centuries, the structure of the fireplace was incorporated in the designs of homes. However, the presence of fireplaces, where they still exist today, seems to be to carry on tradition since the fireplace has been replaced by central heating, the presence of fireplaces.
- Fuel for fireplace
Coal, wood, or peats were fireplaces’ fuels, traditionally. Today, natural gas and electrical fires have replaced these burning materials due to the fact that these are cleaner, safer, and frequently less expensive than the older forms of fuel. To allow flames to burn for long periods of time, gas fireplaces usually require small doses of fuel. That way, modern fireplaces are better and more economical.
- Types of fireplaces
- Manufactured/Prefab Fireplaces
They are built with a sheet metal fire box, a double or triple walled metal pipe running up inside a wood framed chase, and a chase cover and cap/spark arrestor at the top. This kind of chimney can rust by salt water in close proximity but it’s economical to the more expensive masonry chimney.
- Masonry fireplaces
It features tiles that implement the flue to prevent corrosion in the chimney flue lining. However, these are not earthquake-resistant.
- Reinforced Concrete Chimneys
During the 1970s and ‘80s, they had their heyday but now are obsolete. Confliction of thermal expansion rates between the steel rebar and concrete will cause cracking in the flue when heated is their inherent defect. Vertical cracks loaded the chimney that they become more severe as the internal rebar rusts.
As they add style to one’s home, fireplaces are appealing. Mantels are very popular in boasting family memories and the fire is mesmerizing and relaxing. Beyond their originally intended function and the apparent flaws in their structure, fireplaces hold a value. Fireplaces represent all the securities and comforts of home.