If you are like me, you only care about the roaring fire in your fireplace. I love the smell of burning wood, the dance of the flames, and that oh so cozy feeling. When I came to work at Boston Brick & Stone, Inc. almost 10 years ago I was very surprised by what it takes to build a fireplace.
When a fireplace operates properly, science is at work and the laws of physics have been obeyed. Fires require oxygen and fuel. As the heated air from the fire rises it draws in more air which keeps the fuel burning. The rising air carry smoke, sparks and other gases safely out of the house.
A properly constructed fireplace and chimney is designed to keep the smoke in a smooth column rising out the top. The fireplace should be deep enough to allow the smoke to roll off the back wall smoothly on its way up the flue. The inside of the flue and other elements of the chimney should be smooth and sealed. This allows the smoke, sparks and other gases to rise with no side trips through a damaged flue creating a potential fire hazard.
An expert fireplace company will know these complex science principles while inspecting, restoring and building a fireplace. Boston Brick & Stone does understand and apply these principles, but we also understand beyond having a safe fireplace you want to smell the wood, watch the dance of the flames and experience a cozy space.
"I love the smell of burning wood, the dance of the flames, and that oh so cozy feeling."