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Columbia SC Fireplaces
We build many styles of Columbia SC fireplaces.
We can take a True Rumford Fireplace from start
to finish brick by brick or we can install
Columbia SC gas fireplaces, fireplace inserts,
masonry heaters or just create decorative
noncombustible walls and hearths for any wood
stove. Providing Free estimate's Columbia SC
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fireplaces, wood fireplaces, gas stoves,
woodstove, Columbia SC wood stoves, direct vent,
zero clearance fireplaces, natural gas, propane
gas and wood fireplaces, inserts and
freestanding stoves, through attention to flame,
heat, efficiency, Brick, And Stone.
Columbia SC Brick Fireplaces-
Brick fireplaces come in all shapes and sizes.
So even if you don't want a "traditional"
looking fireplace, you may find that the look
and feel of brick is right for you. One of the
great things about brick is that it can get old
and beat up looking without losing its charm.
Many fireplace owners feel that the aged look is
part of that charm rather than something that
detracts from it. If you've ever seen a brand
new brick fireplace, you may understand what
they're talking about. The brick is all shiny
and new. It gleams. It looks nice in a way, but
it doesn't look "natural." You feel as though
you want to take it through a season of fires to
break it in. Then it will look the way a brick
fireplace ought to look. Then it will have that
patina that adds warmth to the home even when
there isn't a fire going.
Columbia SC Stone Fireplaces-
Keep in mind that the stone used in a stone
veneer fireplace needs to be durable and not
susceptible to heat damage. Limestone, granite
and dense metamorphic rocks can stand up to heat
with no issues. Avoid soft rocks, slate or any
other rock that crumbles fairly easily. The
inside of the firebox should absolutely be built
with hard firebrick set in fireclay, not mortar.
Mortar used in between firebrick almost always
crumbles when subjected to the repeated heat of
fires. Fireclay is the preferred material as the
joints between the brick are small, and the
fireclay tends to vitrify with each fire.
Hot Fireplaces New technology adds efficiency to fireplaces' romantic
Fireplaces were never hotter. We love them for the
romance and cheer they bring to our lives, and it is nice that they add at least
10% to the value of a house, but right now we are also thinking that they might
bring some relief from cruel fuel prices. A comforting thought, but is it
The truth is that conventional fireplaces send
more heat up the chimney than they provide to your home. But the good news is
that exciting new technologies now add energy-efficiency to the romantic
tradition of the hearth.
Fireplace inserts, gas logs, freestanding stoves,
masonry heaters and new fuels are just a few of the dozens of options that make
a fire in the grate more affordable, convenient and efficient as well as safer
and environmentally friendly.
Yet, purists needn't fear that the
wonderful looks of their hearths will be compromised. The shifting shapes and
colors of the fire will be as fascinating as ever, and the instant solace the
fireplace offers after cold commutes and shopping trips will remain unabated.
For example, fireplace inserts, which the U.S.
Department of Energy applauds for superior energy efficiency, have left their
drab appliance look far behind. Today, they are great looking and come in a wide
variety of styles, from traditional to contemporary. Designers and homeowners
alike sing their praises.
"Many inserts include such aesthetic features
as decorative tile, cast iron or enameled fronts, glass bays and brass trim,"
notes Sura Malaga of SRM Designs, Holmdel, New Jersey. "They won't embarrass
even the most elegant rooms."
Fireplace inserts are heating units that fit
into existing fireplaces and can burn wood, gas or wood pellets. They can
generate more than 70,000 BTUs per hour and can warm up to 1900 sq. ft. of
Some models extend onto the hearth
while others stay flush with the front of the fireplace. Most have tight-fitting
glass or metal doors and built-in circulation features. The most efficient
models supply combustion air from outside the house, and virtually all inserts
are controlled-draft units with manually or thermostatically controlled air
inlets. Some units are also available with catalytic converters for improved
Glass doors, heat exchangers, dampers and flue
sealers can also up the energy efficiency of an existing fireplace, but
don't expect too much. According to the Department of Energy, those devices
combined could only improve efficiency by some 10%.
If you want a whole new fireplace, you
can take energy efficiency as well as great-looking design to the max. For
example, stone fireplaces that have heated Swedish and Finnish manor houses for
centuries are gaining ground in the U.S., and it is easy to understand why. They
are stunning, but they are also very efficient. Since they are freestanding,
they cast heat all around them, not just in one place, and the stone surfaces
store up heat and release it over as many hours as needed. Expect to shell out
big bucks for these beauties.
Another interesting option is the new fireplaces that
don't require masonry chimneys, for they can be installed
easily and safely in most any room. They are simply vented through an outside
wall, and they are available as wall units, islands, peninsulas and two-sided
models that let you enjoy the fire from adjoining rooms. They may burn wood, gas
There is no question that fireplaces are
terrific and getting better all the time, but your mom was right on the
money when she warned you not to play with fire. Safety is all-important, so
before changing a fireplace or adding a new one, consult an architect or
fireplace specialist. Also check local codes with your town's building
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