Basic parts of a chimney
The basic parts of a chimney are: the chimney crown, flue, damper, and the cleanout door.
- The very top of a chimney is called its Crown. A proper crown is slightly sloped allowing elements of rain and moisture to flow off the chimney as opposed to into it.
- The Flues is a passageway inside of a chimney. In masonry fireplaces there should be a separate flue inside of one chimney for all methods of heating a home. Flues inside chimneys contain flue liners. Lines protect the inside of the chimney from excessive wear and overheating as well as making it easier to clean the inside of the chimney.
- The Damper is just above the firebox (the space where the fire burns) regulates airflow from inside the house. The air that is heated from a fire shouldn't be allowed to escape up the chimney and so a damper regulates that air flow. A defective damper can allow hot air to escape and therefore end up being quite costly in terms of how much one spends, wither in time or money, in obtaining get wood to burn.
- The bottom of the flue has a cleanout door. It's a small door that allows access to the flue so that any matter that has fallen to the bottom can be cleaned. Fireplaces require no cleanout doors as they may be cleaned right at the burning source (firebox).
Types of Fireplaces
Fireplaces are made in many different types. There are traditional fireplaces that are built in to the home right into the wall. These fireplaces have a hearth and a masonry chimney. read more
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