Basic parts of a fireplace
All fireplaces have basic parts that function together for the proper working order and burning in a fireplace.
- The hearth is the front face of the fireplace, usually called the mantle.
- The firebox is the open space that makes up the fireplace and is where the fire is built. The back wall of the firebox is sometimes called the fireback.
- The fireplace damper (sometimes called a throat damper) sits just above the firebox and has a handle for operation on the outside on the hearth, but sometimes is located in the upper parts of the fire box. The damper regulates air flow into the firebox and up the flue. Some chimneys have a damper located at the top of the chimney as well. it would be opened and closed by a cord reaching into the firebox
- The flue is the lining of the chimney that extends from above the damper up (in the case of masonry chimneys slightly out of) the chimney
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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