Hello, I am Melissa from NorthlineExpress; today I am going to discuss firebacks and 3 reasons that you should be using a fireback in your fireplace. Firebacks have adorned fireplaces since the colonial times, mostly to protect the fireplace but now there are more exciting benefits also like making your fireplace more efficient.
Protect the Fireplace’s Structure with a Fireback
Let’s start by covering the protection and safety that a fireback can offer. Just like in the colonial days a fireback will protect the back wall of your fireplace from the intense heat given off from the fire. While there has been much advancement in masonry materials since the colonial days, using a fire back is an easy way to reduce the risk as well as expense of your masonry materials drying out or deteriorating from the excessive heat. Protecting the integrity of the masonry materials also reduces the risk of your fireplace becoming a potential fire hazard.
Direct Heat with a Fireback
Did you know that simply placing a fireback in your fireplace can increase the efficiency of the fireplace by up to 50%? Yes that is true and that is because a portion of the heat that would otherwise escape up and out your chimney will be reflected back out into your home with a fire back.
Firebacks Add a Touch of Beauty
It’s often overlooked but fire backs can also add beauty to a fireplace. If you are having a new fireplace installed you can control what materials line your firebox but that’s not the case with older existing fireplaces. There are a variety of fire back styles so you can attract the eyes to the fire back, keeping the fireplace the focal point of a room. The historical significance of your fire back is also a great conversation piece.
Choose a Fireback to Accent your Fireplace.
Two Materials to Choose from
There are 2 types of fire backs to choose from as far as materials are concerned, cast iron and stainless steel. Cast iron will be the more common of the two materials. The stainless steel versions will radiate heat but will also radiate out more light from your fireplace. Cast iron versions will radiate heat but will maintain their great looks longer as they will not show the soot build up or discolor like the stainless steel versions.
So if you want to add safety, style and efficiency to your fireplace consider adding a fire back! I hope that you have found this information helpful but if you still have questions about fire back feel free to give us a call at 866-667-8454. At NorthlineExpress.com, home of the buy and try satisfaction guarantee, we’re always happy to help.