How A Fireplace Works.
A Fireplace and how it works. You should learn more about your home after reading this.
Traditional fireplaces use wood, but people nowadays are concerned about global warming and Carbon dioxide emissions. So wood-burning fireplaces have evolved to reduce some of the air pollution problems associated with them. Today a variety of options are available that produce heat with much less pollution.
Fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves, and furnaces must vent their smoke and other toxic gases through a flue or chimney. The smoke and hot gasses are trapped by the chimney, and are going up. To pull smoke and gasses away by natural convection, a chimney is typically tall. Though traditional chimneys vent out the roof, some of today’s fireplaces and other appliances can vent out through a wall.
Mortar, and brick have traditionally been used to build chimneys. But today, metal may be used to make chimneys, and they are sold in kits. These are much easier to build and, in the event of an earthquake or other disaster, are less likely to fall.
Most chimneys handle their important job admirably. A badly maintained chimney wastes energy and can also be a safety hazard.
The chimney vents away smoke and combustion gasses from the inside. At the same time the burning chamber draws in oxygen. Due to convection currents, some fireplaces can take more heat than they deliver. Those same convection currents that carry smoke up the chimney can also pull heated interior air from the room.
A fireplace’s hearth and facade may be made non-combustible materials. City laws restrict how close to the opening combustible materials can be. But the rest of a fireplace may be constructed in a variety of ways.
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