We Install Fireplace Firebacks! Live in Noblesville? Make Us Your Go-To Chimney Company

If you love having a fireplace in your Noblesville home, but your system doesn’t seem to be pouring enough heat into your space, you’re probably feeling some frustration. Your ambience is great, but performance is suffering…leaving you searching for ways to get more heat from your fireplace. Cue: fireplace firebacks.

Installing a fireplace fireback can be a great way to enhance the efficiency – and even the aesthetic appeal – of your fireplace. Here at Beck’s Chimney Sweep, we’d be happy to install your new fireback, so you can get more heat into your living space every time you enjoy a fire.

Ready to get started? Call us now or book online today.

What Is a Fireplace Fireback?

So, you’ve searched up “how to get more heat from your fireplace” and installing a fireback seems like a simple and surefire way to improve your fireplace’s efficiency. So…what is it?

A fireplace fireback is a metal plate, typically made of cast iron or steel, that is placed at the back of a fireplace. It works by absorbing heat from the fire, then radiating that heat back into your living space, ensuring your household feels warm and cozy – without having to crank up your thermostat in the process.

Firebacks also serve to protect the back wall of the fireplace from the intense heat and flames your fireplace produces, and many models feature decorative designs or motifs, making them an attractive addition to the space as well. They come in various sizes and designs to fit different fireplace dimensions and styles, so finding the right fit for your tastes won’t be a problem.

How Does a Fireplace Fireback Work?

You get it – firebacks radiate heat into your space, offering that boost of warmth you’ve been desiring. But how does it actually work? Here’s a step-by-step breakdown.

  1. The fireback absorbs heat from your fire. Typically made of materials like cast iron or steel, fireplaces have excellent heat-absorbing properties. When a fire is lit in the fireplace, heat is produced, warming the surrounding air and the surfaces of the fireplace – including the fireback.
  2. The fireback sends back radiant heat. As the fireback absorbs heat, it begins to radiate that heat back into the room. This radiant heat warms objects and people in the vicinity of the fireplace, creating a cozy and comfortable environment.
  3. Heat is reflected back into the room. In addition to radiating heat, the fireback also reflects heat outward into the room. Its reflective surface helps direct heat away from the back wall of the fireplace and into the living space (rather than allowing it to be absorbed by the fireplace structure).
  4. All the while, your back wall is protected. The fireback also serves to protect the back wall of the fireplace while a fire is roaring, reducing the risk of damage caused by intense heat and flames. It acts as a barrier, helping to prevent heat-related deterioration and extending the lifespan of the fireplace.

What Materials Are Fireplace Firebacks Made From?

Fireplace firebacks should be made from durable materials that can withstand high temperatures. The most common materials used for fireplace firebacks include:

  • Cast Iron: Cast iron firebacks are popular due to their durability and ability to retain and radiate heat effectively. They often feature intricate designs and can add a classic or antique look to the fireplace.
  • Steel: Steel firebacks are also durable and can withstand high temperatures. They tend to be lighter than cast iron firebacks, making them easier to install and move, if needed.
  • Stainless Steel: Stainless steel firebacks offer corrosion resistance and durability. They are often used in modern or contemporary fireplace designs due to their sleek appearance.
  • Copper: Copper firebacks are less common, but can add a unique and elegant touch to the fireplace. They also have good heat-conducting properties, allowing them to efficiently radiate heat into the room.
  • Ceramic: Ceramic firebacks are another option. They can withstand high temperatures and may feature decorative designs or patterns.

Not sure what’s best for your space? We’re here to help, answering your questions and offering guidance every step of the way. Call or schedule service now!

How Are Fireplace Firebacks Installed?

First things first, while it may be tempting to attempt to install a fireplace fireback yourself, it’s always best to seek professional help to ensure that the installation is done safely, correctly, and in compliance with all applicable codes and standards. 

Proper placement of the fireback is crucial for optimal performance and safety, and a professional technician can ensure things are done to best maximize heat absorption and distribution.

In addition, not all fireplaces are suitable for use with a fireback. An expert can assess your fireplace and determine whether a fireback is compatible with your specific setup. They can also recommend the most appropriate type and size of fireback for your fireplace.

Here’s a bit about our installation process:

  • Cleaning: Before we start installing the fireback, we’ll want to ensure that the fireplace is clean and free of debris. This involves removing any ash and soot, as well as addressing any buildup on the hearth and back wall of the fireplace.
  • Sizing: Next up – sizing. It’s essential to select a fireback that appropriately fits the dimensions of your fireplace. If it doesn’t, you won’t get the heat and protection you’re hoping for. Count on us to appropriately measure the width and height of the back wall of the fireplace to determine the appropriate size of the fireback. We’ll get it right.
  • Placing: Once prep is done, all that’s left is placing and securing the fireback. We’ll place the fireback against the back wall of the fireplace, ensuring that it is centered and level, and that the bottom edge of the fireback is resting securely on the hearth.
  • Securing: We’ll then secure your firebox using screws or other fasteners as needed and depending on the model you have chosen. We’ll then make sure everything is snug and tight, making any necessary adjustments to ensure you won’t face issues down the line.

Questions? We’re here with answers – reach out today.

How Do I Maintain a Fireplace Fireback?

Like anything else, a fireback will last longer and perform better if well-maintained. The good news? Maintaining a fireplace fireback is relatively straightforward.

  • Clean it regularly. Clean the fireback regularly to remove ash, soot, and debris that can accumulate over time. Use a brush or vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove loose particles. Be sure to wait until the fireback has cooled down completely before cleaning.
  • Address rust promptly. If you have a cast iron fireback, check for any signs of rust. If rust is present, gently scrub the affected areas with a wire brush or steel wool to remove the rust. Afterward, wipe the fireback with a clean cloth to remove any residue.
  • Regularly inspect for cracks or damage. Periodically inspect the fireback for any cracks, chips, or other damage. Cracks can compromise the structural integrity of the fireback and should be addressed promptly.
  • Ensure proper placement. Ensure that the fireback is properly positioned in the fireplace, with the bottom resting securely on the hearth and the back against the rear wall of the fireplace. This will help maximize its efficiency and allow it to better radiate heat.
  • Monitor for signs of wear. Keep an eye out for any signs of wear or deterioration, such as warping or discoloration. Addressing these issues early can help prevent further damage and prolong the life of the fireback.
  • Have your fireplace annually inspected. Your fireplace (and chimney) should be inspected annually to ensure proper functioning. Professional sweeps can provide expert advice and recommend any necessary repairs or maintenance, so you can use your system with ease and peace of mind.

Can I Use a Fireplace Fireback With Any Type of Fireplace?

In general, fireplace firebacks can be used with most types of fireplaces, but there are a few considerations to keep in mind.

For instance, fireplace firebacks come in various sizes and designs. It’s essential to choose a fireback that fits the dimensions of your fireplace adequately. A fireback that is too large or too small may not sit properly and will not work as efficiently.

It’s also essential to ensure compatibility with your specific type of fireplace. For example, if you have a gas fireplace with a direct vent, you may need to consult the manufacturer or a professional to determine if a fireback can be safely used.

And remember that different materials have varying heat tolerance levels. Ensure that the fireback you choose is made from a material that can withstand the temperatures produced by your fireplace. Cast iron and steel firebacks are commonly used due to their high heat resistance.

If you’re unsure about whether a fireback is suitable for your fireplace, schedule service. We’ll set you in the right direction.

Reach Out Now for Boosted Fireplace Efficiency

Whether you’re looking to improve heat distribution, protect your fireplace, or simply enhance its aesthetic appeal, a properly installed fireback is sure to elevate your fireplace experience for years to come.

Work with us today – we’d love to help you out.

 

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