Different parts of your chimney system take more abuse than others. Your chimney’s crown takes on a greater share of water attacks, via rain and snow. Likewise, your fireplace’s firebox — the place that holds the fire itself — bears a heavier load of heat.
Fireboxes are built to be durable and sturdy, but heat can take its toll as time passes and many fires are enjoyed. And heat is just one of the factors that might contribute to problems with a firebox. As your home shifts and settles, cracks might appear. And if water gets into your system, it could degrade your firebox as well.
If your firebox is looking the worse for wear, call Blue Ridge Chimney Services. Our experienced masonry technicians can restore your firebox, whether it needs small repairs or a full rebuild.
What Your Masonry Firebox Is Made Out Of
In order to stand up to the brutal heat of a fire, a masonry firebox will generally be made of firebrick and refractory mortar. Firebrick is usually made out of a refractory clay/ceramic material that allows it to withstand those high temperatures without the expansion/contraction that would cause other kinds of brick to crack or crumble. Like firebrick, refractory mortars are made to withstand higher levels of heat and are proven to be durable in heats in excess of 2000° F. If your firebox was not constructed of these specially-designed materials, you may need to have your firebox rebuilt for safety and durability.
Firebox Design: Options Are Many
Nearly every part of your chimney system allows for some creativity — and the firebox allows for a lot. You can choose different sizes or colors of firebrick as well as different patterns (from the more common running bond pattern to an eye-grabbing herringbone design). If we’re rebuilding a firebox in your fireplace, you have a lot of options to play with that allow you to put your personal stamp on your home. Talk to your Blue Ridge Chimney Services technicians about what you like!
Fireplace Inserts Can Also Refresh A Failing Firebox
If your firebox is significantly damaged to the point of needing a rebuild, it might be worth talking to your Blue Ridge Chimney Services technicians about a rebuild or a fireplace insert. Inserts can be retrofitted into your current fireplace, and can allow you to have a safe and functional heating appliance again in no time.
Does your firebox need work? Call Blue Ridge Chimney Services at 540-217-2030 or click here to schedule an appointment online!
Resurfacing your chimney crown may be the right masonry repair for a number of chimney issues. Ask us for more details or schedule an inspection now.